Prescribing Self-Tracking Apps

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quantified self apps self-tracking tools mobile health quantified healthI was rereading my last post, and realized that I omitted one more potential way to monetize self-tracking apps: distributing them among health and fitness practitioners. The idea of prescribed apps has been entertained by medical professionals for a while now. Think doctors that prescribe an app along with the pills; patient then uses the app to track symptoms before and during the treatment. Think personal fitness trainers that offer the app to their clients so they could track their progress in losing weight or gaining muscles. The app in this case is a tool that will provide an objective unbiased feedback to both sides.  What do you think?

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3 Responses to Prescribing Self-Tracking Apps

  1. Brian says:

    Yes, I agree. There might be a big potential there.
    Ian Eslick (http://ianeslick.com/) at MIT has been working on precisely that.

  2. Eric Jain says:

    I don’t see this happening (not enough doctors, let alone patients, are tech-savvy enough) until the tracking consists of nothing more than e.g. wearing a bracelet. Also: Smart pill boxes that remind patients when to take their meds (and that record compliance, and perhaps adjust the dosage based on data from a sensor).
    I’m sure there are already tons of apps to guide you through and record workouts, but for this to catch on you’d need smart exercise machines that recognize the user and report what was done. Not sure you even need personal trainers at that point :-)

  3. Jay says:

    There is definitely potential here.
    I believe MyFitnessPal is already pretty popular with personal trainers. However, I think MFP is completely free, so I don’t know that it’s monetizable.

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