Research carried out by the University of East Anglia as part of the IFoA Actuarial Research Centre’s (ARC) Big Health and Actuarial Data Research Programme has led to an app that could help illustrate the effects of various medical and lifestyle factors on life expectancy.
The Mylongevity app uses big data from anonymised electronic health records in England and Wales to calculate life expectancy, taking into account sociodemographic and health characteristics such as chronic diseases. It could bring practical benefits, such as helping people plan for retirement, and also contribute to scientific understanding of how certain behaviours and lifestyles affect longevity.
The ARC programme has identified and quantified key factors affecting mortality and longevity and translated its analysis into life expectancies for different risk profiles. The app is available at mylongevity.org
For more information about this ARC Programme, visit bit.ly/arcbighealth