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“Quantified self” tools to transform invisible symptoms into visible data

by Alex Wilson | Apr 22, 2021 | in Patient-Driven Innovation

Often linked with wearables, these tools can transform subjective symptoms into quantified data. Emerging technologies can make historically invisible illnesses visible by quantifying hard-to-track symptoms, such as tachycardia and sleep disturbances. A wide variety of commercial products now provide wearable heart and blood pressure monitors, as well as sensors to monitor respiration, temperatures, blood oxygen, and other factors.

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Royale Scuderi Apr 26, 2021

I have used various apps and wearables to track my chronic symptoms for many years. I primarily use my Apple Watch to monitor stress, breathing, HRV, sleep and other indicators of wellness to adjust my lifestyle strategies to recovery.

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Emily Lovell Apr 28, 2021

The Oura ring has been helpful for me in tracking trends in my resting heart rate, sleep quantity/quality, and variation in body temp. It's best as a sleep tracker/worn overnight, but has more limited capability as an activity tracker during the day.

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