New Healthcare Performance Management Institute Webcast Explores the Use of Science to Foster Greater Employee Engagement in Healthy Behaviors

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Behavior change that addresses individual "readiness" to engage in healthier behavior is a key element of effective population health management.

Prochaska shows that lasting change comes about from an emotional process that involves thinking, hesitating, stepping forward... 'Just doing it', as Nike's three simple word slogan suggests, is often not as easy as it sounds.

A free on-demand webcast just released by the Healthcare Performance Management Institute explores an innovative, science-based approach to behavior change that addresses individual "readiness" to engage in healthier behavior as a key element of effective Population Health Management programs.

The webcast, “Science Matters: For Greater Engagement in Healthy Behavior," examines what is known as the Prochaska “readiness to change” — or "openness to change" — model which helps individuals achieve better healthcare outcomes. This approach is sometimes known as the stages of readiness to change because it's based on five stages of change to achieve a specific goal, and it has attracted unprecedented attention from researchers as an effective way to approach individual engagement in their own health. It's a scientific concept now embedded in population healthcare management programs, many programs.

"Prochaska shows that lasting change comes about from an emotional process that involves thinking, hesitating, stepping forward, stumbling backward and often starting all over again. 'Just doing it,' as Nike's three simple word slogan suggests, is often not as easy as it sounds," said HPM Institute Executive Director George Pantos.

The webcast, moderated by Pantos, features industry leading panelists:

  •     Zan Cha, chief scientist of Healthcare Interactive, a Maryland-based population healthcare management and software development firm. Cha is a recognized expert in using computational and statistical techniques to present and analyze healthcare data to achieve lower costs and better health outcomes.
  •     Judy Mueller, a registered nurse and executive vice president, clinical programming and former president of WellNet Engage, a Maryland-based company specializing in population health management using R.N. Health Coaches. Mueller works with numerous firms on targeted care management and lifestyle behavior programs for their employees, and they utilize many of the scientific principles we will be discussing today.

Cha and Mueller discuss how a new model based on a scientific approach to behavior change that addresses individual readiness to engage in healthier behavior is being utilized successfully as a key element of effective population health management.

The webcast provides an analysis of:

  •     The various stages of “readiness to change”;
  •     The motivation behind each stage that drives advancement between stages;
  •     Scientific literature that supports the Prochaska approach;
  •     Health coaching and health risk assessments as they pertain to influencing healthy behaviors;
  •     Effective population health management program implementation; and
  •     The impact on employee engagement levels and corporate healthcare costs;

To download the webcast, visit http://www.hpminstitute.org/content/science-matters-greater-engagement-healthy-behavior/.

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About the HPM Institute
The Healthcare Performance Management Institute (HPM Institute) is a research and education organization dedicated to promoting the use of business technology and management principles that deliver better and more cost-effective healthcare benefits for employers, employees and government entities.

The Institute’s mission is to introduce and develop a new corporate discipline called Healthcare Performance Management (HPM) — a technology-enabled business strategy that tackles the challenge of controlling healthcare cost and quality in much the same way that enterprises have optimized customer relations, supply chain management and enterprise resource management. Supported by its four key pillars--Measure, Manage, Engage and Automate--HPM provides organizations with visibility and control over their healthcare benefits spending trends and risk management postures, while protecting individual employee privacy. Learn more by visiting http://www.hpminstitute.org/.

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