Technology-Enabled Service Engages Employees Through Peer Supported Social Health Communities
Solana Beach, CA — February 27, 2013 — Viverae Health® Solutions, Inc., the leading behavior change platform company improving health outcomes for patients, providers, payers and employers, today announced that Safeway Inc., a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, has selected Viverae Health to help support healthy living for its 171,000 employees.
“Safeway is committed to developing programs that enable our employees to make informed and sustainable healthcare decisions,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Safeway. “We offer a number of innovative healthcare programs, and integrating a peer support program like Viverae Health allows us to leverage the power of the community to support individuals on their health journey.”
Safeway’s benefit-eligible employees and their dependents can access Viverae Health’s private, technology-enabled service which provides 24/7 support for a wide range of chronic behavioral and medical conditions, including addiction, depression, stress reduction, asthma, obesity and caregiver/family support.
Viverae Health’s HIPAA-compliant Social Solutioning® platform includes access to peer health coaches, community managers, expert discussions, and live online meetings and group chats where members can learn and interact with guest experts to drive positive behavior change.
In addition to peer support from a variety of health communities, employees can manage their health utilizing personal analytics and feedback loops, including emotional check-ins and alerts for real-time interventions.
The importance of implementing programs that help improve the psychosocial aspects of employee health is underscored by a new study co-authored by Ron Goetzel, a research professor and the director of Emory University’s Institute for Health and Productivity Studies and vice president of consulting and applied research for Truven Health Analytics, demonstrating that 22.4 percent of the $366 million spent annually by seven employers can be attributed to just 10 health risk factors. For example, the study found that annual medical spending for an employee with depression is 48 percent higher than for a worker without depression.
Bruce Springer, CEO of Viverae Health, commented, “Peer-to-peer interaction helps influence personal behavior to motivate and support employees as well as help better manage high cost, chronic illnesses. We are excited to support Safeway’s health initiatives by providing engaging tools, content and peer encouragement to support positive change and increase employee self-confidence to manage their conditions. ”
About Viverae Health Solutions, Inc.
Viverae Health is the leading behavior change platform for the healthcare industry via a technology-enabled services model that lowers the costs of care management and provides greater outcomes for chronic patient populations. Our web and mobile-based Social Solutioning® program influences positive behavior to improve health and deliver measurable value through a patented combination of social-networking technology, evidence-based clinical principles and engaging game mechanics. For additional information visit www.onehealth.com.
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Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,641 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $44.2 billion in 2012. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.
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