People use wireless technology to communicate, game and entertain. USC's Center for Body Computing asks why not use that same tech to get fit or manage a health condition? At the center's annual conference, innovators presented ways in which health technology merges with social media, entertainment, sports and fitness.
The Center for Body Computing works with startups and other partners to develop wireless health products. Body computing could mean using your computer to track calories burned, posting your heart rate on Instagram or browsing YouTube for diabetic-friendly recipes.
In sports, it could mean monitoring young athletes for head injuries or tracking the intensity of pro play. Whatever the project, body computing makes health-tech digital and accessible. "We can even make it fun," said Dr. Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist and the center's executive director.
It's all part of a "veritable shakeup" bringing health technology out of the clinic and into the home, Eric Topol, a cardiologist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla and author of "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare," said in an interview.