DALLAS, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A January 2015 HealthMine™ survey of 806 consumers with wellness plans indicated that these plans are still at their beginning stages. The results show that wellness plans can improve consumer engagement, improve integration of lifestyle and disease management programs, and improve effectiveness in helping consumers manage healthcare costs. A mere 35% of respondents said they were in a wellness plan that included both lifestyle management and disease management tools. The HealthMine survey fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) from December 29-31, 2014 revealed that 38% of surveyed Americans who have a sponsored healthcare plan also have a sponsored wellness plan. To see full results go here.
Respondents with wellness plans said that while most like their plans, just 36% are engaged in the plan on a weekly basis throughout the entire year. Sustainable engagement of consumers is key to improving group health and better managing health costs. Overall respondents felt that a wellness plan helped them manage health, but are unsure if it helped to lower or improve healthcare costs. The survey was completed by 806 Americans with sponsored wellness plans, ages 26-64.
While 70% of respondents said that their wellness plan helped them manage their health, just 38% said it helped them manage healthcare costs. In addition, 71% of respondents said that they were in the program to care for their health as a primary incentive.
Many wellness plans are initiated with monitoring devices but less than half (45%) of wellness plans automatically update data from tracking devices. This is despite the fact that 70% of respondents said that their wellness plans were based on completing exercise-related activities.
Said Bryce Williams, CEO of HealthMine, the leader in Personal Clinical Engagement, "In healthcare delivery today, more than ever, employers and payers must engage their members with health information that is personally relevant, clinically focused, and automatically available anytime, anywhere. Clinical data tied to lifestyle management gives consumers real measurements to see if they are making progress. That creates sustainable engagement, which delivers real healthcare cost savings."
About the Survey:
The HealthMine Wellness Engagement Survey data was collected via an opt-in panel from Survey Sampling International. The margin of error is 3.5%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.
HealthMine, a leading consumer health engagement company, has developed the wellness industry's first and only Personal Clinical Engagement (PCE) technology platform. HealthMine PCE automatically connects comprehensive clinical data with tailored recommendations, resources and incentives to create a personalized health portal available on any mobile device. HealthMine has more than one million users today, and has saved employers and payers more than $100 million in healthcare costs. The company, founded in 2008, is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis.