Category Archives: Employers

Help employees find time for fitness

What’s the number one reason our on-site fitness center members give for not working out? Not enough time. You want your employees to lead full and balanced lives — and that can be a challenge. Along with being an engaged employee at work, they are trying to be a thoughtful partner, friend or spouse at […]
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New survey findings reveal key market forces impacting health care

New and shifting trends affecting health care are driving important changes in employers’ health and well-being strategies. The Optum® “9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study” shows overall investment in employee health and wellness remains strong among American employers. Increasingly more employers are investing in wellness strategies to ensure their benefits offerings not only respond […]
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Predictive analytics help treat people, not symptoms

How people have behaved in the past can tell us a lot about how they will act in the future. This statement holds true in medicine. As scores of data — from medical, behavioral, socioeconomic and even psychographic sources — can attest, medical histories can say a lot about how someone will react to a […]
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8 tips to help employees celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Month

At long last, spring is here for most of the country. Did you know May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month? Just being able to go outside without having to layer up is enticing. Especially for employees who are considering becoming more active or taking part in a fitness program. Spring is also a […]
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No more waiting for that big (fitness) break

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association1 says that moderate to vigorous physical activity can help reduce health risks even if it’s done in short sessions. In other words, the sum of the parts is as beneficial as the whole. The collected efforts of six 10-minute intervals are equal to the […]
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Advocacy: A force for a more productive, fulfilling workplace

Without support, employees can’t develop the confidence and find the information needed to make better decisions. Advocacy services let employers provide this support and guidance. Advocacy services help employees understand their benefits and how to use them. The best among these offer access to highly trained, experienced advocates who are skilled at connecting data to […]
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Artificial intelligence unlocks buried data

Did you know that more than half of the information contained in electronic medical records is unusable to health care organizations? Mark Morsch, Optum360 Vice President of Technology, says studies show 60 to 80 percent of EMR content is unstructured. That means some data that could potentially be used to create a more complete picture […]
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Celebrating Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day: Nutrition facts for better health

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would revise the “Nutrition Facts” food label that’s on all packaged foods. The new design is intended to make it easier for consumers to make healthier, more informed food choices. It was going to be implemented this year. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), […]
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Learn to speak the same health care language

Take a trip around the world and you’ll hear a lot of different languages, including some you probably won’t understand without a translator. Data is the language of today’s health care system. But a patient’s journey through that system collects data from a variety of sources in many different formats. It’s hard for anyone to […]
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The cure for analysis paralysis

A whole week devoted to health IT and how it’s transforming the world? Now that’s what I’m talking about! Las Vegas is home to this year’s HIMSS conference. (Shout out to our crew in Booth 6425 — stop by for a coffee if you’re in town! Our folks would love to talk shop with you.) […]
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