Shaping Wellness Through Biometric Screenings

Biometric screenings allow businesses to get a snapshot of their employee group’s current health status. In the last five years, those screenings have gained steam as businesses have begun containing health care costs through employee wellness programs. Where the real value comes in for employers, though, is what happens after the biometric screening event.

Biometric screening results reveal health results like body mass index (BMI), cholesterol levels, blood pressure and glucose levels. For employers, the significance of this information comes at the aggregate level, where the results are analyzed and used to develop targeted wellness programs addressing the employee populations’ most common and most costly conditions.

Businesses can study both biometric claims data together to understand where the cost drivers are to get a fuller picture of employee health trends. From there, they can work with wellness vendors to develop education, activities and incentives that comprise a wellness program and improve employee health. Using outside vendors is a critical step for maintaining confidentiality around employees’ protected health information (PHI).

For example, if a large percentage of employees has high cholesterol, then a wellness program can focus on managing that condition and its associated risks. Programmatic options may include components such as care coordination, educational materials and events, fitness classes, and healthy on-site meal options.

Without biometric screening data, your wellness program is taking a shot in the dark. But with it, the employees who need help with chronic conditions get the confidential support and knowledge they need, and program elements and incentives can be designed specifically to address the factors influencing your company’s health care costs.

Evaluating year-over-year biometric data allows you to see what’s working, what trends have shifted, and what your wellness program needs to do next.

Biometric screening is a perfect foundation for businesses interested in corporate wellness programs. Remember, though, that biometric screening should always be voluntary (although it can be incentivized) and confidential. Only aggregate results should ever be shared with the business to protect employees’ privacy.

To learn more about biometric screenings and other corporate wellness services, contact One to One Personal Physician Network at 423.602.9530 or online at www.onetoneppn.com.

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