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Tech

By Kerri Haresign

PIPE LINE

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hen consumer health, fitness and wellness trackers
first became mainstream, they featured a few key
goals around fitness applications and were best
known for tracking steps and distance. Today's trackers collect
an expanded portfolio of metrics like heart rate, stress and
quality of sleep. But more importantly, they also collect and provide a continuous stream of health data.

The application of this data is growing
in a variety of methods including the
ability to reach into the doctor's office.
CTA's Health, Fitness & Wellness
Technology standardization committee
is creating definitions and performance requirements around these new
metrics and data streams. This committee will address the challenges of
transparency and reliability raised by
the increasing amount of available
health data, making sure that your
doctor can trust it.

Measuring the Beats

In January 2018, CTA published its
standard addressing Physical Activity
Monitoring for Heart Rate (CTA-2065).
As measuring heart rate has become
more important in wearables, CTA's
standardization participants saw an
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opportunity to examine the performance of devices that measure heart
rate to create an accurate validation
test. In order to measure the accuracy
and availability of technology that measures heart rate, this standard outlines
a series of testing protocols ranging
from heart rate while sedentary, exercising or doing lifestyle activities (like
laundry or office work).
The improved accuracy of heart rate
monitoring allows users to refine their
workouts, but also results in improved
diagnostics beyond the realm of the
clinic. This work also represents a building block to other metrics and information that can be learned from trackers
like intensity of activity, calories burned
and stress tracking.
CTA's Consumer Stress Monitoring
Working Group is working to create a

A Good Night's Sleep

The topics of activity and stress
quickly expand to discussions about
sleep quality, since key insights into an
individual's health and wellness can be
learned through understanding how
they sleep. Through its partnership
with the National Sleep Foundation,
CTA is building on its current sleepmonitoring standards portfolio by
addressing performance criteria and
testing protocols for features in sleep
tracking in consumer technology that
measures sleep.
While there are many advantages to
the increase of availability and accuracy
of data, the industry is still faced with
challenges around the development of
guiding principles of practice and transparency for mobile health solutions,
which includes both applications and
devices. Through the ongoing work of the
Mobile Health Applications Working
Group, CTA and stakeholders are creating best practices for the industry on
broad topics such as accuracy thresholds, transparency, security, privacy, regulatory compliance and interoperability.
Where tracking devices go in the
future remains to be seen but the
Health, Fitness & Wellness Technology
standardization committee is always
looking to identify new topics for standardization and to identify additional
volunteers to support these efforts.
TO GET INVOLVED: Contact
standards@CTA.tech

I T I S I N N O VAT I O N

Supparsorn Wantarnagon/Alamy

The Next 'Steps' in
Consumer Health, Fitness
and Wellness Tracking

standard that defines terms related to
stress and stress indicators while striving to establish performance characteristics of consumer stress monitoring
technologies. While leveraging previous work on heart rate measurements,
this group is exploring performance
metrics of physiological indicators
such as heart rate variability, skin conductance and respiration. The working
group is discussing use cases related to
testing psychosocial and physical protocols and their application to both
acute and chronic stress.



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