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Employer Sponsored Biometric Screenings Aren’t Just for Incentives

As part of a Corporate Wellness Program, one of our clients recently sponsored a biometric screening at no cost to their employees. Not only did the employer pay for the cost of the screening, but they were also offering their employees an incentive for participation in the screening. As an additional feature of the program, the employees were to have a session with one of our Certified Registered Nurse Wellness Coaches to review the results of the screening and hopefully engage those “at risk” in ongoing wellness coaching.

One of my Wellness Coaches reported back that she spoke with an employee that expressed dissatisfaction with the “process”. She was actually “put out” that she was inconvenienced to have to fast the night before and then make time early in the morning for the blood draw. In essence, she was turning a company benefit into a chore. 

Say this lady was traveling and needed to go to the emergency room somewhere/anywhere for upper body pain. She is unable to provide the doctors with a diagnosis. Of course it is the weekend and her doctor is not available. Unless she carries her most recent lab reports in her purse, the doctors will have to start at square one running all new lab tests.

However, there is another option. She can log into the vendor website and immediately access her recent lab report. This report can potentially aid the emergency room team on what and where her health has been compromised. This can potentially eliminate duplication of costly tests.

Isn’t great that we have the ability to access our medical records via the internet? Isn’t it also great that employers are now offering wellness programs as an employee benefit? And, they are giving incentives for participation! What if by doing a biometric screening and having a blood pressure check, we found out we had a medical condition that we never knew we had? a condition that could be managed and corrected? Why should this be perceived as anything but a positive? Knowledge is power and empowering!