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Taking your Health Digital

A snapshot in time: wearable fitness trackers let you stay in touch with your activity – anytime, anywhere.

“I walk, I get my heart rate up. Just makes myself feel more energized,” says Rebecca Columbus.

Rebecca Columbus is among the millions of Americans watching their steps. This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but up.

“We have such an epidemic of weight problems and chronic disease with diabetes and high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. And so this is one easy way to really get back on track with your health,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, who is the vice president of health and wellness with Lee Memorial Health System.

A step up from old-school pedometers, digital devices are now tracking a host of health metrics, from heart rate to blood pressure, calorie intake, to blood sugar and sleep activity. Storing data to better manage health.

“You may see your doctor once a month or every three months, probably more often every three months or every three six months but what’s happening on a day-to-day basis?” asks Dr. Lacagnina.

To give you an idea of where this is going, today personal health devices are a $4-billion industry. It’s expected to jump to $8-billion by 2018. More equipment is being rolled out to better serve the aging population. Allowing them to keep tabs on their daily numbers and share it with their doctor.

“They can look at the trends and I think you actually provide better medical care and people take care of their own illnesses much better when they have some sort of a device to do that,” says Dr. Lacagnina.

Whether devices provide motivation for the health conscious.

“Definitely, I mean I was in a slump there for a little bit,” says Columbus.

Or accountability to people the health issues, the medical world is keeping pace with digital revolution.

View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/

Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.

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