Current Primer on Activity Watches

Don Wickelgren
August 29, 2022

A great video explainer on the current state of tech and impacts on health information.

I believe, outside of a critical acute event, the information available to you, a patient, and your doctor from current activity watches is a lot more valuable than the routine measures taken at a routine in-office doctor visit. I have to add that I'm not a health professional, so this claim carries no authority.

My perspective is informed by the value of time series, continuous days vs. one-time measures.

All people—patients—have to make judgments about their own health without the advice of a physician. You cut yourself, you're tired, you feel pain. In most cases, you make a judgment on when to bring it to a more professional level. It's been this way since leeches and vapors. I'd rather have data to help me make these decisions. Providing that to a physician as an aid to a visit only helps the process.


Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.