Biometric Screenings: All You Need To Know!

The purpose of biometric screenings are to identify common but serious health risks in order to prevent future chronic illness and disability.

A biometric screening is an important component of a comprehensive health and wellness program.  For employers, biometric screenings provide important baseline data to shape the direction of their corporate wellness program.  When combined with a Health Risk Assessment (HRA), employees have reliable information about their risk for chronic preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, and can identify a path for disease prevention and improved health.

Standard on-site biometric screening events usually include:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Height, weight, waist circumference, body mass index
  • Cholesterol & Glucose Test (TC, HDL, LDL, TC/HDL Ratio, Triglycerides, Glucose)
  • Personal Counseling (advice or results)
  • Aggregate Summary Report

When you put all of these measurements together, you create a surprisingly accurate picture of your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes which are the most common and costly of all health problems.  These illnesses and health conditions can be prevented with early detection, which is why knowing these numbers is so important.  You can’t effectively change your numbers is you don’t know what they are.  Biometric screenings put your employees in the drivers seat by providing fast, accurate, easy to understand results.

It is estimated that 70-90 perc ent of healthcare expenses are preventable.  Many of these preventable costs are due to unhealthy choices and unnecessary risks that people take with their health.  Research shows that the cost of poor health, including group health coverage, and certain productivity related costs (turnover, unscheduled absence, non-occupational disability, and workers compensation) average almost $16,000 per employee.

Promoting healthier lifestyles and behavior change by investing in a wellness program can improve the overall performance of your companies bottom line.  Health Gauge conducts biometric screenings for hundreds of employers nationwide.  Our experienced staff manages each phase of the screening process for you.