While health risk assessments are one of the foundational measurement tools of an employer wellness program, the actual value of the data from an HRA as it relates to overall health improvement and return on investment is yet to be proven. There are a variety of measurement tools and data storage mechanisms that employers can use to measure the success of their wellness programs.
One of the best ways for an individual to raise their health awareness is to engage in biometric screenings. Biometric screenings don't have to include a complex panel of blood chemistries, but rather a set of discrete, easy-to-execute measures that address the four critical health indicators that drive 75% of today's costly chronic disease: blood pressure, cholesterol (full lipid panel), body mass index and tobacco use. Individuals who have knowledge of these biometric indicators are more likely to improve their health awareness and take action about their health than if they were to only receive a report that provides generalized health risk information from an HRA.
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