World Health Day 2019

In 1950, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched World Health Day. This UN-backed initiative takes place on April 7th of every year to raise awareness about diseases, advance health-related causes, and improve global health.

This year, the aim of World Health Day is to help people understand the meaning of universal health coverage by educating them on the support and services that are currently available. The WHO will provide visual materials on how and where affordable health-care can be accessed, while also highlighting the issues faced by those who cannot afford these services. This initiative also provides world health ministers with the opportunity to address gaps in universal health coverage in their respective countries. In short, the theme of World Health Day 2019 is to advocate for equal health-coverage for everyone.

The following report from Mental Help Net corroborates the importance of educating the masses about the small changes they can make to their lifestyle for a long-lasting, positive impact. The report goes on to talk about childhood obesity, stating that the more aware children and their parents are about exercise, portion control, and environmental cues, the more successful they will be in intervening in their health depreciation.


Bridging the gaps with technology

Boldly making its mark in the health industry, Playpal is one such company that is enabling people to create healthier lifestyles. Powered by a proprietary AI engine, Playpal is developing both iOS and web versions of its new Platform, which is set to revolutionize the health industry. The Platform collects and consolidates IoT health data from across apps and devices to deliver a holistic picture of a user’s health. With a view to intervene in health depreciation, it utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer individualized recommendations that build the user’s “health capital” (check our Health Capital blog post).

More specifically, Playpal is powered by a dual incentivization model that prompts healthy actions through the intrinsic motivation of gamified health and extrinsic reward of monetary benefits (i.e. Heka). The Proof of Concept successfully demonstrates the various architectural elements of the Platform which include, but are not limited to: 1) the gathering and monitoring of user data from mHealth apps and devices; 2) the implementation of public databases; 3) the correlation of nutrition data with fitness data; and 4) visualizations of user-specific profiles and recommendations.

With Playpal, users will now be able to preempt their health outcomes accurately and in-real-time, thereby reducing the risk of diseases like obesity, diabetes, cancer, and so on. Given the synergies in the missions of both Playpal and World Health Day, it is evident that Playpal will be an active contributor to this UN-backed initiative in the future.

To find out more, please visit the Playpal website.