How PhIT Can Benefit You
in Your Workplace
Still wondering how the PhIT Platform will make your life easier and your healthcare budget more manageable? Read through these stories to get a view from each user's perspective:
- Mary, the employee who'd like to be healthier but doesn't have the time or energy to do anything about it.
- Janet, the HR manager who is worried about getting control over the healthcare budget while improving employee morale.
- Dave, the account executive with your healthcare payer who must reduce costs to keep his job.
The PhIT Platform provides customized tools for each of these people to make better health more accessible and healthcare more affordable.
Meet Mary, the stressed and overweight employee
Mary is 43, smokes and is overweight. She is juggling her job and her personal life while trying to make ends meet. She feels trapped and unmotivated to change her personal behavior to improve her health - she's already too busy and too stressed. She's heard about the company's wellness programs, but they are confusing and take too much time and energy to figure out.
Then Mary's company introduces the PhIT Platform to the employees. She has a personalized, private risk profile that's easy to understand. For the first time, she can see how likely it is that she will develop one of the four major chronic diseases - and exactly what she needs to do to reduce her risk.
Mary's custom home page provides her with personalized information for her unique health needs, access to the PhenotypeIT toolkit, and the tracking reports that will help her stay motivated. If she wants more details on her goals and progress, her Health Report Card is available at the click of a button.
One of the most important aspects of Mary's portal is the Nutrition section where she has access to expert nutrition information and tools. She also has a customized nutrition plan, complete with menus, designed just for her to reduce her health risks. She can modify the plan depending on what her most important goals are and whatever dietary restrictions she wants to include.
With time, Mary's hard work pays off. A year after first accessing her PhenotypeIT portal and participating in the recommended programs, her chances of developing those chronic diseases have dropped dramatically, helping to motivate her to keep up her new healthy habits.
Meet Janet, the overworked and under-resourced HR Administrator
Janet has been tasked with cutting costs and improving employee satisfaction with their healthcare benefits. She is frustrated by her lack of control: everything costs too much, there are too many options with no way to tell which really makes a difference, and it's too hard to ensure compliance with new government regulations. And let's not forget that healthcare is just one part of her role in HR.
PhenotypeIT solves all these problems: we make it easy for her to understand where wellness programs can have the most impact, develop incentive programs that actually work and see the impact her choices make on overall employee health and the company's bottom line.
First, Janet gets a risk profile for the employee population as a whole. The PhIT Platform shows the corporate risk profile graphically so that she can understand at a glance the biggest and most costly chronic health risks the employees face. Janet is then able to clearly identify the leading modifiable risk factors that are putting her employees at risk. With the PhIT Platform's tools, she can then quickly and easily implement the wellness programs and incentives that will have the biggest impact on improving the health of her employees and the bottom line of her company.
From the corporate risk profile, Janet quickly sees that the risk of diabetes among her employees is high and that the poor health of many of her employees could cost her company hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 5 years. Janet sees that most of the at-risk employees are overweight or obese. Clearly, weight management and nutrition programs have the potential to reduce the diabetes risk significantly.
Janet can then design incentives to encourage employees to participate in weight-management and PhIT Nutrition programs. Once the programs are launched, she can keep track of how popular they are with employees using our custom reports.
Of course, these are not the only reports that count: we also provide reports on different aspects of employee health and on the quantitative financial return on investment. When it comes time for Janet's annual review, she'll have the data to demonstrate her effectiveness in reducing costs while improving employee quality of life.
Meet Dave, a health plan Account Executive with clients asking for results
Dave is an account executive with a major healthcare firm. His clients keep telling him that their costs cannot keep increasing year after year or they will not have a viable business. Dave needs to bring solutions to his clients that go beyond cost sharing and eliminating benefits. He is aware that prevention is more cost-effective than cure, especially for the increasingly prevalent but often preventable chronic diseases. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that over 50M Americans suffer from Metabolic Syndrome. Dave learns that his company is creating a new pilot program focused on Metabolic Syndrome. This is something that could help his clients and show that his company is innovative in dealing with spiraling health costs.
Providing Solutions for Individuals and Populations ...
Where some platforms focus on raising awareness of wellness programs, we focus on the individual: their level of risk, types of unhealthy behaviors, and methods for improving compliance with beneficial behavior changes. The PhIT Platform is designed for ease of use and effectiveness on the individual level and is completely portable with the individual.
For corporations, we aggregate de-identified individual data to provide overall risk profiles. Our platform allows Dave to track compliance and improvements in health across the company. Because each employee has a personalized health and nutrition portal, we insure greater compliance and more predictable results for the aggregated data.
Dave's clients can benefit from the entire spectrum of PhenotypeIT products and services. Our personalized, password-protected portals are well-suited to his individual health plan members while corporate clients can take advantage of the full platform. And of course Dave can recommend to his own firm's management that they adopt the PhIT Platform to improve health and reduce healthcare costs within the firm.
... with High Tech Made Accessible
We leverage the latest research in wellness and preventable chronic diseases to provide the most effective programs, and we do it in a way that makes it easy and fun to participate. For instance, using the PhIT20 assessment, we can determine which individuals in a population have the combination of risk factors associated with Metabolic Syndrome and modifiable behaviors underlying the condition. Upon completion of the PhIT20, the individual receives a personalized report card detailing all their risk and associated behaviors along with customized information to help them understand and manage their risks.
Dave convinces some of his clients to get involved with the company's Metabolic Syndrome program which uses the PhIT Platform. As the months go by, the employees participating in the trial find success in reducing their risk factors and feeling better. Next, they increase participation to the whole company, resulting in significant savings for the company and better profit for Dave's company.
Now that Dave's clients have seen the improvement in risk profiles and the true return on investment possible with the PhIT Platform, it's an easy sell to convince all his clients to use the PhIT Platform, especially if they've had a bad experience with one of the many other wellness management platforms available.
In a few short months, Dave has gone from a no-win situation for himself to win-win for all the stakeholders. And all it took was to take advantage of the user friendly, high performance tools and portals available on the PhIT Platform.