The Cigna Health360 Score
If you can measure health, you can manage it!With the explosion of health and fitness-related wearable devices and applications on the market, it has never been easier for people to get access to a variety of health- and fitness-related data. This is also a problem, as no one can handle such a multitude of data and make sense out of it without any support.
Making sense out of a large amount of health and wellbeing data is exactly what the Cigna Health360 Score does: it simplifies the health status of an individual into just one number – the patented Cigna Health360 Score – so that it can be universally
understood. Fundamentally, the Cigna Health360 Score is based on who you are (body), how you feel (mind) and how you live (lifestyle):
The Cigna Health360 Score is a scientifically calculated number from 1 (low) to 1,000 (high). It moves up or down in real-time, depending on how your body, emotional wellbeing or lifestyle data changes.
The Cigna Health360 Score is based on over 300 million person-years of clinical data. It has been developed by Cigna Health360 in collaboration with a professor and former long-term scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
The below infographic provides a good overview of how the Cigna Health360 Score works:
the Cigna Health360 Score measures the overall health and wellbeing of a person, based on his or her body values, emotional wellbeing and lifestyle.
Cigna Health360 decided to go for a Score and not an age-related measure (such as bio-age, real-age, etc.) for two very important reasons: Cigna Health360 wanted an indicator, where “elderly” people could compare themselves to “young” people, and also women could compare themselves to men. To do so, Cigna Health360 went through a mathematical process called equalization for age and gender, so that the Cigna Health360 Score could be used as a universal measure of health ranking.
The Cigna Health360 Score measures your body values in terms of your gender, age, height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood values as well as several other parameters. These are objective data values that Cigna Health360 uses, based on internationally and widely validated medical studies, to provide a medically-accurate measure of your health in real-time. This combination of your lifestyle data and Cigna Health360’s analysis enables Cigna Health360 to calculate your Baseline Score, your initial Cigna Health360 Score.
How you feel about your own health can be a crucial factor in determining your overall state of health. The quality of life questions help to quantify the mental wellbeing of an individual and they are based on a self-assessment questionnaire in order to measure the key aspects of the mental wellbeing of a person.
Your lifestyle has a major impact on your overall health and wellbeing. With Cigna Health360 you can track exercise, nutrition, stress, sleep, and provide information on your smoking and alcohol habits (if any).
- Exercise (workouts and steps): Cigna Health360 recognizes over 115 indoor and outdoor activities. You can track exercise automatically, by using the Cigna Health360 app for smartphones or by connecting and using many of the most popular external fitness tracking apps and devices (e.g. Runkeeper, Fitbit, Jawbone, Endomondo, Garmin vivo, etc.). A selected number of outdoor activities have detailed GPS and heart rate based energy models. These models consider information such as distance, speed, slope and heart rate (if available). Most other activities are based on normalized energy/MET (= Metabolic Equivalent of a Task), duration and heart rate (if available). MET is a measure to estimate the energy cost of physical activity, independent of weight, where 1 MET = 1 kcal/kg/h. This measure was introduced by the Stanford University in California and is globally used since more than 30 years.
- Nutrition: The Cigna Health360 Nutrition Coach is based on questions, answers and hints. The Nutrition Coach also offers personal goals and reminders, with the aim to guide and motivate you to adopt a healthier diet over time. Cigna Health360 has implemented an artificial intelligence engine through which the Nutrition Coach can give you well-targeted hints, improve your wellbeing and give you suggestions based on your profile and set of objectives.
- Stress: All Cigna Health360 stress related data is captured via questions launched by the Cigna Health360 Coach.
- Sleep: Your sleep data can be integrated automatically by using external activity bands such as Fitbit, Withings or Jawbone.