Connect and Track the Data
In obesity prevention research, success and failure are measured by the weight of the study participants in weekly visits. In the past, that meant travel considerations and scheduling hassles. Thanks to modern technology, clinicians can provide a study participant with a wireless scale, that they can use in the privacy of their own home, developing healthy monitoring habits on their own time.
Starting in 2015, The Healthy Weigh Study at Penn used a web-based platform to enroll, communicate with, and track participant weight change. Wireless scales were used by participants in the three treatment groups to digitally transmit daily/weekly weights.
The web-based platform used in our study was the Way to Health platform, software developed at Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.