The Role of Technology in Health Coaching
A paintbrush in the hand of an accomplished artist will render a piece of art, while that same paintbrush in my hand will likely render a mess. The paintbrush is a tool—it neither paints the picture nor transforms its user into an artist. Technology, like the paintbrush, is dependent on who is using it and to what end. The impact of technology on health coaching is less about the technology and more about the health coach, their training and experience.
Seventy percent of all deaths globally—40 million each year—are due to chronic disease (World Health Organization, 2005). But unlike communicable diseases, which have historically represented the greatest threat to mankind, chronic diseases are about lifestyle choice. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that