DIGITAL HEALTH

What Is Digital Health?

Do a Google search for “digital health” and you’ll find it defined as “the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society. As we are seeing and experiencing, digital health is empowering us to better track, manage, and improve our own and our family’s health, live better, more productive lives, and improve society.”

Why The Health Not?™

In the interest of creating affordable and preventative health care solutions for all Americans, and hopefully the world, Why The Health Not?™ is creating H.O.P.E., a health-oriented pairing engine that matches individuals with professionals, services, and educational materials in a proprietary digital ecosystem. Specific input from users and provides creates individualized wellness solutions for personal lifestyle management in a secure, HIPAA-compliant smartphone app, with real-time collaboration and gamification for maximum engagement and positive outcomes.

Entering the beta phase in January 2017, WTHN and its data scientists will curate analytics that prove the importance of preventative care and whole-person wellness in the interest of driving down healthcare costs.

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Is your subconscious mind controlling your life?

How we live—how we are—often depends, in large part, on our past experiences and the implicit memories they’ve created. These memories dwell not in the conscious mind, but just beneath, in the shadows. They influence everything we do.

Growing up, we developed beliefs and attitudes about ourselves, others, the world, and the “right” ways to do things. Family, religion, school, culture, and experiences contributed to these mindsets. This information, stored in the subconscious, may shape our perceptions and guide our behavior.

Implicit memory has value: it allows us to ride a bicycle, tie our shoes, and know the words to our favorite songs without needing to re-remember each time we perform these tasks.

But subconscious memories can have negative effects, too. They may lead us to act in ways we don’t understand. They may cause anger or depression.

HOW IMPLICIT MEMORY WORKS

Implicit memories are hugely influential in making you “you.” They largely determine your personality, behaviors, and relationship, social, and emotional styles.

Imagine viewing the world through colored glasses without realizing you’re wearing them. You would believe the world is green, or blue, or gray, because it’s what you’ve always known. In the same manner, subconscious memories and beliefs can tint every experience you have. They may shape your experiences and interactions to your detriment.

All is not lost, however. You can remove the glasses.

When an implicit memory rises to the surface, we feel emotions, often in our bodies: a tightness in the throat, or a heaviness in the pit of the stomach. Cueing into these sensations can help us to change unwanted patterns and avoid poor choices and behaviors.

You can take control of your life by becoming aware of your thought patterns and core beliefs, especially recurrent ones. Notice which ones support you and which hold you back.

TAKING CONSCIOUS CONTROL

Once you are aware of limiting beliefs, you can consciously choose to challenge and change them. This articlelists five steps:

  1. Identify your core subconscious beliefs by taking an honest look at your predominant patterns.
  2. Identify the perceived purposes or positive intentions of the beliefs underlying these patterns.
  3. Feel and release emotions related to these beliefs.
  4. Identify ways to meet the positive intentions.
  5. Identify healthier beliefs and actions, and practice them, instead.

“In each of us there is another whom we do not know,” the noted psychologist Carl Jung said. Putting it another way, the rock band Pink Floyd sang, “There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me.” Is it time to truly get to know ourselves for fuller, happier, healthier lives?

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These people are the future of health care

Want to know what the “next big thing” is? Ask a member of Generation Z—and they’ll Google it.

The first generation born into a wired world, today’s tech-savvy teens are tomorrow’s connected consumers, promising a future in which nearly everything is virtual, and virtually everything is possible.

Also known as “iGen,” Generation Z’ers comprise everyone under 18 today. These “digital natives” not only shop and play via devices and social networks, they also think, socialize, behave, and create tech-centrically. Technology doesn’t just augment their world; it is their world.

According to research, Generation Z:

• Uses social media (81 percent); • Spends 6 to 10 hours a day on their mobile devices; • Multi-tasks across five screens, including smartphones (15.4 hours per week), TV (13.2) and laptops (10.6), and • Uses the internet for research (85 percent).

Studies also show that Z’s, the most populous generation in history, soon will hold enormous economic clout, making up 40 percent of consumers by 2020.

What do they spend their money on? You guessed it: technology.

Health care lags behind

As businesses scramble to position themselves for iGen’s business, the medical profession may be woefully unprepared to meet their demands.

According to the HIPAA Journal, the healthcare industry lags behind every other industry sector in adopting new technologies. Although perhaps not surprising in a field that is notoriously slow to change, this reluctance to embrace the new may mean losing customers, or even lives.

“Hyperconnectivity changes behavior,” says Thomas Koulopoulos, author of “The Gen Z Effect.” As a result, Gen Z is also, among other things, more mature and “in control” than past generations; expects instant gratification, and is more health-conscious—although, being more sedentary, is not necessarily more fit.

In this new paradigm, the old models will no longer work. Waiting rooms are being replaced by virtual, on-demand office visits; apps, wearables, and software now help their users monitor, track, and improve their health; proactive holistic care (“Wholicity”) is taking the place of reactive, body-focused treatment. Individuals, aided by technology, hold the information and the power, transformed from passive “patients” into informed customers.

Far from waiting for today’s youth to come of age, the change is already underway. Gen Z, Koulopoulos says, reflects not only a birthdate, but also a mindset. It’s a club open to all who embrace new technologies—a number that is rapidly growing in all walks of life, and among every generation. Will healthcare providers lead the way, or be left out in the cold?

Sherry Jones is a freelance writer and editor specializing in new technologies, cybersecurity, science, and health. Find her on LinkedIn here.

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5 health-care trends to watch

Health care development is not just about new drugs and cutting-edge surgical procedures. Technology is changing everything, including “health-seeker” expectations.

As medical costs rise, many are asking why the health care system does not keep them healthy. In turn, providers and other stakeholders must begin to consider not just “health care,” but also “wellness.”

Entrepreneurs, innovators, physicians, data scientists, medical insurance providers, and other experts in a variety of fields are eyeing this mindset shift. The health care system, they say, is set for a radical transformation. Here are some trends to watch in the coming decade:

1. A glut of patients

Baby boomers are now senior citizens. Medical advances, improved access to health care, and better patient awareness have lengthened the average life span. Longer lives means more health seekers.

As a result, physicians will feel more pressure on their time and energy. Hospitals will feel more pressure on their resources. Getting an appointment will be more difficult for patients, and waiting-room times may lengthen. Employers and insurance providers will see more claims.

2. Demand for preventive care 

Missed days at work. High premiums. Expensive hospital stays. Lower quality of life: being sick is costly and cumbersome. Yet our current system focuses solely on treating illness.

Soon, health seekers will question the relevance and sustainability of our “sickness-based” system. They will demand that health care providers shift their focus to preventing illness.

In response, providers must shift their attitudes. Tomorrow’s health-care consumers will expect providers to engage more. They will want doctors to teach them how to prevent diseases and manage chronic conditions, to spot early warning signs of disease, and how to modify their behaviors for optimal health.

They will also expect providers to track patient progress and adjust medications as they go along, when needed.

3. A health tech explosion 

Technology will have a profound affect on health care amid rapid progress in mobile communications, data analytics, and infrastructure. Different technologies will integrate and synthesize to enable seamless, holistic care.

Data gleaned from wearables and other devices and faster computers will provide physicians with more information about their patients. This data will help them better identify health risks and early warning signs.

4. Value-based insurance 

Our current fee-for-service model provides payment for all services providers deliver, including repeat laboratory tests, duplicate diagnostic procedures, and unnecessary surgeries that do not improve patient outcomes.

But in the future, insurers will pay providers only for evidence-based services that improve the patient’s health in a cost-effective manner. For instance, insurers may not reimburse the cost of a surgery to manage pain if the patient has not tried physical therapy.

The value-based model will force providers to improve quality of care, deliver their services at equal or lower cost, and put the needs of patients first.

5. Changes in caregiver roles 

Health providers will expand their primary care delivery teams and bring in specialist support staff to take over some of the physician’s duties.

Medical intervention by a clinical aide is said to resolve 74 percent of non-acute pediatric complications and 62 percent of walk-in pediatric cases without a physician visit. For those with heart failure, management by a clinical aide after discharge greatly reduces readmission rates.

Nutritionists, mental health therapists and behavioral counselors, quit-smoking coaches, physical and occupational therapists, and physiotherapists can be integral parts of this extended primary-care team.

These trends are already forming on the horizon. As they take shape, the health care system will transform gradually to empower health seekers, help providers better serve them, and reduce costs for insurers and employers. Now, that’s a “win-win-win.”

–Yasmin Ali

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For financial security, do this.

Financial security isn’t about making or having a certain amount of money. We’ve all seen the attention-grabbing headlines about mega-popular performers, superstar athletes, and multi-million-dollar lottery winners who end up in bankruptcy court and financial ruin.

Financial security is about habits and feelings. It’s about planning, decision making, and achieving peace of mind—no matter what your income level. It’s about having enough money to cover your living expenses plus a cushion for emergencies and the future.

What Financial Security Looks Like

Financial security includes these basics:

  1. Having low debt

Unless you’re independently wealthy, you’re going to carry debt. However, you want to strive to have a reasonable amount, relative to your income, for necessary items. Going into debt for a mortgage, transportation, or education is usually OK. However, racking up big monthly payments for an extravagant sports car, an exotic vacation or a pair of crazy-expensive designer shoes probably isn’t smart. When you have to work just to pay the bills, you don’t have much peace of mind.

  1. Being in control of your expenses

“In control” means spending less money than you earn and saving a percentage of the rest. It may require moving to a less expensive neighborhood, driving the old dented car that’s paid for, or giving up the daily Starbucks latte.

  1. Increasing your savings/assets/net worth every month

People commonly live from paycheck to paycheck, and have little to show for their hard work. A car breakdown, medical crisis, or other financial emergency could leave them destitute. When you can save a little every month and watch your account balances grow, you’re on your way to financial security.

  1. Not doing work you dislike just to pay the bills 

If you control your debt and expenses and increase your savings every month, you can gain the freedom to find work you enjoy. Money may not buy happiness, but in this case, it helps.

Three steps to financial security

According to Kiplinger, taking these steps will help achieve financial security:

Save For a Rainy Day Your “rainy day” can be a new-to-you reliable car or a vacation in Hawaii. Pay yourself first and contribute to your rainy-day fund every month. Set up automatic deductions from your paycheck to a savings account so you aren’t tempted to spend the cash elsewhere.

Be Prepared for an EmergencyEmergencies are a normal part of life, and  can get derail even the best financial plan. Inevitably, the computer you need to use every day breaks down, or the air conditioner conks out during a heat wave. Prepare for emergencies by having:

  • An emergency fund
  • Health insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Homeowner’s or rental insurance
  • Life insurance (if you have children)

Invest for retirement The earlier you begin investing for retirement, the easier it will be to turn even small amounts of money into substantial savings down the road. Invest in accounts with tax benefits such as a Roth IRA or 401k.

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This is what Wholistic care feels like

Creating a ‘user experience’ 

Imagine stepping into your chiropractor’s office and being greeted by name and a big smile. You take a seat in a comfy chair in a cheerful waiting room stocked with fruit juices and fresh coffee. Relaxing music floats through the room; in a corner, children play with toys and games. After an unhurried session, you may head into a massage or yoga class. When you leave, you feel as relaxed as if you had spent the day in a spa. That’s true Wholistic care, coming soon to a clinic or hospital near you.

Increasingly in health care, the total patient experience is nearly as important as—and even central to—diagnosis and treatment. Drab, noisy, garishly-lighted clinics and the much-hated back-slit paper gownsoon will be a distant memory, as health care reinvents itself and individuals move from being passive patients to engaged, informed—demanding—customers.

Technology changes everything

Technology has much to do with this shift. Online reviews inform health seekers of their options, steering them toward the most highly-rated providers and facilities. Competing for patients means physicians and clinics strive to provide a pleasant experience for their customers. The expectations of millenials and Generation Z—who demand instant gratification and control over their care—mean the shift from physician-focused to patient-centered is here to stay.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore offers rooftop gardens, views of the Chesapeake Bay, lobbies designed for beauty and comfort, and artwork. Several times a year, patients in the children’s wing see Spiderman, Batman, Superman, and other superheroes washing their windows—turning what can be a scary place for kids into a more positive experience.

In Chicago, Rush University Medical Centersound-proofed its rooms and reoriented them so that each offers a city view. These changes not only boost morale, but also benefit patient outcomes: nurses now spend 50 percent more time in patient rooms than before.

Our ‘Wholistic’ experience

Why the Health Not?™, too, recognizes the importance of Wholistic care that provides a total patient experience. Our products and services focus not just on one aspect of each health seeker, such as physical wellness, but on the whole customer, as outlined in our six pillars: physical, intellectual, financial, spiritual, social, and emotional health.

And as the digital revolution transforms healthcare, Why the Health Not?™ is leading the way. Our Health Oriented Pairing Engine app (HOPE) compiles and presents each customer’s data in easy-to-use visuals; connects providers and health seekers online, helps individuals set and track health and wellness goals; provides educational resources, and more.

We strive to make health and wellness a complete user experience for the health seeker as well as the health-services provider. Wholistic, connected care is not just the wave of the future: it’s a game-changing tsunami. Come and ride with us!

Sherry Jones

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How—and why—employee engagement works

Some employees go to work wishing they were somewhere else. They sleepwalk through their tasks, wishing they were doing something else.

Others go to work with a spring in their step. They tackle every task with gusto. They take pride in what they do. These employees “engage” with their work, and are driven to succeed.

As an employer, of course, you want enthusiasm in your workers, not detachment. But here’s a secret: employee engagement starts with you.

Inspiring engagement at work takes empathy, foresight, and strategic planning on your part. The good news is this: the payoff of having engaged employees is much greater than the investment you must make.

Why engagement matters

Engaged employees are more productive, enthusiastic, and passionate about their work than those who sign up just for the paycheck. Their habits and attitudes help employers in myriad ways:

  1. Increased engagement = increased productivity.

Engaged employees care about what they do, and take pride in their work.

An engaged employee feels connected to his company and espouses its cause. He wants to excel in his job because he believes it is valuable and is helping him grow as a person. This belief makes him passionate about and focused on his work. He is eager to learn more and improve his skills. A continuous drive to excel improves productivity.

  1. Engaged employees are more creative.

Because engaged employees focus on their work, they tend to have more creative ideas for solving problems and streamline processes.

They keep abreast of the ideas and developments shaping their industry, mingle with other creative people, and takw time to reflect on their work.

Engaged employees are the creative geniuses, innovators, and problem-solvers of an organization.

  1. Their positivity is contagious. 

The enthusiasm that engaged employees bring to their work rub off on others. Engaged employees, brimming with ideas, draw people in, spark conversations, and ignite passion.

  1. They become brand ambassadors. 

There’s nothing like a happy employee to spread the good word about you and your company. You thus attract high-caliber talent without spending more on advertising.

  1. They stay with you for longer periods.

Engaged employees feel connected to their company’s cause. They think that, by staying, they will have more opportunities to progress, prosper, and make a difference.

The Key to Employee Engagement

An engaged workforce makes your company 51 percent more productive, earns more for your shareholders, and increases your operating income by 19 percent per year.

One key eemployee engagement factor: worker wellness. The more energy and vitality your employees have, the better they will be able to perform to their fullest potential.

Employee obesity, for instance, a harbinger of sundry chronic medical conditions, costs employers $45 billion a year in health costs and productivity, according to a report by BlueCross BlueShield. Likewise, each worker who smokes costs their employer $3,400 a year.

The benefits of wellness are well-documented and well-publicized. From chronic medical conditions to behavioral disorders, most health woes in the U.S. stem from lifestyle choices. In 2016, more than two-thirds of U.S. employers offered preventive health and wellness programs.

Employees like wellness programs. About two in three say they are keen to take part in corporate wellness programs, and 20 percent don’t mind paying. Eighty-eight percent say access to health and wellness programs are a critical criterion for choosing an employer.

By offering wellness programs such as the HOPE platform, you tell employees and job seekers that you care about their well-being and helping them to fulfill their highest potential. This is a powerful message: people want to grow professionally, personally, spiritually, and emotionally. How delightful if they can nurture mind, body, and spirit at work.

Feeling cared for, employees will return the sentiment. The result: employee engagement. Feeling at one with you and your cause, they’ll be more likely to strive to make your dreams come true.

–Yasmin Ali

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To reach your full potential, develop this.

To be the best we can be, we all need to exercise–not just our physical muscles, but our mental ones, as well. “Mental strength,” however, doesn’t mean what you probably think it does.

Being mentally strong doesn’t mean excelling at brain games, or being able to write philosophical treatises or calculate complex mathematical formulas. Mental strength means thinking—and feeling—before you act. To be mentally strong is to be aware of your thoughts and emotions—the clues to your real motivations and intentions—and work with them to consciously choose your actions.

Mindfulness, paying attention to what is happening as it’s happening, is a core component. Mental strength is being aware in the moment, and responding rather than reacting. It’s taking responsibility for your attitudes and actions rather than saying, “I can’t help the way I feel,” or “This is just the way I am.”

What mental strength is not

The stereotypes regarding mentally strong people—cold, bossy, aggressive, and refusing to ask for help—are wrong. According to Amy Morin’s book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do:

Being mentally strong isn’t about acting tough. It’s about acting in accordance with your values and goals.

It doesn’t mean that you ignore your emotions. Instead, it requires an awareness and understanding of your emotions, and an openness to letting them influence your thoughts and behaviors.

It isn’t about ignoring pain—physical or emotional. It’s about determining the source of your pain and deciding when to honor it, and when to forge through it.

Mental strength doesn’t require complete self-reliance. Mentally strong people admit that they don’t have all the answers or skills, know when to ask for help, and are willing to learn and grow.

Being mentally strong is not about positive thinking. Being too positive can be just as bad as being too negative. Mental strength requires thinking realistically and rationally, and being open to new ideas.

Developing mental strength isn’t about chasing happiness. While strengthening your mental muscle can help you achieve more satisfaction and success, mental strength doesn’t make us happy. Being the best you can be is the goal.

Mental strength isn’t mental health. Chronic physical conditions such as diabetes do not preclude good physical health. Likewise, having depression, anxiety or other mental challenges does not mean we can’t be mentally strong.

How to get mentally strong

Just as you can strengthen your muscles. you can boost your mental strength with exercise. If you practice, pay attention, and focus, your brain will “rewire” itself so that strong and healthy become the default.

Taking a single cardio class once in a while isn’t going to do much to help you get in shape. However, working out three times a week for six months will produce major results. If you practice every day over time to build mental muscle, you will see positive outcomes.

The benefits of mental strength

It’s easy to feel tough enough when life is humming along. But when problems arise, being mentally strong will help you to deal with them. Benefits, according to Morin, include:

Increased resilience to stress – You’ll handle everyday situations better, not just crises, and reduce overall stress.
Improved life satisfaction – As mental strength increases, confidence and peace of mind go up, too.
Enhanced performance – Whether you want to be a better athlete, parent, partner, or worker, increasing your mental strength will help you reach your potential.

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This is what we are doing to REDESIGN HEALTH. 14 reasons why you should join us! (Part 1 of 2)

1.The Digital Revolution is underway—transforming every aspect of our lives, including our approach to health. Welcome to Wellness 2.0.

2. Wellness 2.0 is part of Why the Health Not’s cutting-edge system using technology to improve not just physical health, but the whole person—body, mind, spirit, and daily life. We call this whole-person approach “Wholicity,” and it pervades our mission, our vision, and every aspect of our organization.

3. Technology is changing the way we live, work, and socialize, putting the power of information into our hands as never before. Yesterday’s “patients” are today’s “consumers” and tomorrow’s “health-seekers.” The next generation will not only demand control over their health-and-wellness choices; they will expect it.

This is a huge opportunity that our nation’s healthcare providers have completely missed: not having an organized system to help people understand the root causes of their health issues. The time is ripe for a redesign of our system—the time is now.

4. Why us? We at Why the Health Not are visionaries. We believe the sentence, “It’s always been done this way,” is one of the most dangerous in the English language. We’ve done extensive research, and know what works, and why. In today’s world, treating symptoms isn’t enough; neither is prescribing medicines on a “one-size-fits-all” basis.

Advances in genetics and the proliferation of data coupled with predictive analytics—which is the ability to use data to predict future events and trends—allow health-seekers, providers, and employers all to stay ahead of the wellness curve. Our systems bring it all together in a perfect storm, matching seekers with professionals in a variety of fields and helping employers to tailor wellness programs for their workplaces. Connecting with global health innovators.

5. What’s the problem with our current system? That depends on whom you ask.

Health seekers may feel frustrated by a lack of information and of control over decisions that affect them. And, whether they know it or not, they suffer from a system that is reactive, not proactive. Today, we visit a medical professional only when something’s not right, seeking a fix—and insurance providers reinforce this mindset when they reimburse only after treatment. Because we haven’t been taught to focus on preventative wellness, we end up spending more, and our quality of life is diminished.

By providing them with the information and resources they need to make wise health and wellness choices, Why the Health Not puts the power in the health seekers hands and may even stop illness before it starts, improving the quality of life.

Health professionals have a different set of concerns. Their patients may have little knowledge about how to manage their own care, or, worse, may have self-diagnosed using inaccurate information found online using search engines. According to US News, as many as 4 million people a year suffer medical complications and about 200,000 die because of their own medical confusion or mistakes. Why the Health Not’s platform, on the other hand, asks the right questions to guide our users toward correct assumptions and the right resources and providers.

Heath-care providers, already crunched for time because of pressures to treat as many patients as possible in a day, may also face a crisis in the coming decade: the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of 91,500 physicians by 2020. Clearly, empowering people to take charge of their own health and wellness is crucial to alleviating this crisis.

Employers must deal with lost productivity and revenues because of worker illnesses, and with rising insurance costs when claims increase. Why the Health Not’s proactive and whole-person approach to health and wellness can significantly reduce these costs. A U.S. government report found that employers offering exercise programs to workers experienced as much as a 55 percent drop in healthcare costs and a drop in short-term sick leave and boost in productivity.

6. Like a three-legged stool, Why the Health Not’s solution rests on three concepts: our “Six Pillars of Health,” “Wholicity,” our wholistic approach to health and well-being, and “H.O.P.E,” our Health-Oriented Pairing Engine. Altogether, these services make the most of today’s digital technologies and human ingenuity to create networks linking people, providers, and employers and sharing information, data, and analyses.

7. Imagine having a personal life coach in your pocket, accessible at all times. That’s the essence of H.O.P.E., our Health-Oriented Pairing Engine—and the core of our solution. This unique Software-as-a-Service aggregates and analyzes data from wearables, apps, monitors, medical records, and more to match individuals with providers in our “six pillars” of health—medical, intellectual, financial, spiritual, social, and emotional.

Because health management extends beyond the physical. For truly good health, we need to focus on the whole person—a concept we call “Wholicity.” Our financial situation affects our mental stability; our intellectual capabilities help determine our lifestyle choices. We are all walking ecosystems, comprising parts that each affect the whole.

For health-seekers, HOPE provides a customized experience for a better quality of life. For providers, it offers referrals—and a platform from which to broadcast their own, authoritative voice via our team of expert writers—as well as “big-picture” information about clients, helping them to improve outcomes. For employers, benefits include increased productivity and reduced costs. It’s a win-win-win!

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Healthiest Companies in America Embrace Wellness

“The Healthiest Companies in America award recipients prove that employers can both engage their employees and improve their health outcomes . . . . With holistic, engaging and personalized workplace wellness programs that encourage and achieve great participation, employees lead healthier and more productive lives.”

That’s a direct quote from the president and CEO of Interactive Health, Cathy Kenworthy, in an article by Employee Benefit News (EBN) that discusses what makes a wellness program truly successful. The answer will vary based on how deep an employer is willing to go. For example, EBN asks some important questions an employer sponsor should consider:

  1. “Does having healthier employees who use less sick time make a wellness program successful . . .”
  2. “. . . or does the continued investment in an employee’s HSA [Health Savings Account] make the program?”
  3. “Is physical health the goal or is it financial, or mental, or even social?”
Wellness Is Not One Dimensional

Why The Health Not?™ believes true healthcare must address a variety of hidden factors that determine physical wellbeing. Because uncovering the underlying root causes of stress—whether they be financial, emotional, social, intellectual, or spiritual challenges—are the systemic prognosticators of healthy, successful, productive employees.

While some companies recognized among the Healthiest Companies in America focus on promoting physical health in their wellness programs, others go beyond. Ms. Kenworthy’s company includes addressing emotional needs. Yet another, Benefitfocus, targets financial wellness, citing the increasingly debt-laden millennial generation as they enter the workforce.

Employer’s Are Evaluated By Job Seekers

Yes, financial help with student debt is a big plus for millennial job seekers. But the most important shift happening in today’s job market is how far employers will go to recognize the myriad stressors of a complicated, hectic world. There is no doubt competition is fierce, the pace of life is blurry, juggling priorities remains an art, and paying for it all is . . . well, hard.

Employers that prove they understand these overwhelming and universal challenges among their workforce are increasingly viewed as career-worthy destinations. So, if the need exists and you offer it, does that mean engagement, improved whole person wellness, and the Holy Grail: reduced healthcare costs?

Engagement With Benefits Equals Success

To repeat from the opening quote of this article,

“holistic, engaging and personalized workplace wellness programs,” is the end game.

And it describes our vision at Why The Health Not?™ It’s our end game, too. You see, our Health Oriented Pairing Engine (our HOPE app) is a digital health platform—a whole person digital ecosystem—that tracks and gamifies 6 Pillars of Wellness.

In order to promote engagement and success toward meeting individual wellness goals, we plan on having a robust ecosystem of providers that can service all areas of wellness for health seekers. We’re also counting on forward-thinking employers to jump on board by promoting our digital health platform to their workforce.

Consequently, we’re signing on professionals who target 6 Pillars of Wellness as we build out our HOPE app (currently slated for Phase 2 Beta Feb 2017). We expect an enthusiastic level of engagement since we’ll be offering HOPE in emotional, financial, intellectual, social and spiritual health. And that’s on top of the all-important segment of physical health. Therefore, we also expect a greater chance of wellness-oriented success.

Healthiest Companies in America Making WTHN’s Case

One of the success stories cited in EBN’s article is Crowley Holdings, Inc. As stated in the article, “Crowley’s objectives were to:

  • “Continue reducing healthcare costs
  • “Improve health outcomes
  • “Increase program participation by both employees and their spouses
  • “Use the program as an employee recruitment and retention tool
  • “Enhance the company’s overall culture of wellness”

Great minds think alike. For these bullet points reflect the premise behind supporting our digital health HOPE app. When an employer truly desires the above, the answer will be found in advances in smart algorithms that put health seekers in control of preventative care and whole person wellness.

Discover HOPE, Learn More

Employers large and small are poised for success when they implement the tools that make their vision for tomorrow begin today. Interested in how digital health can help engage and improve your workforce?

Visit whythehealthnot.com and discover our HOPE app. Learn about our passion to shift from “sick” care to Wellness 2.0. Our HIPAA-compliant ecosystem is anonymous, sharable and educational. And it’s free to all health seekers.

You can help fine-tune a real-time, on-demand support structure that can have a positive long term effect on your company:

Systemic health in your organization, from the workforce itself, in all 6 Pillars, is an important first step.

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Why The Health Not IndieGoGo A Digital Health Platform?

A digital health IndieGoGo campaign is currently underway. Why The Health Not?™  wants to raise awareness and funding for its new algorithm and platform, entering Phase 2 Beta February 2017. As a result, health seekers and wellness professionals are needed as users of its new Health Oriented Pairing Engine (H.O.P.E.). Most importantly, this comprehensive wellness ecosystem propels healthcare to Wellness 2.0.

Because an  innovative, on demand, real-time health tracking and gamification platform in a HIPAA-compliant digital ecosystem means whole-person wellness.

Therefore, Why The Health Not IndieGoGo?

Campaign: Build the Bridge to HOPE

Contributions, first of all, help build The Bridge To HOPE. Since WTHN aims to shift people away from the old (“sick” care) to the new preventative model (true “health” care), a bridge is needed to make that happen. So, enter the infamous bridge of Tbilisi, Georgia. You may remember it was built to connect the old war-torn section of the city to the newly built one over the Kura River. Most noteworthy is what this bridge represents: HOPE for the future. Similarly, major advances in digital health tech are the bridge to the future of healthcare. And WTHN wants to build one of the most important bridge of all. Because this is best way to give the power of healthcare back to individuals.

6 Pillars of Wellness

Since the foundation of overall health is rooted in many areas of our lives, the HOPE algorithm incorporates six categories of wellness. Almost all individuals need help in any particular one of the following 6 Pillars of Wellness:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Social

In addition to pairing users with providers in each of the above pillars, HOPE also directs health seekers to relevant services, resources and educational materials according to individual specs. Therefore, HOPE is a vast, comprehensive, proprietary digital ecosystem.

As a result, specific input from users and providers creates individualized wellness solutions for personal lifestyle management. Finally, HOPE is a secure, HIPAA-compliant smartphone app, with real-time collaboration and gamification for maximum engagement and positive outcomes.

Find the IndieGoGo Campaign:
“Why The Health Not?: H.O.P.E., A New Digital Bridge To Total Wellness”

While you’re on the campaign  page, look inside the smartphone app and learn about a variety of perks, including:

  • get first access to the full app
  • receive “The Path To Awesomeness” book
  • add your personal story in a blog to the virtual Bridge of HOPE
  • tell your personal or professional story in an animated short
  • highlight your business to HOPE users in a three-part series

While the IndieGoGo campaign is live until December 1, 2016, WTHN developers are readying for the Phase 2 beta launch of the smartphone app in February 2017.

Maybe you can Help WTHN build the Bridge to HOPE. And participate in true health care, Wellness 2.0, especially relevant to everyone. Since digital health tracking and gamification is the straightest line to real-time life management, it probably means the difference between surviving and thriving.

Video Testimonials and More Information

In conclusion, watch this short video to get a glimpse into the importance of WTHN’s preventative wellness concept. Why The Health Not IndieGoGo? is a question you can probably answer as you help Build the Bridge to Hope. Most of all, you can start your own journey to whole-person wellness and true health care. Consequently, that is WTHN’s ultimate goal. And it should be yours, too!

Because Why The Health Not?™