Forward-thinking companies today understand the importance of supporting employee wellbeing from multiple angles. We have entered a new era for healthcare focused on all aspects and every moment of health — extending our definition of health to include physical, behavioral, and psycho-social impacts on wellness.
Why integrated healthcare models are reimagining what is possible for every moment of health
Data and technology are driving transformative impact in providing a holistic view of a person’s health and wellness. By bringing together data insights from medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, and behavioral health sources in one place, doctors and other healthcare providers can develop a better understanding of an individual’s health to decrease care gaps and allow for more proactive and personalized care.
In 2020, 56% of employers offered integrated benefits, an 11% increase from 2018. This momentum will likely continue as more companies come to see the value of whole-person care; while a holistic view is critical anytime, the pandemic brought a new awareness to the spectrum of support employees need as they grapple with physical, mental, social, professional, and financial stressors.
A win-win for employees and employers
For employees, integrated healthcare models help them stay healthier and more engaged in their wellness. The consolidated view of their health gives employees, doctors, and other healthcare providers a fuller perspective of their wellbeing and a head start on preventive care.
For example, a dentist might notice a concern that could impact a person’s heart health. In a traditional healthcare approach, that concern might never make it into the patient file maintained by their family doctor. Likewise, doctors in different specialties could prescribe medicine to a patient, not knowing about their other prescriptions and any possible interactions. By securely combining this data, we enable that whole-person view and give providers access to critical information that identifies and helps bridge gaps in care.
An integrated view of health helps companies save money while still offering comprehensive healthcare options for employees. Healthy employees tend to be happier, more productive, and have fewer absences, and the addition of care management programs can save employers money, too. Integrated healthcare models also drive the ability to merge plan administration, network access, and clinical programs to help propel long-term cost savings.
Connecting your employees to meaningful healthcare solutions gives you an advantage
Health benefits are often seen as an indicator on how employees are valued. This is a primary reason why 83% of employer respondents to a Willis Towers Watson survey plan to prioritize employee wellbeing programs over the next three years. Benefits are especially critical to millennials and Gen Z employees, who would accept lower salaries for better benefits, according to a study from Lincoln Financial Group and the Center for Generational Kinetics.
A talent shortage is building in many industries and at every level, from front-line employees to the C-suite. To retain and attract the best talent, companies will need to optimize their benefit offerings and show authentic concern for employee wellbeing. Integrated healthcare solutions offer empathetic, proactive support for each of your employees, allowing you to invest in their personalized healthcare as well as the future of your business.
As the workplace continues to evolve and healthcare moves further into the virtual realm, employee needs and expectations will change, too. Companies can rise to the challenge by offering integrated healthcare solutions focused on whole health through a personalized healthcare experience.