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Understanding the Quantified Self

Nov 27, 2012

City Visions explores the growing "quantified self" movement in the Bay Area. Proponents say that gathering, analyzing -- and sharing-- data about our everyday activities can help us sleep better, lose weight, avoid disease, stay happier and live longer. What kinds of self-tracking technologies are out there, and is there ever such a thing as too much self-knowledge?


Paul Abramson, Medical Director of My Doctor Medical Group, a private practice he founded in San Francisco, and member of the clinical faculty at UCSF. A former electrical engineer and programmer, Paul has been self-tracking for a number of years.

Ashley Tudor, a design strategist who focuses on innovation and health. She is also the author of Sweet Potato Power, a guide to nutrition and self-monitoring to optimize health. In 2010, Mayor Gavin Newsom named Ashley one of San Francisco's top innovators in health.

Jim Kean, CEO and founder of WellnessFX, a San Francisco-based company that provides biometrics tests, consultations and a web-based platform for consumers to organize and track their health-related data. Jim is a veteran of online health, having founded Sapient Health Network, which became the foundation of WebMD's consumer health business. He is also an avid CrossFittter and competes at the masters level.  


Credit http://www.innovation-alliance.net/