DALLAS, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly half of consumers (44%) enrolled in wellness programs report having a diagnosed chronic condition, according to July 2016 HealthMine analysis of 750 wellness program participants. However, just 14% of respondents say that their wellness program helps them better manage their disease. This analysis comes on the heels of new data from the American Health Policy Institute showing that 'high cost claimants' are the biggest driver of healthcare costs for many employers. Chronic conditions account for more than half (53%) of the healthcare costs of high cost claimants.
Consumers in wellness programs suffer from a range of chronic conditions:
Diagnosed Chronic Conditions in Wellness Populations
Chronic neck, back, shoulder pain
Despite this high incidence of chronic disease in insured populations, only 29% of respondents report that their wellness program offers a disease management program. Only 11% of respondents say they participate in disease management through their wellness program. And just 6% say they have connected a disease management application/tool to their wellness program.
Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said, "Health plans and wellness programs need to have real time analytics that guide each member on health actions. We are loaded with health data including lab results, insurance claims and more – but, we are not analyzing the data nor offering recommendations consistently enough." He continued, "Programs that do will close gaps in care, thus helping members manage their chronic conditions and minimize costly co-morbidities and utilization."
About the Survey The HealthMine Wellness Program Survey queried 750 insured consumers who are enrolled in a wellness program. The survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in May 2016. 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 uses clinical data to close gaps in care, one person at a time. The HealthMine Personal Clinical Engagement solution automatically collects and analyzes clinical and lifestyle data from multiple sources to create a health profile for each member. Serving as an early warning system, our solution identifies health risks and chronic conditions and automatically triggers alerts. The HealthMine solution delivers health recommendations to members' smartphones in near-real time so they can take action immediately. With HealthMine, plan sponsors can engage and sustain all members in personalized health and disease management activities. HealthMine has more than 1 million users and has saved health plan sponsors more than $100 million in healthcare costs. HealthMine is on the web at www.healthmine.com.