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

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.

By Jeff Margolis

Big Data Sniffs Out Consumers at Risk for Getting the Flu

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.

By Welltok Marketing

GuideWell Insights Lounge: Interview with Jeff Margolis

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. 

By Welltok Marketing

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

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?

By David Veroff

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

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. 

By Carrie Evangelinos

Welltok Acquires Tea Leaves Health

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. 

By Welltok Marketing

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

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.

By Erica Morgenstern

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

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.

By Michelle Snyder

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

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.

By Michelle Snyder

How Artificial Intelligence Could Make Healthcare More Affordable

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.

By Jeff Cohen

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

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. 

By Sasha Khan

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

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!

By Kathleen Ellmore

Creating Art with Watson, and Better Health?

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.

By Bernie Zipprich

A Little 4th of July Inspiration

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.

By Alexis Walker

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

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.

By April Gill

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

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.

By Phil Fiero

What You Missed at AHIP…

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.

By Michelle Snyder

The New CaféWell Mobile Experience is Here

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!). 

By Paul Ingram

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

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.

By Phil Fiero

7 Best Practices of Data-Driven Personalization

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.

By Kathleen Ellmore

Whole Health: 3 Keys to Health Care Transformation

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.

By John Kao

Top Takeaways from NBGH and Fidelity About Wellbeing Programs

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.

By Lisa Suter

Ovum has Welltok "On The Radar"

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.

By Michelle Snyder

Taking the 5D Approach to Health

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.

By Carrie Williams

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

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.

By Michelle Snyder

The Multi-Million-Dollar Value Behind Member Engagement Programs

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.”

By David Veroff

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

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

By April Gill

The Biggest Mistake at HIMSS?

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

By Bernie Zipprich

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

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.

By Kathleen Ellmore

Are Consumers Playing Hard to Get?

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. 

By Welltok Marketing

Watching the Big Game This Weekend? Think About This.

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

By Phil Fiero

Make It Personal: Three Ways to Connect with Healthcare Consumers

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.

By Stan Nowak

2017 Health Predictions: Where Do We Go From Here?

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

By Jeff Margolis