We are excited to be working with Frimley STP and Berkshire West ICS to trial the use of wearable devices with 400 NHS staff volunteers.
In a unique partnership with Microsoft, System C and Graphnet Care Alliance, we are testing how lifestyle data from wearable technology can impact behaviours, and how this data can be linked into Connected Care – Berkshire’s integrated care records system.
The year-long pilot scheme will start in the autumn and aims to learn to interpret wellness information alongside traditional health and care information, in order to change behaviours of participants. It will test how wearable technology can be used to:
• improve health and wellbeing and support greater self-care;
• integrate lifestyle data into a shared care record for future use by health and social care providers.
Each volunteer will be provided with a Garmin activity tracker to be worn 24 hours a day. The pilot will work with the support of the national Integrated Research Application System and our internal Information Governance team.
A tailored Microsoft Insights app is being developed to offer a choice of wellness action plans based on public health messaging and provide volunteers with insights about their lifestyle to motivate behaviour change.
Then, qualitative and quantitative research will analyse how wearables may contribute towards self-care and improvements in health and wellbeing.
Findings from this pilot will provide insights to support individuals to achieve greater self-care, as well as demonstrating the potential and scope to socially prescribe wearable technology to the wider population in the future.
“It is great to be working in partnership with SCW to bring together behaviour change goals and technology, to encourage self-care and understanding about what the potential future benefits are,” said Sharon Boundy Engagement Manager at Frimley Health Foundation Trust.
For more information on the pilot, contact Kate Knight, Programme Director, Public Health Action, Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org, or 07748 322122.