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Medically Reviewed By: Douglas Slakey, MD,MPH

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Key Takeaways

  • Digital Transformation in Corporate Wellness: The integration of advanced health technologies such as remote photoplethysmography (rPPG) and vital signs apps into employee health programs marks a significant shift in corporate wellness. These tools offer easy, non-invasive monitoring of vital health metrics, leading to better health management and awareness among employees.
  • Benefits of Vitals Apps for Employee Health: Regular use of vital signs apps in the workplace not only enhances health awareness but also aids in early detection of health issues, potentially reducing long-term healthcare costs. The inclusion of technologies like prickless glucose monitors is especially beneficial for diabetic employees, improving their quality of life and productivity.
  • Strategies for Effective Implementation: Successful integration of health technology into corporate wellness programs involves educational initiatives, ensuring data privacy, incentivization of employees, and continuous evaluation and adaptation of the program to meet evolving health trends and employee feedback.

“We have a gym on the 12th floor”, they said.

“Our cafeteria only serves healthy options”, they said.

“We have beanbag lounges for brain-storming, and foosball tables to relax”, they said.

“We not only encourage but insist you take your vacations, because we care about ‘our people’”, they said.

“So we can work you to the physical (and emotional) bone”, they never said. 

And that, boys and girls, is what we call corporate wellness. But all is not lost; it never is. Thanks to digital technology, corporate wellness is undergoing a transformative shift, fueled by the integration of advanced health technologies such as remote photoplethysmography (rPPG) with vital signs apps. Increased work-related stress has had a knock-on effect on health insurance costs of corporations, and they’ve decided to invest in the well-being of their employees, and the integration of these innovative tools into employee health programs is becoming more prevalent. This not only represents a commitment to employee health but also aligns with the broader trend of leveraging technology for preventative healthcare.

The Advent of rPPG and Vital Signs Apps in Workplace Wellness

Remote photoplethysmography (rPPG) technology, a non-contact method for monitoring vital signs, is finding immense traction in corporate wellness. By using light-based technologies to detect changes in blood volume in tissue, rPPG enables contactless monitoring of crucial health metrics like heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and even stress. Its integration into workplace health programs offers employees an effortless way to regularly check their vitals, fostering a culture of proactive health management.

Vital signs apps allow employees to track various health parameters such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and stress levels, often in real-time. The accessibility of free vital signs apps has democratized health monitoring, enabling employees at all levels to stay informed about their health at least at the minimal level of becoming aware of unwelcome trends – and all without the additional financial stress on the employee or the corporation (which works wonderfully for the end-of-year presentation by the corporate CFO). 

Prickless Glucose Monitors: A Boon for Diabetic Employees

As fate would have it, my office is very big on donuts (which by rights should be spelt doughnuts, but doughnuts are much more delicious than donuts, so I won’t spell it like that). And if, like me, you love picking one up everytime you walk up to the coffee machine, you’re running the risk of diabetes, which I don’t have (yet). But seriously speaking, diabetes management in the workplace is a critical aspect of employee health, especially for those living with the condition. Diabetics can – especially in moments of hyper or hypo glycemia – exhibit symptoms of tiredness, fatigue, blurred vision, slow speech or thought processes, and at times mental confusion; this can result in poor productivity, which is definitely not going to look good from the 25th floor where the CFO sits. But leaving the poor-taste humor to a side, diabetics definitely do need to keep a very close eye on their blood glucose levels to make sure they don’t collapse at work, or become the source of involuntary accidents. In this regard, the development of prickless glucose monitors and diabetes meters has transformed diabetes management by enabling pain-free and continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels. Incorporating these devices into corporate wellness programs can significantly enhance the quality of life and productivity of diabetic employees.

The Numerous Benefits of Vitals Apps in Corporate Wellness

Enhanced Health Awareness: Regular use of vital signs apps in the workplace helps employees develop a more nuanced appreciation of their  health awareness which, more often than we expect, translates into better health choices and lifestyle modifications by the employees. When in doubt, always remember: healthy employees, happy CFO.

Early Detection and Prevention: Continuous health monitoring can facilitate the early detection of potential health issues. And I can play this up enough. A proactive approach that allows for timely medical interventions potentially reduces long-term healthcare costs for both the employee and the employer (wink wink nod nod). But seriously, if I had had that advantage 20 years ago, I would have not have let my work affect my health as tragically as I eventually did.

Boost in Productivity: A healthy workforce is invariably more productive. Regular health monitoring contributes to overall well-being, which is closely linked to enhanced job performance, reduced absenteeism, reduced hospitalization costs, and reduced ongoing care costs. When in doubt… you know!

Positive Impact on Employee Engagement: Providing employees with health monitoring tools demonstrates a company’s commitment to their well-being. This can lead to improved morale, higher job satisfaction, and increased employee engagement.

Implementing an Effective Corporate Wellness Program

To successfully incorporate health technology into employee wellness programs, companies should consider the following steps:

Educational Initiatives: Educate employees on the benefits and use of vital signs apps and health monitoring devices. This could involve workshops, seminars, and/or the provision of instructional materials in the office or job site.

Data Privacy and Security: Assure employees of the confidentiality and security of their health data. Establish clear policies and employ robust data protection measures to safeguard sensitive information.

Incentivization and Encouragement: Motivate employees to regularly engage with these health tools through incentives, wellness challenges, or gamification strategies.

Continuous Evaluation and Adaptation: Regularly assess the effectiveness of the wellness program and adapt it based on feedback and evolving health trends. This could involve surveying employee satisfaction, analyzing health outcomes, and staying abreast of new health technologies.


The digital transformation of corporate wellness through the integration of vital signs apps and technologies like rPPG demonstrates the seriousness that businesses are beginning to show with regard to the wellness of their employees and adapting their policies and operations to the changing healthcare landscape. These tools empower employees to take an active role in their health management, resulting in a healthier, more engaged and productive workforce. As technology continues to evolve, its role in shaping the future of corporate health initiatives is poised to become even more significant, ushering in a new era of workplace wellness.

MarkiTech has various subsidiaries with products and services targeted towards digital healthcare, telehealth/telemedicine, and a virtual clinic with a laser focus on helping seniors age in place and help their caregivers. is a company focused on remote patient monitoring and aging solutions, which utilizes artificial intelligence to track patient’s health and keep a round-the-clock connection between caregivers and patients. 

Veyetals also uses rPPG and AI modeling algorithms to measure vitals anytime, anywhere to capture the light reflected by the blood vessels under a patient’s skin. 

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