An AXA PPP healthcare survey shows that 57% of the British workforce would be open to monitoring their health with technology at work, as long as their employer supplied a device to do so.

The third annual AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation online survey showed that 57% of the British workforce would be open to wearing a company paid-for fitness band or similar device during working hours to help monitor their health and wellbeing, as long as this was supplied to them free of charge by their employer. 

This figure increased to nearly two-thirds (63%), if employers would offer workers the device and a financial bonus for wearing it at work.

However, only 5% of the British workforce said their employer currently provides health technology to workers.

Sharing data

Of those who would be likely to wear a fitness band at work, over half (58%) said they would be comfortable to share the data generated with their employer if it helped with the organisation’s employee health and wellbeing programmes.

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Dr Chris Tomkins, head of proactive health at AXA PPP healthcare, said: “The increased use of health tech within the workplace could so easily be a win-win for both employer and employee.

“For the first time it is possible to support an individual throughout their journey from better understanding of their health to actual improvements through smart digital platforms. 

“Furthermore, there are often staff schemes with open platforms that enable individuals to use and share information from their own personal devices, ensuring their contribution is recognised.”

Richard Cooper, head of digital marketing at AXA PPP healthcare, said: “During the last three years, the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards programme has identified many new and emerging health tech innovations that we have not only been able to highlight but also share knowledge of with our members and with our client partners for the benefit of their employees via our Proactive Health Gateway service.” 

The State Of The Nation survey was commissioned by AXA PPP healthcare as part of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You programme. Now in its third year, the YouGov survey questioned over 2,000 adults.

AXA PPP healthcare is a major private medical insurance provider in the UK and forms the UK healthcare arm of AXA.