WASHINGTON, DC (APRIL 7, 2014) – Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. President, CEO and cofounder Tonya Mallory was the keynote speaker at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event today highlighting the convergence of workplace and community wellness initiatives. At the forum, “Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Navigating the New Terrain,” participants discussed the importance of understanding how the next generation of wellness programs will be affected by the recent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, technological advancements, cultural sensitivity, and changing demographics.
During her keynote, Mallory emphasized the need for innovative workplace wellness programs, noting that healthcare is moving away from sick care and toward a focus on prevention. As employers pay the majority of healthcare costs, many have entered into workplace wellness programs in order to improve health, increase productivity, enhance performance, and reduce medical costs.
“To produce measurable outcomes, wellness programs must be preventive, participatory and proactive,” Mallory told the crowd at the Chamber during her presentation, Innovative Strategies for Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs. “Chronic diseases can be prevented and reversed, and the costs associated with them can be avoided with innovative wellness strategies.”
Features of an innovative corporate wellness strategy, Mallory explained, include elements such as creating outcomes-based incentives, building a culture of health and personal support, and comprehensive lab testing to assess non-traditional biomarkers with engagement and behavior change strategies such as personalized health consulting.
HDL, Inc.’s comprehensive lab testing identifies more than 25 biomarkers that uncover hidden risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and related diseases that traditional testing may miss. In fact, half of all individuals who have optimal LDL (“bad”) cholesterol may still suffer from a heart attack or adverse heart condition at some point in their lives. HDL, Inc. testing helps to complete this heart disease puzzle. Consumer-friendly test results are stoplight color-coded with red, yellow and green, and those who receive testing also gain access to a Clinical Health Consultant and engagement tools to create lifestyle recommendations and track exercise and nutrition in order to “move from red to green.”
“Workplace wellness programs are an important arrow in the quiver of steps employers can use to help control escalating health care costs while simultaneously improving the health of their employees,” says Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Early diagnostic testing is an important part of these programs. While the phrase is often overused, these programs are truly a ‘win-win’ for both employers and employees. These programs need to be encouraged and expanded.”
About Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Founded in 2008, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL, Inc.) is a leader in health management offering a comprehensive test menu of biomarkers of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and related diseases. HDL, Inc.’s systematic approach identifies factors contributing to disease and provides a basis for effective treatment, allowing physicians to more effectively manage their patients and individuals to take steps to improve their health. Individuals receive a personalized overview of their risk factors along with intensive counseling from expert Clinical Health Consultants at generally no additional cost, improving compliance and enhancing satisfaction. Through the My Health Counts program, HDL, Inc. offers comprehensive testing and wellness services to employers and is a proven partner for value-based, integrated care models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) within health systems. HDL, Inc. is a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory. My HDL Hub locations offer physicians, patients and individuals a site for receiving blood draws and health consultations in a relaxed, contemporary setting. For more information, visit myHDL.com, and make HDL, Inc. part of your digital lifestyle at Facebook.com/myhdl and on Twitter @hdltweets.
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