Video: Use Smartphone Feedback To Get Healthier

As director of Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health, Dr. Joseph C. Kvedar works on breaking down the barriers created by the idea that "you have to visit someone in a physical location to get health care services."

More on that soon — and on how health reform will help spur that momentum. For now, Joe kindly answers a basic question: Right this moment, with current technology and the current health care system, how can we best use our smartphones to get healthier?

There are scads of health-related apps on the market, but Joe boils down his advice to under three minutes and begins with this: "Probably the simplest thing we can all do is track activity," and smart pedometers these days can send our numbers of steps wirelessly to phones or Websites for easy graphing and reminders. Technophile readers, any recommendations?

This program aired on October 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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