Category: Wearables

SAI Annual Convention: Embedding Wearable Health Tech into Insurance

On 18 May 2018, I look forward to presenting a session entitled “Embedding Wearable Health Tech Into Insurance” at the Society of Actuaries in Ireland’s Annual Convention. The session will explore the potential for physical activity trackers and other wearable health technologies to become embedded into the insurance industry over time. It will draw on ...

Wearable brain scanners could transform health & society

The announcement of the development of a wearable brain scanner by a team of researchers from UCL and the University of Nottingham opens up exciting possibilities in the field of medical diagnostics and monitoring. The prototype headset can record the brain activity of a moving subject at millisecond resolution. This means that patients will no ...

Physical Activity Tracking in Private Health Insurance

A prospective framework for the policy implications of the use of physical activity trackers by insurers. Private insurers including health, critical illness, income protection and life insurers are seeing a rise in claims due to the growing non-communicable disease (NCD) burden. Higher levels of physical activity have been suggested by the World Health Organization as ...

Wearables: Insurance Fad or Health Fix?

Wearable tech has the potential to provide a long-term health fix that reduces society’s disease burden, but with low rates of engagement this technology is at risk of becoming a fleeting fad. Read my article on this topic published in the October 2017 edition of The Actuary magazine.      

Gamification of Da Vinci’s Pedometer

The idea of the pedometer can be traced back to the sketch books of Leonardo da Vinci. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the 1960s that it was popularised as a method to promote physical activity. With subsequent advances in digital technology, the 21st century pedometer can sync with or be embedded in mobile devices. Furthermore, gamification ...