The Expert-24 app as mentioned in my last blog was all about giving you a snapshot of your current health and guidance. What follows on after that is the ‘do it’ bit, and that could be the most basic but yet so effective – walking. Many of us don’t walk enough, and making us aware of how many steps we really take per day, and incentivise to take more steps can be the first goal to a healthier lifestyle.

So, with that in mind, with the Expert-24 app offered through Wellbeing Centre at Microsoft, we launched a Step challenge back in May this year. This wasn’t the first Step Challenge run by Wellbeing Centre, but first one on HealthVault. We had intern develop the app, took about 3 weeks (not full time) and highlights once again that it’s not the technology which is difficult, but developing a clear value proposition (for the consumer/patient/employee, and with that requirements) and User Experience where the effort needs to go. One would have thought that technology driven projects are long gone, but you’d be surprised how many still approach it the wrong way…

The challenge was great fun, form a team and walk around GB using a HealthVault enabled pedometer. A 6 week challenge and first to reach destination wins! There was a HealthVault team, but we didn’t win…in fact nowhere near top 10 teams.

So, 3 weeks in, I am looking at the league table, and noticed that the HealthVault team was not doing very well, kind of like Liverpool few weeks ago  – not much going for them. Solution I thought was to cheat Smile. Thinking I am going to be clever and add additional steps into my HealthVault account to make up the difference, but turns out the intern was one step ahead of me. You can request data from HealthVault with certain conditions, like date range and from this specific device. As we were using HealthVault enabled device, the data was uploaded directly through Connection Centre and guarantee the provenance of the data gathered (you can edit, but that is logged in History).

Ok, so wasn’t thinking about cheating (really), but the provenance of data is an important aspect when apps connect and consume data from HealthVault. In a scenario where a healthcare provider gives out a specific device, the app can be built to ensure only data from that device is used.

A small example of the social and game layer in driving behavioural change. The social aspect was very interesting, we had people from different groups coming together for the first time. We are hoping to run this next year, but with another pedometer/activity monitor, a set of recently launched devices I will be talking about in my next blog – very, very exciting stuff.