Importance of Technology in the Health World

Fitness OnDemand

One of the articles/videos I watched was the Fitness on Demand. Fitness on demand are programs that are dedicated to specific workout through video. These workouts can be, zumba, spin class, yoga, or even a high intensity workout. Fitness os demand makes it possible for more class times, more class formats and more class participants. It can be programmed through kiosk in an empty studio space at a designated time that you can sign up for online. Some popular programs are: Jillian Michaels, Insanity, and Zumba.

Check out this video if you want a look at it:


IoT which stands for Internet of Things is the new buzz. Almost everything we touch everyday has to do with some sort of technology. And IoT will become revolutionary in the next few years.

In the medical world, doctors, care facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics and assisted living care centers are even increasingly using advanced technologies to improve their operations. By using more technology that organizes data,it provides a higher utilization of resources, improved patient experience, increases stability, and also increased energy efficiency. This will also cut costs dramatically. I found this very interesting from my other research that relates that even more people are using technology in the medical field. I think that it is a really good idea for health care costs and health care in general. I would love to see where this goes in the future and even in the next year. Internet-of-things-in-healthcare.jpg                                      IoT-in-health-care.jpg

Microsoft unveils sensor-laden smart scarf prototype

A smart Scarf? Microsoft researchers have now demoed a smart scarf that on common can heat up and vibrate. It is composed of sensors that are connected to a main sensor, which is then connects to bluetooth, so all you have to do is touch a button on your smartphone. This can be useful for people with autism and have trouble managing their emotions, it could comfort them. Going forward they also want to incorporate cooler the user down in an indication that the user is stressed. This scarf is a very discreet way of hiding technology.

Right now, it is more of a concept than a creation Microsoft says, but who knows where it could lead to.


Check out my video, where I talk a little but more about these topics below:


CESS Podcast for Health

This week in class we had to do a podcast about different topics in the health and technology world. My group and I (CESS) made sure that we knew a lot about the topic so that the conversations could just flow. We talked about preventative medicine, new innovations in the digital health world, games for health in reference to the benefits of playing video games and also social media.

Listen below to find out more info!:


Creating this podcast was a very good experience in my opinion, to got us talking about all the new things that are coming in the digital health world in 2018 and beyond. I also found myself listening to  lot of other podcasts. I am going to list a couple of my favorites below:

    1. Can Wearable Fitness Trackers Help Drive Behavior Change?
      1. Dr. John Moore, focused on wearable devices and their link to behavior change. I found this very interesting and east to listen to. A couple little things that I noticed was that he was a very good speaker, he was easy to listen to and was very enthusiastic about what he was talking about rather than some others I listened to with monotone voices.
    1. “Artificial Vision. Real Results.”
      1. This was a very interesting one for me, it focuses in on artificial vision. It talks about a company design of a device called the MyEye2.0 and all of its successes.


Group Members:

Sam Duncan

Elianna Sanchez

Sherisse Maloney

Casey Gray


Digital Health on the Brink of Successes

4 Reasons Video Games Are Good For Your Health

This article outlines some of the positive aspects that can come from playing video games. Obviously in context of moderation, because sitting playing video games for 6 hours isn’t healthy for you. This article talks about positive impacts that are cognitive, motivational, emotional and social. First person shooter games can enhance accuracy, quicken attention allocation, and increase mental rotation ability. Gamers develop spatial skills that can be compared to people that are in formal courses designed to teach that same skill. There are a lot of games out there that have to do with problem solving, so it only makes sense that gamers develop better problem solving


skills. As for the motivational tactics, gamers and kids normally keep working on a game, say on story mode to beat the game, no matter how many times they fail they have something in them that makes them want to keep going. “Gaming may be among the most efficient and effective means by which children and youth generate positive feelings.”


Wearables, the quantified self and synthetic biology: The Day Before Tomorrow kicks off with a look at health disruptors

This is an article and a video segment that explores things like wearable technologies which I have talked about in my previous blogs. There is an obvious growth in the reaction ship between technology and health. As said before, wearable technology in an extension of individuals and lets them monitor their health while also maintaining it. They also talk about synthetic biology, which is the practice of engineering bacteria on a bid to allow human to do things they are incapable of in their natural state. A quote from the panel session stated that “As human beings we’re not great at doing calculations, but computers are, so we can get them to do calculations in the most easily digestible form for humans. There’s a lot of optimisation that can be done.”

Video Segment below:



In this article, it talks about how the world is getting smaller and smaller and in reference to healthcare, that is true. A claim stated that the world will be short 12.9 million health care workers by 2035. Artificial intelligence could be the solution for this problem by integrating it into apps. AI help with optimizing clinical processes they can check for vitals, and also suggest education for common allergies. With is Doctors are more free for more critical cases. AI can allow for early and precise diagnosis, it can help with prevention which is better than the cure as the saying goes. Something I found very interesting is AI is in the works of trying to find a solution for blindness, diagnose sleep disorders and many other things. As for the future “Currently humans are irreplaceable when it comes to caring for another human. No algorithm is able to empathize with any of its cases. That’s for a human to do! It yet cannot function as a doctor or a nurse on its own, it can only be consulted.”

Know Your Do’s and Don’ts on Social Media

20 Basic Do’s and Don’ts for Digital Citizenship

This article was written by TeachThoughtStaff.

I found this chart very intriguing to me. Even the small things stood out, it was very eye catching and I think that is a good aspect to it to draw people towards it. I like how it brought basic manners used in everyday life to the social media world as “rules”. It is a combined list of Do’s and Don’ts on social media platforms. I am going to share some of my favorites from both sides.

Do’s: Build your own Brand(promote yourself positively), Treat other the way you’d like to be treated(be pleasant and polite), Use proper english(spelling and grammar), Be careful what you share(make sure it is legal, i.e., others retweets).

Don’ts: Dont steal others work(copyrights), Don’t feed the trolls(ignore and report), Don’t just retweet(make your own content).

This is a very beneficial for any person that uses social media. It shows you how you should and should not act online, which could also be applied to offline.


University of Michigan Teaches Digital Etiquette to Middle School Students

This article is written by Meghan Borgardus Cortez.

To continue the topic of digital citizenship, I chose this article to reflect on that ties into the first article.

This article is about master’s students from University of Michigan that teach middle schooler in Ann Arbor how to be safe and treat each other online. Digital citizenship is a key role in the first step to improving cybersecurity. If these children learn how to treat each other online and learn about these new things then they are less susceptible to being a victim or being the person cyberbullying.

This program teaches kids about privacy, security, phishing, copyright infringement, online reputation and cyberbullying. I am sure that at some point in everyones life someone instills in our minds that whatever you put online will stay on there forever no matter if you delete it or not. I think that this program is an amazing thing to teach young kids about this and show them the right thing to do online and how to be safe.

This article goes hand in hand with the Do’s and Don’ts article and I think that this is a very interning topic that a lot of people don’t think can be taught.


Straying away from the above topics, another I found interesting is wearable technology.WearablesStatsImage_1be205394ef7

Checking your vitals: Wearable technology is changing the way we monitor health

This article is written by Angela Haggerty.

It is no surprise that in today’s world mobile technology has changed the way we interact with each other. Wearable devices such as Apple Watches, FitBits, Garmin etc… are becoming very popular for many reason. They allow us to track our health in areas such as measuring exercise, heart rate, calorie intake and also keep close watch on someone’s vitals.

I think that wearable devices are such smart invention. They are for the sole purpose of mining health, reaching your goals and preventing problems. People are so accustomed to typing in their symptoms on google and then results come up with such things like cancer and then it freaks you out(I have done this before). This in no way is a substitute for a professional opinion, but wearing one of these can help you keep track of yourself and maybe if something isn’t going right, it will push you to see medical help.

I have always wanted an Apple Watch and when I finally get one I am very excited to be able to have that technology to keep track of myself and goals right at my wrist.