The Friday Interview: Rebecca McCheyne – Nuffield Health
Digital health has the potential to help more than just tech-savy early-adopters, but also provide medical professionals with the insight they need to make better decisions for their patients. Nuffield Health is one company that’s trying to use these latest consumer devices and trends in its range of gyms, hospitals and other health businesses. Rebecca McCheyne, Group Digital Services Director, took some time out to speak to us this week to explain more…
PH: HOW IS DIGITAL HEALTH HELPING NUFFIED HEALTH DO WHAT IT DOES?
RM: We currently have more than 37,000 registered users of Nuffield HealthScore™. The app enables users to track their health using a point-score system, helping people take the right choices to live healthier.
PH: HOW DOES NUFFIELD HEALTH MAKE MONEY?
RM: Nuffield Health is a not-for-profit organisation, with no shareholders and is also a registered charity which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. In that same year we invested £84million into our hospitals, wellbeing and corporate fitness sites. We also won Best Workplace Wellbeing Provider in 2013 for work with 200 companies across the country.
PH: WHAT’S COMING NEXT FROM NUFFIELD HEALTH?
RM: We are in the process of installing digital technology into all hospital operating theatres for treatments. And last year we established three digital operating theatres, a top of the range diagnostics centre, including MRI, CT, digital mammography and High Definition Endoscopy.
PH: WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY TRACK ON A DAILY BASIS?
RM: I track my exercise and Nutrition. Most recently I have used the stress tracker on Healthscore™ to reflect on how my busy life affects the way I feel.
PH: LASTLY, WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE FUTURE OF SELF QUANTIFICATION?
RM: This will become more personalised, appropriate (track what is relevant at that time) and easy to track. More and more devices will be able to track some form of our activity and lifestyle, be it my smartphone or specialised device. It will become easier to integrate data from different devices into one platform or place. The key will be using an intelligent platform such as Nuffield HealthScore™ to aggregate this data and then provide next steps. i.e. Now I understand that my sleep patterns are becoming more erratic, what can I do about it?