ATLANTA, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pursuant Health announced today that the Company has been awarded Certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Through this Certification, the Company's proprietary health risk assessment, known as the Health Age HRA, is now recognized as an NCQA-Certified Health Appraisal. The unique, image-based Health Age HRA was co-developed with Cleveland Clinic Wellness and is designed to be taken in 5-6 minutes, either online or at any of Pursuant Health's national network of health kiosks. During the Health Age HRA, the kiosk measures the individual's weight, blood pressure, pulse and calculates BMI, providing the first NCQA-Certified HRA that conveniently combines a health questionnaire with non-invasive biometric screenings. The result is a score in the form of an easily-understood Health Age coupled with simple, personalized advice and interventional program offerings from Cleveland Clinic Wellness. In addition to this achievement, Pursuant Health has hit a significant new milestone in providing over 100 million health screenings since 2012 through its national retail network.
The Health Age HRA was introduced in September 2015 after 12 months of collaboration between Pursuant Health and Cleveland Clinic Wellness. Comprised of age, gender and risk-dependent questions as well as biometric measurements, the Health Age HRA captures 59 data points that cover every aspect of overall wellness in order to provide a holistic health profile of the individual, along with simple, personalized health advice. Key health categories include physical activity, nutrition, sleep, mental health, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, preventive care compliance and biometric measurements. In addition to the major accomplishment of receiving NCQA Certification, the Health Age Assessment achieved a significant record by hitting over 2 million user engagements since the September release. Health Insurers, Employers, Health Providers and other sponsors now have the ability to sponsor the Health Age HRA for their members, and to connect the valuable information collected with real-time interventions and population health benchmarks.
NCQA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of health care on a national level. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS®, the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation's health plans. The Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) Certification for Health Appraisals demonstrates that a health appraisal enables individuals to manage their health, discloses how individuals' information will be used and protects individuals' privacy. After an extensive review period, NCQA determined that Pursuant Health's Health Age HRA and technology platform met the well-defined standards and quality measures needed for Health Appraisal Certification.
The achievements for the Health Age Assessment are accompanied by another major milestone as Pursuant Health's health and wellness kiosk network surpassed 100 million health screenings in January 2016. Since Pursuant Health kiosks were first released into retail pharmacies across the country in 2012, they have served individuals by providing free biometric screenings (weight, BMI, blood pressure, visual acuity and pulse) as well as Health Risk Assessments. With its national network of over 3,600 FDA-cleared, HIPAA-compliant kiosks located within 10 miles of 79% of the U.S. population, Pursuant Health has the ability to deploy health management programs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The milestone of performing over 100 million health screenings signifies that Pursuant Health has enabled millions of individuals to engage with their health, and the latest achievements show promise for the Company positively impacting many more lives.
About Pursuant Health (formerly SoloHealth): Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Pursuant Health's purpose is to engage individuals to manage their health and improve outcomes. The company accomplishes this by providing a unique platform that allows the capture and integration of health related data. In summer 2010, the company received a $1.2M grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to help enable innovation for self-service healthcare and prevention. In 2012, following FDA-Clearance as a Class II Medical Device, Pursuant Health introduced its next-generation interactive kiosk, offering vision, blood pressure, pulse, weight, symptom checking, body mass index and overall health assessments. The company's bilingual kiosks improve outcomes by not only providing convenient health screenings, but also by giving users recommendations for follow-up care. Strategic investors and partners include Outerwall Inc. (owner of the Redbox, ecoATM and Coinstar brands), Walter Huff (founder of HBOC) and Anthem. For more information, please visit www.pursuanthealth.com.
About NCQA: NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
About Cleveland Clinic Wellness Enterprise: The goal of Cleveland Clinic's Wellness, based in Lyndhurst, OH, is to minimize the physical, emotional and economic costs of illness through health and wellness services and education. Cleveland Clinic has a strong history of leadership in the Wellness sphere. As a top ranked healthcare institution, Cleveland Clinic has consistently sought to shift the national focus from providing "sick" care to promoting wellness. From designating its entire health system smoke free on July 4, 2005, to no longer hiring smokers as of Sept. 1, 2007, banning trans-fats from its menus and appointing the country's first Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to creating a healthier environment for its employees, patients and community. For more information, please visit www.ClevelandClinicWellness.com.
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