The group: The Stremler research lab at the University of Toronto focuses on improving sleep and related health outcomes for children and parents.
The idea: The PHASStrak System entails an inexpensive Bluetooth accelerometer, smartphone app and cloud-based automated analysis pipeline using research-validated algorithms to concurrently generate objective measures of sleep, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
PHASStrak could facilitate significant scale-up of objective measurement in public health surveillance. The PHASStrak open platform allows monitoring of health indicators by the Public Health Agency of Canada and individual Canadians, and could support future public health interventions.
The lab has demonstrated that PHASStrak Sleep data are highly accurate and generate high quality classifications of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, when compared to data from gold-standard research-grade accelerometers.