Alan Greene, MD, FAAP
When we started this exciting journey, we were uncertain about who would most want our invention. We expected mothers with young children would jump at the chance to have vital health information about their children. Women are often the “Chief Medical Officers” of their families. We also expected many adult children with aging parents would find the Scanadu Scout to be a lifesaver.
During our Indiegogo campaign, we got to know thousands of people who put their money where their dreams were in order to be among the first to get their hands on the Scanadu Scout.
We were surprised by what we found and we think you will be, too:
- The overwhelming majority of Scanadu backers were men (84% compared to 48% in the general population) – I know what you’re thinking, but I’ll get to that later*...
- While parents comprised a large portion of backers, 61% of our backers live in households without children.
- Only 34% of Scanadu backers reported having a chronic disease and yet 73% of backers report using tracking health and medical devices to track their own health.
- There were more Scanadu backers in the 65-75 age group than the US population percentage – but healthy adults under 65 were the main group to get involved.
This is a very different picture than we expected – healthy men in the prime of life. *Was this just because we launched on Indiegogo, a platform that may appeal more to tech-loving guys? Perhaps. But even so, that would be great news! It would indicate that in addition to parents, chronically ill individuals, and aging adults the young and healthy are also getting involved in their health. Taking charge of learning about their bodies before they every get sick.
We don’t know yet, but could this be a sign that men, who traditionally are less involved in their own health, will get involved if they have the right tools? I think so. And that means good things are in store for longer healthier lives.