JFK Health Achieves Huge Gains in Employee Health in Partnership with HealthMine

Returns $2.8 Million in benefit savings to employees in just one year, and cuts hospital admissions by nearly one third

Jan 14, 2015, 11:57 ET from HealthMine, Inc.

DALLAS, Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthMine, Inc. the consumer engagement technology company that developed the industry's first and only Personal Clinical Engagement (PCE) platform, and JFK Health, a leading healthcare provider in Central New Jersey, announced that after five years of partnership on employee wellness JFK Health has measurably improved health and lowered costs for more than 8,000 employees and their families. Some of the success metrics JFK Health reports include:

  • 31% decrease in hospital admissions
  • 50% decrease in hospital readmissions
  • 48% higher cancer screening compliance than the national average
  • 35% higher diabetes disease management than the national average
  • $2.8 million in benefit savings returned to employees in 2013 alone
  • More than $5 million in healthcare cost savings over the past five years

JFK Health engaged HealthMine in 2008 to help unite employee health and wellness into the JFK benefit plan. Healthcare costs were rising at double-digit rates. JFK Health identified disease management and prevention as a strategy to turn that trend upside down.

"We realized that the best way for us to begin disease management was with prevention and early identification of disease or precursors to disease," said Pat Cooke, Corporate Director of Human Resources, JFK Health. "HealthMine provided a solution that would engage our employees sustainably, and enable us to track employee compliance with preventive health actions, including annual screenings, assessments and disease management guidelines."

JFK Health launched their Healthy Plus Plan, which rewards employees for making better lifestyle choices. The plan's enrollment has grown 300% since its inception. The foundation of the plan is the HealthMine Personal Clinical Engagement platform which:

  • Brings clinically comprehensive health data together, including claims, lab, pharmacy, health risk assessments, biometric screenings and more
  • Provides personally relevant recommendations including preventive care, condition-specific care, and medication adherence actions
  • Delivers seamless integration with benefits, including instant, automatic access to deductible status and out-of-pocket tabs
  • Gives Automatic accessibility anytime, anywhere with a single dashboard view that includes personal context and location awareness and is available on any mobile device

"My husband never goes to the doctor unless he is sick--and even then it was a struggle. He is a healthy guy who exercises, but had been feeling tired and could become moody, but we did not give it much thought," said Megan C. Garcia, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathology Supervisor, JFK Health. "When he joined the Healthy Plus Plan, his blood work revealed he had significant hypothyroidism. He's now healthy and taking medication daily. Without intervention, he may have suffered significant health problems had his thyroid issue continued to go undetected."

If annual health screenings reveal a chronic condition, like diabetes or coronary artery disease, employees are given specific health actions to complete that help them manage their disease. These health actions are based on guidelines and protocols from the largest national organizations devoted to fighting disease, and are updated annually. Other actions may include annual visits to a specialist, eye exams, HGA1C testing, and other screenings.

HealthMine's powerful analytics enable JFK to measure employee health improvement and quantify health savings. "HealthMine cuts the data in a number of ways to help us better understand our employee population," Cooke commented.

By getting healthier, JFK employees are also saving money. Completing their screenings and preventive health actions allows them to save 40% on their benefits premiums each pay period. They also have an opportunity to earn additional rewards if they achieve their incremental health goals. The bottom line: "In 2013 alone, our employee wellness initiative built upon HealthMine's Personal Clinical Engagement platform, returned $2.8 million in rewards/cost savings to our employees," says Cooke. Overall, the health system has saved more than $5 million in healthcare costs over the last five years.

About HealthMine

HealthMine has developed the industry's first and only Personal Clinical Engagement (PCE) technology platform, which automatically connects personal medical information (claims, biometrics, labs, bio-fit devices and more) with tailored recommendations, resources and incentives to create a comprehensive, personalized view of health available on any device, anytime. HealthMine empowers more than one million users today through its mobile solution delivered by employers and payers. Automatic Health, the company's PCE technology platform, has saved employers and payers more than $100 million since the inception of the company. HealthMine, founded in 2008, is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis.

 

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