Sunday, June 30, 2019 1:00 am
Data network built to track fitness stats
LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette
Linda Passmore believes the right information, often data-driven, can help in developing systematic approaches to healthier living.
“Some programs, if they're not designed correctly, they're not going to improve health,” said Passmore, CEO of Complete Wellness Solutions in Fort Wayne.
The company, which started in 2010, has entered a partnership with Human API, a consumer-centric health data network that enables fitness tracking and wellness programs for employer customers.
Application Programming Interface describes how two computer systems would talk to each other, said Christian Wieland, an executive with San Francisco-based Human API. “These days, it's generally used now to simply mean 'interface.'”
Complete Wellness Solutions offers interactive, secure online wellness software providing resources for employers, wellness clinics, hospital systems, fitness centers and others.
Using the Human API platform, Complete Wellness Solutions can connect data from a network of hundreds of wearable devices, activity trackers and health apps “through one simple consumer experience,” a news release said. Examples include Fitbit, Apple, Garmin, Strava, GoogleFit, and MyFitnessPal.
Passmore said she sees value in not being limited to a particular device.
Chuck Zumbrun, chief information officer at Complete Wellness Solutions, described it as “a frictionless bring-your-own-device approach” to employee wellness.
“Instead of building and maintaining integrations with multiple activity trackers,” Zumbrun said in a statement, “we can now access hundreds of devices through a single relationship. We embedded Human API into our wellness platform in less than two weeks and started collecting real-time data immediately.”
Wieland, of Human API, said Complete Wellness Solutions, is an ideal partner.
The business has demonstrated that verified activity using device integration “yields statistically significant results in core areas of health improvement, like blood pressure and weight loss,” Wieland said in a May news release announcing the partnership.
Along with tracking key metrics such as steps, activities, sleep, and weight, Human API offers detailed heart rate data and blood pressure information through a standardized API.
Integration of clinical data into the same platform is “empowering consumers to connect and share their medical data from a rapidly expanding network of electronic health records, labs, and pharmacies in order to see their achievements in addition to their activity.”