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My month as a HealthKit patient

Marco Tabini | Feb. 13, 2015
I'm a sucker for data. At my day job, I get to help businesses collect and analyze all kinds of information--a process that often leads to transformative change on the way our clients operate.

The good news is that these technologies are still in their infancy, and the software is likely to improve with time, particularly as agencies like the FDA start taking connected devices into account. 

Until then, HealthKit's major advantage over a pencil and a $20 scale is primarily one of convenience; if, like me, you aren't very good at keeping track of minutiae, there's something to be said for the ability to walk into your doctor's office with a full complement of health data at your disposal — it certainly makes for a more productive relationship with medical professionals.

If, on the other hand, record keeping is your strong suit, the additional expense connected with acquiring the hardware is unlikely to really give you more bang for your buck than a good old-fashioned spreadsheet.

 

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