Singapore came up with an idea to make its residents stay safe and healthy. The government will provide an Apple Watch and a new iPhone app named LumiHealth for all people who can meet health targets.
Currently, Singapore’s government is partnering with Apple to keep the citizens of the city-state safe during the current COVID-19 pandemic. During a virtual launch event on Tuesday, Sept. 15, CEO Tim Cook briefly launched its new wellness program.
What is this all about?
Singapore’s two-year health program is based around the Apple Watch and an iPhone app named LumiHealth. The said app provides a customized wellness program for users. Apple said the LumiHealth project developed the innovation for the first time in the last two years. The national government has been providing financial incentives to the citizens for embracing healthier habits.
In the United States, Apple is working on health-tracking programs for private insurers like Aetna. Although it has not yet entered into any agreements with the federal government.
This is not the first time Singapore got involved in projects that encourage people to become fit and save money. In August 2019, the nation signed a contract with Fitbit, then hinting at partnering with other “data innovators.”
How to join the program?
Residents need to have an Apple Watch to join the program. An iPhone app named LumiHealth will administer the program. Once the app goes live in October, residents will then sign up for one-time incentives of up to US $280. The people who signed up will need to join various activities like meditation, walks, and swimming. LumiHealth will also notify users to get vaccinated once COVID-19 vaccine is available.
Participants can also subscribe to the wellness challenges and games that doctors and fitness experts create. The tasks assigned depends on demographic factors such as age, gender, and weight. Hence, athletes won’t compete against people who started with fitness and health.
Myoung Cha, the Apple Health executive who headed the campaign, said that the organization partnered with the Singapore government to create anything people wished they would really need.
“It was co-designed to encourage healthy habits of Singaporeans through gamification and the power of Apple Watch,” he told CNBC.
Other goals of LumiHealth program
LumiHealth also helps people change their sleeping habits, make healthy eating decisions, and join public health programs. That would also encourage people to get a vaccine against coronavirus until the drug becomes affordable.
“Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future,” said Heng Swee Keat, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
“This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but equally important, it will contribute valuable insights to improving the health of people all over the world,” added Keat.
Apple and Singapore stressed that the app follows the consumer privacy and protection laws at its core. That ensures all of your data will be stored and secured safely. For marketing purposes, the app won’t share your details.