Get In Touch

Please fill out the form below and we will follow-up with you shortly!

Health & Well-Being Blog

Engaging Mobile Design for Health Resources

Designing apps for mobile phones is a relatively new field. As more user segments migrate to smart phones, development languages evolve, social media usage expands, data transmission speeds quicken, and mobile phone hardware changes, developers have a had challenging (but often fun) time ascending the learning curve to create truly engaging mobile apps. The stark contrast between the user’s experiences with apps developed just a couple of years ago and with those of today is staggering, and proof that we are in a very fluid design environment. mHealth Applications and Health Management Unlike other mobile apps, mHealth app development is…

Easy Steps to Incorporate Fitness Into the Workplace

As I was riding my bike to work this morning, I was thinking about how WebMD as an employer has done a great job of providing options for its employees to exercise during the day. Those include official programs such as a team walking program at work, a movement-focused rewards program, and sponsorship of off-hours company sports teams (soccer), as well as sponsorship of charity runs and walks, bike parking, shower facilities, etc. WebMD has also incorporated an employee fitness program into the population by way of health incentives and wellness challenges that emphasis exercise – not just hardcore exercise,…

A Typical Healthcare Consumer

I have worked in healthcare for over fifteen years. Yet I still consider myself a typical healthcare consumer. Every year, during open enrollment, I compare available benefit plans and evaluate our family’s out-of-pocket costs. Thankfully, my husband and our three kids are healthy and require only the basic healthcare needs – strep throat, ear infection, the occasional virus and annual physicals. Healthcare costs are not something I typically stress about. This year, however, we’ve had a few healthcare events that have forced me to be more focused on our healthcare costs, and I’ve come to appreciate on a personal level…

The Health Incentives Evolution: Moving Toward Outcomes-Based Rewards

In the effort to drive engagement and achieve ROI, one of the most interesting evolutions in health incentives is the move toward outcomes-based health rewards. At its simplest level, this means rewarding individuals for meeting or improving specific biometric health values, such as: Blood pressure (BP) Body mass index (BMI) Glucose Cholesterol Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Being tobacco-free This is a change from participation-based health rewards, which offer incentives for completing a health risk assessment (HRA) or participating in health management programs, without requiring any change in health status. The shift is aimed at rewarding those who are achieving healthy values….

Space Planning for Wellness in the Workplace

WebMD Health Services continues to grow, but our physical space wasn’t able to accommodate our growth in hiring. With the commitment of our management team to company wellness, we embarked on a project to optimize our current workspace while planning for additional growth. As a part of the bigger plan, our employees relocated to another location while our permanent space was updated and improved. Over the past several months, I’ve represented the product management team on an internal committee that has been shepherding that physical transformation. I’ve worked with multiple affinity groups in the office to ensure their voices are…

The Importance of “Triggers” in Corporate Wellness Programs

One of the most exciting developments in the health and wellness management field is the incorporation of behavior-change science. As the term implies, behavior-change science is the application of theories about what motivates (or demotivates) people to modify their behaviors. In healthcare, this science is increasingly being applied to motivate people to adopt new, good-for-you habits. Examples include getting people to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking, etc. Can you motivate employee wellness without health incentives? The catch is to do all of this without relying on financial health incentives as a motivational factor. After all, employers and health plans…

Never Miss a Blog Post

Get WebMD Health Services Blog Email Updates in your Inbox

Game On: Health Management Program Improvement Through Game Theory

Gamification is a hot term right now, and we’ve spent a lot of time studying how game design can influence behavior and what that can mean for health management programs. For us, game design is part of an overall strategic approach that looks at all the ways we can drive health engagement. What we’re looking for are not just ways to add badges and points – we’re looking for effective new ways to motivate behavior change. On February 28, 2012 we presented a webinar that explored how game theory – sometimes called “gamification” – can help improve health management program design….

Innovative Condition Management Ideas Create Buzz at Population Health Colloquium

In February, WebMD Health Services joined more than 300 attendees at the Twelfth Population Health & Care Coordination Colloquium in Philadelphia to discuss wellness, prevention, and healthcare coordination. Among attendees, there was widespread excitement about the use of innovative and disruptive technologies to bring about improvements in population health. It was a great forum for us to present our new approach to disease and condition management. Disease and condition management is crucial to help improve health and reduce healthcare costs. Individuals coping with acute and chronic health conditions – such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and others – can…

2012’s Top 5 Health Management Program Trends

For 2012, we’re keeping tabs on the latest news in behavior science, social networking, and game theory – and how new research can help people better manage their health. That research is being implemented through a mix of advanced technologies as well as face-to-face interactions, in North America and around the world. See how the news plays out in our top 5 health management program trends for 2012. Which of these are in your plans? 1. Organizations move to the next stage in health engagement In the 15th Annual National Business Group on Health/Towers Watson Survey Report – 2010, 58%…