Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 8th EAI International Conference, MobiHealth 2019, Dublin, Ireland, November 14-15, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Continuous Wellness Tracking with Firstbeat – Usability, User Experience, and Subjective Wellness Impact

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-49289-2_22,
        author={Timo Partala and Laura Saar and Minna M\aa{}nnikk\o{} and Maarit Karhula and Tuulevi Aschan},
        title={Continuous Wellness Tracking with Firstbeat -- Usability, User Experience, and Subjective Wellness Impact},
        proceedings={Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare. 8th  EAI International Conference, MobiHealth 2019, Dublin, Ireland, November 14-15, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2020},
        month={6},
        keywords={Wellbeing Wellness technology Firstbeat Heart Rate Variability Usability User experience},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-49289-2_22}
    }
    
  • Timo Partala
    Laura Saar
    Minna Männikkö
    Maarit Karhula
    Tuulevi Aschan
    Year: 2020
    Continuous Wellness Tracking with Firstbeat – Usability, User Experience, and Subjective Wellness Impact
    MOBIHEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49289-2_22
Timo Partala1,*, Laura Saar1,*, Minna Männikkö1,*, Maarit Karhula1,*, Tuulevi Aschan1,*
  • 1: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
*Contact email: timo.partala@xamk.fi, laura.saar@xamk.fi, minna.mannikko@xamk.fi, maarit.karhula@xamk.fi, tuulevi.aschan@xamk.fi

Abstract

Current wellness technologies are capable of monitoring wellness related parameters even 24 h a day for multiple days. The aim of the current research was to study the usability, user experience, and wellbeing impact of the wellness analysis Firstbeat, which is based on continuous measurement of heart rate variability (HRV) and user activity. 42 persons in working life participated in an intervention study, in which their wellbeing was continuously monitored for 3–7 days and they received a detailed wellness report and a personal plan for improvement. In a follow-up questionnaire, the participants reported good usability and user experience for the system, as well as significantly reduced stress and increased self-esteem, while no significant changes were observed in the other measured aspects related to subjective wellbeing. The results suggest that the usage of continuous wellness measurement systems using electrodes in the chest area, such as Firstbeat, can be experienced positively by their users. Further research is needed on effective methods for utilizing the rich information from the measurements in achieving lasting positive changes in lifestyle.