I don’t have a scale yet, but as you can see in reading here, you can connect the Withings Body Scale. Once connected your weight can automatically go to your personal health record, so in other words you won’t have to manually enter your weight. A couple weeks ago I wrote about the use of RazCode with the Withings Scale. RazCode encrypts Microsoft Tags. This solution announced in the press release here is another way to connect the Withings Scale if you are not set up with Tags yet. If you have not read the previous post, I recommend doing so to see how Windows Tags come in to play as well as a choice.
Connecting HealthVault/Google Health and More to RazCode Encrypted Microsoft Tags – Automate Data Input
Since healthcare reform is in the news this week, you may also want to review this post from back in January. Biometric monitoring and behavioral underwriting is a big part of their plan and as you can see with the post below with another company that offers another scale; they may want your electronic data too in some form or another. As I have mentioned so many times before, biometric devices that report data seem to be getting the short end of the stick when it comes to defining “meaningful use” as this is a fast emerging market place and most have not had time to fully digest and comprehend what is happening out there with humans no longer entering all the data.
Anthem Blue Cross Contracts with IDEAL LIFE Biometrics – Blue Tooth Wireless Body Weight Scales for Home Monitoring With Algorithms of Care Relating to Early Detection of Congestive Heart Failure (C.A.R.E.)
Perhaps the future in monitoring lies in a WiFi scale and other electronic devices that report data. The scale is pretty simple but when it comes to mobile devices, we need additional information relative to participatory sensing to determine what is disruptive and what can work in harmony with day to day life, as everyone knows we have a hard time with dealing with cell phones and calls, not to mention adding additional data reporting capabilities. Read the link below to see what studies are in progress to determine how mobility devices connecting with healthcare data are in the works.
Participatory Sensing with Cell Phones – New Study to Determine If This Works and How Disruptive It Could Be
I’m not sure I would want to “tweet” my weight and my Twitter readers would probably “fry” me if I did have a scale to do this, but it’s an option here as well. BD
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France – March 22, 2010 -- Withings, maker of the world’s first WiFi connected personal scale, today announced its integration with HealthVault, a personal health record platform that enables users to securely gather, store and share their medical information online. . By joining the network of HealthVault-compatible devices, weight, lean and fat mass, as well as BMI readings from the Withings WiFi Body Scale can now seamlessly be uploaded into a user’s HealthVault profile using the scale’s built-in WiFi connection.
“Weight control and management is the first step in living a healthier life,” said Cedric Hutchings, Withings General Manager. “Our scale helps users by allowing them to track their weight and manage goals more easily. Now, the HealthVault service integration makes it even easier to keep track of this important information by storing it with the rest of their medical records.”
“The Withings WiFi scale is a beautifully-designed and compelling addition to the HealthVault ecosystem of third-party health services and at-home devices,” said Sean Nolan, chief architect for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft Corp. “By linking with HealthVault, Withings users will be able to better manage their health by sharing weight, fat mass and BMI information with other innovative services and applications that support them in reaching their health, wellness and fitness goals.”
The WiFi Body Scale is an innovative product that transforms an ordinary bathroom scale into an automatic weight tracking device. It wirelessly records a user’s body weight, lean & fat mass, and calculated body mass index (BMI) onto his/her own secure webpage and/or free Withings iPhone application, WiScale. The scale can track up to eight users. For more information on the scale’s features click here. Also, if enabled by each of the users, the scale can automatically “Tweet” their information to their followers in order to obtain motivation and encouragement [more info on that feature here].
The scale is currently available on www.withings.com for $159.00 USD. For more information on Withings, go to www.withings.com . To request additional information or images of the WiFi Body Scale, please contact PR representative Jessica Darrican at (305) 576-1171 ext.16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Withings is a French start-up established by three executives from the technology and telecom industry. With a focus on the innovation and design for everyday products, Withings introduced in September 2009 its first-of-its-kind WiFi Bodyscale in the United States. For more information on Withings, visit www.withings.com .
About Microsoft® HealthVault:
Microsoft® HealthVault is a personal health application platform designed to put consumers in control of their health information. HealthVault provides a privacy- and security-enhanced foundation on which a broad ecosystem of providers can build innovative health and wellness solutions such as personal health records, disease management, fitness, weight loss and other Web applications. HealthVault can be used to collect and store health information that would otherwise reside in disparate systems and transfer the information between a variety of providers’ health services and systems. It enables the reuse and free flow of interoperable and transportable personal health information. For more information, visit www.HealthVault.com.