Seattle, WA, May 16, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Health123, a Seattle-based technology company that provides tools to help individuals understand and improve their health and wellness, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Vera Whole Health.
Vera Whole Health offers onsite and near-site health care to employers, including primary care, urgent care and health coaching. The company’s goal is to help people establish healthy lifestyles and take preventive measures to avoid chronic illness, which ultimately leads to reduced total cost of care.
As part of the collaboration, Health123 will provide Vera Whole Health with online tools and data to help patients track and manage their health. Tools include Health123’s dashboards, online health assessments, mobile app, health and fitness tips and more. Not only will these tools be available to patients, but Vera Whole Health coaches will have a completely connected portal with their own toolset and analytics to monitor patient outcomes and further support their healthy lifestyle changes.
“Here at Vera Whole Health, we believe that empathetic listening is the secret to helping people change behaviors,” said Ryan Schmid, President and CEO of Vera Whole Health. “We also believe that doing this requires human-to-human interaction. Health123 allows our health coaches to further empower patients with knowledge and resources even when they aren’t face to face.”
Health123’s health and wellness technology solutions coincide with an emerging trend toward the use of digital tools such as wearables, health and wellness apps through iTunes and Android marketplaces, and other online resources. According to Pew Research Internet Project report published in late 2013, 72 percent of internet users say they looked online for health information of one kind or another within the past year, and half of smartphone owners have used their phone to look up health information.
“Our research has shown that by providing an individual with information about their health in a way that is easy to read and understand – such as a dashboard – they can make small daily changes that they can track over time, which will go a long way towards improving and sustaining healthy habits over the long term,” said Rebecca Norlander, CEO of Health123. “That said, partnerships like the one we have with Vera Whole Health are critical because technology alone is not always enough. The personal connection a wellness coach or care manager provides can be essential to help individuals to see true health improvements.”
Health123 is a Seattle-based healthcare IT company that has developed a Wellness Collaboration Platform that supports the Triple Aim in healthcare (reduced cost, improved outcomes, and better patient satisfaction). Health123 provides technology solutions for health "coaches," from primary care providers to wellness coaches to medical assistants that drive effective health ownership and behavior change in their patients. With Health123's coach-patient collaboration portal and patient mobile apps in place, pioneering ACO’s and innovative primary care providers can have the tools and analytics necessary to improve population health management.
For more information, visit www.health123.com, or follow @health123 on Twitter.
About Vera Whole Health
Vera Whole Health is a Seattle-based worksite health care provider and industry leader in personal health and behavior change. Specializing in primary, preventive, urgent and wellness care, Vera helps clients reduce health care costs and improve the health and well-being of employees and their families. Visit verawholehealth.com for more information or follow @VeraWholeHealth on Twitter.