The buzz around the efficacy of employer wellness programs often misses the full picture by focusing strictly on medical expenses and ignoring the benefits associated with making companies more competitive. One of the competitive advantages wellness programs promote is greater creativity in the workforce. A Creativity Research Journal study revealed a link between moderate aerobic… Read more »
Monthly Archives: January 2015
New research from Cornerstone OnDemand and Kelton identifies work overload to be biggest hindrance to employee productivity and finds wearable technology and flexible schedules may be the best solutions. There are a number of key findings in the survey, including the emergence of what Cornerstone OnDemand labels as The Quantified Employee, which is the rise… Read more »
In an article from Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania, another strong case is made against a staple of corporate wellness programs – annual physicals or biometric screenings. Despite annual physical exams being worthless from a health perspective, 45 million Americans are planning on having one this year and many of… Read more »
According to a GlobalWebIndex survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, 80% of online adults own a smartphone while only 9% and 7% report having a smartwatch or smart wristband, respectively. The proportion of smartphone ownership has reached a new high, but it has not yet overtaken legacy ownership and usage of PCs,… Read more »
Nick Patel from Wellable sits down with BostInno for a little Q&A about Wellable and health and fitness.
This post is Part 2 of our high-level overview of the regulatory framework guiding wellness programs. If you haven’t done so already, check out Part 1 so you can get the full scoop on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). In a… Read more »
The second half of 2014 ended with a number complaints filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against wellness programs, including the EEOC’s first direct challenge under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against Orion Energy Systems and a challenge against Honeywell under both the ADA and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act… Read more »
In a MedTech Boston article, Wellable’s Chief Medical Officer, Shaan Gandhi, reflects on the healthcare happenings of 2014 and makes some predictions for 2015. Hint: Shaan thinks 2015 will be the year of the wearable!
In September, we blogged about some research that showed time spent in health and fitness apps has increased 51% over the past year. This research which was from Localytics and used information from 28,000 applications installed across 1.5 billion devices. New research from Flurry shows that usage health and fitness apps grew 89%, exceeding overall… Read more »
According to a recent survey of 24,000 consumers in 24 countries, about 8% own wearable fitness monitors and 6% own a wearable health monitor. The survey also revealed that 12% and 10% of consumers plan to buy a wearable fitness monitor or wearable health monitor in the next year, respectively. About 40% expect to buy… Read more »