As Seen on Forbes: Obamacare, Trumpcare... Who Cares?

By Jeff Margolis

After years of debate on health care reform, Obamacare is still in limbo. That doesn’t mean that the two parties can’t still come together to improve health care, though.

Big Data Sniffs Out Consumers at Risk for Getting the Flu

By Welltok Marketing

As one of the worst flu seasons encroaches on America and flu-related costs exceed $10 billion annually, encouraging consumers to get the flu vaccine is a top priority for population health managers.

GuideWell Insights Lounge: Interview with Jeff Margolis

By Welltok Marketing

Live from the GuideWell Insights Lounge at the recent Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit, Jeff Margolis shares deep thoughts on combining high tech and high touch in healthcare. 

Thanksgiving or Flu-Giving? How to Get People to Get their Flu Shot

By David Veroff

While the holiday season is a great time for giving and sharing, it’s also a time for giving and sharing the flu. So, how can we prevent that from happening?

These Consumers Have the Highest Risk of Being Hospitalized from Flu Complications

By Carrie Evangelinos

The best way to avoid the flu may be obvious - get a flu shot. Yet, only 41% of adults got the recommended flu vaccine in 2016.                        

Average healthcare costs associated with the flu top $10 billion each year, meaning that employers and payers are motivated to encourage consumers to get vaccinated. 

Welltok Acquires Tea Leaves Health

By Welltok Marketing

Welltok recently announced the strategic acquisition of Tea Leaves Health from Ziff Davis, LLC a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc. Georgia-based Tea Leaves Health is a leading provider of a SaaS-based analytics and marketing technology platform used by hospital systems to target consumers and physicians with coordinated engagement campaigns. 

New Multi-Generational Survey Reveals What’s on the Minds of Health Consumers

By Erica Morgenstern

A new multi-generational survey reveals that while Americans have similar wellbeing priorities, the causes and impact vary by age, income, household composition and location. Consumer health innovators Welltok, meQuilibrium and Zipongo joined forces to conduct a national survey of 2,000 full-time employees to gain new insights on how wellbeing, stress triggers and eating habits differ across multiple demographics.

An Inside Out Approach To Employee Wellbeing: A Guide to Resilience Training Programs

By Michelle Snyder

You don’t have to be a child to appreciate—and even learn from—a children’s movie. From excitement to sadness to joy, one movie that has stirred up conversation, action and an array of our own emotions is Pixar’s Inside Out - the compelling story of a young girl named Riley who is learning to understand and manage her feelings as she navigates changes in her life.

What's the Biggest Pain Point for Consumers Regarding their Health?

By Michelle Snyder

A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center to talk about the needs and demands of healthcare consumers. During the conversation, I shared some insight about how consumers and population health managers struggle with benefit navigation and education. I also discussed the need for us as an industry to shift more focus toward healthcare costs by recognizing and addressing consumers beyond the sickcare system.

How Artificial Intelligence Could Make Healthcare More Affordable

By Jeff Cohen

Earlier this summer, I was interviewed by Conor Cawley from Tech.co about the financial impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the healthcare industry. 

During our conversation, we got real about the role AI can play in understanding data, lowering costs and powering chatbots. AI is now in a position to help transform one of the most complex industries – the one that we all work in.

As Water Rises, So Should Resilience: Become More Resilient With These Techniques

By Sasha Khan

This week in Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city is going through what is considered to be the most devastating natural disaster to hit this country.

As streets remain flooded, concealing homes in its murky waters, inundating schools and destroying businesses, lives are being uprooted and many are panic-stricken. 

As Seen in BHR: 3 Analytics Strategies to Amplify Health Plan Member Engagement

By Kathleen Ellmore

I recently sat down with Morgan Haefner from Becker's Hospital Review to talk about what consumer-oriented organizations are doing that health plans should adopt to drive engagement. Spoiler alert: it's all about personalization!

Creating Art with Watson, and Better Health?

By Bernie Zipprich

Some weeks ago, I visited IBM's "Art with Watson" exhibition at Cadillac House in New York City, which underscored the fascinating possibilities that are fast-becoming reality as cognitive computing and artificial intelligence progress.

A Little 4th of July Inspiration

By Alexis Walker

With Fourth of July right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the pride I have in being an American, as well as an agent for change in healthcare.

As Seen In Health Data Management: Consumer Data Can Provide Insights for Well-being Efforts

By April Gill

I recently sat down with Joseph Goedert from Health Data Management to discuss the critical role consumer data plays in engaging health plan members in their well-being.

Advanced Analytics: The Secret to High-Performing Employee Health Programs

By Phil Fiero

While employee health and well-being programs have been around for decades, only recently has the industry been in a position to move beyond the one-size-fits-all approach.

What You Missed at AHIP…

By Michelle Snyder

It’s June…which means farmer’s markets, summer camps and the biggest health plan conference of the year: AHIP Institute. In Austin, TX this year, AHIP was a little HIP’er than usual because no matter how nerdy you are, you can’t help feeling cool in that city.

The New CaféWell Mobile Experience is Here

By Paul Ingram

We are excited to introduce the new CaféWell mobile app based on extensive user research, expert consumer design experience and internal testing by Welltok employees (yep, we walk the walk, too!). 

As Seen on HR.com: How Healthcare Can Win Big In The World Of Big Data

By Phil Fiero

From streaming media to grocery stores – all markets seem to be exploring the use of consumer data in an effort to create more personalized and targeted experiences with the goal of increasing engagement and loyalty.

7 Best Practices of Data-Driven Personalization

By Kathleen Ellmore

The notion of “health” is a very personal thing. Each of us view health a little differently – we’re all in different places in our healthcare journeys and what motivates us to be healthier, and what may hinder our progress, can be radically different from person to person.

Whole Health: 3 Keys to Health Care Transformation

By John Kao

Health care is a team sport. Encouraging teamwork for patient outcomes is core to our work at Alignment Healthcare, and I was thrilled to see that spirit mirrored in the robust energy of health care entrepreneurship on display at this year’s Health Evolution Summit.

Top Takeaways from NBGH and Fidelity About Wellbeing Programs

By Lisa Suter

For eight years the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments have reliably conducted THE industry-defining survey on employer wellbeing trends and investments.

Ovum has Welltok "On The Radar"

By Michelle Snyder

International analyst firm Ovum selected Welltok for its prestigious “On the Radar” series based on the company’s innovative, comprehensive consumer health enterprise platform and technology-enabled services.

Taking the 5D Approach to Health

By Carrie Williams

Traditionally, employee health and well-being programs encourage employees to be physically active and eat healthier. But true health and well-being goes far beyond the scope of exercise and healthy eating.

As Seen in Vator News: Analytics is the Key to Unlocking Optimized Health

By Michelle Snyder

Over three trillion dollars is spent on (what we call) healthcare in the U.S. every year.  

However, the reality is that the vast majority of that money is being spent on “sickcare” – trying to make people better after they have become ill.

The Multi-Million-Dollar Value Behind Member Engagement Programs

By David Veroff

A question I often hear from health plan executives is “does member engagement deliver financial value and results?” After extensive research, I discovered that the answer is a solid “yes.”

Don’t Take Risks with Risk Adjustment Programs: Key Capabilities to Improve Performance

By April Gill

Many in the healthcare industry are acutely aware that Medicare Advantage organizations continue to face challenges in the changing risk adjustment environment.

The Biggest Mistake at HIMSS?

By Bernie Zipprich

For all the talk at HIMSS last month about “patients” and “members,” one group was conspicuously missing: “consumers.” And yet, no need is greater.

And the Award for Best Consumer Engagement Program Goes to...

By Kathleen Ellmore

Last week, we had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our clients who had award-winning engagement strategies and programs in 2016 during our Best of Engagement webinar.

Are Consumers Playing Hard to Get?

By Welltok Marketing

The distribution of heart-shaped cards and chocolates, the delivery of flowers, and the 2-hour restaurant wait times on a Tuesday – today must be Valentine’s Day. 

Watching the Big Game This Weekend? Think About This.

By Phil Fiero

The one way you can predict if the Patriots or the Falcons will win the Super Bowl is with advanced analytics.

Make It Personal: Three Ways to Connect with Healthcare Consumers

By Stan Nowak

I recently attended my graduate school reunion with a number of old friends, and it was a great opportunity to catch up on the usual topics – careers, family, and the latest new hobby or travels.

2017 Health Predictions: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Jeff Margolis

Historically, healthcare has been focused on funding and improving the entrenched “sickcare” system and providing access for the costliest, most needy populations.