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The term "wearable technology" is usually paired with the idea of the quantified self- a concept in which individuals are interested in recording their activities, sleep, and other biometric data. These individuals use wearable technology such as FitBits to measure, record, and organize this data. The quantified self is also closely tied to the patient self-advocacy movement, in which individuals want to be active partners with their healthcare providers in their health and well-being plans.

 

Learn more about wearable technology and these other concepts through clicking the tabs above.

  • examples of wearable tech
  • articles & other resources 

While the inclusion of various products and resources doesn't imply endorsement, I hope that this information helps to inform you about the field of wearable technology. For more information, or suggested content, contact:


Kimberley Barker krb3k@virginia.edu

University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

 

The Quantified Self

"The Quantified Self[3] is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person's daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousalblood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical). " Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantified_Self 

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