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Are You Going to Die Soon? Take the Ubble Test to Find Out

The well-being industry is worth an estimated $1 trillion by 2017. Well-being is defined as “the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.” As such, this includes individuals are mentally and physically fit as well as disease prevention.

As incomes increase, individuals will turn their attention towards global health incomes. This is especially the case as incomes increase in emerging markets.

In the UK, a recent development is making waves in the well-being industry. Internet-saavy patients are now able to taking an online test, commonly referred to as Ubble that will predict the likelihood that patients will die within five years.

This online questionnaire calculates the level of risk based on measured variables and generates the percentage chance that the medical respondents will die within the next five years. In addition, the test (available on the Ubble website), generates an “Ubble age” for respondents.

Some of the variables include demographics, medical history, health and lifestyle risks to generate a profile of respondents in what is called the Ubble age. If the respondent’s Ubble age is lower than their actual age, then their risk of early death would be low. If the respondent’s Ubble age is higher than their age, this would indicate that the patient should curtail or think about changing some of their at-risk activities.

This online tool, which has provided respondents with more control over their mortality in the UK may have similar results in the U.S.

The Ubble questionnaire is made up of 13 questions for men and 11 for women and is applicable for patients in the 40-70 years of age group.

The impact that online predictors in the well-being industry can be a gamechanger. First and foremost, it allows respondents to take personal responsibility for their health in an active, rather than passive manner. Second, as wearable tech becomes more mainstream, the results from the Ubble test and others like it, can be useful for medical professionals as a way to evaluate the health of their patients. However, one complication that has gotten in the way in the United States, at least is the lack of uniform data.

Unlike the UK, there isn’t a uniform streamline standard used to extract patient information because of the different information systems used by hospitals. While insurance companies can provide another layer of medical information from claims processed, it still doesn’t capture the entire picture.

In the meantime, digital startups may revitalize the medical landscape by adjusting to unmet needs in this area.

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