Fitbit isn’t only for the neighborhood jogger. In a new study, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University found that a Fitbit device successfully gathered real-time, objective data on patients with cancer, helping clinicians predict outcomes.
Although researchers cautioned against making larger generalizations due to the nature of the participants and the small sample size, they said the study suggested that the kinds of physical activity measured by a Fitbit Charge HR could provide insights into the state of a patient with advanced cancer. It’s possible that the wearable and others like it could prove a valuable healthcare tool, they said.
I could actually see Fitbit breaking into the early cancer detection market down the road or working with hospitals and medical information.