51% of Heart Patients Say Their Condition Has Lowered Productivity at Work, Finds HealthMine Survey

46% of Employees with Heart Problems Have Lost Work Time Due to Disease

Feb 22, 2016, 12:27 ET from HealthMine

DALLAS, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a 2016 HealthMine survey of 501 consumers with known heart disease and/or risk, 61% say they have their condition "completely under control." However, of those employed, 51% say their condition lowers their productivity at work. Further, 46% have lost measurable work days due to their heart condition or risk. Cardiovascular disease costs America more than $320 billion in annual healthcare costs and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation. Annually, about one in every six U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease. The HealthMine survey was fielded in January-February 2016.

Lost Productivity
According to HealthMine's survey, one third (33%) of workers with heart disease have lost three or more work days per year because of their condition, and 16% have lost more than 6 working days. What's more, 19% of workers with heart disease say their condition lowers their productivity a lot; 32% report that their condition lowers their productivity somewhat.

Hospital and Urgent Care Visits
Cardiovascular disease causes one out of every three deaths in America. 20% of survey respondents report having a hospital stay within the past year resulting from their heart problem. One quarter (25%) had to visit the emergency room or urgent care at least once because of their condition. The CDC Foundation predicts that by 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular diseases are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lost productivity costs could exceed $275 billion

Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said: "Despite the large toll to Americans and health plan sponsors, heart disease is largely preventable." He continued: "We can help people manage their medical conditions and make necessary lifestyle changes. The key is through personal clinical engagement, which makes health data meaningful to a consumer. And understanding health data in relation to disease risk is the first line of defense in preventing chronic illness."

About the Survey
The HealthMine survey queried 501 consumers with known heart disease or risk enrolled in a 2016 health plan, and was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in January-February 2016. Respondents were screened from 3,175 consumers. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.

About HealthMine
HealthMine is a leading healthcare technology company with the mission to empower everyone to own their health. HealthMine has created an unparalleled Personal Clinical Engagement technology platform that makes it easy for members to manage their health because they know: 1) where they stand, 2) what they need to do, and 3) what's in it for them. The platform works by automatically intaking each member's clinical and behavioral health data, and analyzing it through a rigorous, clinical rules engine. HealthMine identifies healthy, at-risk, and chronically sick individuals in a population, uncovering health risks that often go unnoticed. Applying deep understanding of a member's health, lifestyle and behavioral patterns, HealthMine creates a dynamic, personalized health action plan and tracks outcomes. Serving more than one million members, HealthMine has saved employers and payers more than $100 million in healthcare costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Mateo, California, and Eatontown, New Jersey.

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