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Is health tech the key to a healthier workforce?

Could workplace trends drive mass adoption of health tech? A new survey suggests they might.

In the third annual AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation survey, 57% of British workers said they would be open to wearing a company provided fitness band or similar device during working hours to help monitor their health and wellbeing, as long as it was supplied free of charge. This figure rises to 63%, if employers offer workers the device and a financial bonus for wearing it.

Currently, only 5% of Brits work for an organisation that provides employees with health technology.

Nor are employees shy about sharing health data with bosses. Of those who are happy to wear a fitness band at work, 58% say they would be comfortable sharing health data with their employer, if it helped with the organisation’s employee health and wellbeing programmes.

Dr Chris Tomkins, Head of Proactive Health at 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.”

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