I was a guinea pig at Mount Sinai’s wellness lab of the future

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Mount Sinai’s Wellness Lab

Mount Sinai’s wellness lab has the right idea… transform healthcare by focusing on healthy people and working to keep them that way. Over 80% of “healthcare” dollars in the US go to chronic illnesses. The vast majority of those chronic illnesses are preventable and even reversible… but not with the current “sick care” approach.

Lab 100’s creators have big ambitions: to redesign health care by focusing on healthy people. If you’re well, your interaction with doctors is likely limited to an annual visit to see your primary care doctor. Besides some basics like taking your vital signs, this short visit is focused on finding any problems you might have, not assessing your current lifestyle. If you’re lucky, your doctor will cram a few basic questions about what you eat, how much you sleep, and if you exercise into increasingly short visits.

However, 40% of premature deaths are caused by lifestyle choices. And this is where Lab 100 is focusing–connecting everyday behaviors with conventional medicine, shifting health care’s emphasis on treating disease toward preventing disease in the first place. Lab 100 intends to show patients how their lifestyle choices impact their health in a more granular way, connecting the two to answer questions like, “How will cooking at home impact my overall health, from my focus to my balance to my body composition?” With patients’ consent, they can also contribute their health data to larger studies happening at the hospital.

“This is really aiming to give you a more quantitative picture of where you fall on the health continuum,” says Dr. David Stark, Lab 100’s creator and director. “The goal being that we empower you to make your own lifestyle changes.”

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