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Digital Health: Tracking Physiomes and Activity Using Wearable Biosensors Reveals Useful Health-Related Information

A new wave of wearable sensors allows frequent and continuous measurements of body functions (physiology), including heart rate, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels, and physical activity. This study by Li et al investigated the ability of wearable sensors to follow physiological changes that occur over the course of a day, during illness and other activities. The results indicate that the information provided by wearable sensors is physiologically meaningful and actionable, and the authors propose that wearable sensors are likely to play an increasingly important role in managing health. The image shows a digital human with a smartphone collecting physiological data from a wearable device.

Image Credit: Xiao Li and Charles Abbott III