At Healthways, our business is improving well-being. Understanding needs within customer populations. Engaging individuals in sustained behavior change that helps them live longer, happier, more productive lives.
Healthways has always been at the forefront of healthcare transformation. More than 30 years ago, we started with programs to support diabetes care, progressed to help set the first national standards for disease management, evolved to support the continuum of health across populations, and finally expanded our scope from physical health to overall well-being improvement.
Why? We embrace the World Health Organization’s definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Healthier people cost less and perform better, which is the value proposition we offer our clients.
The opportunity to improve well-being is vast
A Healthways study of the potential impact of health risk reduction and prevention for Medicare and commercial populations estimated 10-year savings beyond $2 trillion.
People with high well-being simply cost less. In fact, their medical costs are 20% lower than average, while people who report low well-being cost 50% more. Low well-being also hurts performance. One analysis found an almost $20,000 gap in productivity between surveyed employees with the lowest and highest levels of well-being.
Improving well-being in a substantive way across populations is a sizable challenge. Few companies have the resources and expertise to make it happen.
Healthways has what it takes
We have the definitive well-being measurement instrument in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5™, and we use it to help our clients understand the opportunities for improvement in their populations across the five key well-being elements: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Then, we apply our comprehensive, highly configurable Well-Being Improvement Solution to keep healthy people healthy, mitigate lifestyle risk and optimize care.
Healthways experts in research, analytics and medical science have partnered with leading physicians, social scientists, psychologists and others to create high-impact programs — and to prove that they work. We are constantly bringing innovations to the market from fields such as gaming theory, social network mapping, community-based health transformation and more.
Explore the opportunities
Collaboration powers our customer relationships. We have the flexibility to create a solution that’s right for each population. We continually partner with customers on new priorities, from quality improvement to provider-directed well-being improvement strategies. Join us in our mission to create a healthier world, one person at a time.