At the Dawn of the Age of Health

January 21, 2015 6:42 PM

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Historians distinguish between various ages in the development of man. The Iron Age changed agricultural practices, the Industrial Age ushered in mass production, and the economies of our Digital Age are based on information and computerization. Recent developments, however, raise the question of whether our era is not defined by data but by our pursuit of a longer, happier and more balanced life. Perhaps we are at the dawn of the Age of Health.

Advances in mobile and sensor technologies are giving rise to personal health devices that monitor heart rate, sleep patterns, calorie intake and exercise regimes. Early adopters tend to be fitness enthusiasts, but the real value lies in reaching those with unhealthy lifestyles. Digital health progr...

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