- The two companies enhance and expand UnitedHealthcare Motion, a wellness program that provides financial incentives of up to $1,500 per year to employees for being more active
- New ‘bring-your-own-device’ (BYOD) model, enabled by Qualcomm Life, allows more activity trackers to be integrated to provide enrollees with access to leading wearable brands and greater choice
- Florida among the initial states with access to the program
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2017) – UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its wholly owned subsidiary Qualcomm Life, Inc., have introduced enhancements to UnitedHealthcare Motion™, a wellness program that provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.
UnitedHealthcare Motion is being showcased in Orlando at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition (Feb. 19 - 23) at the Qualcomm Life booth. The conference brings together more than 40,000 health information technology professionals, clinicians and industry executives from around the world at the Orange County Convention Center.
The two companies introduced UnitedHealthcare Motion last year as a pilot in Florida and 11 other states to select employers, using Qualcomm Life’s 2net™ Platform* for medical-grade connectivity that features multiple safeguards to help keep data secure. Following the successful test, the program was expanded to 40 states and will now include access to additional customized activity trackers through a ‘bring-your-own-device’ (BYOD) model.
The program is now available to self-funded employers with five or more eligible employees, and companies with fully insured health plans with 101 or more eligible employees. In Central Florida, one of the early adopters was Wayne Dencsh Inc., a Sanford-based beverage distribution company that achieved a 90-percent participation rate.
“As a relatively small company, it was important to find a wellness program that was largely turnkey and easy to implement, while still effective in driving engagement,” said Thomas Williams, director of finance at Wayne Densch. “By introducing UnitedHealthcare Motion, we’ve helped encourage our employees to become more active while reducing our health care costs – a true win-win for our company.”
All UnitedHealthcare Motion devices enable employees to earn up to $4 per day in financial incentives based on meeting the F.I.T. goals, which stands for frequency of walking goals (six times per day with 300 steps within five minutes at least one hour apart), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes) and tenacity (10,000 total steps each day). Some employers can obtain premium savings based on program participants’ combined F.I.T. results. People who consistently achieve the F.I.T. goals tend to improve their health and reduce their medical expenses.
Qualcomm Life will leverage its global connected health ecosystem and connectivity expertise to provide secure data transfer from the devices, to the Motion app and to UnitedHealthcare. Qualcomm Life will also enable the BYOD model to allow the integration of more activity trackers into the 2net Platform and UnitedHealthcare Motion, providing participants with more choice. Integrated activity trackers will be customized to enable users to see on their wrists how they are tracking against the program’s three daily F.I.T. goals.
“The growth of UnitedHealthcare Motion showcases the value of providing companies and their employees with personalized, connected health and wellness resources,” said Richard Migliori, M.D., chief medical officer of UnitedHealth Group. “Wearable technology can help encourage employees to walk each day and earn financial rewards at the same time, using secure technology that we believe is intuitive and convenient.”
Employers are expected to incorporate more than 13 million wearable and fitness tracking devices into their wellness programs by 2018, according to technology consultancy Endeavors Partners. A related study published in Science & Medicine showed people tend to overestimate how much exercise they get each week by more than 50 minutes, and they underestimate sedentary time by more than two hours, underscoring the importance of a wellness program like UnitedHealthcare Motion.
“By combining UnitedHealthcare’s leadership and pioneering pro-consumer benefit designs with Qualcomm Life’s unique ability to provide effortless connectivity across an expansive ecosystem of wearables, UnitedHealthcare Motion will continue to help engage people throughout the country with the goal of enhancing their well-being,” said James Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., vice president and chief medical officer of Qualcomm Life.
Qualcomm Life and UnitedHealthcare at HIMSS
Qualcomm Life and UnitedHealthcare will demonstrate new technologies designed to simplify the consumer health care experience by making helpful, practical information more accessible through personal technology devices such as computers, smartphones and wearables.
UnitedHealthcare Motion will be displayed at the Qualcomm booth number 461 at the Orange County Convention Center – West Concourse. Follow along on Twitter @QualcommLife or @myUHC.
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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.
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