After talking about basketball I figured out that it would be useful to share my view about health and fitness applications. Mobile health continues to climb in popularity (Pew Research Center, 2012) with health apps being found in abundance both in the App Store and in the Android Google Play.
The range of these applications varies from calories counting apps, online consultation to apps giving complete medical guidance to their users like the Health app in iOS (Wired, 2014). Even a suicide prevention feature was recently launched by Facebook (BBC, 2015)!!! As for me, well, I am not fan of any health app (fitness apps excluded) for two reasons.
Firstly, I don’t think one needs to constantly have access to his vital signs. Let me explain myself. As an individual who panics relatively easy, I don’t feel the need to be aware of whenever my body doesn’t function at 100%. I wouldn’t like possible diseases passing through my mind if I notice that at one random situation I had low blood pressure for instance!!! At the end of the day, I would prefer a physician to interpret the data and avoid making assumptions my own. Then it’s just me, so I can totally understand it when people need to be constantly updated with their health data and in that way most health apps are extremely useful.
The second reason which I think isn’t debate-able is that I wouldn’t give away my health data at any cost to anyone except for my personal doctors. Especially when I don’t know where these data are stored and how could possibly owner of these apps sell them to third parties for money purposes.
Adapted from omowizard.wordpress.com
I know it sounds like I suffer from technophobia, but it’s not the case. I love having access to my health data from my mobile devices through emails I get from my physician, but having them stored somewhere from people I don’t know is another thing. I would love to hear your thoughts on that.
– Facebook launches new suicide prevention tool in the US (2015, 26 February). BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31641216
-Pew Research Center(2015). Mobile Health 2012. Retrieved 6 March,2015 from http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/11/08/mobile-health-2012/
– Tate, R. (2014, 17 March). Apple’s Upcoming Health App Is The Start Of Something Huge. WIRED. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/2014/03/apple-healthbook-is-just-the-beginning/