Of course, health and fitness wearable devices are not anything new, but insurance firms are not very known for their quick response to tech trends. that will be changing, though, as huge firms like Aetna and John Hancock have started offering steep discounts on devices just like the Apple Watch, as long as customers use the gadgets to track their activity. now the insurance firm UnitedHealthcare is seeming to integrate Samsung & Garmin wearables into its own bring-your-own-device program that pays members for meeting daily walking goals.
The new program, dubbed UnitedHealthcare Motion, allows you to use a Samsung Gear Fit2 pro, Gear Sport or Garmin Vivosmart 3 to track your steps and earn up to $4 per day (per year $1,000 maximum) in HSA or HRA credits if you reach the company’s specific fitness goals. These include finishing five hundred steps within seven minutes six times per day at least an hour apart, finishing 3,000 steps within a half-hour and racking up 10,000 total steps each day. The trackers are available at an offered price or even free to plan, Participants with a dedicated page from the UnitedHealthcare website. Qualcomm is involved to keep the data secure because it is shared with the insurer via the Motion app, as well as integrating devices that people already own.
While a program like this surely advantages customers both monetarily and health-wise, it’s probably more about the insurance firm saving money within the long-term. “Studies have shown walking is a good way to facilitate improve well-being and reduce medical prices,” said Qualcomm’s Dr. James Mault in a statement, “and we are seeing, however, UnitedHealthcare Motion helps people take charge of their health.”