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What Happened to the Wellness Wearables Boom?

by Corporate Wellness Magazine - in Technology

It was not that long ago that wellness wearables were a hot topic of conversation. In 2013, the release of the Samsung Gear— popularizing the idea of a smartwatch—as well as the Pebble and a new line of Fitbit devices were released. Then at the end…

Why Count Heart Rate and Not Steps

by Corporate Wellness Magazine - in Technology

In 1998, I ran my first full-marathon using a Polar heart rate monitor where a strap around my rib cage that held a sensor transmitted information to a wristwatch clarified my heart rate. As long as my heart rate remained within its target range, I was in…

Data Privacy in the Age of Wearables

by Daniel Pyne - in Technology

With the recent explosion in the power of technology, big data has never been as important as it is today. Companies across the globe all use data in some way, whether it is Google or Facebook building a profile of users to better serve ads, or a wellness…

Summer Camp for the Technology-Addicted Employee | CWM

Send Your Technology-Addicted Employees to a “No Technology Allowed” Summer Camp

by Courteney Wolfe - in Technology

At Camp Grounded, a summer camp for adults, there are only a few simple rules: no talking about work, no referencing your real name or job title, and perhaps most importantly, no using cell phones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches, wearables, or any other type…

Decision Support Systems for Modern Plan Designs

by Andrew Brickman - in Economics, Technology

Benefit plan designs are changing. How can employers help their employees make the best decision at open enrollment? Consider these stats: Employees who are very satisfied with their benefits are almost four times more likely to be very satisfied with their…

Do smartphone health apps actually help people be healthy?

Do Health Apps do More Harm than Good?

by Courtney Wolfe - in Technology

By According to Medical News Today, nearly 20 percent of all smartphone users have one or more health apps installed on their mobile device. Loosely translated, this means 500 million people worldwide use a smartphone app to track or manage their health on…

Technology’s Role in Improving Corporate Wellness Engagement and ROI

by Laura Walmsley - in Technology

The prevalence of corporate wellness programs is at an all-time high, with over 80 percent of mid- and large- sized corporations having a wellness program in place.”1 As these initiatives grow in number across industries, it becomes even more important to…

A smartphone with a stethoscope and syringe

Technological Wellness Equals Corporate Wellness: The Integral Connection

Lewis Fein - in Technology

Resolved: There can be no corporate wellness without technological wellness. There can be no way to encourage, track, or communicate with and correspond to workers, when an online health initiative succumbs to the chaos of faulty security, unreliable a

A readout from a wearable device on a smartphone

Wearable Devices are Coming to a Doctor Near You

Seth Golbe - in Technology

Wearable fitness trackers, the fancy watches you see people wearing today, are making a splash in the corporate wellness space. These devices track activity levels,  sleep and can even count the calories you eat. Newer models can even track blood pressure,…

A connected brain showing the concept of the internet of things

Leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) to Build Healthier Workforce

J. Patrick Bewley - in Column, Features, Technology

The phrase Internet of Things (IoT) — the exponentially growing phenomenon connecting more and more devices to the Internet — is passing the lips of innovators and executives at industries around the world. They huddle around conference room tables and…

A keyboard with a thermometer and cold medicine, showing the concept of Behavioral Telehealth

Behavioral Telehealth: How it Lowers Barriers, Cuts Costs and Improves Outcomes

Dr. Dani Kimlinger - in Technology

The use of electronic information and telecommunications to facilitate clinical healthcare and coordination of care -- also known as telehealth -- has been part of the healthcare landscape for the past 50–60 years. Over that time, it has become a standard…

IBM servers

IBM Partnership and Wearables Could Lead to Better Health Tracking

Seth Golbe - in Technology

Do you remember the Watson computer, the one that played Jeopardy! against former champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and won? It turns out this artificial intelligence is good for more than just winning a game show. IBM, creators of Watson, have announced…

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