Healthtech start-up launches tool to help reduce working from home issues

A health tech start-up has launched a new tool aimed to assess employees’ working from home set-up by using their webcam.

Through a 10 minute assessment, the AI tool analyses shoulder positioning, screen-to-eye distance,  screen height and lower back support, and also assesses wellbeing factors such as natural light, clutter and the presence of plants.

It has been developed by a team of physiotherapists and engineers who hope to improve the health and productivity of the remote workforce.

The tool, called VIDA, conducts an in-depth assessment via a webcam, to create a report for the user to then make positive changes, such as recommendations to help avoid musculoskeletal issues or exercises proven to improve posture, productivity and wellbeing.

The company behind the innovation said “the tech was inspired after noticing a sharp rise in musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints amongst professionals now working from home.”

Shane Lowe, co-Founder and CEO at Vitrue, said: “At Vitrue, we’re working to democratise access to the very best new AI technology in musculoskeletal healthcare. VIDA is an important part of this mission, allowing anyone with a webcam to receive personalised MSK care in minutes.”

“A safe working environment is a basic right, but all too often we overlook the simple adjustments that could have a major impact on our health. By deploying simple, intelligent tools like VIDA, occupational health risks can be identified and resolved remotely before they have a negative impact. The targeted support provided not only helps prevent health problems, but also gives practical advice on boosting productivity and preventing burnout.”

“WFH is now a way of life for a significant part of the workforce, and it’s crucial that we find impactful, clinically valid solutions to avoid the potential negative impacts of this. With employers now being advised to carry out workplace assessments with remote workers, it’s the perfect time for employers to prioritise keeping staff physically healthy at home.”