Wellness News

HealthMine News

September 26, 2016

Managing stress, weight and mental health are among the top-most desired reasons health consumers are interested in using digital health tools, according to a recent HealthMine report. There may be a lesson in this data for plan sponsors, who are learning how the issues of mental health and obesity connect to their business’s bottom lines.

Read more at Health Populi.

September 15, 2016

Nearly half (44%) of insured consumers enrolled in a wellness program have a chronic condition, but just 14% say that their programs help manage those conditions, according to a new HealthMine report. Rather than focusing on lifestyle and fitness, wellness programs can use population data to indentify and zero-in on the sickest members.

Read more at HR Dive.

September 13, 2016

Only 35% of consumers enrolled in wellness programs engage in them at least once per week, according to a new report by HealthMine. This is despite an $8 billion annual investment in wellness programs by U.S. health sponsors (Kaiser Family Foundation). Rather than focusing on lifestyle management, wellness programs should start using big data to identify current or developing health conditions in a population. Small data--including member reactions and motivations--are also important to boost engagement and close gaps in care.

Read more at Employee Benefit News.

August 29, 2016

Despite efforts by healthcare providers to faciliate patient access to health data online, 53% of U.S. consumers said they couldn't access all of their health data from a computer, according to a recent HealthMine survey. Yet 74 percent of respondents said easy electronic access to health data would improve their knowledge of their health and improve communication with their physicians.

Read more at Healthcare Informatics.

August 26, 2016

Each smoker costs their employer $5,800 more in annual healthcare costs than the average employee. Yet most employers aren't addressing the problem. Sixty-six percent (66%) of consumers enrolled in a sponsored wellness program said their program does not include a medical test for nicotine use, according to a recent survey of 750 wellness program participants. What's more, 57 percent said their wellness plan does not offer a smoking cessation program.

August 23, 2016

Patient engagement outside of the clinical setting is key to closing gaps in care. A recent HealthMine survey found that 74% of insured consumers believe easy electronic access to their healthcare data would enhance their understanding of their care as well as improve communication with their physicians. Personalized communication using technology can also play an important role.

Read more at Becker's Healthcare.