Scarcity of medical resources, the improved communication between countries, the globalization of health care, Internet marketing and ease of travel are all contributing factors to the rise of medical tourism, which will be a $32.5 billion market by 2019, according to estimates from market intelligence company Transparency Market Research.
Julie Malida, principal for health care fraud solutions in the security intelligence practice at the SAS Institute Inc. shares the top 10 reasons your employees might consider traveling abroad for health care. [Images: Shutterstock]
While the internet makes holiday shopping more convenient, its not without risks. Employees will likely squeeze Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday shopping sessions throughout Cyber Monday. Keep those company computers and laptops safe by passing along these safety suggestions to workers. Here are five tips from USA.gov on what to know before shopping online this holiday season. Help protect yourself and your finances as you search for that perfect gift. [Images: Shutterstock]
With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great time to emphasize healthy eating and exercise messages in your wellness communications. Employee assistance program provider ComPsych recently recognized four employers with its Health at Work awards. Winning companies were selected based on their wellness programs comprehensiveness, delivery, promotion, participation rates and results achieved. Here are the winners. [Images: Shutterstock]
Social networks kept the 41,000 participants in the Sprint Get Fit Challenge engaged and motivated throughout the 12-week challenge. Collectively, participants (who made up 35% of the telecom companys population) lost more than 41,000 pounds, took almost 4.8 billion steps, and logged nearly 22 million exercise minutes. By building excitement and supportive competition through social media, Sprints wellness leaders engaged participants over the long-term.
If people with chronic conditions only spend about an hour a year with their physician, how can they stay adherent with medication and their disease education for the 8,759 hours theyre outside the doctors office? The most promising answer is through mobile devices.
The flu costs businesses approximately $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and out-patient visits for adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to encouraging workers to get immunized, employers can further minimize employee sick days and slow the spread of illness by communicating best practices in wellness and nutrition. Share these six preventive tips from Dr. Bruce Underwood, a certified nutrition and preventive care specialist with Healthy Futures, Inc., to keep workers and their families healthy this season. [Images: Shutterstock]
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Now that summer vacations are distant memories, work stress threatens to stifle employee productivity and mood as they work the long fall haul until the holidays. Stress has been called the health epidemic of the 21st century by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year. Here are seven examples of employer programs that make their workers smile and help alleviate stress. [Images: Shutterstock]
Employers and employees aren't seeing the health and productivity boosts that would be possible if more employees took advantage of their vision benefit, especially in an aging workforce. According to Transitions Optical, Inc., nearly half of employees aren't taking advantage of their vision benefit, by either not enrolling (24%) or by not using their benefit to receive an eye exam (32%). Transitions Optical offers four reasons why employers should take eye education seriously. [Images: Shutterstock]
Disease management programs are at a cross roads, says Catherine Macpherson, senior director of product strategy at WebMD Health Services. She offers concrete advice for employers managing chronic disease in the workplace and previews future models coming down the road.
Fond du Lac County in Wisconsin took a strategic approach to designing and evolving their wellness program. Erin Gerred, director of administration, Fond du Lac County, Wis. explains how they transitioned from a basic wellness initiative to a program that employs participation-based, and most recently, outcomes-based incentives to motivate employees and deliver measurable results. Her vendor partner, Tricia Johnson, director of marketing at Interactive Health, joins Gerred to share the countys secret to improving population health and engagement.
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