Health tracking app that links a patient to family doctor, etc to manage chronic conditions
Three hundred eligible patients will be the first to be onboarded.
StarHub has launched LifeHub+, a digital health service, with Alexandra Hospital (AH) and ConnectedLife with Fitbit to connect patients with doctors, health coaches and caregivers. With LifeHub+, users can choose to share their Fitbit data through the app and receive dynamic health scores, data alerts and metrics, which give them simple, clear insights into their health for tracking and daily improvement.
A first in the market, customers can also grant access to a pre-programmed care team comprising their family doctor or General Practitioner (GP), a health coach from AH, caregivers, and even doctors from other healthcare institutions, to access their health data via a dedicated secure LifeHub+ dashboard. LifeHub+ can also be programmed to nudge users to improve their health, for example, to reduce sedentary time throughout the day, and can be used to toggle reminders on medication, exercise or scheduling medical check-ups.
Three hundred eligible patients from AH and GP clinics with preventable chronic health risks will be among the first to be onboarded to LifeHub+ and have their wellness activities and certain metrics monitored by AH health coaches and their GPs. This tie-up aims to build closer ties between patients and their care team, especially with family doctors who provide the first line of care. In addition, this initiative improves the management of patients’ health and lifestyles with timely interventions through a personalised health plan, especially in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Lifestyle adjustments made include social prescriptions such as exercise and diet.
Health and wellness data in the LifeHub+ app include Fitbit metrics which users can choose to share, such as steps, exercise, sleep patterns, heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature variation, breathing rate, oxygen saturation (SpO2) and more. This data, together with user-recorded blood pressure and blood glucose from third-party devices are combined in the LifeHub+ app and used to generate a dynamic wellness score. Fitbit data which users choose to share are integrated into the LifeHub+ platform via the public WebAPI.
The family doctor or GP and AH’s health coach, who receive these wellness insights, can choose to use them to holistically manage and support primary care patients. This approach helps curate a healthy lifestyle for patients who are at-risk or have simple chronic health conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Future features being developed by the company ConnectedLife for integration into LifeHub+ include lifestyle questionnaires and disease risk assessment tools.
Besides helping to connect GPs from mostly the Queenstown and Western region as well as being a referring hospital to which joint escalated care may be provided to the GPs, AH is also onboarding its own metabolic clinic patients to help prevent simple diseases from deteriorating into complex chronic ones. Health coaches from AH will offer digital health interventions through the LifeHub+ app by providing personalised health plans with lifestyle and dietary modifications.
LifeHub+ is a free scalable cloud service for doctors. Patients subscribe to ConnectedCare, a plan under LifeHub+ through their healthcare providers at S$9.99 monthly. The first 300 LifeHub+ subscribers onboarded through partner GPs will receive a Fitbit device and access to ConnectedCare at no cost for the initial 12 months, allowing them to channel support from their care team digitally. More than 30 GPs have expressed interest through AH to better manage their patients’ health and lifestyle on this new service.
Dr Jason Phua, CEO of AH said, “The digital health revolution has arrived. Wearable health trackers which are linked to health and care teams in the hospital and the community can help empower users to proactively manage their chronic conditions before deterioration.”
StarHub intends to scale this rollout with its partners from ConnectedLife with Fitbit and AH and more GPs.