Workforce happy to share health data with employers
The majority of British workers would be open to monitoring and sharing health data with their employers, as long as they were provided with the device to do so, a YouGov survey has revealed.
The third annual AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation survey showed that of over 1,200 people questioned, 57% would be open to wearing a company paid-for fitness device during working hours to monitor their health and wellbeing.
Of those 57%, half of them would be happy to share any device data about their health and wellbeing with their employer, with the idea that employers could then use this data to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the workforce.
Monitoring health and wellbeing
The monitoring of one’s health is something that has seen a big increase in the last five years or so. Countless smartphone apps exist to help people monitor their diet, fitness, the number of steps their taking each day and more.
This all creates a huge amount of personal data, but academics in the data field are in doubt over whether this information is being used to the best effect by individuals alone.
Workplaces could be the best place for the mass adoption of health tech in the UK, helping to improve and maintain employees’ health through company wellness programmes.
Dr Chris Tomkins, Head of Proactive Health, AXA PPP healthcare, said: “The increased use of health tech within the workplace could so easily be a win-win for both employer and employee.
“For the first time it is possible to support an individual throughout their journey from better understanding of their health to actual improvements through smart digital platforms.
“Furthermore, there are often staff schemes with open platforms that enable individuals to use and share information from their own personal devices, ensuring their contribution is recognised.
“Of course, some individuals are naturally concerned about how their data is used and employers are keen to have a clear separation between themselves and such personal data.
“Therefore, both employer and employee could benefit from the expertise of using an independent third-party provider who can ensure privacy.” he said.
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