Category Archives: Technology

Why I’ll Abandon My Fitbit (Eventually)

Startup incubator RockHealth (which, incidentally, I think is an incredible organization) recently published a report on wearable sensors that’s grabbed a lot of attention in the health-tech community. The report contrasts the current state of wearables–a market focused only on certain aspects of trackable data, with three major players dominating 97% of the market, and many users becoming disengaged within months of purchasing a tracker–with a bullish future, as judged by the huge financial and human capital investments in the space.

RockHealth identifies three areas where wearable sensors need to improve before they will achieve their potential: Continue reading Why I’ll Abandon My Fitbit (Eventually)

Curating the eHealth Universe on Wired

I have a new blog post up on Wired Innovation Insights called Curating the Universe: Behavior Scientists, Technologists to Shape a Better eHealth Future. It’s another entry in my ongoing battle cry that one size does not fit all when it comes to health and wellness interventions. Not only do different people need different tools, but any single person will need different tools at different times depending on what challenges are in play at the moment.

Photo from Thinkstock--this dude has lots of choices for apps, like we all should.
Photo from Thinkstock–this dude has lots of choices for apps, like we all should.

In my own experience as a consumer, I’ve cycled through a number of different eHealth tools and apps. I’m on a kick right now with Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, which are working pretty well for my current needs. In the past I’ve enjoyed (ok, maybe not quite enjoyed) calorie tracking with the DailyPlate (now part of Livestrong) and marathon training with a Hal Higdon app. I’m sure six months from now there will be a different app on my phone–maybe something for strength training or flexibility. The bottom line is, Continue reading Curating the eHealth Universe on Wired

Tracking Your Health

I was excited to see this article in MobiHealthNews about a new app my company just launched called Track Your Health. You can check out the product page here.

Track Your Health by Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company

I wasn’t part of the core team that launched Track Your Health, but part of my role is making sure we maximize the value of this new tool to deliver meaningful, motivational coaching. I see so much possibility in helping people to really understand the impact of their small behaviors on their larger health and happiness.

I thought it might be nice to share why behavioral feedback is so much on my mind these days. I’d love to hear about your experiences with tracking and how an app might add new value for you beyond what is already out there.

The Power of Beautiful Design

I admit it; I make ugly slides.

I can recognize lovely design, and I very much want to emulate it, but the fact is, I just don’t have a brain that can arrange content in attractive configurations. I’m the presenter equivalent of a sensible shoe. I get the job done in terms of delivering the information you need, but you’re probably not attracted by the styling.

One of my personal development goals is to improve my slide style, because the fact is that the format influences how people receive your message. More attractive slides are more engaging and reflect well on the presenter’s overall skills. In many cases, the formatting can even influence whether or not the audience accurately understands your meaning. Continue reading The Power of Beautiful Design

Why the Facebook Top Stories Sort Makes People Angry

If you’re one of the 1.28 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that there are a few different ways to sort your news feed. My favorite sort is “most recent,” which arranges my friends’ activity in reverse chronological order. I can browse starting from the newest activity and scroll down until I reach the first familiar post, which indicates I’m fully up to date. Facebook also has a sort called “Top Stories” which uses an algorithm to determine which of your friends’ posts should surface to the top of your feed. My guess is that the algorithm accounts for factors such as likes and comments on a post, as well as originality (i.e. a Facebook-originated status will carry more weight than a link from another site).

For a user like myself, with a only few hundred friends (only!), the Top Stories sort is sub-optimal. Continue reading Why the Facebook Top Stories Sort Makes People Angry