"What Is Health, Precisely?" - Katherine Hobson
Researchers are out to prove that health is more than just the absence of disease. Lab100 is a slick hybrid clinic-research center that the Mount Sinai Health System in New York will officially open this year. By completing a one-hour assessment, author, Katherine Hobson was gearing up to gain insights on her general health and how it’s affected by her behavior and lifestyle. And with each detail she shared, she was also becoming a single data point in the emerging field of precision health. At each station, information is collected: bloodwork, body composition, the results of five different cognitive tests, grip strength balance and dexterity metrics, among others. Additional information is gathered that isn’t ready for prime time but feeds into research, says David Stark, MD, medical director of Mount Sinai’s Institute for Next Generation Health Care and head of Lab100. Opportunities to amass heaps of data about ourselves will only expand. Whether that data flood will buoy our health remains to be seen.
- David Stark, MD, Assistant Professor, Health System Design and Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Medical Director, Institute for Next Generation Health Care