Accuracy of Wearable Health Devices

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Your wearable device may track your footsteps, but how accurate is it with important health information?
Air Date: 3/15/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Higgins, MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins, MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Accuracy of Wearable Health Devices
Technology has improved by leaps and bounds when it comes to health tracking.

Old school pedometers that would reset if you jumped are now a thing of the past. Cell phones and wearable devices can track heart rate, calories burned and more.

However, the accuracy of these wearable devices is questionable. The varying results between devices is okay for tracking workouts. The inconsistency between devices is not ideal for medical purposes.

Dr. John Higgins joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how reliable health devices are for tracking health data.