wellness programs

By Laura Lovett 12:31 pm April 27, 2018
A new digital health survey released by Castlight Health showed that while both employers and employees are enthusiastic about the future of digital health, there is a gap between what tech is being provided by employers and what the employees actually want.  Employers surveyed reported that employee assistance programs, smoking cessation programs, and health risk assessment were among the most...
By Dave Muoio 03:26 pm December 12, 2017
International real estate franchise Keller Williams announced today that it will be incorporating Fitbit wearables into its employee national US wellness program. This will allow more than 157,000 of Keller Williams’ employees to purchase the devices at a special pricing and participate in organized fitness challenges. “The integration of Fitbit to our wellness program will allow our associates...
By Heather Mack 05:07 pm February 6, 2017
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and most people are already on their way towards that fate: 99 percent of the population has at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks. In addition to being incredibly common, it’s costly – racking up $207 billion per year in medical expenditures and lost productivity. But a new study suggests workplace programs that...
By Jonah Comstock 09:27 am December 12, 2016
While the path to value-based care is necessarily a slow one for hospitals and health systems, prevention programs – focused on a single outcome measure for a single condition – are in a position to lead the way in charging for outcomes. Omada Health, the first digital diabetes prevention program, has been charging only for successful outcomes for a while. Noom announced yesterday that it will do...
By Heather Mack 04:50 pm October 26, 2016
Workplace wellness programs are increasingly common, with many offering financial incentives, social networking support and coaching to encourage employees to participate in various activities – from donning fitness wearables and using apps to quitting smoking, to monitoring their blood pressure and engaging more often with their insurer. While most of these programs are voluntary, some say they...
By Aditi Pai 01:43 pm May 17, 2016
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set limits on the monetary value of incentives that employers offer to employees and their spouses to convince them to contribute specific health information to a wellness program, according to the commission's final rules released this week. The rules take effect at the start of 2017. The final rules explain how employers that offer wellness...
By Brian Dolan 05:43 pm November 3, 2010
Some mobile health service providers are looking to engage self-insured employers as one of their core customers. A recent survey conducted by SNG Research and commissioned by RedBrick Health found that employee wellness programs that set program goals and rewarded employees paired with hiring an independent vendor significantly improved employee engagement in corporate health and wellness...
By Brian Dolan 06:58 am June 14, 2010
Bu Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Medical costs will increase by 9% in 2011, a mere 0.5% less than 2010 cost growth. The fastest-growing components will be inpatient and outpatient costs, shown in the pie chart. 81% of premium costs are bound up in provider costs for hospitals and physicians — the two most significant factors of medical inflation. And Americans will bear even more medical costs, out-of-...
By Brian Dolan 04:05 pm May 12, 2010
"Healthy behavior. Everyone. Everyday. Everyway." That's the ambitious mantra that the Center for Connected Health's spinout, HopSkipConnect has adopted as its company's mandate, according to CEO Rick Lee during a presentation here at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event in La Jolla, California. While the startup is still in a stealth mode of sorts, Lee sketched out some of the company's...
By Brian Dolan 02:32 am October 22, 2009
Some estimates peg about 50 percent of health care problems on bad genetics or accidents, the Director of the Connected Health Center, Dr. Joseph Kvedar noted during his closing remarks at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston on Wednesday. "Those are the types of patients that politicians [love to point to] and ask providers: Why would you want to deny that patient care? The other 50 percent...