Data security is important when using wearables, experts say | Rand study shows average ROI of $1.50 for wellness plan | More exercise needed to cut heart failure risk, study says
October 6, 2015
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Data security is important when using wearables, experts say
Employees want to know their personal data collected by wearable fitness devices will be secure and won't be used against them in their career or through higher health care costs, industry experts told the Captivate 2015 conference. Benz Communications CEO Jennifer Benz said companies should only measure a couple of key metrics that are important to their business environment, and Liz Boehm of Vocera said goals for increased physical activity may not be appropriate for all workers, especially those who already are on their feet all day. (10/5)
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Rand study shows average ROI of $1.50 for wellness plan
A Rand Corp. study of a large employer's wellness program found 87% of savings came from chronic disease management, even though it affected just 13% of the workforce. The study found an average return-on-investment of $1.50 for every dollar spent, and the wellness program reduced absenteeism by an average of one hour per employee per year. (10/5)
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The Missing Link in Provider Payments
Sky-high workers' compensation payments and increasingly complex claims are calling for a streamlined solution to provider payment processes. The once tried-and-true methods, like check writing and EFT, are fraught with challenges such as fraud, high administrative costs, and payment duplication. Learn how you can secure and modernize the payment process while reducing costs in this free whitepaper. Click here to download.
More exercise needed to cut heart failure risk, study says
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People may need to do moderate exercise for two to four times the recommended 150-minute per week minimum to significantly lower their risk of heart failure, according to researchers who analyzed 12 studies that tracked 370,000 people for an average of 15 years. The study in the journal Circulation linked exercising two times the recommended minimum level to a 20% lower risk of heart failure and four times the minimum to a 35% reduced risk. HealthDay News (10/5)
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Health News & Research
US children down fewer sugary sodas, studies show
Soda-tax proposals fell flat in Philadelphia, New York state and San Francisco, but the highly publicized anti-obesity pushes may have helped fuel a decline in soda consumption. Consumption of sugary soft drinks is down nationwide, and Philadelphia teens cut their daily intake 24% between 2007 and 2013, according to federal data. The decline corresponds with a drop in childhood obesity, according to the city's Health Department. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/4)
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Study: Flu shots may reduce hospital admissions for pneumonia
An estimated 57% of hospital admissions for influenza pneumonia may be prevented if patients get vaccinated against the flu, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Marc Siegel at NYU Langone Medical Center said that pneumonia is a leading cause of hospitalization and death and that the flu enables pneumonia and other diseases and illnesses. HealthDay News (10/5)
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Study: Gluten consumption increases symptoms in non-celiac patients
Consumption of small amounts of gluten was linked to increased intestinal and extraintestinal symptoms in patients who did not have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, compared with taking a placebo, according to a study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The research included adults who believed their symptoms were linked to ingesting gluten. News (10/2)
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Technology improves life expectancy of diabetes patients
A study in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed significant improvements in the life expectancy of people with type 1 diabetes because of technological advances such as more accurate blood glucose meters, continuous glucose meters, insulin pumps and smartphone apps. However, type 1 diabetes patients still have a shorter life expectancy than those without the disease, the Australian researchers said. (U.K.) (10/5)
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Schools & Community
Educators launch Harvest Bounty program for families
A group of educators in a Pennsylvania school district has established the Harvest Bounty program to help feed hungry students. The first distribution to families this school year included breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/5)
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Fla. university offers free bike-share program
The Share-a-Bull bike-share program at the University of South Florida in Tampa allows students to use bikes for free for up to two hours a day, with the aim of reducing the number of students and faculty who use their cars to get around the school's 1,700-acre campus. "Not only are we increasing the amount of exercise students are getting, we are reducing carbon emissions at the same time," said Assistant Director of USF Outdoor Recreation Francis Morgan. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (10/4)
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Wellness Industry Developments
Faster, smarter hiring starts here
AHIP's Career Center job site is focused exclusively on health care talent, saving you time searching through job sites trying to be everything to everyone. While you're at it, extend your reach by posting your job and searching resumes on the National Healthcare Career Network, a collection of hundreds of top health care associations and professional organizations. Visit AHIP's Career Center.
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Where are we going with Medicare Advantage?
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum, along with Mark Miller, Exec Director, MedPAC; and Patricia Neuman, SVP, Program on Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation, will lead a panel discussion on the future of the Medicare Advantage program during the National Conference on Medicare, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C. Learn more and register today.
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