“I think it saved me. I think it saved my heart”: The Complex Journey From Self-Tracking With Wearables To Diagnosis

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Abstract

Despite their nonclinical origins, wearables are emerging as valuable tools in supporting the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Diagnostic data once only available via a cardiologist is now available to consumers simply by wearing a smartwatch, so understanding how smartwatches currently support diagnosis is important for healthcare providers and for the designers of increasingly sophisticated personal informatics technology. We conducted a qualitative study comprising interviews and analysis of posts on an online community of accounts of smartwatch assisted cardiac diagnosis. Our findings reveal how smartwatches bridge a current gap in clinical diagnostic modalities, facilitating a diagnostic journey instigated and shaped by the interplay of self-collected data, bodily self-awareness, and increasing clinical acceptance. These insights focus attention on the consequences of the democratisation of health data, with ethical and design implications for health providers, consumer electronic companies, and third-party application designers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’24)
EditorsFlorian Floyd Mueller, Penny Kyburz, Julie R. Williamson, Corina Sas, Max L. Wilson, Phoebe Toups Dugas, Irina Shklovski
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9798400703300
ISBN (Print)9798400703300
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2024
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2024 - Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 11 May 202416 May 2024
https://chi2024.acm.org/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
ISSN (Print)2159-6468

Conference

ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2024
Abbreviated titleCHI 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period11/05/2416/05/24
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