Detailed quantifiable self-observation has a new handle. It is called ODL or Observations of Daily Living. The idea is that if you monitor your body in your daily life over time you’ll have more than just a snapshot of your health, you’ll have baselines and long-term trends.
If PHR products and services are to realize their potential to help people lead healthy lives and become engaged participants in their care, they must evolve in ways that maximize opportunities for innovation in meeting the varied needs of a population that has increasingly diverse health needs and goals. Ideally, PHR systems also should be responsive to patients’ different levels of self-efficacy, health literacy, familial supports, technological fluency and other factors. For any individual, a personal health record in the years to come might encompass the medical records that result from care delivered by multiple health care providers, observations such as weight or glucose readings that a person records directly, and data collected passively in the home and/or work environment by sensors and other biomonitors.
In his post, Gilles had linked to a useful primer published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Health Populi blog also has a post on ODL with an interesting follow-up comment by Steve Downs of Project Health Design:
The prominence that ODLs (as opposed to items in the institutional/clinical record) took as our project teams went through their user-centered design processes was one of the early findings from Project HealthDesign. Many people were looking for the sort of immediate feedback that would allow them to take action — and that required data on how they live day to day.