Health ‘trackers’ won’t work if they don’t prompt change
Regarding the recent Vital Signs blog post “Wearable activity trackers: Do they help health and wellness?” (ModernHealthcare.com, Sept. 17), research on the sustainable use and value of “trackers” has shown a common thread: that behavior modification has not been addressed by the tracking platforms. Yes, social networking, coaching, gaming, peer-support nudging and more have all been incorporated, but specifically addressing behavior modification has been sorely lacking. This is evidenced by the sad statistic of the inability to sustain engagement. In other words, the tracking devices end up in a drawer after less than nine months. Perhaps, tracker companies should employ behaviorists or psychologists to craft a solution. It concerns me that the industry is viewing wearable sensors as the next big collection point to fill the predictive analytics database.
Rick Meider Sunnyvale, Calif.