Health Apps – A point of view
The latest fad is to have Apps monitor your biomarkers, body profile and sleep hours…. what do we get out of them? Or they what do they get out of you?
I was checking out Apps that claim to help you in Diabetes Management, Weight loss, cholesterol management? Great Way to track digitally…
I installed one these Apps to understand what they do since they claim to use AI for Weight management . Sounds High!
I entered my body profile details in terms of height and weight along with bio markers for Diabetes. Initial analysis had me staring in disbelief – I was declared over weight. Well, the App has to say it to sell!
The App now starts selling me Nutrition and Diet – Monthly and Yearly plans. Oh yes, The premium plans that can be unlocked. I get an offer to go for premium plans .
Why ? They have potential customer to get my bio markers data that they can be used by the App for financial gains, medical analytics that you are providing.
Next comes the remote trainer who can give you recommendation on exercise regime with consultation based on your plan – Free or premium consultation.
Do they work?
These Apps can guide you by way of recommendations thru Diet and Exercise. For how long? Are you sure you will not put on weight after a period of the plan completion? Finally, the App is a ‘virtual’ corporate and need to bring in revenue to sustain. You are providing your data (AI Pattern analysis) and also paying for service from the App.
Do I need it? Your choice now.