“Health” is a Smart Business!
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 160 million Americans suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases, like heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The cost of managing their care is estimated at an astounding $270 billion a year. These lifestyle diseases account for 78% of our healthcare costs. People are finally realizing that what they’ve been doing is no longer working and they are looking for something greater than a prescription or surgery. But making changes without clinical supervision is difficult and potentially dangerous. That’s where we come in!
95% of those who lose weight on a diet gain it back and a significant percentage gain back more than they originally lost. This yo-yo dieting dismantles both physical health and psychological confidence.
Even after a heart attack, only one of every seven patients make any enduring changes around eating or exercise. That’s a problem, and all the diet industry can offer is “Eat fewer calories and exercise more.” If that worked, it would’ve worked! Food is information and advanced training is needed.
Most Americans receive their health insurance and accessible choices via their employer. Most health premiums annual costs continue to escalate up. Imminent changes are required.
Personalized care within the workplace, through both clinicians and coaching, holds a very special place in the well-being model. Why? Because each trusted practitioner will interface between health care and the human; closing known systemic gaps, because of patient overload, consider everyone with the same diagnosis to be treated uniformly, regardless of their age, history, lifestyle, or unique physiology. We strive to close these gaps:
Individualized Gap. Considers everyone with the same diagnosis to be treated uniformly, regardless of their age, history, lifestyle, or unique physiology.
Patient Guidance Gap. Patients know what to do but do not know how to incorporate lifestyle changes into their complex lives because of a gap in guidance.
Knowledge Gap. The known lack of education and available resources, especially in self-care and self-efficacy, in the current healthcare system.
Advocacy Gap. As an example, those with auto-immune challenges, there are myriad systems to consider, and no roadmap how to navigate these options. These patients need support every step of the way—from finding practitioners to advocating for their best interests with family, friends and employers.
Trust Gap. This one is key. When it takes more than 4 doctors over 3 years to finally get a diagnosis, patients start to lose trust in the system that is designed to “do no harm” and to offer safer options as the first line of care.
Activate Health Via Behavior Change
Results-oriented wellness partnerships are more than good provider strategy, they are a requirement for population health success. Engagement is the key. However, activation of positive health behaviors, building self-care skills and inspiring sustained accountability all equal everyone’s end game, “A Culture of Wellness.”
Effective engagement and activation do not happen by accident. They require healthcare professionals talented in the art of effective patient coaching and communication. They were designed to help move patients with chronic conditions to new levels of accountable self-care and improved outcomes; coupling improvements in induvial health and decreases in organizational related claims costs.