By Martha Wofford
Like many people, I usually see my doctor just once a year. For the remaining 364 days of the year, I have become my own Chief Medical Officer, working to take care of my and my family’s health. I make it a point to exercise every day and use apps such as RunKeeper® to track my runs and stay motivated. I also make an effort to cook healthy meals (with help from my 7-year-old daughter and husband) to fuel our busy lives.
As a runner and health enthusiast, I have been frustrated with having my health and fitness data sit in different places, from tracking my exercise on RunKeeper or my Garmin® watch to the medical information in my Personal Health Record. I would guess that many of you share this same challenge. This was one of the main motivations behind developing CarePass, a digital health and wellness platform from Aetna that we just launched last week. Our mission is to help you create a more complete picture of your health by pulling in data from the fitness apps you use the most in your personal health journey.
With the CarePass website and mobile app, anyone (not just Aetna employees or members) can set health goals and connect with top health and wellness apps—like RunKeeper, iTriage®, LoseIt!™, and Zipongo—to help you achieve your goals. CarePass syncs that data and visually displays your progress towards those goals. My personal goal is to run the New York Marathon® this fall, so I’ll be tracking my training progress through CarePass with the help of RunKeeper and other devices. I’m also perpetually tracking the goal of “fitting into my favorite jeans.”
For those who have Aetna as your health insurer, you can connect your personal health record with other data in CarePass, to paint a more complete picture of your health. In the future, for all CarePass users we plan to help you share data from CarePass with your doctor, if you wish, so he or she better understands the work you are doing day in and day out to stay healthy.
Every day, my mobile device becomes more and more indispensable. It is the last thing I see before I go to sleep and the first thing I check in the morning. And I’m pleased that beyond helping me answer email at any time of day (unfortunately) it’s also helping me lead a healthier life as I pull together all my data and start to see the connections. For example, seeing the impact of eating a late dinner on how I sleep and run. I’m excited to see as I track more data and we add more correlation capabilities in the future, how I can gain even more personalized insight into how my behaviors inter-relate. Connecting my data in a convenient and meaningful way is helping me make small changes to my daily life that hopefully will help me achieve my health goals – and get me to the finish line of the NYC Marathon in November (and of course, into my skinny jeans for the party after)!
Martha Wofford leads Aetna’s CarePass platform, delivering simple solutions to help consumers navigate the healthcare system. She resides in Hatfield, MA with her husband and daughter, and is a health enthusiast.
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