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TrainerMD and Styku partner on 3D body scanning for wearable wellness

Steve Rogerson
December 20, 2016

HIPAA compliant software collaboration platform TrainerMD has added Styku 3D body scanning technology to what it claims is the industry’s first prescribed wearable wellness programme.
The aims of the strategic partnership are to help eliminate gaps in healthcare, promote disease prevention and reduce costs.
Styku, a California-based software and Microsoft Accelerator company, leverages Microsoft Kinect hardware to provide users real-time 3D body scanning and analysis. Together with its other strategic partners, TrainerMD members now have the means to see, hear and feel their health.
"Bringing Styku on board is a game changer for us and, more importantly, for our users," said Massachusetts-based TrainerMD CEO and founder Joe Howley. "Styku's precise, next generation, non-invasive body measurement is like nothing we've seen before. This is a natural partnership as Styku's vision aligns perfectly with our vision for the Physician Directed 360Ëš Health programme. We are looking forward to bringing this to our members, offering them instant insights into their fitness progression, while giving their trainers, physical therapists and physicians instantaneous access to the same data for real-time risk assessment and treatment."
A Styku 3D body scan takes thirty seconds to complete. Patients stand on a turntable while the platform rotates safely, capturing millions of data points that are instantly and securely fed into the TrainerMD platform to enable precision goal tracking and health assessments. With this real-time data input, trainers, physical therapists and other caregivers using the platform have access to extract measurements, changes in body shape, fitness and health metrics, and much more.
"We are excited to join TrainerMD and its partners in their efforts to disrupt traditional preventative healthcare models," said Raj Sareen, CEO of Styku and a former Nasa researcher. "This is uncharted territory for all of us, but by joining forces we have a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of healthcare consumers by automating delivery of 360-degree healthcare intelligence. The combination of our leading edge technologies offers the most advanced, sophisticated ways to capture and share health and nutrition data on the market."
Complementing these technologies, TrainerMD subscribers will also have the opportunity to attend two physician or trainer directed group support workshops each month. TrainerMD members receive nutrition and fitness education, coaching, rewards and accountability to help keep them engaged and motivated while achieving their personal goals. A team of medical, nutrition, fitness and technology experts guide members through each phase of their programme.
The programme is in pre-enrolment phase and will officially launch in January 2017.