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Ariella
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Re: Sensor Inconvenience
Ariella   5/30/2014 5:44:41 PM
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@Michael Baby steps, I guess, though this baby seems to make very slow progress!

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Michael Steinhart   5/30/2014 4:37:15 PM
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Well, that'll do it. If they suggested otherwise, they'd be run out of business by the FDA, if the litigators didn't get them first.

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Michael Steinhart   5/30/2014 4:35:55 PM
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I know!! My son was on an apnea monitor (now we're going back to the dark ages of 2010) and the medical equipment rental company had to *roll a truck* to come to my house, collect the SD card from the machine, and "process" it for review by the doctor. I called the company and said, "Have you not heard of WiFi?"

But don't worry, we've made progress. A friend of mine has a CPAP mask for obstructive sleep apnea, and the company sends him self-addressed stamped envelopes in which to mail the SD card for each month's data dump.

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Michael Steinhart   5/30/2014 4:29:29 PM
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The way many elements of healthcare have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century is equal parts frustrating and hilarious.

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Ariella   5/30/2014 8:37:33 AM
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<So essentially, the information collected by your FitBit and analyzed by its apps is for entertainment purposes only?>

@Michael in a way, yes, though they call it "informational purposes." From their terms of use

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Re: Sensor Inconvenience
Ariella   5/30/2014 8:29:52 AM
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<Her father had to wear a cardiac monitor vest and then bring it back to the pharmacy every week for a data upload. And this is in 2012!>

@Michael I'm really surprised about that as upload via mobile devices has been aroudn for a while. Also the inconvenience for such a setup is substantial.

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Re: Sensor Inconvenience
PredictableChaos   5/30/2014 7:52:00 AM
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2012? And he was asked to come in for weekly downloads? That's just silly. Maybe they should just tether his cardiac vest to an IBM mainframe.

It reminds me of an electric car joke, that nobody will even get anymore. Maybe if you think of electric lawn mowers with 200 foot electric cords, it will help (yes, we really had such things)

Guy in a bar: I hear they're thinking of making electric cars.
Blonde: oh that'll never work. How on earth will we untangle the cords?

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Michael Steinhart   5/29/2014 10:33:35 PM
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Sounds like one of the main arguments against Big Pharma, HH. I think, like most of these situations, the technology will evolve far more quickly than the regulations and guidelines, and enterprising developers will figure out how to get their products into users' hands.

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Michael Steinhart   5/29/2014 10:31:36 PM
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Do you really thing standards are going to help? Haven't we seen how easy it is to circumvent FDA guidelines with questionable supplements, overseas drug orders, and "this substance has not been approved..." disclaimers?

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Michael Steinhart   5/29/2014 10:30:20 PM
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So essentially, the information collected by your FitBit and analyzed by its apps is for entertainment purposes only?

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