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Wearable Fitness Devices: Can They Make You Healthier?

Summary: Are wearable devices beneficial for your health?
Air Date: 11/20/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MS
PatelMitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a faculty member at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. He is a Staff Physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Patel's research leverages concepts from behavioral economics to design connected health approaches to improve individual health behaviors.

He has led several randomized, controlled trials that used wearable devices, smartphone applications, and workplace weight scales to track health behaviors. These studies evaluate interventions designed using financial and social incentives to change health behaviors.

His work also evaluates how information technology-based interventions can be designed to use concepts from behavioral economics change physician behaviors to reduce low-value services and increase the delivery of high-value care. Dr. Patel's work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR and CNN.
Wearable Fitness Devices: Can They Make You Healthier?
It seems like everyone is wearing a fitness device made by Apple, Samsung, or Google to help track their physical activity and sleep patterns for a healthier lifestyle.

Even though it may seem like these fitness wearables are gaining popularity, recent evidence is finding they aren't bridging the gap.

In fact, according to a recent article from the Journal of the American Medical Association, only one to two percent of individuals in the U.S. have used a wearable device, but the annual sales are projected to reach 50 billion by 2018.

What are the gaps that need to be identified?

Listen in as study author, Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MS, identifies and shares the gaps that need to be changed in order for fitness wearables to be successful.