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2020 Vision: On the health effects of technology

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“When it comes to the future of health care, people don’t agree about a lot. But everybody agrees on this: Developing technology that can ensure the same level of care — or better care — at lower costs is a good idea.

“In ten years, sensors and similar technology will be an inexpensive, easy, and fun way to empower people to make positive lifestyle changes. Real-time monitoring of diet, exercise, sleep, solitude, and socializing‹all important indicators of health‹will help people make incremental improvements.

“The data will also let physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other health professionals offer more detailed and useful guidance to their patients.”

Stephen Intille is an associate professor with a joint appointment in computer and information science, and health sciences.