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Healthiest You

March 02, 2015 13:24 ET

Healthiest You Adds 2,000 Employer Groups in Q4 as Companies Look to Provide More Accessible and Affordable Healthcare Options

Company's "Claim-Changing" Approach Helps Employers and Employees Avoid Hassles and Save Money

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - Healthiest You, a health and wellness startup, has announced that in Q4 the company added over 2,000 employer groups to its roster of organizations offering the company's 24x7 health and wellness care membership. Healthiest You provides anytime access to doctors, wellness coaching, prescription savings and more.

Employers who provide their employees with a Healthiest You membership not only improve access to healthcare and critical health-related information, but decrease traditional medical insurance claims. Using this telehealth and wellness platform that has far exceeded industry norms for user engagement, employer groups with Healthiest You have reported a healthier employee population with fewer sick days taken -- up to 2.2 fewer paid time off (PTO) days per employee per year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American businesses lose an average of 2.8 million work days each year due to unplanned absences. These absences cost U.S. employers more than $74 billion. Healthiest You tackles the rise in health costs and related expenses to absenteeism with a bundle of consumer-empowering tools including 24x7 access to a network of more than 2,300 doctors who are on call to members via telephone, webcam, or email to diagnose and treat common conditions; a research-based, smarter-with-use, online wellness program and a prescription drug cost comparison and savings engine -- all at no cost to their employees.

Healthiest You established itself as the industry leader in telehealth engagement with first year usage levels averaging 39% among its members in 2013 -- a rate significantly higher than typical telehealth utilization. Even with their explosive growth in 2014, the company held steady at nearly 40% overall utilization among its members for the past year, confirming the scalability of their unique approach to engagement.

"Companies using Healthiest You are seeing insurance claims decrease because they have been re-directed," said Jim Prendergast, CEO of Healthiest You. "Employers can trace real savings directly to the use of Healthiest You and that plays a significant role in solving the escalating healthcare cost riddle that has long plagued employers."

Employers are also using Healthiest You as a tool to teach employees to be smarter consumers of healthcare by understanding all the options for care that are available to them for any given situation.

With zero cost services such as unlimited virtual doctor 'visits', wellness coaching and a prescription drug price search tool that uncovers medication prices that are often lower than insurance co-pays, Healthiest You's members are empowered to take a more active role in managing their healthcare choices -- reinforcing a benefits philosophy that many forward-thinking companies are teaching their employees.

Healthiest You can be incorporated into any employee benefit plan as the first line of care for people to turn to, helping them circumvent expensive visits to the emergency room, urgent care or other instances when a telehealth consultation can provide resolution. By putting consumers in control with unlimited access to doctors, relevant personal healthcare and wellness data, including simplified transparency in care pricing, Healthiest You is distinguishing itself from the rest of the telehealth industry with continual technology innovations, all designed to improve consumer access. 

Healthiest You is available to individuals, employers, payors and self-insured groups exclusively through thousands of insurance partners and agencies across the United States.

About Healthiest You
Healthiest You, a health and wellness delivery innovator, is putting consumers in control of their healthcare with improved access to doctors, personal healthcare information and costs. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Healthiest You was founded in 2012 as a result of the merger of Healthiest You and HealthNowMD. Healthiest You offers a bundle of consumer-empowering tools including 24x7 access to a network of more than 2,300 doctors who are on call to members via telephone, webcam, or email to diagnose common conditions and prescribe medications when appropriate, a research-based online wellness program and a prescription drug cost comparison and savings engine. By directing medical claims out of traditional insurance plans, Healthiest You serves as an accessible and affordable complement to primary care, saving time, money, worry, and hassle for companies and their employees. For more information, visit http://www.healthiestyou.com.

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