Alex Martin, lead data strategist at Interactive Health has one goal in mind when he goes to work each day: extend the reach, understanding and impact of to maximize health improvement and cost containment. Read how Alex and the data science team work to apply statistical analysis to enhance wellness program design, strategic vision and the member experience.

Alex shares how he helps our clients

Our data science team plays a critical role in the organization to transform the raw member and client data into analysis and insights that will help advance the results-oriented wellness program services offered to our members and clients. We can slice and dice data to do hypothesis testing to potentially discover new insights about our program effectiveness or trends in the member population. Additionally, we interpret client results against our pre-existing analysis to deliver strategic, defensible recommendations based on internal/external datasets, clinical best-practices, sound statistical methods, and client/market considerations. Here are some examples:

  • An analysis of 2017 member data revealed that those clients who test all employees for Hemoglobin A1c identified up to 3 times more individuals at risk for pre-diabetes versus other testing. As a result, inclusion of Hemoglobin A1c testing for all employees is often a strategic recommendation for our clients.
  • Enhanced emotional health interventions were developed for our clients after our member data confirmed that, as someone’s physical health risk increases, so does their emotional health risk.
  • We reviewed the impact client wellness programs have had on claims costs for some of our larger clients by working with an independent analytics firm. Key insights were used to build strategic program recommendations specific to our clients’ wellness goals. See case study here
  • Our cost avoidance model was developed to provide a simple, transparent and conservative estimate of the hard dollars an organization has avoided because members improved their health over the last program year. Click here to see how one hospital client saved $4.76 for every $1 spent on wellness programming in 2017.

Most recently, the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) asked Interactive Health to explore the value volunteerism has on overall health. Our aim was to evaluate cross-sectional data associations of volunteer activities reported within the context of an employer wellness program on physical and mental health.

The insights gathered from a limited, yet significant data set, indicate that volunteers were healthier than those who did not volunteer and had lower rates of emotional health risks. Participants who volunteered also improved their health at a greater rate and regressed at a slower rate than participants who didn’t not volunteer. These insights allow us to provide clients with an unconventional, yet rewarding, way for employees to improve their health by giving back to the community.

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