Category: Personal Health

By Phil Hadden, vice president of business development, RedBrick Health Cost, access to providers and convenience are major drivers for employers and consumers when selecting a health plan. You might have these questions in mind: How do I attract the right members? How do I stand out from the crowd? How can I get the edge on my competition? Are my current well-being services meeting the needs of our brokers and employer groups?   If you are limiting your wellness efforts to just hosting wellness-related content on your site, you may want to re-think that strategy. Based on the Pew Internet Project’s research in 2014, 87% of U.S. adults use the internet and 72% of internet users say they they’ve […]

By Heidi McAllister, Coaching Services Manager, RedBrick Health We all know that investing in employee health is a way to manage healthcare costs, but many programs overlook important partners—spouses and other family members—who not only often have higher healthcare costs themselves and nearly always have a strong influence on the health behaviors of the participant. Our research shows that social support is not only a predictor of meaningful engagement, but also a catalyst for more meaningful engagement. We recommend including spouses and significant others as often as possible and focusing on the family unit for optimal behavior change. Whether support comes from a family member, a co-worker or a health coach, leveraging the social sphere is smart. We’ve embedded social […]

By Andrew Mellin, Vice President, Medical Director, RedBrick Health Work stress, compassion fatigue, emotional exhaustion, moral distress and burnout. Is this what your care teams are experiencing? Talking with my physician and nurse colleagues, I’m no longer surprised to hear them discuss the high levels of stress and ongoing challenges in their jobs and how they are looking for a change in their workplace to improve their overall well-being. Providing healthcare is extremely stressful. Studies have shown a number of causes of stress such as interpersonal relationships, the nature of nursing, the lack of autonomy, high patient volumes and simply the nature of providing care to patients and families.1, 2 It is clear that many individuals benefit from external support […]

By Andrew Mellin, M.D., vice president, medical director, RedBrick Health A Diabetic.  A Hypertensive.  A COPDer. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard a patient referred to by his or her disease. Nobody is “just a diabetic.” Nobody just has a disease or condition. Every individual is a complex interplay of clinical, behavioral, socioeconomic, genetic, spiritual, environmental and many other factors. So is it surprising to learn that when people seek help to support their overall health and well-being, they often do not want to talk about their condition?  RedBrick Health has found that when people with diseases like diabetes, COPD, or heart failure first connect with our live coaches 80% of the time they don’t want to talk […]

By Tony Fisher, senior vice president of consumer solutions, RedBrick Health Pharmaceutical companies spend years focusing their innovation on creating the right molecule to help treat a condition or disease. If they are first to market, they enjoy a period of exclusivity; but then generics take over, drive down the price and commoditize the market. Innovating beyond the pill is something big pharma has been trying to do for years to fight commoditization. They’ve turned to innovation as a way to differentiate their product—so much so that the phrase “beyond the pill” has become a moniker in the industry.1 There are a few good examples of innovation that moves beyond the pill: Gilead combining its HIV medications for a first-ever, […]

Reposted with permission from the Benefitfocus blog. Benefitfocus is a RedBrick Health strategic partner. To combat rising healthcare costs, many employers are working to engage their employees with strategic wellness initiatives. After all, when they’re successful, wellness programs can have tremendous results. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review of 185 workers from a single organization, 57 percent of high-risk individuals were converted to low-risk status by the end of the company’s six-month wellness program. The result?—slashed medical claim costs of $1,421 per participant, or $6 in healthcare savings for every dollar the company invested in the program. Successful wellness programs like these are inspiring more organizations to invest in employee health and wellness, not only to cut costs but […]

By Sara Ratner, senior vice president of compliance and corporate systems, RedBrick Health It’s no secret—improving the health of beneficiaries with chronic conditions is essential to lowering avoidable healthcare costs and improving quality of life. Treating chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of our nation’s healthcare costs1. In our work with employers, we’ve seen that employees who participate in wellness initiatives—condition-specific or not—can improve their health. Can wellness programming also move the needle for Medicare and Medicaid populations? And if so, how to best engage them? There are many levers to drive engagement and one is the use of rewards and incentives. At RedBrick, we believe the lessons we’ve learned can be actively adapted to support those with Medicare Advantage and […]

By Sanna Yoder, Senior Director, Content Strategy and Behavior Design, RedBrick Health Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier and do some push-ups. Put dinner on a smaller plate or bowl. Ask your server to double the veggies. Get some earplugs to block out your partner’s snoring. Each of these tiny calls to action represents one small step from RedBrick Journeys®, the digital coaching program at the heart of RedBrick’s behavior change system. None of them requires much time or money, and none on its own is the key to health and longevity. But each one of these steps has changed the life of someone I know. And I have some theories about why. It’s a social thing My friend Jon […]

Part 2 of a 2-part series By Sanna Yoder, Senior Director, Content Strategy and Behavior Design, RedBrick Health In part 1 of our series, we introduced mindfulness as a practical solution to address the stresses of everyday life and discussed a few mindfulness practices. In this post, we’ll introduce a few additional mindfulness techniques, including one from Amit Sood, chair of Mayo Clinic’s Mind-Body Medicine Initiative. Sood integrates elements from neurosciences, psychology, philosophy and spirituality to offer a scientific approach for stress management. His “Guide to Stress-Free Living1“ offers countless simple but profound exercises to reframe the stresses of daily life at work. He recommends a simple practice of joyful attention at least four to six times a day. Here’s […]

Part 1 of a 2-part series By Sanna Yoder, Senior Director, Content Strategy and Behavior Design, RedBrick Health No matter what the make-up of your population, there’s a cost-effective prescription for better health—one that may help lower blood pressure, reduce the effects of depression and anxiety and improve sleep. It may even help control cravings.1 It is called mindfulness, and it’s a practical solution to address the stresses of everyday life. Mindfulness costs nothing but a few moments of time. It can be practiced anywhere. And while it can help employees feel better in the moment, it may even have a long-term impact, improving job performance, reducing turnover intention2 and increasing the resiliency of your work group. But how do […]