When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the U.S. in January 2020, none of us could have predicted the impact it would have on how we live, how we interact, and how we work. And as offices slowly begin to open and the world steadily welcomes our new normal, we begin to reflect on the learnings that the pandemic brought with it; one of those being the importance of early and rapid diagnosis and the management of illnesses.


Now more than ever, individuals are becoming increasingly passionate about their overall health and wellbeing; with recent research showing that almost two-thirds of those surveyed made a significant healthy lifestyle change during the pandemic. With this growing interest in wellness and awareness of the importance of diagnostic testing, employers can meet employees’ health needs and provide potentially transformative insights through biometric screenings; something that over 50% of large firms offer to employees [1].

However, in a world where nearly every aspect of our lives has become remote; how can we continue to empower our employees, provide them with crucial insights into their health and encourage them to take action?


Lack of healthcare during the pandemic


Although lockdowns across the world encouraged people to become creative with their spare time, explore their surroundings, and become more active; it also impacted individuals’ ability to engage with their healthcare with 1 in 3 adults delaying or skipping medical care during the pandemic and 58% of those that needed care, skipping a scheduled preventative care visit [2].

This, and the fact that employees were unable to conduct onsite biometric screenings will result in a tidal wave of healthcare costs for employers following the pandemic; which poses the question, is there a second, more subtle pandemic looming?

Recent research shows that states with the highest numbers of COVID-19 deaths also experienced large increases in deaths as a result of other preventative causes such as diabetes and heart disease. And on top of that, one-third of adults who delayed or went without care reported that one or more of their health problems had worsened and affected their ability to work or do other daily activities [3].

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease can profoundly reduce the quality of life for patients and are also the leading drivers of healthcare costs across the U.S; with direct costs for treatment averaging at $1 trillion in 2016 alone, according to the CDC. With the right diagnostic testing, these conditions can be spotted early and as the saying goes; prevention is better than cure.


Employers role in prevention


As many workplaces shift to more flexible, remote working, employers can still play a crucial role in improving preventative care for their employees and adapt to the changes in healthcare that the pandemic has encouraged.

A recent Forbes article noted the ways that healthcare has changed during COVID-19 noting that overall, it has become a more patient-centric experience and the comfort and ease of telehealth is something that individuals are likely getting used to - with the amount of U.S patients using telehealth growing from 11% in 2019 to 46% in April 2020.

With this in mind, delivering healthcare from home is the next step towards more dynamic biometric screening options for employees. Not only can individuals take control of their health from the comfort of their own home, but they also don’t have to take time out of their busy schedules to attend an onsite screening; they can simply test at a time that suits them.

In light of these new consumer demands, and changing work environment, LetsGetChecked launched an at-home biometric screening solution that provides the same measurements and biomarkers that a traditional onsite biometric screening does.

Besides the obvious advantages of convenience, safety, and anonymity, at-home testing should also provide long-term financial savings as well. By shifting diagnostics to the home, there will be a more reliable uptick of engagement by the employee and this translates into earlier disease diagnosis and management, thus reducing overall healthcare spend since late-stage disease treatment is often the most costly aspect of medical economics.


Diagnostics is just the beginning


But what happens when employees receive their results? With statistics estimating that around 35% of people are likely to do nothing with abnormal results, it’s important to think of the big picture, and this includes what happens after the screening [4]. If we want to override these human behaviors that can potentially lead to health complications in the future, we need to note that although it is a crucial step, testing employees is only the beginning.

Following up on results and offering employees an integrated solution that instantly informs them of the next steps they need to take and motivates them towards healthier habits is key in preventative care.

LetsGetChecked’s approach offers the ease of at-home testing and the power of aftercare and support from our dedicated clinical team. Whether it be weight management, a prescription, or a consultation, we offer a complete solution for your employees from the comfort of their own homes.


You can get in touch with our Inside Sales team at insidesales@letsgetchecked. com or (315) 515-5571


References


  1. https://www.kff.org/report-section/ehbs-2019-section-12-health-and-wellness-programs/
  2. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-02-americans-medical-pandemic.html&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1619627049786000&usg=AOvVaw1HDAI2L982WB-Gf105x7Pk
  3. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768086
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26633047/