GP2U to launch in-app activity tracking widget

Telehealth provider GP2U is set to launch a new activity monitoring widget for its iPhone app that has also been added to transport industry charity the Trans-help Foundation's new app for truck drivers.

Trans-Help, established a decade ago as a health and welfare advocacy group for truck drivers and their families, provides free nurse-led health checks from a fleet of mobile clinics for transport industry workers all over the country.

It also provides telephone-based counselling, support for bereaved families and a respite service.

In 2014, it partnered with GP2U to allow truck drivers on the go to access a GP or even a specialist through their phone or online following a referral from a nurse.

Trans-Help CEO Dianne Carroll said at the time that in addition to preventative health checks, the service could also deliver essential healthcare on the spot through GP2U.

The charity's own new app was launched at the Brisbane Truck Show last week, featuring accident reports, a location map, information on where to find a chemist and a direct link to GP2U.

Drivers can speak to a GP through the app, which uses WebRTC for its video conferencing capability. Trans-Help's app also includes GP2U's new activity tracker, which it hopes will encourage drivers to become more active.

The activity tracker is much like a Fitbit except it uses the core motion framework that Apple has built in to the iPhone 5S and later model. Core motion uses data from the phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to track distance travelled, whether by foot, bicycle or vehicle.

GP2U founder James Freeman said while he planned on integrating Fitbit with the app at some stage, in the meantime the core motion framework is free and the data it generates can prove more accurate than a Fitbit.

“Little do you know that your iPhone 5S or 6 has been monitoring your activity whether you like it or not,” Dr Freeman said. “The data is kind of buried and you have a bit of work to extract it, but the data is there. So if you install the app and then start it up, you’ll find a record of the last seven days of what you’ve been doing.”

Dr Freeman has added some attractive graphing functionality and while it could act as a standalone app, by embedding it within the GP2U app it will allow users to upload that data to the cloud, where it can be viewed by a health professional.

He plans to use it in his own telehealth practice for some of the patients he counsels for weight loss.

The app is currently waiting for approval from Apple to be added to the App Store but is available now as part of the Trans-Help app.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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