Verizon Coach: ‘Give Me 50 Pushups!’ 

Verizon may be developing fitness appications for connected devices that could help it make a business from offering subscribers “incentivized wellness behavior modification,” according to a patent applicaiton published Thursday.

YAGNYAMURTHY; SaiDirector of Corporate Strategy Sai Yagnyamurthy is named as lead inventor on the patent application.

Abstract: A device receives healthcare information that includes information associated with a health of a user. The healthcare information is received from a multiple devices that monitor the health of the user and/or store information regarding the health of the user. The device performs an analysis of the healthcare information via one or more analytics techniques, and identifies a type of health-related motivation, from multiple types of health-related motivations, based on performing the analysis. The device provides the type of health-related motivation to a user device associated with the user.

Patent Application

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Claims: 

1. A method, comprising: receiving, by a device, healthcare information associated with a user, the healthcare information including information associated with a health of the user, the information being received from a plurality of devices that monitor the health of the user or store information regarding the health of the user; performing, by the device, an analysis of the healthcare information via one or more analytics techniques; identifying, by the device, a type of health-related motivation, from a plurality of types of health-related motivations, based on performing the analysis; and providing, by the device, the type of health-related motivation to a user device associated with the user.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising: determining whether a health-related behavior of the user is modified based on the type of health-related motivation; identifying another type of health-related motivation, from the plurality of types of health-related motivations, when the health-related behavior of the user is not modified; and providing the other type of health-related motivation to the user device.

3. The method of claim 1, where the type of health-related motivation includes: a monetary health-related incentive, or a non-monetary health-related incentive.

4. The method of claim 1, where the type of health-related motivation includes: health-related gaming information that includes information associated with a fitness game played by the user, or health-related coaching information that includes information provided by a virtual health coach.

5. The method of claim 1, where the one or more analytics techniques include two or more of: a pattern recognition technique to identify patterns in a health-related behavior of the user based on the healthcare information, a hidden Markov modeling technique to determine the health-related behavior of the user based on the healthcare information, a trending technique to identify one or more trends in the health-related behavior of the user based on the healthcare information, a prediction technique to predict one or more future health-related behaviors of the user based on the healthcare information, or a segmentation technique to group the user, with a plurality of similar users, based on the healthcare information.

6. The method of claim 1, further comprising: assigning weights to information determined by the one or more analytics techniques; and calculating a health score for the user based on the assigned weights and the information determined by the one or more analytics techniques.

7. The method of claim 6, further comprising: identifying the type of health-related motivation from the plurality of types of health-related motivations, based on the health score for the user.

8. A device, comprising: one or more processors to: receive user information associated with a user of a user device, the user information including: healthcare information associated with the user, location information associated with the user, and demographic information associated with the user; perform an analysis of the user information via one or more analytics techniques; identify a type of health-related motivation, from a plurality of types of health-related motivations, based on performing the analysis; and provide the type of health-related motivation to the user device associated with the user.

9. The device of claim 8, where the one or more processors are further to: determine whether a health-related behavior of the user is modified based on the type of health-related motivation; and identify another type of health-related motivation, from the plurality of types of health-related motivations, when the health-related behavior of the user is not modified.

10. The device of claim 8, where the type of health-related motivation includes a health-related incentive to incrementally modify a wellness behavior of the user.

11. The device of claim 8, where the type of health-related motivation includes health-related gaming information that includes information associated with a fitness game played by the user, and the one or more processors are further to: share the health-related gaming information with other users playing the fitness game.

12. The device of claim 8, where the type of health-related motivation includes health-related coaching information that includes fitness instructions provided by a health coach.

13. The device of claim 8, where the one or more processors are further to: assign weights to information determined by the one or more analytics techniques; calculate an overall health score for the user based on the assigned weights and the information determined by the one or more analytics techniques; and provide the overall health score to the user device.

14. The device of claim 13, where the one or more processors are further to: identify the type of health-related motivation, from the plurality of types of health-related motivations, based on the overall health score for the user.

15. A computer-readable medium for storing instructions, the instructions comprising: one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a device, cause the one or more processors to: receive user information associated with a user, the user information including: healthcare information associated with the user, the healthcare information being received from a plurality of devices that monitor a health of the user or store information regarding the health of the user, location information associated with the user, and demographic information associated with the user; perform an analysis of the user information via one or more analytics techniques; identify a type of health-related motivation, from a plurality of types of health-related motivations, based on performing the analysis; and provide the type of health-related motivation to a user device associated with the user.

16. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, where the plurality of devices that monitor a health of the user include at least one of: a monitoring device that monitors vital signs of the user, a wearable user device that monitors the vital signs of the user, a gaming device that provides a fitness game for the user, a user device that receives the information associated with the health of the user from a server device.

17. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, where the one or more instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, further cause the one or more processors to: determine whether a health-related behavior of the user is modified based on the type of health-related motivation; and identify another type of health-related motivation, from the plurality of types of health-related motivations, when the health-related behavior of the user is not modified; and provide the other type of health-related motivation to the user device.

18. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, where the type of health-related motivation includes one of: a monetary health-related incentive that is predicted to incrementally modify a health-related behavior of the user, or a non-monetary health-related incentive that is predicted to incrementally modify the health-related behavior of the user.

19. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, where the type of health-related motivation includes: health-related gaming information that includes information associated with a fitness game played by the user, or health-related coaching information that includes information provided by a health coach.

20. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, where the one or more instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, further cause the one or more processors to: assign weights to information determined by the one or more analytics techniques; calculate a health score for the user based on the assigned weights and the information determined by the one or more analytics techniques; identify the type of health-related motivation, from the plurality of types of health-related motivations, based on the health score for the user; and provide the health score to the user device.