OCARIoT: New technological platform to prevent childhood obesity
OCARIoT is developing a personalized coaching solution, based on the Internet of Things (IoT), as a guide to help children adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Preventing childhood obesity is the main challenge of the OCARIoT project, a technological development in which the Innovation Unit of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital of Madrid actively participates and is funded by the European Commission within the Horizonte Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2020.
OCARIoT is developing a personalized coaching solution, based on the Internet of Things (IoT), as a guide to help children adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits. This IoT network will allow observing children's activity patterns in daily life, health evolution, physiological and behavioral parameters, and environmental data. Communication with the user is done through an application / app and a personalized dashboard.
Macarena Torrego, project manager of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos Innovation Unit, explains that the application / app is gamified to make it attractive to children, promoting educational activities that encourage play and physical education activities. "The multichannel platform, the dashboard, is aimed at health professionals, educators and the family, with differentiated functionalities. Through multidirectional communication and synchronization of the variables continuously, it allows evaluating the change in patient habits" says Torrego. All the information received, together with a specific decision support system, will allow OCARIoT to provide a personalized healthy habits coaching plan, motivating children to stay active and committed to their own well-being.