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Singapore and Apple partner on health initiative

"Singapore to pay citizens for keeping healthy with Apple Watch"

Apple and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app.

As part of the scheme, Si­ngapore residents will be able to earn as much as $280 by completing goals and tasks set within the app. Goals can be accomplished by walking or doing other exercises like swimming or yoga, and Lum­iHealth will offer personalised coaching and reminders for health screenings and im­munizations. Wellness challenges will nudge users towa­rd making better food choices and improving sleep habits.

The LumiHealth program is voluntary and its announcement stresses that it’s “designed with user privacy and security at its core.” All user data will be encry­pted and none will be sold or shared for marketing purposes, according to Apple.

“Even as all of us 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 in our own personal health,”

Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister

The service is the product of a solicitation from the Singapore government — which has a reputation for being an early adopter of new technology — for proposals from tech and health-care companies to help improve the lives of its population.

The city-state was among the first to roll out a contact-tracing app to help combat the coronavirus pandemic this year and is expanding that effort by distributing tokens that will allow residents to enter selected venues, an effort that may pave the way for larger gatherings.(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app.

As part of the scheme, Singapore residents will be able to earn as much as S$380 ($280) by completing goals and tasks set within the app. Goals can be accomplished by walking or doing other exercises like swimming or yoga, and the LumiHealth app will offer personalized coaching and reminders for health screenings and immunizations. Wellness challenges will nudge users toward making better food choices and improving sleep habits.

The LumiHealth program is voluntary and its announcement stresses that it’s “designed with user privacy and security at its core.” All user data will be encrypted and none will be sold or shared for marketing purposes, according to Apple. The service is the product of a solicitation from the Singapore government — which has a reputation for being an early adopter of new technology — for proposals from tech and health-care companies to help improve the lives of its population.

“Even as all of us 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 in our own personal health,” said Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.

The city-state was among the first to roll out a contact-tracing app to help combat the coronavirus pandemic this year and is expanding that effort by distributing tokens that will allow residents to enter selected venues, an effort that may pave the way for larger gatherings.

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