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Truven Health Analytics Study Finds That Workforce Wellness Programs Produce Positive Return on Investment

Implementation of Well-Designed Workplace Health Programs Result in Less Absenteeism, Higher Productivity in Workers

Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 26, 2014 — Workforce wellness programs result in a lower rate of absenteeism and a higher rate of productivity in workers, which, in turn, create significant savings for U.S. employers, according to a Truven Health Analytics™ study.

The study, Do Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs Work?, was published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and found that companies that successfully implement a culture of health and wellbeing realize across-the-board increases in corporate revenue, profit, stock price, company valuation, and reputation.

"Few topics in healthcare have inspired as much confusion and contradiction as assessing the relative impact of corporate wellness programs. However, with annual premiums for family healthcare coverage averaging over $16, 000 it is difficult to ignore interventions that have the power to improve outcomes and reduce costs, " said Ron Goetzel, PhD, vice president, applied research, Truven Health Analytics and lead author of the study. "Our research finds that established, well-run wellness programs do indeed produce positive results, returning, as much as triple their initial investment in healthcare savings."

The study evaluated peer-reviewed literature on companies that had developed these types of wellness programs. The results included companies such as Johnson & Johnson, which saw estimated savings of between $1.88 and $3.92 for every $1.00 invested. PepsiCo, which focused their program on disease and lifestyle management, estimated at $1.46 saved for every dollar invested. BJC Healthcare uncovered a $22 dip in hospitalization spending per member, per month in just the second year after their program’s implementation. Download the full paper in JOEM

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients need to help them improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to help them make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler®, ActionOI® and JWA. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit http://truvenhealth.com.


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
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