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The Smart Way to Beat Stress at Work

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Project "SOMA" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙692˙472 €
 EC max contribution 1˙884˙730 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.1.4. (Active ageing and self-management of health)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.1.6. (Health care provision and integrated care)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2018-08-31


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 Project objective

The SOMA project will demonstrate a non-obtrusive smartphone-based solution able to detect and manage stress based on the analysis of speech and sleep patterns (Kelaa). The solution prototype now includes a diagnostic module (smartphone sensors use to gather and analyse stress biomarkers), an interventional module (smartphone apps used to reduce stress levels) and an big data analytics module (anonymous data aggregation used to identify specific HR issues such as abnormal stress levels in specific departments).

Unlike other smartphone-based solutions targeting individual users, the Kelaa solution is designed to be integrated with standard corporate wellness programmes. The issue of absenteeism and presenteeism is a top priority for HR departments due to increasing work day losses and the Kelaa solution addresses a key trend within corporate wellbeing budgets (€400 per employee per year translating into €10 Bn year per year globally). In 2013, the costs of work-related depression in the EU-27 was estimated to be €617 Bn annually. The Kelaa solution can contribute to cost reductions of 30% for healthcare providers and corporate while improving the wellbeing of employees.

Phase 1 already validated the clinical and commercial value of the Kelaa solution: reduction in perceived stress of 14%, an improvement of sleep quality of 13%, overall well-being improvement of 11%, willingness to pay of €65-85 per user per year and estimated savings extrapolated to €400,000 per year for 2000 employees. Phase 2 will conduct a large-scale trial in order to generate additional clinical evidence and fine-tune the solution algorithms and user interface.

Strong clinical evidence gathered in this project will ensure the endorsement by national healthcare authorities and large corporates, allowing the Kelaa solution to stand out among other (non-evidence based) stress management solutions. The company aims to generate €24M and 190 jobs by 2023 and develop its IPR portfolio further.


List of deliverables.
External project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-11-06 11:31:28

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SOMA deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Erin G. Mistretta, Mary C. Davis, M’hamed Temkit, Christopher Lorenz, Betty Darby, Cynthia M. Stonnington
Resilience Training for Work-Related Stress Among Health Care Workers
published pages: 559-568, ISSN: 1076-2752, DOI: 10.1097/jom.0000000000001285
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 60/6 2019-11-06
2017 Christopher P. Lorenz, Adrian J. Williams
Sleep apps
published pages: 512-516, ISSN: 1070-5287, DOI: 10.1097/mcp.0000000000000425
Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine 23/6 2019-11-06

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