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HEALTH-mate. Healthy Lifestyle Manager

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Ubiquitous lifestyle management system to empower their users to manage, in a multidimensional integrated way, the daily lifestyle choices to tackle selected wellness/care objectives of their patients and customers 

Researchers from the Center for Biomedical Technology (CTB) of the Technical University of Madrid and Colorado Center for Health &Wellness of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Denver (USA), has developed HEALTH-mate, a comprehensive platform designed to manage personal health promotion, prevention and care plans under the shift to risk based payment methods. The solution enable customers to: 1) configure lifestyle objectives, 2) be aware of the overall wellness status of the users, 3) integrate diverse biosensing data coming from the multiple sensors/apps of smartphones and wearable devices so that can be manageable for the creation of personal health prevention plans and 4) seamlessly overcome personal barriers.

By means of providing the information, motivation and abilities enhanced in ways not sufficiently well integrated within daily activities so far, to boost their positive perception and their satisfaction from healthy daily choices. 

Technology Solution


Health-mate cloud-platform Health-mate is an integrated management platform consisting in a cloud-platform (four basic engines) and several end-user personal devices.

The cloud-platform include: a wellness assessment (providing an objective measurement of people’s overall wellness status); a barrier assessment (detecting obstacles preventing people from fully developing healthy lifestyles); a wellness program manager (providing actions and personalized wellness tracks to reach objectives); a profiling engine (for discovering new key knowledge about users); a data transformation engine (to get data from any device).

End-user personal devices consist of smartphone-based Body Area Networks (BAN), involving all their built-in sensors and features, together with any possible external sensor attached to them.

“HEALTH-mate is a comprehensive platform designed to manage personal health promotion, prevention and care plans”

Market demands

TICs & Mobile Apps

  • There are multiple apps available for smartphones under “health and fitness” or “medical” categories, but around half of them are miss-categorized or only loosely healthcare related.
  • Among genuinely healthcare related apps more than two thirds are directly addressed to consumers with no mediation of healthcare providers.
  • Most apps provide information to users regarding a particular topic, but less than a half of them also provide instructions and approximately only a fifth of information providing apps can track or capture user data [IMS Institute Report, 2013].
  • Lifestyle and health-related apps will be used in a systematic basis and will eventually become an integrated healthcare component. Their functionality assessment will evolve from current user reviews to provider peer reviews, and eventually outcomes evidence assessments.

“In the last years it is agreed by the market, that the only long term sustainable model for health is based on a preventive and personalize planning and tracking”

Market potential

  • In 2013, over 2.7 billion people are using internet, which corresponds to 39% of the world’s population [International Telecommunication Union, ITU].
  • There are now close to 100,000 mobile health apps in 62 app stores, with the top 10 apps generating over 4 million free downloads every day [Research2Guidance]
  • Global market for wearable technologies will reach $5.8 billion in 2018, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40.8 percent from 2012 to 2018 [Transparecy Market Research, 2013].
  • Increased adoption of wearable tech: the market is expected to grow to 100 million units by the end of 2014.
Competitive advantages

  • HEALTHmate has been designed to strongly benefit of the technologies available at CTB: Internet of Things, Cloud platform and Mobile apps and big data/analytics.
  • Anschutz Wellness Center has large scientific supported large experience on preventing chronic diseases through lifestyle modification, providing an holistic concept and intervention programs that encompassed several dimensions of life including mind, body and purpose
  • Diet and physical activity dimensions are based on CTB´s My Healthy Diet/Exercise Platform designed to help people to seamlessly adapt their diet/exercise-related daily choices to comply with a set of particular objectives.



  • The Centre for Biomedical Technology (CTB) is a UPM leading research and technology center that facilitates the development of biomedical technology to be handed over to industry, with large experience in personal health systems. 
  • The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and disease prevention on the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus is an innovative facility with research and care focusing on alternative and complementary medicines, holistic wellness, weight management and nutrition.

  •  Patent granted in Spain ES2353711
Development stage

  • Concept
  • R&D
  • Lab-Protoype
  • Industrial Prototype
  • Production

HEALTH-mate contact

Francisco del Pozo Guerrero

Center for Biomedical Technology CTB

e: francisco.delpozo@ctb.upm.es

w: http://www.ctb.upm.es

UPM contact

Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area

Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM 

e: innovacion.tecnologica@upm.es

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