Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Self-Tracking Health Devices

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A smartphone app with an attached heart monitoring device.
Mina Kim/KQED
A smartphone app with an attached heart monitoring device.

Your smartphone can track your stock portfolio, find the best risotto in town and remind you about Mom's birthday. But what if your phone could tell you when you're about to have a heart attack? Or lower your chance of diabetes? Silicon Valley is investing in the latest health apps, which are projected to become a multi-billion dollar business. Will people use these devices instead of going to doctors? And how will health apps change the way people take care of themselves or make health care decisions?

Host: Dave Iverson


  • Aza Raskin, CEO and founder of Massive Health, maker of health-focused products including apps
  • Gary Wolf, co-founder of The Quantified Self, a blog and online forum dedicated to discussion of self-tracking devices, and writer and contributing editor to Wired magazine
  • Jeffrey Olgin, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology at UCSF; he and his research team just started a study using mobile technology to monitor, predict and treat heart disease

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