Truckers’ Health Adaptative Technology (T.H.A.T.) Study Evaluates the Impact of Digital Virtual Models of Care on the Health and Wellbeing of Professional Truck Drivers
Professional truck drivers are essential workers in our economy that face significantly higher risk of diabetes and related health conditions due to the nature of their profession. In response to this challenge, Dr. Jalila Jbilou from the Université de
The T.H.A.T. study participants’ glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, stress, sleep and physical activity data will be remotely monitored and collected daily. These health datasets, combined with waist circumference, body weight, and height will form dynamic individual biophysical and behavioral profiles, that will be used to engage drivers with real-time, targeted personalized behavioural interventions and digital virtual care supports from a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Dexcom G6 real-time continuous glucose monitoring (rtCGM) systems will be used to monitor daily glucose, combined with a professional drivers’ adapted version of the Routinify’s WellAssist continuous wellness and health monitoring platform to guide drivers’ daily activities and coaching.
The T.H.A.T. project is a great example of trilateral collaboration between Government, university and industry stakeholders, including the Government of
“Professional drivers are on the road most of their time and do not have a standard work schedule. Such working conditions put them at higher risk for diabetes and other preventable chronic diseases. Moreover, only few of them are attached to a primary care professional. The TH@CLINIC offers a unique access to personalized health services, health monitoring (i.e. Dexcom CGM) and coaching to professional drivers, whenever they need support and wherever they are on the road. Findings from the T.H.A.T. project will inform the scaling up and the expansion of agile digital health to other population groups in
“Dexcom Canada is pleased to support the T.H.A.T. initiative, and its vision of advanced digital virtual care to improve health and safety outcomes in the professional driver population,” says
With its focus on e-health literacy and remote, real-time engagement in personalized disease management, TH@CLINIC’s data-driven virtual care model could be readily applied to improve health and safety outcomes in other safety-sensitive workforces with diabetes-related risks, like transit and construction.