Health Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor And Improve Our Health by Richard MacmanusHealth Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor And Improve Our Health by Richard Macmanus

Health Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor And Improve Our Health

byRichard Macmanus

Hardcover | August 1, 2015

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New consumer technology is empowering us to take control of our day-to-day health. Leading tech writer Richard MacManus looks at what is out there now and what is in development, and what this might mean for our health in the future.Health Trackers tells the story of the rise of self-tracking - the practice of measuring and monitoring one's health, activities or diet. Thanks to new technologies, such as smartphone apps and personal genomics, self-tracking is revolutionizing the health and wellness industries. Through interviews with tech developers, early adopters and medical practitioners, Richard MacManus explores what is being tracked, what tools and techniques are being used, the best practices of early adopters, and how self-tracking is changing healthcare.The first eight chapters focus on a particular type of, or approach to, self-tracking, for example, diet, daily activity and genetics. The final two chapters look at how the medical establishment is adopting, and adapting to, self-tracking. This timely book covers technologies still early in their evolution but poised to go mainstream, and rather than look at how to use specific gadgets, it focuses on the philosophy and usefulness of self- tracking in its many forms. Many of us are curious about it, but don't understand the benefits (and sometimes risks) of these tools and practices. With no comparable book on the market, Trackers is the first to focus on consumer technologies and to help ordinary people negotiate the new health landscape.
Richard MacManus, is the founder of technology blog Widely read globally, it focused on the US market and was syndicated by the New York Times from 2008-2011. In 2011, Richard sold readWrite to San Francisco-based saY media and in 2012 left his job there as editor-in-Chief to write this, his first book. As readWrite's fo...
Title:Health Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor And Improve Our HealthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.27 × 6.36 × 0.89 inPublished:August 1, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144225355X

ISBN - 13:9781442253551

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Table of Contents

Introduction1: Buster Benson's self-tracking odyssey 2: The pedometer on steroids: tracking activity with Fitbit 3: Diet wars: tracking food with MyFitnessPal 4: The tao of weight tracking 5: How useful is genetics? Me & my 23andMe results 6: Inception: tracking the brain 7: Bacteria nation: tracking the microbiome with uBiome 8: The health dashboard: TicTrac 9: The modern doctor: Dr. Robin Berzin 10: Tracking + medicine: MD Revolution Epilogue

Editorial Reviews

Health Trackers is a timely and insightful read that demonstrates how technology can increase our awareness of our bodies. The book also sends a clear message to the medical society on the benefits of self-tracking for health care management. MacManus' own journey through diabetes and self-tracking [will spike] interest to learn more about the value of these technologies in clinical practice.