“Employers are always talking about meeting employees where they are,’ ” says Jeannette Fuente, director of programming, New Jersey, at the Northeast Business Group on Health,
With respect to wellness, “that points to looking at your data in a way that informs what you offer, and helps you segment some of your population and figure out where they are in terms of their health,” she says. “Data can be used to understand employees’ health status, and to support evidence-based program planning by identifying health risks throughout the employee population,” says Fuente.
Employers and HR, for example, can identify conditions that have the greatest impact on health costs and productivity, she continues.
“This data can be used to inform benefit design decisions that support targeted and customized programs for employees,” adds Fuente, noting that some employers stratify their population as “risk,” “moderate risk” and “high risk” and customize wellness offerings accordingly.
“This can be a good start for employers, and can provide a baseline to measure programs against.”