- By Brian Kilen
Announcing Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Online: Smart Technology Empowering Employee and Group Health and Wellness
A digital, individualized Mayo Clinic approach to better health through lifestyle and behavior change
Rochester, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today a new health engagement platform called Mayo Clinic Healthy Living online. Designed for employers and other groups to help members improve and stay healthy, the platform focuses on lifestyle areas where change can have the most beneficial effect on overall health. As a result, this new solution promises positive results, not only for the individual, but for the employer/client in terms of controlling health care costs and optimizing performance and productivity. The science underpinning the platform draws upon the expertise of Mayo Clinic and leverages the new Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program as a learning lab to research and measure outcomes to improve health and wellness.
Mayo Clinic Healthy Living online is at the forefront of the next generation of digital wellness and lifestyle behavior change tools. The program is designed to engage members by leveraging new technologies, connectivity to remote devices, data-driven user personalization, incentive capabilities, and user-driven responsive design, all underpinned by evidence-based approaches validated though the medical practice and research at Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic research was used to identify areas with the most potential to improve health. The platform focuses on diet and nutrition, physical activity, and weight management, with plans to build out stress, sleep and resiliency offerings. “What we are doing with this tool is bringing Mayo expertise outside the walls of the clinic. People are struggling with their wellness goals, and we want to use technology to provide the support necessary for wellness and disease prevention,” says Philip Hagen, M.D., M.P.H., medical director for Mayo Clinic Healthy Living online.
The experience with Mayo Clinic Healthy Living online begins with a thorough health assessment. Once a person’s health baseline is assessed, the platform provides personalized and useful tools and support for people as they improve their health.
“Mayo Clinic’s health assessment sets in motion the behavior changes necessary to help people live healthier lives, which not only improves lives, but also reduces the cost of care,” says Dr. Hagen.
From this assessment, the platform helps to design a plan, and provide support, to target health goals. Several key areas of the platform include:
- Food and fitness journals
- Calorie, exercise, weight and inch trackers
- Healthy recipes, meal plans and shopping lists
- How-to exercise videos
Robust reporting demonstrates the value of the platform to sponsoring clients in impacting health and productivity. The reports provide a comprehensive picture of population health and reflect progress toward achieving organizational goals.
For more information, visit Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions.
About Mayo Clinic
Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.org, MayoClinic.org or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.