Quantified Self, a movement which began as a small group of elite athletes or math geeks using self-tracking, is growing with the advent of cheaper, faster and better health measurement and reporting tools.

Wired shows some of the interesting self-tracking gadgets at CES while MIT Technology Review wonders if “self-tracking” leads to better living.

A recent Pew Study found that one quarter of online users are tracking their health data online. Furthermore, the creation of the peer-reviewed Journal of Participatory Medicine signals that patients (consumers) are becoming more active participants in their health care.

The exhibit floor at CES showed us lots of ways to track fitness, including:

FitBit Ultra, Nike+ Fuel Band, Striiv, Basis and Body Media.

At the Digital Health Summit, The Data Liberation Panel addressed what to do with all of this data that is being generated.  Ray Maker from DC Rainmaker moderated the panel. Panel members included Ian Andes from 4iiiInnovations, Karl-Johan Dahlstrom from Sony-Ericsson, Chris Fickle from A&D Medical, and Mike Stashak from Wahoo Fitness.

The panel focused on biometric data collected from personal health fitness.  Issues discussed included increasing quantity of data that can be collected due to better sensors, wireless standards, the lack of interoperability, security and privacy.

With all this new data to manage, will coaching be a growth industry?

Reflecting on my dental practice days, I know that wellness/healthcare is a people business. Given the mainstream popularity of yoga, we are already seeing the growth of “wisdom” teachers (gurus are so 20th Century!)

Will we seek actionable guidance via a wide variety of different types of healers/coaches- nutrition, weight, fitness, sleep, stress, self-improvement, overall well-being and even happiness?

What do you think?