Sentara Health care
“With MEDai analytics,” Dr. Bray said, “if we can agree who the physician is, we can analyze the population related to
physician provision of services.” These statistics make the case for wellness programs, as most of these conditions are preventable through positive health habits. Today nearly 80 percent of Sentara’s benefit-eligible employees have opted into the program, and employee health indicators have improved appreciably.
As a result, the company has saved $3.4 million, representing a 6-to-1 return on investment – almost double the ROI of most wellness programs, which, according to a Harvard report, have reduced medical costs by an average of $3.27 for every dollar spent on them.
This improvement in both individual health and the organizational bottom line explain Dr. Bray’s summation of creating such programs: “It takes time. It is not easy. But it is worth it!”