|By Marketwired .||
|March 7, 2014 10:25 AM EST||
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 03/07/14 -- The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of nearly 400 large U. S. employers, today honored six employers -- Aetna, Baptist Health South Florida Vanderbilt University, Paychex, Wegmans and Xerox -- for their ongoing commitment to reducing health care disparities in the workplace and for supporting a diverse workforce. The companies were recognized with "Awards for Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities." The awards were presented at the National Business Group on Health's 2014 Business Health Agenda conference.
In presenting the awards, Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: "We are delighted to recognize these organizations for their tireless efforts and innovative approaches to reducing health care disparities. Increasingly, companies understand how important it is that their health benefit programs meet the needs of a culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse workforce. The employers that we are honoring today recognize that by addressing health care disparities, they are also improving the quality and effectiveness of the health care services their employees receive."
The key components of the award-winning programs are:
Aetna's Provider Focused Diabetes Initiative was developed to help African-American and Hispanic Aetna members in Texas with diabetes and Hemoglobin A1c levels greater than 8 percent. Aetna partnered with the Medical Clinic of North Texas, a large multi-specialty provider group in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The goal of this two-year pilot program was to reduce Hemoglobin A1c values to below 8 percent, an indication of improved diabetic control. More than 150 members were identified for the program. Each participant met with a bilingual nurse certified diabetic educator in both individual and group educational sessions. They also received culturally and linguistically appropriate health education materials in English and Spanish. As a result of the program, the participants experienced statistically significant improvements (approximately 1.6 points) in their A1c levels and continue to receive diabetic management assistance from the Medical Clinic of North Texas' patient centered medical home model.
Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida's My Unlimited Potential (MyUp) program targets employees with cardio-metabolic risk factors including hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. The voluntary, one-year program seeks to reduce incidence of chronic disease within an ethnically and racially diverse employee population. During the first 12 weeks (Phase1) employees participate in teaching sessions that include meetings with an exercise physiologist, nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. Stress reduction and relaxation sessions are also held. Home visits are optional. Phase 2 is 40 weeks, and involves monthly wellness coaching sessions and meetings with the MyUp team, Weight Watchers and other wellness initiatives. Data is collected pre-program, at 12 weeks, 6 and 12 months.
The program has resulted in significant improvement in risk factors, including mean weight loss, reductions in A1c levels, serum lipid risk factors, weight, waist, body fat percent, blood pressure, and improvements in physical fitness levels.
Vanderbilt's commitment to reducing health care disparities focuses on three programs integrated under the umbrella of Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness. Its Occupational Health Clinic was created to reduce the number of sick days used and the number of visits to emergency rooms. The Health Plus program is a comprehensive health promotion program that identifies health risks and provides tools and practical ways to reduce those risks. The Work/Life Connection Employee Assistance Programs offers de-briefing groups to help employees deal with stress incidents and also provides financial support for employees who experience a temporary hardship due to a significant life event. As a result of these programs, the university has experienced a nearly 10% increase in flu shots for African-American and Asian populations, a 26% decrease in sedentariness in the African-American population and a 5% reduction in smoking for those employees.
Paychex, Wegmans, Xerox (Rochester High Blood Pressure Collaborative)
Working in collaboration with other local employers, the Finger Lakes Health System Agency and several Rochester area community groups, Paychex, Wegmans and Xerox created the Rochester Community High Blood Pressure Collaborative. Its goal is to improve the experience of health care, reduce the consequences of high blood pressure and to reduce health care costs on an employee/community wide basis. The program includes conducting blood pressure screening and educational events at various community locations such as barber shops, beauty salons, churches and community centers, as well as offering one-on-one counseling, hosting health fairs at community churches and setting up information kiosks at various locations in the community. The communication materials are reviewed by the African American and Latino Health Care Coalitions and are produced in both English and Spanish. Data are collected twice a year. As a result of this initiative, there have been improvements in blood pressure control for African American and Hispanic populations.
"Health disparities affect all employers, and failure to address them will seriously hurt the health, productivity and quality of life of their employees and dependents. It is critically important for employers to help keep their employees and dependents as healthy, engaged and productive as possible. We strongly encourage other employers to follow the lead of these organizations in addressing the issue of health care disparities," Darling concluded.
About the National Business Group on Health(SM)
The National Business Group on Health (the Business Group) is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing strategic and practical solutions to its members' most important health care and health benefits challenges.
Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers -- representing the nation's most innovative health care purchasers -- that provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. Business Group members share strategies for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, increasing productivity and supporting healthy lifestyles.
In the next five to ten years, millions, if not billions of things will become smarter. This smartness goes beyond connected things in our homes like the fridge, thermostat and fancy lighting, and into heavily regulated industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical/medical devices and energy. “Smartness” will embed itself within individual products that are part of our daily lives. We will engage with smart products - learning from them, informing them, and communicating with them. Smart produc...
Oct. 24, 2016 05:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,491
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
Oct. 24, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,895
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Oct. 24, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,623
SYS-CON Events announced today that Coalfire will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Coalfire is the trusted leader in cybersecurity risk management and compliance services. Coalfire integrates advisory and technical assessments and recommendations to the corporate directors, executives, boards, and IT organizations for global brands and organizations in the technology, cloud, health...
Oct. 24, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,564
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, will contrast how his team used config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of microservices and apps to the cloud. He will show the immutable patterns helps developers do away with most of the complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He will also have live demos of building immutable pipe...
Oct. 24, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,577
SYS-CON Events announced today that Transparent Cloud Computing (T-Cloud) Consortium will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data proces...
Oct. 24, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,362
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
Oct. 24, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,751
The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.
Oct. 24, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,596
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Oct. 24, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,718
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
Oct. 24, 2016 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,401
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Oct. 24, 2016 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,552
So you think you are a DevOps warrior, huh? Put your money (not really, it’s free) where your metrics are and prove it by taking The Ultimate DevOps Geek Quiz Challenge, sponsored by DevOps Summit. Battle through the set of tough questions created by industry thought leaders to earn your bragging rights and win some cool prizes.
Oct. 24, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 4,007
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
Oct. 24, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 3,939
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some ...
Oct. 24, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 34,152
Governments around the world are adopting Safe Harbor privacy provisions to protect customer data from leaving sovereign territories. Increasingly, global companies are required to create new instances of their server clusters in multiple countries to keep abreast of these new Safe Harbor laws. Is it worth it? In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director of Anexia, Inc., will discuss how to keep your data legal and still stay in business.
Oct. 24, 2016 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,451