What Is Proactive And Reactive Health?
Healthcare costs in the US are on the rise and wellness programs are put in place to help reduce theses costs. Employer based wellness programs are used by many corporations to help reduce these costs and they are a tool for employees to use in order to be proactive about their health instead of being reactive and ultimately to help them live a healthy lifestyle.
Reactive health can be defined as reacting to an injury, condition, unfavorable disease, or symptom. Reactive health starts when it’s too late to do something about the condition. Proactive health differs from reactive in the sense that action is taken before symptoms develop. For instance, a store manager was rushed to the hospital after having chest pain and ultimately died of a heart attack. The after death determination was that the heart attack could have been prevented with a simple annual wellness biometric screening. This cost the employee his life and the company lost a highly valued employee. Other employees that reported to him went on to work for the competitor after his death. In addition, this incident incurred thousands of dollars in medical bills for something that simply could have been avoided.
Ultimately it costs less to prevent problems than fix them and that is where a wellness solution like FitLyfe 360 Wellness Platform comes into play. FitLyfe 360 provides employers the choice to bring in the best of the best programs for their employees to use to have a proactively healthy lifestyle. By utilizing clinical intelligence, which is built into the platform, the store manager, from the story above, would have been alerted many times to complete their screening. Encouraging employees to take advantage of their free annual wellness exam each year can help them gauge their overall health. These screenings are a real eye opener for employees to see whether they are healthy or what part of their health needs improvement.
Too often primary or preventive measures are forgotten or ignored until after an incident or illness has occurred. As you can see the cost associated with reactive health is enormous compared to taking precautions to simply prevent the incident. If this person would have made the trip to the doctor for their free annual screening they would have been aware that their blood pressure was high and most likely taken preventative measures to lower it avoiding the serious risks that come with it, such as the heart attack.
FitLyfe 360 Platform acts as a proactive health strategy for employers. When employees are aware of certain health conditions FitLyfe 360 provides them with targeted content to help them improve their conditions before it moves to reactive health. Wellness teams will get the data they need from the wellness platform that lets them evaluate risk factors. This helps them assess their programs and realize which ones are effective or not. The platform also allows members access to their company’s care coordination letting them find a doctor or speak with a nurse or health coach regarding their conditions
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