The app allows the public to measure general health in 10 minutes

C-Score is a health app that offers the public a simple way to measure their general health via their smartphone in 10 minutes.

Developed by Chelsea Football Club start-up Chelsea Digital Ventures and digital healthcare experts HUMA, the app assesses seven lifestyle factors, all of which have been validated as key predictors of illness and mortality. . These are:

  1. Self-rated health – the app asks you how you feel about your general health, since you know your body best
  2. Resting heart rate – the app measures your heart rate by simply placing your finger on the smartphone camera
  3. Sleep – the app contains a questionnaire that captures how many hours you slept on average over the past week and the quality of that sleep
  4. Smoking – the amount of tobacco cigarettes you smoke in an average week
  5. Alcohol consumption – the type (s) and volume of alcohol you drink in an average week
  6. Waist-to-waist ratio – your smartphone’s camera is used to determine your waistline (you may need an extra pair of hands to help you out).
  7. Reaction time – a simple test where you lift your finger once a shape changes color.

Once users have completed each domain – which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes – they are given a point-based metric, or “C-Score” (a number between 0 and 100) that will reflect their status. general health. The higher your C-Score, the better your overall health.

The score is compared to 500,000 people in the UK Biobank, a national health database made up of individuals aged 40 to 69 whose health data was collected between 2006 and 2010 and who still share their data in order to that their health can be monitored.

Users will be able to see how their health compares to people in UK Biobank, and what percentage of people in UK Biobank gave them similar or different responses or had data in the same or a different range.

While not all C-Score domains are the factors that make you healthy or unhealthy, they are modifiable indicators that scientists and clinicians have drawn from the medical literature as having the greatest impact on health. general of a person and as all-cause mortality. indicators.

They were selected as follows:

Review of the medical literature:

  • A review of the literature from c. 500 publications have been produced by Huma’s clinical and scientific team to map the relevant areas for measuring all-cause mortality

Interviews with 24 key opinion leaders on three continents

  • Refinement of relevant areas with 24 key opinion leaders from UK, US and China including Dr Smisha Agarwai, Digital Population Health at Johns Hopkins, Professor Kamudi Joshipura, Cardio-Metabolic Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and Dr You Cian Lin at China Medical University
  • Confirmation of the last seven parameters with KOLs focused on clinical and academic relevance, while being exploitable and simple to measure by the general public

The C-Score does not require invasive hospital testing, a visit to the GP, or expensive portable devices, while the existing BMI model represents populations, not individuals.

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