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Inactivity monitoring is usually a feature of more complex monitoring systems rather than a separate device. Years ago, inactivity monitoring in hospitals let medical staff receive the signals from the patients’ vital sign sensors. They signalized that a sensor stopped transferring the data, which could occur because of an attachment problem or as a result of a worsened condition. Since then, the technology has made huge steps forward, and now inactivity monitoring is a feature of work safety systems, personal emergency response systems, apps for seniors, fitness trackers, and more. We’ve already written about inactivity monitoring and why you need it in general. Now let’s zoom in on different types of inactivity monitoring apps and their benefits.
Inactivity monitoring for in-hospital and outpatient care remains crucial. For many patients at a hospital, inactivity monitoring as a part of the monitoring system can be life-saving. When a patient is conscious, there are many ways to ask for help or attention from the nursing staff. For example, press an alert button or simply call out to the nurse as she passes by. But it’s all different when one is сomatose or unconscious. Their condition can become critical in seconds, but they will not be able to report it in person. Medical inactivity monitoring systems come in handy here. The inactivity alert appears on the dashboard, and the doctor on duty can react in time.
Moreover, after the acute phase of the disease is over and the patient comes back home, an inactivity monitoring app helps to manage the recovery. Here is our article about chronic disease management with the help of inactivity monitoring; please take a look.
Work safety inactivity monitoring apps and systems are also beneficial. On the one hand, the employer needs to control the working time and productivity. For this goal, the employees sometimes install inactivity monitoring apps on their computers, and the system automatically reports when there is no activity on the screen for a predetermined time.
On the other hand, the labor laws of many countries pay a lot of attention to occupational health and the mandatory alternation of work and rest. That’s why apps for work schedule organizing are also popular. They track the time an employee spends on a certain task or in a certain program and alert when it’s time to take a break.
Physical inactivity monitoring can also be a part of work safety systems, signalizing when it’s time to leave the sedentary work and move for a while. But it’s also a part of fitness tracker options. When a person needs to control calorie consuming and spending, long inactivity time is not the thing we aim to achieve. So, one predetermines the sitting time except for night inactivity, and if they stay inactive for longer, the inactivity monitoring system reports it in an app or reports the inactive time exceeded by the vibration of the wearable device.
Combining GPS tracking with inactivity monitoring. Our movements are mainly tracked by satellite, through GPS monitoring. You don't even realize it yourself when you allow your mobile or wearable devices to track the distance of your run or the length of your typical hiking route. But with motion tracking, there is always a fine line between necessity and invasion of privacy. We’ve discussed it in one of the previous articles and proved that an unobtrusive GPS monitoring app exists.
Static and mobile inactivity monitoring systems differ in their purpose, complexity, and field of use. Since the main goal of inactivity monitoring apps, with few exceptions, is human health and safety, it is worth choosing the most convenient type of inactivity monitoring system depending on:
Your goals (work, medical, or general wellness, for example)
Location(s) where you need to monitor inactivity
Additional functions (i.e., GPS tracking, alerts, security, etc.)
Want to control the exact timing of the work and organize breaks on time? Install the desktop inactivity monitoring app.
Need to track movement and overcome hypodynamia typical for office workers? Use the physical inactivity monitoring feature for your wearable device or an inactivity monitoring app connected with your bracelet.
But there are other uses for inactivity monitoring. It can be more important than motion monitoring or tracking.
When it comes to our loved ones’ safety, we need a system that can dynamically monitor their condition and alert us in case of any dangers. We want to take care of relatives who live apart or like to travel far away on their own. But obsessively keeping track of all their movements is not a good option for keeping our--and their--peace of mind, while inactivity monitoring definitely is.
It is worth clarifying that by “activity” we do not mean movement only. In one of our previous articles, we provided useful tips for the safety of movement, but now we’d like to take a wider look. After all, a dangerous situation can also happen in a sitting or static position. That's why AllsWell Alert monitors one of the today’s most common movements: phone interactions. The typical cellphone user touches his or her phone 2,617 time every day -- or even up to 5,400 times for more active users. Even for our older relatives, this is a very common activity, not even mentioning active adults travelling or commuting on their own. Therefore, the principle of AllWell Alert’s inactivity monitoring is very simple:
you setup your wake and sleep schedule,
determine the acceptable length of an ‘inactivity period’ during the wake hours,
and when you exceed the time limit, GPS tracking is turned on, and an alert is scheduled for sending to your emergency contacts.
If you do not stop the countdown, your emergency contacts receive a message with your location and can help immediately. In addition to inactivity monitoring, AllsWell Alert also includes the typical personal safety alert features like a panic button, emergency contacts list, etc.
Unobtrusive, handy, and easy to install, the AllsWell Alert app offers you a free month in every subscription. Try the 1st month for free to take better care of your loved ones:
Download the AllsWell alert app for iOS, or
and keep your peace of mind about your loved ones’ personal safety with the best mobile inactivity monitoring app.
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