WILMINGTON, N.C. – Researchers at science and technology growth company Lapetus Solutions have figured out how to translate the step count from wearable sensors into a verifiable measure of health risk.
“Hold onto your Fitbit—the data generated by this and other devices is far more valuable than you might think,” said Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, chief scientist at Lapetus, in a statement.
Lapetus researchers combine age, sex, height and weight, walking speed, stride length, steps per mile and calories burned per step and translate this data into rich information that reflects improvements in health and expected gains in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy if the level of physical activity is continued.
“Consider a 65-year-old male with a height of 5’7” weighing 175 pounds,” explained Olshansky. “By walking at four miles per hour for a short time during most days of the week, he can reduce his risk of death by 33% relative to people who are sedentary.”
Olshansky said the Lapetus science team is also working toward including other wearable data, such as blood pressure, blood sugar and sleep patterns.
“Taken together, health data from wearable sensors provides a more accurate picture of your overall health than the snapshot you get from blood and urine collected on the day of your once-a-year checkup,” said Olshansky.
Dr. Karl Ricanek, CIO and chief data scientist at Lapetus, said that combining data from wearable devices with other sources of data like that collected in a facial image, an individual can develop a scientifically advanced long-term assessment of their own health.
“Combining a selfie with wearable sensors provides unprecedented information about a person’s health and wellness,” said Ricanek in a statement. “The selfie is just another type of sensor that tracks with our age and health.”
When health information from wearable devices and facial analytics is then combined with personal financial information and education, age, gender and family history, Lapetus believes it is possible to create an overall health and financial risk score, called a Better Life and Scoring System (BLISS), which the company plans to launch early next year.
“Data gathering tools, analysis and scoring systems should help investment and health product companies better design, underwrite and implement solutions for consumers, at much lower prices,” said Norvell Miller, president of Lapetus, in a statement.