If you can measure health, you can manage it!
With the explosion of health and fitness-related wearable devices and applications on the market, it has never been easier for people to get access to a variety of health- and fitness-related data. This is also a problem, as no one can handle such a multitude of data and make sense out of it without any support.
Making sense out of a large amount of health and wellbeing data is exactly what the dacadoo Health Score does: it simplifies the health status of an individual into just one number – the patented dacadoo Health Score – so that it can be universally understood. Fundamentally, the dacadoo Health Score is based on who you are (body), how you feel (mind) and how you live (lifestyle):
The dacadoo Health Score is a scientifically calculated number from 1 (low) to 1,000 (high). It moves up or down in real-time, depending on how your body, emotional wellbeing or lifestyle data changes.
The dacadoo Health Score is based on over 300 million person-years of clinical data. It has been developed by dacadoo in collaboration with a professor and former long-term scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
The below infographic provides a good overview of how the dacadoo Health Score works:
Just like a FICO score (or any other credit score), it determines the credit worthiness based on the financial assets and activities of a person, the dacadoo Health Score measures the overall health and wellbeing of a person, based on his or her body values, emotional wellbeing and lifestyle.
dacadoo decided to go for a Score and not an age-related measure (such as bio-age, real-age, etc.) for two very important reasons: dacadoo wanted an indicator, where “elderly” people could compare themselves to “young” people, and also women could compare themselves to men. To do so, dacadoo went through a mathematical process called equalization for age and gender, so that the dacadoo Health Score could be used as a universal measure of health ranking.
The dacadoo Health Score measures your body values in terms of your gender, age, height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood values as well as several other parameters. These are objective data values that dacadoo uses, based on internationally and widely validated medical studies, to provide a medically-accurate measure of your health in real-time. This combination of your lifestyle data and dacadoo’s analysis enables dacadoo to calculate your Baseline Score, your initial dacadoo Health Score.
How you feel about your own health can be a crucial factor in determining your overall state of health. The quality of life questions help to quantify the mental wellbeing of an individual and they are based on a self-assessment questionnaire in order to measure the key aspects of the mental wellbeing of a person.
Your lifestyle has a major impact on your overall health and wellbeing. With dacadoo you can track exercise, nutrition, stress, sleep, and provide information on your smoking and alcohol habits (if any).
- Exercise (workouts and steps): dacadoo recognizes over 115 indoor and outdoor activities. You can track exercise automatically, by using the dacadoo app for smartphones or by connecting and using many of the most popular external fitness tracking apps and devices (e.g. Runkeeper, Fitbit, Jawbone, Endomondo, Garmin vivo, etc.). A selected number of outdoor activities have detailed GPS and heart rate based energy models. These models consider information such as distance, speed, slope and heart rate (if available). Most other activities are based on normalized energy/MET (= Metabolic Equivalent of a Task), duration and heart rate (if available). MET is a measure to estimate the energy cost of physical activity, independent of weight, where 1 MET = 1 kcal/kg/h. This measure was introduced by the Stanford University in California and is globally used since more than 30 years.
- Nutrition: The dacadoo Nutrition Coach is based on questions, answers and hints. The Nutrition Coach also offers personal goals and reminders, with the aim to guide and motivate you to adopt a healthier diet over time. dacadoo has implemented an artificial intelligence engine through which the Nutrition Coach can give you well-targeted hints, improve your wellbeing and give you suggestions based on your profile and set of objectives.
- Stress: All dacadoo stress related data is captured via questions launched by the dacadoo Coach.
- Sleep: Your sleep data can be integrated automatically by using external activity bands such as Fitbit, Withings or Jawbone.