Imagine that you have a special ability. You know exactly what kind of mood you are going to wake up in. You are sure that working out this Tuesday will increase your energy level by 15%. You are able to detect an illness even before it develops.
Yes, you go to a doctor knowing in advance what the problem is. And you get well. Even cancer is 90% curable if you detect it early on.
No, you haven’t developed super powers after being struck by lightning. No magic at all. Technology is what predicted all that based on accurate data.
It’s not yet possible. But humanity is one step away from making this true.
Quantified self is a movement that was started in the 70s. In 2007, Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly coined the phrase and it has been gaining popularity ever since.
The idea is to organise your life using quantifiable data. People measure their pulse, amount of sleep, blood pressure and mood, and find correlations by analysing all that.
A common example, athletes measure their pulse before and after training sessions.
Why do we need that?
We know how important numbers are when it comes to estimating success rate of an advertising campaign or creating a business model. We manage staff using KPI. We gain knowledge by finding correlations, whether formulas or historical facts.
Why not apply this same approach to personal growth and health? In order to achieve our goals we need to have a clear picture of what we have at the moment and what we have already done. We need to know what to expect. Accurate data is better than predictions.
You no longer need to keep a dieary or take notes about what you had for dinner. There are affordable gadgets like Jawbone, FitBit or smart watches.
Analysing and finding correlations has become easier. A good example is the story of a person learning that his wife was pregnant by analysing her FitBit heart rate data.
The device showed faster heart rate and increased calorie expenditure, so the person decided that the device wasn’t working properly. He wrote about that on a forum where one woman commented that she had had the same situation during her second month of pregnancy. The information was later confirmed (source: https://lenta.ru/news/2016/02/09/pregnantfit/)
Everyone can improve themselves and be healthy, we have a lot of information around us and our smartphones can help us count steps on our way to our goals.
There are plenty of apps that count calories or control water intake, there are also smart alarm clocks – all in your pocket.
Time management has become easier thanks to technological developments. CRM, work time website blockers, Pomodoro app — these things make us more productive.
Now, let’s be honest. Yea, I’ll go to the gym on Monday. I’ll start waking up at 7am starting from January. I’ll go to bed earlier tomorrow…
No app will replace self discipline and genuine motivation to achieve your goals. Dropping your food diary is much easier than keeping it for at least three months. Gadgets and apps have been entertaining us so far. But meaningful change requires commitment.
What’s the way out?
Personal health analyst
Your wellbeing is affected by many factors every day. Welltory collects this data, analyses it and gives you recommendations.
Welltory is a project that brings together artificial and human intellect. It’s your personal analyst in an app, which helps you become healthier and happier.
We have a system of data analysis and a team of experts: consultants, analysts, scientists and physicians.
Imagine a smoker who sees how their heart rate changes after a cigarette. Forget about reading about abstract consequences, the person actually sees their body’s reaction in real time.
Or imagine being able to see how a bottle of beer affects your wellbeing and the quality of your sleep. And it’s not because a very smart doctor said that, it’s because you have got the statistics.
How does this work?
You get a gadget that measures your heart rate variability. From the scientific point of view, these data provide deep insight into your health status. You can also use other fitness gadgets.
We collect data: what you do, how you feel and what the environment is like. Reports take minimum time: take measurements and send the statistics twice a day.
You won’t need to analyse it all and try to find correlations between the environment, amount of sleep or addiction to sweets, this is done by our program. Your personal health consultant (human) will give you advice on what to improve.
There is no one universal method that helps everyone, otherwise, everyone would be healthy and fit. You can predict what is good or bad for each person based on their specific situation.
For example, Dan doesn’t sleep well because he doesn’t ventilate his room. But Maria suffers from insomnia because of her stressful work.
Some get energized by running. For others yoga or pilates would be better and running would only increase stress.
Your personal consultant will help you detect this correlation and advise you on what to change.
“Health-wise, lifestyle is the only thing we can change. But it’s hard to do, because our body is very often a “black box”. We don’t know what to start with. We don’t know what will work for us and what won’t, and we are alone on that journey. I want to change that.”
— Alexander Lyskovsky, Welltory founder
To sum up
The project’s aim is to collect more data about our users’ health and lifestyle to then analyse it and find correlations between lifestyle and wellbeing.
Having this statistics we can tell our users what kinds of small changes would improve their lives. You get motivated and receive feedback, so that you can quickly see whether something works for you or not.
P.S.: To get back to the initial idea (medicine of the future) – when you are able to detect diseases before they develop. Yes, it is yet impossible. However, Welltory support will help you track negative changes early on and will notify you when you need to see a doctor to have a check-up.