A smart phone app that provides real-time monitoring of physical activity, sleep and social activity has been successfully piloted by Bupa.
The Sentimoto My Kin app, which is free to download, was piloted by 16 residents over three months at a Bupa Richmond Care Village.
Alessandro Guazzi from Sentimoto said: “The study is the first fundamental step in understanding who is at risk of poor health and how to appropriately intervene to prevent it.
“Being able to track the individual elements of wellbeing provides a great insight. More than that though, we’re able now to harness the user’s data to suggest the best activities in their local area for them to take part in, preventatively tackling wellbeing issues early on.”
The app removes the need for scheduled check-ups during the trial and can provide wellbeing alerts so that they can be immediately addressed.
My Kin also provides exercise prompts such as taking part in a group exercise class when a user is displaying a lack of physical activity as well as a drop in social connections.
A recent study found that providing a more active elderly lifestyle could save billions of pounds in health and social care costs (see Study calls for more active elderly lifestyle).
Paul Edwards, Head of Research and Clinical Development at Bupa, added: “We all recognise the importance of staying physically active but many of us forget the huge role that social and mental wellbeing play in our general health.
“At Bupa we know that technology has a huge role to play in the future of healthcare, which is why we were keen to support this cutting edge research. Apps like My Kin provide exciting opportunities and can ultimately help people live longer, healthier lives.”
My Kin was developed with funding from Innovate UK – the UK’s innovation agency, which is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.