Singapore to pay citizens to keep healthy with Apple Watch


(Bloomberg) – Apple Inc. and the Singapore government have partnered on a two-year health initiative called Lumithin, designed to monitor and reward user behavior through an Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app.

As part of the plan, Singapore residents can earn S $ 380 ($ 280) in rewards and vouchers by accomplishing the goals and actions set within the app. The goal can be met by doing or completing other exercises such as swimming or yoga, and the LumiHealth app will provide personalized coaching and reminders for health screenings and vaccinations. Wellness challenges will inspire users towards making better food choices and improving sleep habits.

The LumiHealth program is voluntary and emphasizes its announcement that it is “built on its core with user privacy and security.” All user data will be encrypted and according to Apple will not be sold or shared to anyone for marketing purposes. The service is the product of a solicitation from the Singapore government – which has a reputation for early adoption of new technology – for proposals from technology and health care companies that help improve the lives of their populations.

“Even as we all around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than our own personal health.

The city-state was one of the ones to roll-out a contact-tracing app to help combat the coronovirus epidemic this year and is expanding that effort by distributing tokens that allow residents to enter selected locations Will allow, an effort that can give way to large gatherings.

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Apple on Tuesday announced its latest update to the Apple Watch in a virtual event, now a family of products spanning various price points, with health-tracking features prominently featured in the pitch. The company has already made several collaborations with health care institutions such as Stanford Medicine, helping to research and develop potential detection methods for various medical issues.

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