You’ve done it. The wellbeing program that you put into action for your employees is successful. Your participation rates are well above average and you have a regular schedule of activity challenges; most importantly, your employees are excited, engaged and beginning to take ownership of their health. You may even be making strides in retention and recruiting due to a stronger sense of community. What’s next?
Some companies focus on the healthcare offered to their employees. Others have implemented valuable wellness programs over the years. However, it’s rare to find a company that has succeeded at bringing the two sides together. What’s the holdup? Do the two not “play nice”?In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
I recently read an article by Jeff Yaiga, Chief Revenue Officer at Maestro Health, titled “7 Signs You Need to Break Up with Your Benefits Vendor.” The seven reasons Jeff cites are all valid, but I wanted to focus on his fifth point – “Their Data is Not Smart.” Big data and data analytics are not just for Fortune 500 firms anymore as several vendors have made this technology available to groups with 500 or more members.
In this month’s Rewind feature, Rapp, who retired a few years ago as the VP of Worldwide Healthcare for the United Parcel Service, shares about the value data can have in helping employers manage their healthcare costs. He also talks about how, when combined with action plans, can go far in bringing about positive change.
Any parent or child care professional will tell you that tracking a child for any given activity is a challenge. This means that tracking their exact level of physical activity should be nearly impossible, right?
At Fly Movement, we have a unique approach to fighting childhood obesity and building healthy habits. In addition to creating fun exercise programs (like free fun runs), Fly Movement gives each participant a free activity tracker that allows program leaders, as well as the children themselves, to easily see the child’s progress, delivering invaluable data and metrics.
It seems like just yesterday that the New Year, New You National Challenge – a challenge that included three compounding two-week missions – launched with the goal of helping participants get motivated to move in the New Year.
Since wrapping a few weeks ago, our Customer Success Team has put on their analytical caps to assemble the steps, moves and more that made the Challenge a success. Whether you were one of the 600+ participants, or you’re interested to see why you should join our next Challenge, check out these inspiring results!
Is finding money in your budget to implement programs that positively impact your employees a challenge each year? Do you know where carrier “Wellness Dollars” come from?
Our experts have a few recommendations on how to be creative when working with carriers, brokers or stop-loss insurance companies to cover the cost of wellbeing programs or population health management tools.
Last month, we announced that DHS Group had formed a partnership with Houston-based health risk management company Bene-Fit. As part of the partnership, Bene-Fit offers DHS Group’s HealthSpective Analyze and Engage (Medical and Move) platforms as pieces of their standard program components – helping clients reduce their healthcare spending at every level, from identifying, intervening and improving the health of high-risk segments to designing custom plans to maximize coverage and minimize exposure.
We invited them to join us on the blog today to tell us a little bit more about themselves and the work they do improve population health.
In this month’s Rewind feature, Dr. Susan Cooley, a renowned Healthcare Consultant, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and TEDx speaker, shares about the benefits of humans working alongside computers and technology advances to gather human-centric healthcare answers.
“This [The rise of data in HR functions] is good news for human resources professionals, according to researchers: The management of data is a new area where HR can make significant impact on external stakeholders, something CEOs want dearly from the HR function,” a recent report from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) said. “The bad news: So far, this has not been an area where HR has a proven track record.”
Proven track record or not, it was just a couple of years ago when the HR team at Palmetto Health, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in the South Carolina Midlands, decided to stay one step ahead of the curve and put data to work for their population.
“As the cost of unwell workers rises, employers are spending more on employee wellness as a means to lower healthcare costs, improve morale and recruitment, raise productivity, and stay competitive in the market.”
The quote above is taken from the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, which was issued earlier this week to give a current snapshot of the wellness and wellbeing industry and look ahead to what the future holds for companies.
When it comes to organizations looking to improve their population health and wellbeing, a holistic view can help organizations achieve better health outcomes alongside cost savings.
Let’s take a look at a few must-haves for a full-circle solution to population health.
In this month’s Rewind feature, Jeff Scott, a member of DHS Group’s Advisory board, talks about achieving better health outcomes in organizations through wellbeing and healthcare analytics.
Regardless of your daily schedule, if it contains regular exercise, or if you’re more likely to be found running from meeting to meeting, eating healthy and giving your body the nutrition that it needs is one of the early steps of wellbeing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to nourish your body on the move …
We caught up with Will Herold, DHS Group’s VP of Employer Solutions, to chat about wellness and wellbeing programs and the value of data and analytics in healthcare.
After the success of last year’s Hello Spring Challenge, where 17,000 participants took 2.6 billion steps and averaged 48 million steps per day, DHS Group is excited about the launch of this year’s New Year, New You Challenge!
Running for six weeks beginning Monday, January 9th, the New Year, New You Challenge will include three different (and compounding!) two-week missions that participants are challenged to complete.
Near the end of summer, we recapped nearly 100 challenges that groups, utilizing DHS Group’s Move module, had completed in the first six months of the year. Almost six months later, we’re revisiting that blog post to share a few new updates and look ahead to what is sure to be a great 2017.
Back at the beginning of the month, we shared how several of DHS Group’s staff members like to stay active during the holiday season to maintain their spot on the company’s Move challenge leaderboard.
Today, we’re revisiting the team to find out a few of their favorite “healthier” holiday snacks, treats and recipes. With a week’s worth listed below, you’ll have plenty to try as you head into the upcoming holiday weekend and toward the New Year!
In a recent The Business Journals article, author Dana Manciagli laments a familiar disappointment that many companies find when launching a wellness or wellbeing program for their employees – a disappointment that 52 percent of employers polled in The State of Workplace Wellbeing survey agree is the biggest challenge.
What is the frustration?
‘I personally believe that we have just finished seeing the first generation of wearables and are about to enter the ‘what’s next phase.’ Those were the words of Mike Lee, Chief Digital Officer at Under Armour, expressing his feelings on the current state of wearable technology and connected devices.
Fitness trackers, which have long been looked at as a way to record a simple metrics like steps or miles walked during the day, are starting to be tapped for the additional information they can provide – insightful data that can provide a holistic view of an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.