New IT Platform Keeps Track of Your Health
As concerns continue to rise over the increasing number of individuals falling victim to non-communicable diseases (NCD), one wellness company is seeking to tackle the issue through the use of technology.
On Monday Pharma Wellness International Inc. officially launched its new Information Technology (IT) platform, which will give individuals the opportunity to receive and store their biometric data and other relevant medical information on their smartphones and computers instead of in a booklet. So with the click of a mouse or touch of a button, individuals can conveniently keep track of their medical condition in an effort to better fight the scourge of NCDs.
Addressing the official launch of the online platform at the Barbados Diabetes Association, Chief Executive Officer of Pharma Wellness International Inc. Lennox Prescod said it forms part of the association’s wider workplace wellness programme.
That programme, which began in 2014, encourages members to better understand their health status and take responsibility for the management of their health by eating healthy, exercising and developing a healthy lifestyle.
“I always used to say to myself, ‘I don’t think we are doing enough to help people at [an individual level],” he said, adding that he believed the easiest place to raise awareness of proper health management was at the organizational level.
The Pharma Workplace Wellness programme now has more than 1,500 members in about 40 companies.
Zeroing in on the new IT platform, which was funded by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation and developed by Inventory Management Group, Prescod said it is focused on preventative medicine and healthy eating.
When individuals sign up at www.pharmawellnessinternational.com, they can keep track of their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body mass index and other relevant medical information, and know whether they are diabetic, predisposed to diabetes or free of the disease.
Prescod assures that the participants’ data is confidential. He adds that “a lot of companies have been responding very nicely”, with insurance companies also showing interest.
Minister of Labour and Social Security Dr Esther Byer Suckoo said she was pleased that there has been an increase in workplace-related programmes designed to help prevent diabetes and other NCDs and she lauded the Barbados Workers’ Union for its role in helping to shape a new health and wellness workplace policy.
However, while welcoming the new digital platform and acknowledging that there was an increase in technological interventions, Byer-Suckoo said there continued to be a number of misconceptions, myth and ignorance with respect to diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.
“So we still have a long way to go. As they are lifestyle diseases, we have to ensure that we tackle them with lifestyle interventions,” said Byer-Suckoo, while encouraging officials to get children involved in the various programmes geared toward preventing and treating diabetes and other NCDs. (MM)