Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Whoop - First Look


Amazfit - First Look - Oct 20th, 2020

Due to various issues I decided to move away from the crowd-funded Amazfit X that I had been using as an activity tracker for the past few years. Its sleep tracking (my primary use) suddenly became less accurate and it started to consistently misreport my sleep duration. I would go to bed around 10 pm, falling asleep within a few minutes. Then the next day it would show my sleep starting at 1am or 2 am, etc. Clearly, a very undesirable situation. After checking Google and reading about various trackers, I decide to go ahead and sprang for a year's subscription to Whoop.

Another reason to get a working solution is that I am going to be paying a lot more attention to my activity levels and sleep quality, see Biological Age Testing.

The unboxing photos:

The companion app is downloaded from Google Play:

You need to charge the Whoop, pair it with your phone, and then it starts collecting your information and building a baseline over your first 30 days...  More to come once this has taken place!

Whoop Reviews:
Whoop Band Review (Sleepfoundation)

Whoop YouTube Reviews:

Friday, October 13, 2023

Amazon & One Medical

Amazon's One Medical integration is still in "early days," see Why One Medical's CMO believes Amazon Health can make a big impact tackling chronic diseases.

How they envisage eventually/potentially leveraging One Medical is what I suggested be the value-added part of ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ง - see my Apr 2018 article.

P.S. Note, with Haven their reach would have been ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐š๐๐ž๐ซ.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Biological Age Testing

I recently took Elysium's ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ž๐ฑ ๐›๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ - https://elysiumhealth.com/products/index - and just received the results. It started off well - overall my 'biological age' is lower than my chronological age. Then I looked at the system age scores, and ๐˜๐ˆ๐Š๐„๐’!

How concerned should I be about the 'brain' score? Well, enough that I've decided to do more of a few of the recommended follow-up actions:
  • Greatly increase my activity and exercise levels!
  • Try to improve my sleep - levels and quality
  • Learn something new - I've signed up with Babbel to learn a new language. 

I'll redo the Index test in 12 months and report back if any of this has made a difference.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Random Thought

๐‘๐š๐ง๐๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ: Want to sell pharmaceuticals in the U.S.? The government should require that ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ such entities develop a ‘๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง ๐๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง’ for their operations. A standard model to be developed (in cooperation with pharmaceutical manufacturers, etc.) by NIST who will define the data elements, etc., definitions, metrology/measurement, information collection, reporting, technology used, etc., etc. 

Data from the various manufacturers’ digital twins would regularly (e.g. daily) ‘feed’ a government-controlled ‘๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐š ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง ๐๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง.’ 

This will require enabling legislation e.g. to overcome manufacturer claims of proprietary information, trade secrets, etc. that they historically have used to not provide information. A wide variety of “carrots” and "sticks" will need to be used to gain industry cooperation, for example the government underwriting the costs of development, deployment, and implementation, with the benefits of having such a system accruing to the manufacturers. 

Once the FDA’s QMMP is deployed to manufacturers its data can then also be folded into the digital twin. With the resulting complete transparency and end-to-end visibility across the entire industry now available to the government (manufacturing information, quality information, supply chain information, etc.), the use of AI, ML, and other such tools should support the ability to forecast and anticipate problems, issues, disruptions, etc. so that the appropriate efforts at prevention, mitigation, etc. can be carried out successfully.

6-part article of which the above is a sub-part