Health care consumers expect to be engaged in their health not only in the doctor’s office but in their everyday life. 

Last week, AARP VP of Futurecasting, Cris Gardner, WELCOA CEO, Ryan Picarella, and Validic SVP of Product, Brian Carter, came together during a webinar to discuss new indicators for mental and social health, tools to measure physical health and how to track and incentivize personal motivations.

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To succeed in the shift to lifestyle management, it’s helpful to understand the strategies, data, and technology available to help you best engage your population. During the webinar, our panelists also discussed how approaches to wellness are innovating with the evolution of data and technology. 

“One of the biggest opportunities for technology is to scale personalization at a level that wasn’t possible five years ago. If we can take in all the information and things that we know are available to an individual, we can start to create a personalized program that is geared towards their goals and barriers,” says Carter.

In the United States, chronic disease, sedentary lifestyles, and stress amount cost the U.S. economy more than $2.2 trillion each year and wellness programs are looking beyond step and weight loss challenges to combat unwellness. 

“Programs are starting to take a much closer look at social determinants of health that are not necessarily square in the sights of healthiness but have a disproportionate impact on a person’s ability to stay healthy. Things like housing, transportation, the availability of food, and isolation,” says Gardner. “Isolation is another important social determinant that we are increasingly seeing wellness programs pay very close attention to. Being socially isolated has about the same detrimental effects on your physical health as smoking about a pack of cigarettes a day.”

To learn more, watch the video-on-demand here. 

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