WHO IS WATCHING YOUR WATCH?

 

watchThe good news is both your medical provider and pharmaceutical companies can test new medications more efficiently by checking the biodata from your body if you are wearing a smart watch.

The bad news is that hackers may see your information and your emotions are on display to others no matter how you try to hide them. If you are attracted to someone and your heart rate goes up, that someone can see how you are feeling. You also can’t hide the amount of calories you take in each day or many other emanations from your body you probably wouldn’t made public.

Watches that record the environment around and inside your body have been used for quite a while in the sports arena but now they are making time in the medical field.

Drug companies are using wearable watches to help them gather-round-the clock bio information from participants. They are hoping the use of the data will quickly convince government and insurance companies new medications are effective, thus reducing the time a drug comes to market.

Scientists found wearable data collectors are more accurate than patients’ memories. For example, “How did you feel when you ran a mile on a scale of 0-10?” a medical practioner may ask. You say “8” while the biometric data sent from your body via the Internet to a secure server may record a “4.”

How secure is the server? Ask the White House, the Pentagon and Target Stores; their “secure servers” have all been hacked.

My son’s friend, an executive with a large company, had her infertility examination made public. When my son Googled her name, her record came up with a lot of information including her social security number. It turned out her doctor had hired someone to file records on a supposedly secure Internet site. The assistant pushed the wrong button and my son’s friend had her gynecological record available on the Internet. It included her Social Security number.

Biometricdata sent from a smart phone to an Internet site may not be entirely private– however, it may save lives.

The much heralded Apple Watch, for example, incorporates fitness tracking and health oriented capabilities as well as integration with other Apple products and services. It is capable of receiving notification, messages and phone calls, if you have an iPhone with you. Some users complained of the heart monitoring feature because changes in the skin such as tattoos can make readings inaccurate. To monitor the heartbeat, the watch flashes green lights at the skin and records the amount of green light absorbed by the blood. If you have permanent changes in your skin such as tattoos, the reading may not be accurate. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.7w26UBbcBrQB3XYa7GDWxQ&w=78&h=78&c=7&pid=1.1permqnen.

 

The watch is over $300 and Apple keeps trying to update it.

Many smart watches use Google’s Android operating system and support both Bluetooth and Wi Fi. Paired with an iPhone, if you wear the watch and get lost on the trail, it will tell where you are. Your heart activity can recorded. Step-counting and weight monitoring are available as well as an increasing number of other APs.

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The Microsoft Band with a smart watch incorporates fitness tracking and health oriented features and integrates with windows phone and android smart phone through a Blue Tooth connection. It also include applications to keep track of speed, gps, skin response sensors, Ultra Violet light skin response sensors, skin temperature sensors and other fitness tracking applications. It lists for about $200

James F. Fix, who had  had spurred the jogging craze with his bestselling books about running and his preaching that active people live longer died in 1984 at the age of 52 years. The frustrating question remains if he had one of the new watches described above could his biometric data have been sent to an Internet site?  It might have alerted him or someone who monitored the site that  Fixx’s heart was not beating right  He was alone when he died, but theoretically he could he have summoned help with  one of the new watches or his biometric data could  produce  an alarm to warn him to stop running.( www. nytimes.com/…/obituaries/james-f-fixx-dies…running-was-52.html) and seek help.

If you don’t have a device that produces your biometric data and communicates with a site, don’t run alone or at least tell someone where you are going.

 

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