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Winners of 2023 Garmin Health Awards announced

The event recognises cutting-edge healthcare and wellness solutions that help improve health outcomes for businesses and individuals.

Winners of 2023 Garmin Health Awards announced
The 2023 Garmin Health Summit in Singapore.

Jörn Watzke, Garmin Health senior director of Global Business-to-Business Sales, said, “We are proud to recognise this year’s extremely impressive health and wellness solutions. It’s truly inspiring and motivating to see such a high level of innovation. On behalf of everyone at Garmin, congratulations to all the winners and to all who participated in the Garmin Health Awards.”

The winners were chosen based on their solutions’ scalability, uniqueness, innovation, and how it brought benefit to users, along with the successful integration of Garmin wearables.

Healthcare and Research category winner: Blue Room Biometrics powered by Real Response (Australia).

BlueRoom Biometrics integrates live data from Garmin smartwatches and fitness trackers into virtual and mixed reality training experiences. Utilising the Garmin Health SDK, the system provides facilitators with real-time data and stress measurements that can be used to customise training experiences for each user. In addition, an AI engine has been developed to automate this process and make training safer and more effective.

Real Response has revolutionised emergency training in Australia. Initially offering traditional first-aid courses, the company evolved into a leader in immersive, simulation-enhanced training. With the introduction of BlueRoom, Real Response has expanded into mixed reality, setting new standards in hands-on, realistic experiences.

Winners of 2023 Garmin Health Awards announced
The winners of the 2023 Garmin Health Awards

Insurance and Employee Health category winner: Sleep Advice Technologies (Italy)

Sleep Advice Technologies developed ‘PREDICTS’, a family of patented algorithms designed to predict the onset of sleep in a subject. Providing real-time analysis of subject fatigue based upon a model of the autonomous nervous system, ‘PREDICTS’ generates an alarm about the soon-to-happen transition from awake to drowsy state to predict the onset of sleep well before a subject could lose control of their activities.

Available for after-market and original equipment manufacturer applications, the programme can be run with wearable sensors and contact sensors. In-depth validation tests that simulate driving conditions with sleep-deprived drivers have been successfully completed. It has been running on a fleet of heavy-duty trucks since January.

Sleep Advice Technologies is an innovative startup that was established in Turin, Italy in 2018. The company takes full advantage of the synergic input of medical experts in sleep, senior managers in automotive and semiconductor technologies, as well as faculty and researchers from one of the leading technical universities in Italy.

Fitness and Wellness category winner: Humanoo (Germany)

Humanoo is a global health and wellbeing platform that supports businesses and insurers with a wide range of services to drive health awareness among employees and policyholders. Humanoo provides in-house content, gamification solutions with challenges and rewards, and various health services such as 1-to-1 coaching and employee-assistance schemes. Humanoo helps manage all this from a single platform with holistic health engagement, progress reports, and meaningful insights. Humanoo works with over 750 corporate clients, and more than 20 major European insurers.

Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Humanoo is rooted in the belief that wellbeing must be deployed holistically, and at scale, to enable sustainable, measurable outcomes for clients and users.

Finalists for the Most Innovative Solutions Award presented a three-minute pitch video during the summit and responded to questions from a four-person panel that included experts from each award category, as well as a Garmin Health representative. Winners receive Garmin wearables worth an estimated total of $10,000.

“One of the variables that make Garmin Health an attractive business solution for other companies is its dedication and access to advanced data and analytics, specifically heart rate variability and beat-to-beat intervals (BBI). We believe BBI is an important biometric that can help researchers and insurers better understand a user’s overall health and wellness,” said Scott Burgett, senior director of Garmin Health Engineering.

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