What’s holding up a switch to more effective employee wellness strategies?

More people could be living healthier lives if their employers used data to guide their wellness strategies. That’s one take-away from the new 9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace study.

According to the survey, employers who say they are very effective at using data are more likely to:

  • Describe their population health management (PHM) programs as successful,
  • Say they’ve established a culture of health,
  • Report that their physical and behavioral health programs are highly integrated.

But many employers aren’t seeing those results. Less than half of survey respondents say they’re very effective at making use of data and analytics. Why leave such an impactful player on the bench?

Here are three impediments to the adoption of data and analytics in PHM, and what employers can do about them:

Awareness: Employers may not know that tailored data and analytics solutions help inform strategies that improve employee health, engagement and retention — or they might not know what types of additional data may help them optimize their programs. These resources can help employers take the first step.

Misperception: The phrase “data and analytics” may sound complicated or expensive. The right partner can make it easy, making sure human resources departments see the right data and make it available to employee care teams.

Prioritization: Not all wellness programs are created equal — but keeping employees healthy creates benefits that extend well beyond the workplace. Learning about the impact the right population health management strategy can have (amplified by the use of data and analytics, of course) is a great place to start.

To discover more about employers’ thinking on the relationship between data and analytics and wellness programs, explore the results in Data in the Workplace: A Special Report from the 9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study.

You’ll see how:

  • Data and analytics fuel population health management success
  • Emerging data is under-utilized
  • Employers can convert risk into opportunity

Click here to learn more.

 

About the Author:

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Steve Griffiths, PhD, MS
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Optum Enterprise Analytics
Steve Griffiths has more than 20 years’ experience in health analytics management, and currently heads up the Optum Enterprise Analytics organization. His main focus is to drive growth and innovation through Optum products and services. Steve has a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Washington and a PhD in health services research, policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

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