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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hospital Systems in Need of Wellness (Part 1)

We came across an interesting white paper recently that focuses on the challenges facing hospital systems when it comes to wellness. You can download it here (PDF). Ironically, hospital employees are less healthy and consume more health care services than average workers.

The paper lists ten recommendations for creating a culture of wellness -- tips that could be useful for any organization. I encourage you to take a closer look.

WCS has performed biometric screenings for a number of large hospital systems, and I can tell you that their needs are unique. Hospital employees are incredibly busy and work nonstandard shifts, so we have to adjust our screening model accordingly. In some cases, we've set up mobile screening units that our staff take from floor to floor, screening as they go. Flexibility is key.

You might ask why a hospital system even needs a screening vendor. After all, it's a hospital! Well, there are many reasons, and that will be the subject of Part 2. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wellness Incentives: A National Soda Tax?

A few weeks ago, Mark Bittman penned an op-ed in the New York Times about a possible national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Realistically, the bill has little chance of passing, but Bittman argues that it's necessary to curb sugar consumption. People simply need a financial incentive to make better choices.

We talk a lot about incentives in the wellness world, and for good reason. They're essential. Especially in the first year of a comprehensive wellness program, it's important to offer an incentive that will motivate employees to participate. Your strategy can change over time, moving from tangible incentives (cash, gift cards, etc.), to premium discounts, to outcomes-based incentives that are tied to insurance premiums.

As Bittman points out, requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus was considered far-fetched just a few years ago. Now it's commonplace. So who knows? Maybe a national tax on sugar isn't as unlikely as it seems.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Real-Time Data Collection through ScreenSMART

We blogged recently about WELLConnect, a series of technology innovations that are enhancing the way we handle biometric screening data. Today, we focus on a central component of WELLConnect -- paperless, real-time data collection.

WCS was one of the first biometric screening vendors to collect and transmit data in real time, using tablet devices. Two years later, our ScreenSMART system is still setting the standard.

To learn more, download our free PDF -- or, better yet, click here to register for our free webinar tomorrow (August 21st) at 1:30pm EST!

If you're pressed for time, here's what you need to know:

  • Paper-based data collection and manual data entry can be error-prone and time-consuming. Only a paperless system like ScreenSMART can deliver data in real time.
  • Real-time data means access to what you need, when you need it -- actionable reporting and faster uploads.
We hope you can join us for tomorrow's webinar. As always, drop us a line if you have any questions!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WCS Launches WELLConnect

It's an exciting time at WCS!

We're gearing up for another record-breaking fall biometric screening season, we continue to celebrate our tenth year in business -- and today, we're proud to announce the launch of WELLConnect, a suite of technology innovations that will allow our partners, clients, and employees to really put their screening data to work.

The individual components of WELLConnect will roll out over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here's what you can look forward to:
  • Real-time biometric data for our partners and clients
  • Seamless appointment scheduling, including single-sign-on
  • Secure access to pre-populated, electronic screening forms
  • A sophisticated data dashboard for clients and partners with actionable metrics
Two years ago, WCS was one of the first screening providers to begin collecting screening data with tablet devices, through a proprietary application we called ScreenSMART. Now ScreenSMART is even more powerful, delivering accurate data to our clients and partners in real time.

On August 21st, we're hosting a free webinar to explain the enhancement to ScreenSMART. We hope you'll join us.

Click here to register, and stay tuned for further WELLConnect updates!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sobering Facts about Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

The CDC just released its 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report (PDF), and the results are alarming: 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and 8.1 million of those are undiagnosed. It really reinforces the need for biometric screenings at the workplace. For many people, it's the only screening they have all year -- and the cost of untreated diabetes can be staggering.

The CDC created two excellent infographics (on diabetes and pre-diabetes) that you should definitely check out. You can view full-size versions them here and here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cutting-Edge Data Management Technology

As a biometric screening vendor, WCS is responsible for managing a staggering amount of highly-sensitive data. Our clients and partners rightfully expect the highest degree of accuracy and data security, all within short turnaround times.

Here are just a few of the ways we deliver:
  • Our screeners use tablet devices to transmit data to the WCS database in real time, over a secure connection. That means faster, more accurate data feeds and aggregate reporting. It's also free!
  • Paper forms are processed using Intelligent Character Recognition technology (ICR), then reviewed for accuracy by a data manager. The technology is so accurate, it's scary.
  • Physician forms and off-site vouchers can now be downloaded in electronic format with eligibility information pre-populated. Forms also contain a unique bar code. When participants return these forms to WCS, you can be sure that the data will be matched to the correct participant.
The Health Informatics team has many other new developments in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more updates over the coming months!