Life expectancy indicator app
This personal health tracking system could actively monitor a user’s life expectancy using a smartphone’s sensors. The app could offer an easy to understand and elegant user interface centered around the concept of the ‘life number’, which simplifies the complex mathematics of life expectancy into a single number that is directly impacted by a user’s decisions. The mobile app could also be coupled with a device to measure a user’s weight and exercise level.
The app is designed around the idea that everything people do affects their life expectancy, whether it be eating well, smoking cigarettes, or exercising. By tracking these components, along with lifestyle updates such as behavior and goals, the software is able to calculate the users’ life expectancy on the fly based on the measurements it takes. The software also leverages existing life insurance industry calculations for life expectancy and augments this information into a proactive improvement plan for the user. As as the user adds additional personal information over time, the app begins to suggest specific recommended behaviors for a healthier life. If privacy issues can be solved the collected monitoring data could provide support for clinicians to provide personalized treatment.
This system could be a invaluable tool for insurance companies as well as private health insurance scheme providers for defining risks levels, reduce overall costs. While this would have far reaching benefits for public health and hence to the public healthcare it may be easier to have market penetration in the private markets. Still because of public health benefits policy-makers could explore the development of incentives supporting the diffusion.
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