University of Akron devises novel design for future wellness programs

Published on December 6, 2012 at 2:05 AM · No Comments

At its core, the Personal Wellness Management System is a professional who serves as the decision maker. He or she is armed with powerful software that allows rapid adjustments to each participant's "wellness prescription" based on real-time data. The data shows who is meeting prescribed goals in exercising, eating right and meeting medical needs. And significantly - the software, aware of personal preferences, will recommend tailored incentives to keep each participant engaged and on track.

So sophisticated is the software that it will know over time who the influencers are within an organization - that is, the people who have the ability to influence others' behavior. The software might recommend special incentives for the influencers to encourage them to rally others to walk the hallways with them at lunchtime.

For the Personal Wellness Management project, Sastry has assembled an impressive and multidisciplinary team of PhDs and graduate students from across the Akron campus - in nursing, biometrics, health care, psychology, exercise science and computer information systems. The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron is also a partner.

"Personalized Wellness Management is focused on helping each individual determine and incorporate the physical and behavioral habits that will improve and sustain good health," said Dr. Frank Douglas, CEO of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and a co-principal investigator on the grant. "It is the essence of healthy living."

Source: University of Akron

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