What Is Biometric Screening And How It Helps Employers And Employees

If you’re a company that’s looking for solutions to improve your benefit offering, decrease health plan costs, build workplace culture and improve employee health, biometric screenings are a great way to get started. 

Nearly 3 out of 4 employers that offer workplace wellness programs include biometric screenings as a part of their program. Why are so many companies including biometric screenings? While there’s a number of great benefits, here’s a few of the key points.

What Is Biometric Screening?

According to the definition given by the CDC, a biometric health screening is stated to be “the measurement of physical characteristics such as height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and aerobic fitness tests that can be taken at the work site and used as part of a workplace health assessment to benchmark and evaluate changes in employee health status over time.”

Your typical biometric screening can be done by a nurse. 

The bloodwork, along with a brief questionnaire regarding behavior and family history help to provide an accurate assessment on the current health status and risk of the individuals being screened. 

Some of you may be concerned about giving out that information and rightfully so. However, your screening results and identifiable health data are protected by HIPAA and will never be shared with anyone without personal consent. 

Why Should My Company Invest In Biometric Screenings?

Biometric health screenings are a great starting point for any company that wants to reduce health plan costs. They give you a base analysis about the health status of your employees as a whole. If you don’t have data, it’s near impossible to build a health and wellness strategy. 

How It Helps Employees

The biggest reason biometric screening is important to employees is because it can help them identify preventable chronic conditions. 75 percent of health care costs are directly attributed to preventable chronic conditions. With biometric screening in place, you’re going to make an immediate impact on your employee’s well being and health.

There’s also certain risk factors that biometric screening can help you find before it causes bigger problems later, such as high/low blood pressure or high cholesterol. A regular assessment on one’s health can give them valuable insights on current and potential media complications. It’ll identify their risk for chronic preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. 

How It Helps Employers

Studies have shown that biometric health screenings can reduce health plan costs, it does this by identifying at-risk employees and risk factors that need to seek medical attention. The health assessments can provide employers with insights that help mold the direction of their internal health and wellness initiatives.

Most of the employee results are de-identified to the employer, a 3rd party provider covered by HIPAA can access that data and engage each individual employee as needed. 

How Do Employees Get To Participate?

While biometric screenings are an incredible tool for your employees, it only works if they participate. One of the mistakes you want to avoid is trying to force employees to participate. Noone wants to feel forced into something, many of your employees may have never heard of biometric health screenings in the first place. On top of that, you do have federal regulations, but there’s a solution to get a high participation rate. It’s called incentives.

You also want to make screenings easy for your employees to get screened. We recommend having multiple ways for your employees to participate.

What If Employees Don’t Want To Participate?

If you do have employees that don’t want to participate, you can try encouraging participation with employee incentives.

For example, employers may want to consider offering a discount on health insurance premiums, money that would go to a health savings account, or a healthy reward like a voucher to a local organic market or organic farm.

What you don’t want to do is force participation for biometric screenings, that can lead to resentment and it could violate federal regulations. Instead, we recommend leadership taking a stand to set strong examples with the goal of creating a strong culture of health and wellbeing

Leadership plays a key role in managing successful biometric screening events, whether that’s on-site biometric screening or a virtual biometric screening event.

Employee Incentives

By using incentives, you can encourage your employees to get multiple health screenings, which will give them a better assessment of their overall health. There’s a wide range of incentives you can use;

  • Prizes
  • Cash
  • Movie Tickets
  • Gift Cards
  • Games
  • Paid Time Off
  • Half Day Off Without Pay
  • Health Plan Discounts
  • Lower Deductibles 

You don’t want to get carried away on the incentives as employee wellness programs should be designed for you to achieve ROI. 

Our Approach To Biometric Screening

Over 50 percent of employees do not get an annual health screening. This is why the workplace is an ideal location to get it done. Out of the few employees that do get their screening, only a handful of them will engage and take action once they know what they need to do. Why so few?

You can’t expect change overnight, it’s going to take time to motivate your employees to implement change. It does take time, effort and money. Secondly, your employees have their own providers, so having a disease management program in place would be tough.

The good news, you don’t have to go at it alone. Here at Kadalyst, we can help you start biometric health screenings. Here’s a few highlights of what we do, how we can help and the results you can expect.

  • We use the finger-poke method as it’s reliable and much better for employees versus getting a big needle in the arm.
  • Our blood samples are shipped to CLIA certified labs so you know the results are going to be accurate as possible.
  • We overnight every sample to the lab, so your employees get the results back in days, not weeks or months.
  • Your employees want options as it pertains to their health, so we give offer multiple biometric screening options.

If you want to learn more about how our biometric screenings work or have a question, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can use our contact page here or you can call us directly at (503) 512-5175.

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