Monsenso leads mental health component of H2020 funded WellCo Virtual Coach for Behavioural Changes

Monsenso leads mental health component of H2020 funded WellCo Virtual Coach for Behavioural Changes

Monsenso’s mHealth solution will lead the mental health component of a new ICT solution designed to help users maintain or improve their physical, cognitive, mental, and social well-being. 

Copenhagen, Denmark – 6 February 2018 Monsenso is proud to be a consortium partner in the international team consisting of SME companies, universities, and research centres for the Horizon 2020 funded WellCo project.

Led by Spanish ICT company Hi-Iberia, the WellCo project will deliver a radically new ICT solution focused on encouraging users to adopt and maintain healthier behavioural choices to help improve their long-term physical, cognitive, mental, and social well-being. The study will mostly be working with older participants.

“WellCo’s aim is to change behaviours and promote a healthy living that will be translated in better quality of life for seniors. One of the main factors is to ensure the acceptance and maintenance of the healthy behaviors promoted by WellCo. The WellCo application will try to make use of the technology as a tool to personalize and tailor these recommendations to the specific needs and preferences of each user.” says Inmaculada Luengo of Hi-Iberia.

The solution will consist of many components, including a comprehensive assessment, personalised advice, and supervised guidance & follow-up for users. WellCo interventions will be guided by an affective aware virtual coach that, through using state of the art technologies in AI (artificial intelligence), will interactively guide and empower users towards important behavioural changes.

Monsenso’s mHealth solution will help contribute experience and knowledge to the project, by providing comprehensive routine monitoring and detailed data collection for assessing the participant’s behaviour.

“We play a leading role in the development of the user assessment and in the design of the virtual coach, and we will also be involved in the prototyping and dissemination components,” says Thomas Lethenborg, CEO of Monsenso. “We are excited to see how we can build on our remote monitoring and sensor data functionality, in order to contribute to collecting longitudinal data to help improve the mental health of participants.”

The virtual coach will be tested in trial in Trento in Italy, Castilla y León in Spain, Copenhagen and the Southern Denmark area in Denmark. There will be a minimum of 150 end-users included in the study. The study will be continuously supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts and users’ close caregivers to ensure the effectiveness and accuracy of the guided wellness interventions.

Other Danish Involvement in the Project 

In Denmark, the University of Copenhagen and The University of Southern Denmark will be working alongside Monsenso in the study.

The University of Copenhagen will contribute to the study with the Quality of Life Lab, which explores the development and evaluation of personal behavioural health metrics by examining how sensor data can be used as a minimally obtrusive method to accurately and longitudinally measure an individual’s behaviour. The lab will also examine how an individual’s quality of life naturally unfolds over time; within this context, the lab will also examine which behavioural change methods can be used to improve the individual’s overall quality of life.

“It is very exciting to be involved in this study and to see how sensor data and remote monitoring can work together to offer a better, more informed, detailed picture of individual’s behaviours for the assessment and improvement of their quality of life and overall well-being.” says Katarzyna Wac, Quality of Life Lab leader and Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

The solution will be implemented, demonstrated, and piloted at The University of Southern Denmark.

“We will be very interested to see how this project effects our elderly patients and their wellbeing, and how much more data and information can be extracted with the use of remote monitoring and sensor data tools,” says Torben Uhrenholt of The University of Southern Denmark.

The Monsenso solution is currently being used in Region South Denmark Clinics.

Consortium Members 

The consortium consists of:

  • 3 SME companies: H-Iberia, a Spanish ICT solution supplying company, Connected Care from The Netherlands and Monsenso
  • Two universities: The University of Copenhagen and The University of Southern Denmark
  • One research center: Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia) and two end-user organisations Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy) and Gerencia Servicios Sociales Castilla y León (Spain)

The project has launched on December 4th in Madrid and will continue until the end of 2020.

Click here to read the press release in Danish.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No.769765.

About Monsenso: Monsenso is an innovative technology company based in Denmark that offers a comprehensive mHealth solution to optimise the treatment of mental disorders. Our mission is to assist healthcare providers, researchers and individuals in coping with and overcoming the burden of mental illness. Our solution provides a detailed overview of the patient’s mental health through the automatic collection of behavioural data and routine self-monitoring. Our team is committed to developing complete and effective solutions that fit seamlessly within the lives of individuals, in order to increase the quality and efficacy of their treatment.

For additional information, please contact:
Thomas Lethenborg
+45 30 25 15 26

Torben Uhrenholt
IT Project Leader

Katarzyna Wac
Quality of Life Lab Leader and Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen

Digital self-monitoring tools may promote positive behavioural changes, new study suggests

Digital self-monitoring tools may promote positive behavioural changes, new study suggests

Digital self-monitoring tools enables individuals to track meaningful data about themselves. This capability has encouraged healthcare providers to use these tools to personalise and scale treatment in a more cost-efficient way.

A recently published research paper titled “Self-monitoring utilisation patterns among individuals in an incentivized programme for healthy behaviours,” suggest that the use of digital self-monitoring tools could significantly improve a patient’s long-term health engagement.

According to the research paper, the 69% of Americans track regularly at least one indicator of health, including their weight, diet, exercise routine, or symptoms related to chronic disease.  Since there is a wide range of mHealth devices, there is a growing trend among the general population to measure, track, and make changes related to their health based on quantifiable data collected by oneself. Projections show that the number of everyday wearables, devices, and sensors will increase 5-fold by 2019 [1].

Although the effectiveness of these tools varies depending on the manufacturer, it is well-established that effective, digital self-monitoring tools can have profound health benefits. For example, among diabetics, blood glucose monitoring is a major component of disease management and provides individuals the ability to assess glycaemic targets and evaluate response to therapy. Additionally, blood pressure monitoring has been associated with improved short-term blood pressure control and medication adherence, and self-monitoring has also been shown to improve weight loss and short-term activity levels Importantly, monitoring programs, wearable devices, and other non-traditional healthcare resources can potentially facilitate healthy behaviour changes [1].

As non-traditional healthcare channels such as virtual care become more popular, there is a shift to value-based treatment. Together, these aspects have led to an interest in incorporating digital self-monitoring tools into chronic condition management, and the diagnosis of acute episodes. All these are important steps in incorporating digital technologies into routine patient care.

According to the research, after 20 weeks, 28.36% of registered users were still actively engaged in the program. Meanwhile, combined with the duration of program participation, the frequency of program participation over the first 20 weeks demonstrated some interesting trends. First, the average number of activities logged by users was 4.28 during the first week in the program. However, after excluding the roughly one-third of users who ceased recording activities after one week, the average number of activities logged by participating users increased to 7.53 by the second week. After four weeks, this number was 8.01 and remained relatively steady throughout the 20-week period examined [1].

Overall, the study demonstrated that while a large proportion of users stopped participating in the programme early on those that did continue to log activities did so at a fairly consistent level throughout their participation period [1].

Primary findings

Monitoring physiologic parameters, health activities, and health behaviours in a non-medical setting has the potential to enable alternative systems of health management that can be both more individualised and convenient for health consumers.

An understanding of home-based, self-tracking parameters can provide insights into optimising such programs in future health care models.

The results of the study suggest that incentives might work for connected and active participants in achieving healthy activities. The study showed consistent, extended results of how incentivised consumers track health behaviours and health data in a real-world setting with a large population.

 Long-term adherence to healthy behaviour programme and automated self-monitoring tool

According to the study 57% of all users that remained on the study after one month continued to participate for at least twenty weeks. However, it should be taken into consideration that engaging consumers initially and for prolonged lengths are important components of success.

There is still much to learn about long-term participation. However, the digital tools used, should be easy to use and they should incorporate proven behaviour change theories through the use of rewards or incentives. For example, useful tools to improve long-term, self-monitoring are mobile health-tracking technologies since they can collect, transmit, and aggregate health data.

In fact, a study looking for adherence to the protocol through mobile phone apps which compared website or paper diaries for weight loss also proved the advantage of mobile phone apps even when it was not a fully automated process [1].

 Web-based and mobile health self-monitoring is popular in the general population, and could play a critical role in the future of health management and wellness. Self-monitoring has been shown to improve health and management of chronic conditions. [1].

The Monsenso mHealth solution can be used as a digital self-monitoring tool by individuals with a mental illness. With the smartphone app, individuals can track their health and behavioural data, as well as their symptoms and medication compliance. Besides, all this information is also synchronised with the clinical web portal enabling healthcare professionals to offer a more personalised treatment.


Self-Monitoring Utilization Patterns Among Individuals in an Incentivized Program for Healthy Behaviours. JMIR Publications. Ju Young Kim, MD, PhD; Nathan E Wineinger, PhD; Michael Taitel, PhD; Jennifer M Radin, MPH, PhD; Osayi Akinbosoye, PhD; Jenny Jiang, MS; Nima Nikzad, PhD; Gregory Orr, MBA; Eric Topol, MD; Steve Steinhubl, MD. 2016.