In an article in Corporate Wellness entitled “Connected Health: Technology is Enabling Engaged, Cost-Effective Wellness,” author Mark Heaney, Get Real Health’s CEO and Founding Partner, explains that “healthcare and technology are rapidly becoming more connected…(and) we need technology to help employees stay healthy and help employers reduce insurance costs.”
The numbers speak for themselves, says Heaney. Chronic disease leads to millions of dollars in lost productivity each year and a projected 160 million Americans will be monitored and treated remotely for at least one chronic condition by 2020. By using technology- based solutions like Get Real Health’s InstantPHR™, he adds, employees can take advantage of online portals that provide them with data visualization and care management tools designed to give them greater control over their health. They can access their medical plans and records, compare test results over time, track the frequency of doctor’s visits and much more. Since all of this data is available their laptop, desktop and mobile device, the information can been monitored quickly and easily.
Heaney notes that when healthcare and technology are connected, both personal and corporate wellness improves, certain costs are contained, patients are more engaged and fewer sick days are taken. This, of course, leads to enhanced productivity, greater employee retention and improved morale.