Video: Will Real-time Data for Consumers Improve Their Health?

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A Fitbit device. (Wikimedia Commons)

Last week, what happened in Vegas got reported on PBS, as NewsHour's Miles O'Brien took a look at all the fitness tracking technology on display at the Consumer Electronics Show. "Wearing your heart on your sleeve is taking on a whole new meaning," was O'Brien's pretty excellent lead.

Some takeaways:

  • An estimated 500 million people worldwide use devices that monitor real-time health and fitness data. The sector is growing more than 200 percent per year.
  • The business is being driven by rapidly shrinking sensors, improved communication between devices, longer battery life and the ubiquity of smartphones.
  • The FDA is regulating apps it considers to be medical devices. The risk to users: incorrect or delayed diagnoses.

Here's the transcript. Video is above.