GUARDIAN ANGEL PERSONALIZED VIRTUAL COACHING

An innovative, beyond the state of the art mobile health application, that can change the life of every single one of us!

PERSONALIZED HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN IN 6 DOMAINS

Application

Guardian Angel (GA) aims at becoming the preferred mobile health (mHealth) coach app for workplace health-promotion (WHP) programmes by providing personalised advice to working adults that will enhance their wellbeing, self-care, chronic disease and stress management, quality of life and productivity. Usually, workplace health-promotion (WHP) programmes provide access to exercise facilities, healthy food choices at the workplace, biometric screenings and group seminars on self-care. However, COVID-19 has accelerated the replacement of traditional working environments with virtual ones urging companies to invest more in mHealth initiatives. GA app will be designed and developed by eHipp LTD in collaboration with Cocoon Creations.

Currently, eHipp medical services have being partnered with Bank of Cyprus in a 3-year collaboration plan, for the implementation of the Physical and Mental Health pillars of the Bank’s Well at Work programme. eHipp is offering a range of services to Bank of Cyprus’ (BOC) employees, including a prototype Guardian Angel mobile health application which is currently on pilot phase and is being validated by BoC workforce.

In the near future, business’ clients will able to download a user-friendly app on their mobile phone or tablet. The GA app will gather data: a) directly through a smart chatbot, also known as conversational agent that will send friendly questions or remarks to the user via notifications; and b) indirectly from the users’ device sensors and other connected devices like Google Fit. Based on extensive research the GA team has developed a questionnaire, named Healthometer, which assesses each user’s clinical, psychological, cognitive, social, physical, and nutritional health. Collected data will be used by dynamic machine-learning (AI) models for sentiment analysis and automated data analysis.

VISION:

Increase productivity, company profitability and performance and decrease presenteeism and absenteeism, by providing personalised interventions for better corporate and personal wellbeing.

MISSION:

Become the preferred mHealth app for WHP programmes internationally, by improving wellbeing, self-care, occupational culture, and corporate profitability.

PHILOSOPHY:

Mind and body are inseparable. At Guardian Angel we conceptualize what it means to be a healthy person from a holistic perspective. Our interventions reflect the emphasis that we place on all aspects of human health.

We offer our Healthometer as a convenient, easily accessible tool that each individual can use to assess his/her own overall physical and psychological health, and then suggest individualized intervention strategies. Our diverse team of highly qualified professionals views each person with compassion and empathy. We have designed our application very much in that spirit, believing that all persons want to live meaningful lives and can overcome many of the challenges they face. As healthcare professionals, we adjust our approach to our clients’ specific needs and circumstances. In each instance we ask ourselves, “What is the best thing that we can do for our client?” That question serves as the guiding principle of our interactive application and reflects our person-centered orientation.

Lifestyle interventions are pivotal in reducing the risk of chronic diseases, which pose a significant economic burden on healthcare systems, utilising 10 to 20% of the GDP of western countries. At least 80% of cardiovascular disease, stroke and type II diabetes and over 40% of cancer incidents would be prevented if known risk factors were eliminated, such as unhealthy diet, smoking, sedentary lifestyle and stress.

In addition, the GA corporate health-promotion programme will be customised for each potential corporate client to boost the wellbeing and self-care of their employees, encourage organisational compassion and improve overall the corporate culture.

Features

“Our bodies and brains are connected. Stress can take a toll on our physical health, while physical challenges can also bring new stress into our lives. By understanding how stress impacts our health and what steps we can take to stay emotionally balanced, we can lay the foundation for complete wellness (American Psychological Association, 2017).”

Mind and body are inseparable. At Guardian Angel we conceptualize what it means to be a healthy person from a holistic perspective. Our interventions reflect the emphasis that we place on all aspects of human health. We offer our Healthometer as a convenient, easily accessible tool that each individual can use to assess his/her own overall physical and psychological health and to obtain suggested individualized intervention strategies.

Utilizing our medically proven AI components, GA applies our Complex Intervention methodology, coaching its users under six principles.

Scientific Committee

Philippos Demetriou
Dr Alice Araujo
Dr Sue Shea
Dr Constantinos Paschalides
Dr Michela Tinelli
Prof. Frank Röhricht
Prof. Spyros Makridakis
Philippos Demetriou

Philippos Demetriou

Philippos Demetriou received his BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry from Imperial College London. He worked as a research assistant at the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Center, University of Athens with Prof. Nikolaos Papadopoulos before moving back to UK for a MSc in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford. He finally obtained his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Medicine with a focus in Immunology (autoimmune diseases and cancer) from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford (Kennedy Trust 4- year PhD scholarship). He is now pursuing his post-doctoral career. He is interested in finding new ways to regulate the immune system in diseases such as autoimmunity and cancer.

Dr Alice Araujo

Dr Alice Araujo

Alice Araujo holds a doctorate in Communication Studies with a focus on intercultural communication from the University of Kansas, USA. She taught full time at the university level in the United States for nearly 20 years and served as Associate Professor of Communication and chair of the Communication Department during her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. Alice currently teaches Clinical Communication at St. George’s University of London Medical School at the University of Nicosia campus, Cyprus. She held several national offices at the National Communication Association (Washington, DC) and served as program reviewer for the Health Communication Section and the Disability Caucus, among others. Her current research interests include gender differences in the communication of empathy toward perceived adversarial groups, for which she received two grants from the National Institutes of Health; and intercultural communication issues in healthcare.

Dr Sue Shea

Dr Sue Shea

Sue Shea has a background in psychology and research into psychosocial aspects of chronic disorders. Throughout her employment history, she has gained a wealth of experience in health related research, which has enabled her to collaborate on a variety of research projects. Her experience includes co-ordination and development of research projects, research methodology, data analyses and interpretation, publication and presentation of research findings, application of psychological principles, critical appraisal/evaluation, literature/systematic reviews of international literature, preparation of funding proposals, proof-reading and editing, review of research proposals and articles, and other initiatives. For many years, Sue has worked from both the UK and from Greece. This has led to her involvement in a number of activities, enhancing her knowledge and enabling her to gain a good insight into health and social care issues in two culturally different European countries. Sue has a strong interest in the concept of compassionate care, and since 2010 has been involved in many initiatives within this field including authoring/co-authoring a number of related publications, conference presentations, development of courses, symposium organisation, and other related activities. She is lead editor of a book entitled: ‘Providing Compassionate Healthcare: Challenges in policy and practice’, published in 2014, and is co-editor-in-chief of the recently launched ‘Journal of Compassionate Health Care’. She is also involved in international networks consisting of experts in this field.

Dr Constantinos Paschalides

Dr Constantinos Paschalides

Dr Constantinos (Costas) Paschalides, MBChB (Medicine Degree, University of Manchester), MSc (Gerontology, King’s College London), DRCOG, DGM (Diploma in Geriatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians), CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training – Cambridge GP Vocational Training Scheme), MRCGP, is a Faculty Member of the MSc in Family Medicine at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He is currently a GP Principal, in Colchester, Essex, UK and is the Safeguarding Lead and the Research Lead for his practice. In 2013 he received a Research Award for contribution to primary care research. He has trained and worked as a GP Undergraduate Tutor, teaching St Bartholomew’s (Barts) Medical Students coming from London for GP Placements at his practice. Having qualified as a doctor from Manchester, he had ample experience in teaching, as he did all his house jobs in a Manchester Teaching Hospital, and all his GP Training/ Junior doctor years at Addenbrooke’s, the Cambridge University’s Teaching Hospital.

He has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the BMJ and the Lancet. He has published a book based on his work with Professor KT Khaw in Cambridge on EPIC data.

Dr Constantinos is the UK General Practice Lead.

Dr Michela Tinelli

Dr Michela Tinelli

Dr Michela Tinelli’s research is primarily concerned with the evaluation of patient experience, burden of the disease and the socio economic impact of policy changes to promote better outcomes in individuals with chronic illnesses. She has conducted research on various issues relating to collaborative relationships between patients and professionals, shared decision-making and patient-centred primary care for chronic disease management in Europe and overseas. A quantitative researcher, she has specialist skills in stated preferences techniques and other benefit evaluations in health policy developments, including clinical outcomes, health related quality of life, and patient satisfaction, which she has applied in benefit and economic evaluations. She has also expertise in survey development and design. Michela holds a PhD (in Health Economics and Primary Care) and a MSc (in Public Health and Health Services Research) from the University of Aberdeen, as well as a MSc (in Pharmacoeconomics) and a Professional Doctorate Degree (in Pharmaceutica Chemistry) from the University of Milan, Italy. Michela holds the position of Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, Department of Social Policy, LSE Health and Social Care, Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU). She also has an Honorary Research Fellow appointment at the University of Aberdeen, Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) and Centre of Academic Primary Care (CAPC), and is faculty member at the University of Nicosia Medical School Cyprus, contributing to their post graduate teaching on research methodology, chronic disease management and evidence-based medicine. A list of the academic publications related to this work and other projects is provided link.

Dr Michela is Guardian Angel economic evaluation lead.

Prof. Frank Röhricht

Prof. Frank Röhricht

Professor Frank Röhricht is an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK and at the University of Nicosia Medical. Dr Röhricht holds a MD degree, State Exam in Medicine (Free University Berlin, Germany; MBBS equivalent, 1990) and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK (FRCPsych). He trained in Psychosomatic Medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry and he is an European Association of Body Psychotherapy accredited (training 1983-1987) integrative body psychotherapist. He has 25 years of experience working as a doctor in different fields of medicine (including family medicine) and since 1997 he works a Consultant Psychiatrist in London for the NHS. For 13 years he was leading service developments, clinical governance and service delivery for adult mental health services in East London as Clinical Director; in November 2013 he was appointed into his new role as Associate Medical Director for Research and Innovation for East London and he is a consultant expert advisor to the Director of Mental Health NHS England on primary care liaison matters and integrated care pathway development . Previous award include: 2000-2008 Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, 2004 (ongoing) Chair of the research section of German Association for Body Psychotherapy (part of European Association of Body Psychotherapy), 2005 (ongoing) Patron of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, 2008-2011: Visiting Professor University of Hertfordshire. With several publications and through ongoing research activities Dr Röhricht is one of the leading researchers in the international field of Body Image Phenomenology and Body Psychotherapy in Mental Illness; other research: transcultural psychiatry; self-harm and long-term outcomes, service evaluation, off-licence prescribing. Dr Röhricht has published widely in peer reviewed journals and books (Publication list and downloads: www.frankrohricht.com), he has experience in supervising PhD and doctorate projects/students and is a peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He holds research grants both as principal investigator and co-applicant.

Prof. Spyros Makridakis

Prof. Spyros Makridakis

Spyros Makridakis is a Professor at University of Nicosia in Cyprus and Emeritus Professor at INSEAD. Following the attainment of a place in the Greek Sailing Team in the Olympics of 1960, Spyros Makridakis set sail for New York University where he obtained a PhD in 1969. Spyros has held teaching and research positions with several European and American institutions; as a research fellow with IIM Berlin, an ICAME fellow at Stanford University and a visiting scholar at MIT and Harvard. He is now a Professor at the Univesity of Nicosia and an Emeritus Professor at INSEAD that he joined in 1970. In addition to teaching and consulting expertise, he has also authored, or co-authored, twenty two books including Forecasting, Planning and Strategy for the 21st Century (The Free Press), Forecasting: Methods and Applications, 3rd ed. and Forecasting Methods for Management, 5th ed. (Wiley, translated in twelve languages and sold more than 120,000 copies). He has also published more than 120 articles and book chapters. He was the founding chief editor of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting. Spyros’ current interest centers on the uses and limitations of forecasting and what we can do with the resulting uncertainty and risk given our inability to accurately predict a wide range of future events. These and similar issues are dealt with in the book Dance with Chance: Making Luck Work for You, (co-authored with Robin Hogarth and Anil Gaba) and in a special issue of the International Journal of Forecasting on “Decision Making and Planning under Low Levels of Predictability (co-edited with Nassim Taleb). He is currently working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain.

Young Scientist Volunteer Team

Gregoria Samouti
Sophronia Samouti
Joshua Jacob Fisher
Andreas Samoutis
Gregoria Samouti

Gregoria Samouti

Gregoria Samouti is an 18 year old student studying in the 7th form of The G C School of Careers in Nicosia. She is now preparing for her medical school application and aims to become a compassionate patient-centred health care provider. 

Gregoria is fascinated by the valuable use of technology and digital health in healthcare. She strongly believes in new and innovative high tech ideas that could significantly improve quality in healthcare. The importance of eHealth was clearly demostrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The eHipp team and Guardian Angel project is providing the opportunity to young and prospective healthcare professionals to experience the value of digital innovation in Healthcare. 

She is a ballet and contemporary dancer and a fond of music and playing instruments as well as sports which has made her interact with people and realise how much this communication with people in general matters to her. Her participation in a Volunteer community  has made her a better more compassionate and devoted person. She believes that Compassionate Care is of utmost importance and vital for all professions, but most importantly in healthcare.  Lets all be reminded “Educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all” (Aristotle)

Sophronia Samouti

Sophronia Samouti

Sophronia Samouti is in the 6th form of the private school GC School of Careers in Nicosia aiming to study medicine and become a compassionate -person centred physician.

Sophronia believes in using technology to facilitate preventing medicine approaches. Specifically mobile health technologies can make accessible effective primary preventive tools to teenagers. Her aim is to support the Guardian Angel team to develop an app supported preventive program for teenagers ( smoking cessation, drug addiction, obesity, healthy eating, exercising etc). Her hobbies include: travel, ballet dancing, music, reading, history and food/travel writing.

Joshua Jacob Fisher

Joshua Jacob Fisher

Joshua Fisher is a keen supporter of lifestyle intervention and preventive healthcare. He holds a BSc with Honours in Human Kinetics as well as an MSc in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences with specialization in Human Biomechanics from the University of Guelph, Canada. Joshua has also worked in the fitness industry for several years, which includes experience as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Fitness Coach. Joshua is a medical student at St George’s, University of London medical programm delivered by the University of Nicosia Medical School, currently on clinical rotation in Chicago, Illinois.

Andreas Samoutis

Andreas Samoutis

Andreas Samoutis is 18 years old studying in the 7th form of the GC School of Careers in Nicosia. His aspiration is to become a patient-centred physician. He has designed the logo of the Guardian Angel and he has been supporting the development of various functions of the app. Andreas has been actively involved in the International Institute for Compassionate Care and he brings this experience into the GA team.  The enthusiasm and inspiration of  volunteer young GA collaborators is a key factor for the success of the Guardian Angel mission!

Seminars

PROPOSED SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS

Benefits to Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) as well as a plethora of scientific studies identifies many adverse effects of employee stress on the business. This professional and personal development seminar series is designed to make individuals on all levels of organizational hierarchy become more aware of themselves, others, interpersonal dynamics and organizational processes, and suggest interventions to inject psychological and physical health into the organization to achieve the following:

  1. Healthier ways of coping with stress
  2. Stronger team cohesion
  3. Transform conflict into a positive force
  4. Increased employee commitment
  5. Reduced absenteeism
  6. Increased performance and productivity
  7. Excellent customer service
  8. Increased customer commitment
  9. Excellent organizational image

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