|By Marketwired .||
|January 22, 2014 08:53 AM EST|
IRVING, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 01/22/14 -- A groundbreaking study by researchers from Mayo Clinic and CareHere, LLC, published in the January 2014 issue of The American Heart Journal, determined that using a personal health assistant (PHA) as part of a worksite health program (WHP) "can successfully and significantly reduce multiple cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors." CVD is the leading cause of morbidity, mortality and cost in Western society.
Researchers determined that in just 90 days most employees participating in a worksite health program that incorporated the online CareHere Connect PHA -- a customized and branded version of Healarium's PHA -- showed a significant reduction in their Framingham Risk Score (FRS). The FRS is used to estimate a person's 10-year cardiovascular disease risk. For example:
- 73 percent of study participants decreased their body mass index (BMI)
- 62 percent of participants reduced their blood glucose level
- 49 percent of participants lowered their blood pressure
The results show that participants who completed the program not only demonstrated a significant reduction in at least one risk factor, but often in multiple factors.
Participants in the study, "Employing an Online, Personalized Program Reduces Cardiovascular Risk Factor Profiles in a Motivated, Adherent Population of Participants," used the online CareHere Connect PHA. This provided participating employees with user-friendly, interactive access to health status information, daily tasks, goals, personalized care plans, incentives and a social network that encouraged adopting and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
"This study validates the ability of our PHA to engage and motivate employees to make positive behavior changes that improve their health," stated Healarium CEO and Co-founder Amnon Keynan. "We were pleased that the researchers also recognized PHA's far-reaching potential. They concluded that this type of program may extend well beyond reducing employer-related healthcare costs, and may be applied to other populations to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and costs associated with increasing cardiovascular disease risk factors. That potential is being realized as market demand for Healarium's PHA continues to grow."
"As the researchers point out, employers are now recognizing how health in the workplace can lower health risk for their workforce," said Brendie Keane, R.N., B.S.N., Vice President, Health and Wellness, CareHere, LLC. "However, the challenge has been to entice patients to access and engage in worksite health programs. It was exciting to see how the CareHere Connect PHA along with disincentives broke through this traditional apathy and how quickly employees were able to significantly reduce multiple CVD risk factors."
The researchers for the study were Robert Jay Widmer, M.D., Ph.D., Thomas G. Allison, Ph.D., Lilach Lerman, M.D., Ph.D. and Amir Lerman, M.D. from Mayo Clinic; and Brendie Keane, R.N., B.S.N. and Anthony Dallas, M.D. from CareHere.
Healarium, Inc. delivers customizable patient self-management technology that is part of clinicians' workflow. Its intuitive patient activation platform motivates patients to actively manage their health, which is a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. Healarium's Personal Health Assistant (PHA) delivers personalized care plans, guidance, education, encouragement and incentives through smart phones and the Web. The PHA significantly reduces multiple risk factors for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and other chronic conditions, and helps low-risk populations improve their health. Healarium's solutions make it easy for payers, large providers, mHealth vendors and other partners to own customized branded programs ranging from chronic disease management to wellness programs to discharge services that adapt easily to the dynamics of a changing market. Headquartered in Irving, TX its home page is www.healarium.com.
Since 2004, CareHere has been a leader in providing on-site/near-site clinics to both the public and private sector; including state, county and city governments, school and utility districts, manufacturers, financial institutions, law firms and many more. The patient-centered healthcare approach practiced by CareHere integrates services such as: primary care, case/disease management, occupational health, workers' compensation, wellness tracking and more. Through this model, CareHere is able to significantly decrease claims costs, while improving the overall health and morale of employees by making healthcare easier, better and more affordable. Currently, CareHere manages 160 clinics in 21 states For more information, contact Bernie Livers, VP Sales, at (615) 376-9623, BLivers@CareHere.com and visit www.carehere.com.
Amendola Communications for Healarium