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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)

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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.

March 5, 2015

Partnerships will Drive New, Consumer-Governed Options for Managing Health

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

SeeChange Health, a leader in value-based health benefit solutions, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative (the CO-OP). This partnership, a first for SeeChange Health under the Affordable Care Act, gives Colorado residents increased options for benefit access and affordability, and encourages consumers to take a more active role in their health.

“SeeChange Health is committed to empowering consumers in their health decisions, which aligns with the mission of the Colorado CO-OP,” said Martin Watson, CEO of SeeChange Health. “We are pleased to provide Colorado consumers a new, proven... Read More

March 3, 2015

Apple Watch sales are around the corner. And when it comes to who will buy it, age matters. In fact, age plays an important role in preferences for healthcare tools and accessibility, a recent survey by HealthMine uncovered. Despite a growing selection of health tracking technologies (including the soon-to-be-launched Apple Watch), the survey revealed that the desktop/laptop computer is still the number one way people prefer to access their health information. While 46% of people age 18-34 are interested in getting the Apple Watch to track their health, 60% of individuals age 55 and over are not interested in the Apple Watch. (Dolan, 3/15)

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