One way to fight the rising cost of healthcare without your employees getting caught in the crossfire is by going straight to the source: tackling the health issues themselves. This can be accomplished with employee wellness initiatives and one such wellness initiative is a yearly biometric screening.
What Is A Biometric Screening?
A biometric screening is a series of tests designed to gauge the overall health of your employees. Typically a screening will involve an intravenous blood draw, some basic measurements, and questions about lifestyle and family history. In some cases an aerobic fitness test is performed. A biometric screening will look at things like:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Waist Circumference
- Blood Pressure
- Cholesterol Levels
- Resting Heart Rate
in order to evaluate the health of your employees and catch employees who are at a high-risk of developing a chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease. Bear in mind that the evaluation is a key part of the process, it's not enough to simply collect the data and sit on it.
A biometric screening involves relatively simple tests and in most cases it can be performed on-site, but you want to make sure it's performed by a nurse or phlebotomist who is trained to draw blood. Other methods of blood testing like finger-sticking aren't very accurate.
Catching Major Health Issues Early
The results of biometric screenings can be very helpful in diagnosing health issues before they become a major problem. The first sign of something much more sinister and serious can often be as simple as an increase in blood pressure or an abnormally high resting heart rate. Employees who notice that their numbers are off for seemingly no reason can be encouraged to visit a doctor for a more thorough examination, possibly identifying something serious like cancer much earlier than they would otherwise.
Identifying At-Risk Employees
Chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are on of the largest drivers of health insurance spending, so identifying employees at risk of developing a chronic illness is vital to cutting your costs. Using the data collected from biometric screenings you can identify those at-risk employees and develop intervention programs that help them become healthier and happier individuals.
Yearly biometric screenings are only the first step in creating a healthy workplace, and ultimately cutting your health insurance spending, but they are a vital one. Without the data you gain from these screenings it can be difficult to know where to focus the efforts of your health and wellness initiatives, leading to a messy, overly broad program that doesn't help the people who really need it.
Utilized correctly, employee wellness initiatives like biometric screenings lead to lower health insurance expenses while providing your employees a higher quality of life. For more information on biometric screenings and how they can cut your health insurance costs, please contact us at Summerlin-Roberts today.