The ‘quantified self’ movement might still have a future, despite the tanking wearables market. Digitizing our health and monitoring our bodies could well be the future of healthcare.

“We can take all the DNA in our body and turn it into letters on a hard drive,” says Jimmy Lin, the Chief Scientific Officer for Oncology at Natera, a genetic testing company. “So that actually makes it a data problem. That’s really exciting.”

“It’s no longer that we [will] see a doctor once a year or only when we’re sick,” he says. “[There are] possibilities for us to have constant monitoring of our health, 24/7. That sort of rethinks how healthcare can be provided.”

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Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).