British workers would like to be health-monitored in the workplace

Brits keen to wear employer-sponsored health tech

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The majority of British workers participating in a recent survey would be keen to use a wearable health monitor at work as long as it is fully paid by the employer. Sharing sensitive data about health did not worry most of the participants.

The online survey by YouGov, commissioned by healthcare insurance provider AXA PPP, asked 2,094 British adults older than 18 years about their attitude to using wearable health monitoring technology at work.

Some 57 per cent of the survey’s respondents said they would be open to wearing company-paid health trackers as long as they were not supposed to pay anything for them. Receiving a bonus for using the technology would further heighten the appetite for them to 63 per cent.

Surprisingly, the majority (58 per cent) of those who would like to use the devices didn’t have concerns about sharing data generated by the technology with their employers as long as it is used to improve their health and wellbeing.

“The increased use of health tech within the workplace could so easily be a win-win for both employer and employee,” said Chris Tomkins, Head of Proactive Health at AXA PPP healthcare.

“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.”

The study concludes that company healthcare schemes are well positioned to encourage uptake of health monitoring wearables. Currently, however, only about five per cent of UK companies offer the technology to the employees.

Private ownership of health monitoring devices is on the rise. However, some academics raised questions whether the large amounts of data generated by these devices are being used in the most efficient way by the individual users.

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