Dr. Diamond believes that adding reminders as part of the device experience could be even more beneficial to patients for encouraging healthy habits. “It could be a simple reminder to get up and walk around once every hour, or even to take a few minutes for some deep breathing exercises. There are simple things that could be integrated around nutrition and meals; having a system that includes a wearable device with access to information about your schedule and calendar could provide advice on planning healthy eating and exercise even when time is limited.” Most importantly, Dr. Diamond hopes that clinicians will see wearables as a tool for helping to improve patient health via lifestyle modifications. “Exercise is one of the most powerful medicines that we have, and now we have a technology to help people keep track of it. I sincerely hope that more patients can utilize these tools and more doctors can take a minute or two to assess their patient’s physical activity using actionable information from wearables.”3

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