I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
As one of the largest employers in the Metroplex, Texas Health knows that providing health benefits for employees is a significant cost of doing business. We have spent 10 years developing effective programs that help our own employees improve their health and lower healthcare costs. The National Business Group on Health recently recognized our efforts by naming Texas Health one of the nation’s Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles.
Now we’re taking what we’ve learned as an employer and combining that with innovative ideas from Healthways to help other employers improve the health and overall well-being of their employees. Effective employee health initiatives can include a wide range of programs from data-driven interventions to very simple activities.
We’re providing data collection and analysis tools that have the potential to enable employers to identify health risks that are prevalent in their employee population before they become serious issues. The employer can then work with physicians and other health professionals to develop education, prevention and early intervention programs.
On the simple end, research has shown that one easy, healthy activity each day can have a measureable impact on improving a person’s overall well-being. Texas Health will soon promote an online tool — the first available in the Dallas-Fort Worth market — that will help employers encourage their employees to engage in one easy, healthy activity each day. Listen for more information coming in February.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.