With almost five billion mobile phone users in the world, of which two billion are smartphones, mobile health (also known as m-health or connected health) has been lauded as an attractive solution to address the challenges of the rising costs of chronic morbidities.
Moreover, the ubiquity of smartphones has led to a burgeoning market for m-health apps and wearable devices, resulting in more health data being collected than ever before. This has given rise to a phenomenon known as “the quantified self,” the process of tracking everyday activities to learn more about yourself.
For example, it is now possible for individuals to know their average time spent in REM sleep over three months and whether their sleep quality correlates with bad weather. One can now check their blood pressure, oxygen saturations and ECG in a single device, receive a fullgenetic analysis for less than $100 and soon be able to keep track of real-time glucose levels thanks to Bluetooth enabled contact lenses.
A simple look at Apple’s Health app yields no less than 79 different health records, spanning Vitamins A through E, variations in body temperature and caffeine levels.
A new mobile app takes the obsession to quantify into the bedroom, by helping individuals track their sexual encounters on their smartphones. The app collects information on the sexual duration and noise levels in order to quantitatively assess the user’s performance, presenting the data in a series of attractive graphs.