Program Helps Insureds Stay Compliant While Keeping Premiums Down
Manhattan, NY - February 14, 2006 - Adding to its roster of industries served, Health Forward announced today collaboration with employers to provide employees with resources aimed at taking the guesswork out of taking medications and filling prescriptions.
A healthcare technology company focused on curbing the effects of patient medication noncompliance, Health Forward provides patients and caregivers with the tools necessary to create and manage personal medical reminders.
Noncompliance, or the failure to adhere to a prescribed regimen (e.g., taking medications as directed) affects 1 out of every 2 patients, with 64% citing forgetfulness. Keenly aware that 20% - 25% of employer healthcare costs are due to medication non-adherence, employers are developing proactive wellness programs to encourage and reward healthy behavior. Health Forward's intuitive notification program is a natural addition to these programs.
"Employers are starting to realize the value in offering their employees tools and resources that reward healthy behavior," states Kevin Aniskovich, President of Health Forward. "In addition to mitigating the problems associated with non-adherence - namely absenteeism and decreased productivity - providing wellness benefits programs sends a strong message from management about their commitment to staff and reinforces the importance behind lifestyle/behavioral choices," continued Aniskovich.
As part of the Health Forward program, employees will be directed to either a dedicated website or a section within their company's intranet where they can privately create reminders to take medications or refill prescriptions.
About Patient Compliance
By all estimates, noncompliance affects 1 out of every 2 patients with 64% citing 'forgetfulness' as the reason. Noncompliance leads to sub-par treatment outcomes, higher healthcare costs, and the necessity for stronger drugs to fight increasingly potent viruses. For more information on medication adherence statistics, click here.
About Health Forward
Health Forward is a healthcare technology company that develops reminder applications for use by patients and caregivers. In addition to its current email and text message notifications, Health Forward is continually exploring new and innovative technologies that complement individual patient lifestyles.
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