According to the 12th Annual Employer-Sponsored Health & Well-Being Survey, 92% of respondents expanded their support for well-being programs targeting issues such as stress management and sleep improvement, to address the pandemic’s continued impact on workers, especially in the areas of mental health. Work-related stress not only reduces productivity, but also can cause medical conditions that can put employees’ health at risk.
Stress can increase inflammation in your body, which in turn is linked to factors that can harm your heart, such as high blood pressure and lower “good” HDL cholesterol, says Johns Hopkins cardiologist Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H. According to a new study, the combined effect of stress from social interactions and paid work increases women’s likelihood of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) by 21%. While stress may impact men and women differently, findings from a few studies indicate that the link between psychosocial stress and CHD may be stronger in women than in men.
Chronolife’s multiparametric monitoring Smart Textile solution tracks a comprehensive set of all major vital signs, via a 100% machine washable connected t-shirt that wears comfortably like everyday undergarments. Instead of traveling to hospitals to conduct multiple health check-ups, employees can have their health conditions continuously screened from the comfort of their home by using the biometric monitoring t-shirt. Based on the information collected, medical professionals can detect anomalies and recommend targeted preventative programs. This also makes it convenient and efficient for evaluating employees’ fitness to work (return to work/stay at work after sick leave) based on multiparametric data collected in real life situations.
For workers in hazardous working environments such as construction and manufacturing, Smart Textile is a powerful tool for employers to remotely monitor workers’ exposure level to health-compromising materials to inform protective measures and recovery mechanisms.