Submitted by Folake Dosu on Fri, 06/28/2019 - 02:52

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Healthcare technology company Livongo empowers people with chronic conditions to form healthy lifestyle habits through its behavioral Health Nudges™. This week, the company announced it would partner with smartwatch makers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung to develop integrations that enable real-time notifications for Livongo members and their care teams.

As an estimated one in six people in the United States own a smartwatch, Livongo sees an opportunity to provide more personalized activity-related insights through synchronized data from these devices.

“Our smartwatch integration allows us to capture information from our Members, add it to our AI+AI engine, and return actionable, personalized, and timely information back to them. By offering another way to access personalized health insights, we are able to more easily influence positive behavior change, which we know can lead to better health.”

“Our smartwatch integration allows us to capture information from our Members, add it to our AI+AI engine, and return actionable, personalized, and timely information back to them,” said Dr. Jennifer Schneider, M.D., M.S., President of Livongo, in a statement. “By offering another way to access personalized health insights, we are able to more easily influence positive behavior change, which we know can lead to better health.”

Amar Kendale, Livongo’s Chief Product Officer, described the challenges of nudges in an interview with CNBC, telling the outlet that the company wants to steer clear of “alert fatigue,” so users do not feel inundated with information. 

He added that the company is launching a series of personalized five-day health challenges to encourage members to form healthy lifestyle habits that support their diabetes management and other chronic conditions, moving away from generic one-size-fits-all alerts. Challenges include incorporating walking into a daily routine or replacing sugary beverages with water.

“We are excited to offer our Members the opportunity to conveniently access valuable health information and Health Nudges using their existing smartwatch devices,” said Livongo Chief Product Officer Amar Kendale, in a statement. “As we continue to expand our Applied Health Signals platform, we can use the integration to aggregate more important health data that we can then interpret to better understand the unique needs of our Members.”

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