Dan Zelezinski: Employees and organisations aim to reduce stress with wearables
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The Founder and Managing Director of Peak Health, spoke on "Leveraging health data to build personal resilience and sustainable high performance" at the Health monitoring: Making sense of sensors conference at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. The event brought cutting edge medical, health and fitness wearables producers and platforms together with Swiss Re's clients and experts, to examine how wearable technology will impact consumers and insurers
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"The work I've done with wearables to date is these larger, typically financial services organizations, is essentially around illuminating blind spots. We're always responsible for an email flow at whatever time of day with this connected world, and there's a cost attached to that connectivity, and that often translates into ill health. Organizations are super interested in this, to ensure that there's a sustainability around their employee group and that they can continue to perform at the highest possible level. I will map 250,000 heartbeats over a three day period of analysis, so it's a really deep-dive and people are fascinated, of course, everyone's motivated to learn a little bit more about their health and what they can do to improve themselves.
We oscillate between these pockets of super high intensity and stress to get you over a deadline, and then we recover. A lot of people fail to appreciate the fact that recovery does equal performance, and that's a very important notion that this data brings light to. I've not had people push back and say, "No, I don't want to have the organization to have access", because they're not accessing my data, they're accessing a pool of information, and I think employees are mindful of the fact that actually I'm participating in something which is going to shift and define the culture of an organization. The insurance organizations, Swiss Re included, they're interested in driving positive outcomes, positive health outcomes. I think the insurance world, ultimately I'd love to see a situation where people are ultimately rewarded for positive health behavior in the form of a reduction in their premium. I'd like to see the shift to go much deeper into the actual area of science, to say actually how do we reward someone at a premium level, or preferred terms, if they are engaged in such behaviors."