Category Archives: Healthcare lifestyle

Staying Engaged: How To Use Streaks and Weekly Goals

Establishing new behaviors that eventually become habits that can lead to a new identity or sense of self can be hard. Two techniques that have worked to help me stay engaged as I work towards creating new habits are streaks and weekly … Continue reading

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A Small But Significant Patient-Centered Example

Digital health solutions that facilitate patient engagement must put the patient in charge, not the physician. Outside of the clinic, where health happens, in the day-in, day-out lives of people, we have to let the patient take ownership of and … Continue reading

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Big Data or Tiny Habits?

To repeat the oft-quoted words of Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I believe that wearable activity tracking devices can be powerful habit transformation tools and I’m frustrated to see … Continue reading

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Get Smart With the New Misfit Shine

“Don’t tell me there’s another wearable fitness tracker on the shelf” Guess what, there’s another wearable fitness tracker on the shelf at Apple. “I asked you not to tell me that.”

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Step Up and Flex Those Behavior Change Muscles

Fitbit, Jawbone, Basis, Misfit, Withings, Lark, Nike.. the list of activity tracking devices continues to grow. Which to choose? There are plenty of opinions – but most of the discussion comparing them tends to focus on hardware specific features such … Continue reading

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Employer-provided Health Insurance Is … well … Killing Us

Participation in the healthcare system in this country is largely tied to your employment. If you need healthcare, get a job. If your employer doesn’t offer healthcare insurance,  you are likely to simply go without. Stay at your current job … Continue reading

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To Keep Me Engaged, Make It Meaningful

I believe that consumer tracking devices such as the Jawbone Up and Fitbit can have a long-term positive impact by helping people to establish healthy behaviors and habits. However, at the handful of consumer health oriented conferences I’ve been to, … Continue reading

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Behavior Change Is (maybe not so) Hard.

I learned something recently that I wish I had learned 10 years ago: Self-motivation is not the way to create new daily behaviors that stick. The trick is to construct a new simple habit and just let it happen. Motivation … Continue reading

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Imagine if your health plan was …

Suspend your understanding of your relationship with your health insurance company as it stands today and imagine something different with me… Imagine your health plan is a wellness “club”. In addition to providing insurance to help cover the cost of … Continue reading

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HxD 2013 Pass Giveaway Extravaganza!

Here are some creative healthcare ideas and thoughts of mine in response to questions posted in preparation for the Healthcare Experience Design Conference (#HxDConf) in Boston on March 25 and a possible chance to win a free pass. (I’m currently … Continue reading

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