Tech: Feb. 21-25, 2022

A weekly roundup of technologies focused on monitoring and improving employee health and well-being.

By Kacey Larsen      
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Cloud customer experience orchestration leader Genesys is partnering with Thrive, a behavior change technology company founded by Arianna Huffington, to introduce Thrive Reset for Genesys. Businesses using Genesys to orchestrate customer experiences can use Thrive Reset for Genesys to deliver brief, video-based well-being breaks straight to employees’ desktops using customized timing. The employer-initiated stress intervention solution will be available to businesses starting in March via the Genesys AppFoundry.  

             Plutonic announces a partnership with FIX Health to take its Outbreak challenge to workplaces across America. The collaboration presents a digital gamification approach to wellness by mixing video games with daily activity. Outbreak offers a set of virtual fitness challenges to address physical wellness and build teamwork while also surviving a family-friendly zombie apocalypse. Users can choose between two-, four- or six-week duration challenges, and pricing is on a per-participant basis unless a custom enterprise solution is requested.

             Membership platform Cuppa.TV launches to host meaningful conversations with influential people around wellness, performance and sense of belonging through an on-demand video library, live shows, masterclasses and experiences. Created for employees, teams and individual people, Luke Cook, founder and host of Cuppa, refers to it as “Netflix for businesses,” with aims to improve workplace well-being. Based in Australia, the platform is available globally (note, fees are in Australian dollars), and memberships are available to individuals and companies.

             Teladoc Health launches the Chronic Care Complete program to offer condition management for patients with diabetes, prediabetes and hypertension. Program participants are paired with personal health coaches and provided connected devices like glucometers and blood pressure cuffs. Patients can also receive care from physicians as needed and work with therapists about mental health concerns—something research shows people with physical chronic diseases are more likely to experience. Teladoc Health indicates Chronic Care Complete will be available to members through their health plans or employers.

             Samsung rolled out a wellness-centric software update for its Galaxy Watch 4, including new sleep habit recommendations. Following a seven-day sleep study conducted by the watch, users will be asked to complete several surveys and be assigned one of eight animal-themed “sleep personality types.” Users will then embark on a multiple-week wellness program with offerings like meditations and checklists aimed at improving sleep quality.