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Japan: 'Health age' app wins Japan's 1st InsurTech contest

Source: Asia Insurance Review | May 2017

Medical data analytics company Japan Medical Data Centre (JMDC) has won the first-ever business contest held by the Japanese insurance industry, with its smartphone app that instantly measures a person’s “health age”. 
   The service, which is still in the beta phase, requires users to first take a photo of their health checkup data. That data is then automatically digitised and sent to JMDC, where it is checked against a database containing 1.6 million points of data on health exams and medical prescriptions. It instantly calculates the user’s health age – defined by the company as an indicator of a person’s overall well-being – and provides advice on how to become healthier.
   It also estimates the medical costs the users will likely incur over a year if they do not improve their health, reported The Nikkei.
   Eighteen companies entered the contest, hosted by Dai-ichi Life Insurance, Japan Post Insurance and NTT Data.
   “The life insurance industry has until now provided services to prepare for risks in everyday life,” said Takako Kitahori, one of the judges and general manager of the marketing strategy department at Dai-ichi Life. “But what is required of the industry now is to provide solutions for bettering people’s everyday lives. JMDC’s service resonates with that.”
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