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March 31, 2015

As employers anxiously await the EEOC’s proposed guidelines governing corporate wellness programs, HealthMine is investing in a new position–Senior Director of Wellness Compliance–to help employers shape their strategy around wellness programs and deliver on the promise of higher engagement and lower healthcare costs.

Read more at The Washington Post.

March 31, 2015

As consumers struggle to pay rising deductibles and out of pocket healthcare costs, a HealthMine Survey revealed that while 86% of respondents believe it’s important to compare costs before taking a health action, the majority (64%) rarely or never price shop. The results show that consumers are not only disconnected from costs, but also from relevant health actions. The survey results provide a roadmap to what consumers are looking for in health care information.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

March 26, 2015

Individuals who first complete a health risk assessment (HRA) or biometric screening after being incentivized are less healthy than early adopters with no incentives, an EBRI analysis found. Employees who complete these health screenings post-incentive are more likely to be at risk for high blood pressure, inadequate exercise, high glucose, unhealthy nutrition, smoking, and unhealthy weight. Personalized incentives may be key to identifying high-risk individuals and ultimately improving health and lowering costs. (Moore, 3/24)

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March 25, 2015

Big data has the potential to transform the quality and affordability of healthcare, discussed experts at the World Healthcare Congress. Managing, sharing and securing various data from inside and outside the provider is challenging, but when it is enhanced with personalization and incentives for the individual, data can drive sustained engagement in health. (Hagland, 3/23)

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March 11, 2015

Analysts say the new Apple Watch will drive greater awareness for wearable fitness and health tracking tools and propel the smart watch category thanks to the device’s unique set of apps, large fan base and strong brand. However, age will play a role in demand for the wearable device, with younger users more interested in adopting the technology than those age 55 and older. (Joseph Palenchar, 3/9)

Read more at Twice.

March 10, 2015

The majority of consumers know the Apple Watch can be used for health and fitness, but demand for the new technology varies by age. While nearly half of 18-34 year olds are interested in purchasing the device to track their health, 60% of individuals age 55 and older are not interested in the Apple Watch. What’s more, the good old desktop/laptop consumer is still the number one way people of all ages prefer to access their health information, making platform flexibility a critical requirement for health and wellness vendors. (Staff, 3/7)

Read more at North Dallas Gazette.