The study yields more evidence for the business case for employers that prevention is an investment to be leveraged rather than a cost to be justified.
Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) April 25, 2013
Conclusions of a two-year clinical study prove the relationship between level of engagement in workplace wellness programs and health risk reduction. Engaging technology and interactive Web-based tools can empower individuals to be more proactive about their health and reduce their health risks. The study, entitled “The Association of Technology in a Workplace Wellness Program with Health Risk Factor Reduction” has been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (March 2013).
“The silent pandemic of chronic illnesses is a critical global risk,” stated Dr. Ronald Loeppke, MD, MPH, president and vice chairman of U.S. Preventive Medicine (USPM) and lead author of the study. “The current sick care model in the U.S. is not designed to meet real health and wellness needs. Therefore, employers fund the majority of the economic burden of this broken system. They pay increasing costs of medical care while the healthcare system spends less than $.05 of every health care dollar on prevention.”
U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc., has created an innovative information technology solution for a personalized prevention program. USPM’s The Prevention Plan is based on the clinical practice of preventive medicine with engagement in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Users complete a health risk appraisal, receive virtual coaching, live coaching and social challenges to reduce their risks, participating at self-determined levels of engagement.
The study concluded that large-scale, population-based changes in health behaviors require a comprehensive and multipronged approach that sustains interest and promotes engagement. Active participants in The Prevention Plan have shown significant improvements in health risk reduction.
From 15 employer groups, 7,804 employees completed health risk appraisal and laboratory testing at baseline and again after two years of participating in their personalized version of the USPM Prevention Plan. Of those participants who started in a high-risk category at baseline, 46% moved down to medium risk and 19% moved down to low risk after 2 years on The Prevention Plan. In the group that only engaged through the Web-based Prevention Plan technology, 22% of those individuals significantly reduced their health risks.
Dr. Loeppke noted that the tool used to initiate awareness of health, raise consciousness and determine health risk status is the health risk appraisal. The Prevention Plan’s interactive technology also displays an individual’s Prevention Score and reveals risk reduction visibly to the participant, as actions are taken and lifestyle changes are made.
An earlier study showed compelling health risk reductions after one year on The Prevention Plan.1 This new study, evaluating the health risks of individuals participating in their personalized Prevention Plan for two years, showed total population risk transitions between baseline and two-year measurements as follows: the segment of the study population in the high risk category was reduced from 11% to 6%; the medium risk category was reduced from 29% to 23%; and the low risk category was increased from 60% to 71%.
“The study yields more evidence for the business case for employers that prevention is an investment to be leveraged rather than a cost to be justified,” noted Dr. Loeppke.
Additional details about the research findings in at the following link: “The Association of Technology in a Workplace Wellness Program with Health Risk Factor Reduction”
About the Study
“The Association of Technology in a Workplace Wellness Program with Health Risk Factor Reduction” analyzed changes in 15 health risk measures among a cohort of 7,804 employees from 15 distinct employers who completed a baseline health risk appraisal, blood tests and biometric screening at baseline and after two years on The Prevention Plan. Using a combination of a self-reported health risk assessment and biometric screening, the study separated program participants into three health risk categories, based on the number of health risks faced by individuals, such as high cholesterol, blood pressure or stress levels. Low risk employees are defined as having zero to two health risks, medium risk employees three to four and high risk employees more than five. The study was authored by: Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH; Dee Edington, PhD; Joel Bender, MD, PhD; and Ashley Reynolds, MSN, RN.
About U.S. Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine (http://www.USPM.com) is a leading preventive services and population health management company, focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before they progress.
The company is accredited in wellness and health promotion by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and disease management by URAC. Awards include the CTIA 2012 Emerging Technology Award for Macaw, the CES Mobile Apps Showdown popular vote for Macaw, Dorland Health’s Case in Point Platinum Award for The Prevention Plan and the CDC/NIH NDEP Annual 2012 Frankie Award for the Macaw Mobile Diabetes Manager.
About The Prevention Plan
Innovative products—The Prevention Plan™ cloud based software as a service health management platform and Macaw mobile health & fitness app (http://www.MacawApp.com)—are based on the clinical science of preventive medicine: primary (wellness and health promotion to keep healthy people healthy), secondary (screening for earlier detection/diagnosis) and tertiary (early evidence-based treatment to reduce complications and disability).
1 Loeppke, R; Edington, D; Beg, S. “Impact of The Prevention Plan on Employee Health Risk Reduction.” Population Health Management. 2010 13 (5): 275-284