Interactive Health Technologies
Making K-12 fitness goals a reality with wearable software
- Software Development
- Wearable software
- 10+ Employees
We help encourage over one million kids to be active by creating user-friendly software for schools to track and optimize children’s activity.
Texas mandated minimums for physical activity in public school P.E. classes, but there was no way for schools to know whether their students were meeting it
Wanted to develop a suite of game-changing software to enable students, teachers, and parents to actually measure class time activity and effectiveness
How We Helped
SaaS Product Development
Web App Development
Deployed in school districts in over 30 states
Cloud-based data collection delivers easy scalability as more schools sign on
Easy-to-use front-end software lowers a key barrier to school district adoption
Schools can demonstrate accountability to parents and administrators for meeting physical activity requirements
Teachers can see which kids need help and encouragement to reach their target heart rates during P.E. class
Kids at risk for obesity-related health issues can be identified earlier, when unhealthy behaviors are easier to change
Like a lot of state governments, Texas wanted to slow the childhood obesity epidemic. Mandating minimums for physical activity in public school P.E. classes seemed like a good idea.
But Jen Ohlson, founder of Interactive Health Technologies (IHT), identified a problem—and an opportunity. She realized that while the physical activity mandate was well intentioned, there was no way for schools to know whether their students were meeting it.
Even if teachers could watch every child all the time, how could they objectively tell which kids were “active enough?”
Jen knew that she had identified a need, and she was determined to find a way to meet it. She believed that technology could provide the answer. With nothing more than that belief and her determination, she came to us.
How we Helped
Working with Jen, we reached consensus early on that target heart rates were the ideal metric to measure child activity. Starting from that premise, we got to work.
Integrated a cloud-based database, proprietary software installed on school PCs, and kid-sized wireless heart rate monitors
Though highly sophisticated on the back end, the program has a kid and teacher-friendly interface, making it a more than suitable a suite of software for schools
With wearable software for every student, teachers can see which kids need help and encouragement to reach their target heart rates during P.E. class. After class, the monitoring data is uploaded to the database, creating snapshots of each child’s fitness progress over time.
And it’s working. The school districts pilot-testing the system saw great results. Now, more Texas schools have adopted it, and Jen is fielding inquiries from school districts across the country. From one small idea and a lot of hard work and ingenuity, the battle against childhood obesity has taken a turn for the better.
Trusting that technology could bring a great idea to life, Jen took Interactive Health Technologies from a one-woman business to an emerging player in the fight against childhood obesity. We came alongside her vision to empower kids and teachers with software for schools. The system we built is the linchpin of her business.
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