benefitsCONNECT® Announces wellnessCONNECT Powered by The Health & Wellness Institute®

wellnessCONNECT allows brokers to deliver an integrated wellness solution to engage employees in healthy behaviors and reward them for success.

Elk Grove, CA, August 27, 2011 --( benefitsCONNECT® announced at their 3rd Annual Benefits Technology Users Summit the launch of wellnessCONNECT, a new prevention-oriented product powered by The Health & Wellness Institute (HWI) that gives health insurance brokers the option to provide a package of wellness services to their employer groups.

With a commitment to stay on the leading edge of employee benefits and services, benefitsCONNECT® is partnering with HWI to provide wellnessCONNECT, a best-in-class multi-channel wellness solution.. Employers will connect to a self-contained wellness module that houses their purchased options through a single sign-on process on the benefitsCONNECT® enrollment portal. wellnessCONNECT is designed to work as a cohesive unit that complements the employer’s entire portfolio of care management services, such as case and disease management and Employee Assistance Programs. This new solution is designed to achieve the following objectives:

Assess Risk – An assessment of risk is the first step toward developing a targeted, comprehensive wellness strategy. Upon completion of HWI’s Personal Health Assessment (PHA), participants receive an individualized report that provides a summary of their health risks and immediately directs them to the appropriate resources to help mitigate these risks.

Drive Engagement – wellnessCONNECT offers employers/employees a simple yet powerful way to track their activities by guiding each participant through pre-defined requirements for their wellness initiative. The platform uses a risk-based protocol from the PHA to recommend activities, such as a viewing a smoking cessation or stress management video in the wellness portal.

Sustain Behaviors – The lack of cohesion inherent with à la carte offerings allows participants to fall through the cracks. wellnessCONNECT provides an integrated package that provides ongoing support and reevaluates data collected with each assessment campaign to direct participants to relevant programs and services. wellnessCONNECT’s responsiveness to change and accessible presence ensures that participants stay engaged in the most suitable health interventions.

“The wellnessCONNECT product is a customized offering that HWI designed specifically to improve the health behaviors of benefitsCONNECT® users through our web-based engagement tool known as your personal health assistant , or yourpha, and our high-touch Health Coaching service,” said Manager of Product Innovation Todd Farias. “We are pleased to be working with a forward-thinking company like benefitsCONNECT®, and we look forward to working with the brokers and employers seeking to create a positive bottom line impact.”

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with HWI,” says Ja’Nene Kane, President/COO of benefitsCONNECT®. “Brokers have been asking for a wellness solution for a while now, and we’re pleased to be able to deliver a top-notch solution that fully integrates with benefitsCONNECT®.”

About The Health & Wellness Institute (HWI)

The Health & Wellness Institute is a national health management solutions provider, focused on reducing risk, improving health, and enhancing productivity through the delivery of innovative worksite wellness programs and services. HWI’s team has developed and refined its methodology and resources for over 30 years, and currently services more than 300 large employers, thousands of small businesses, and more than three million individuals through a growing network of health plan partnerships and direct employer engagements. For more information, visit or call 401.228.1400.

About Transcend Technologies Group, Inc.

Founded in 2001, Transcend Technologies Group, Inc. (dba benefitsCONNECT®) is a privately held company that specializes in Internet-based software applications for the health insurance and benefits industry. Transcend licenses benefitsCONNECT® for benefits administration and online enrollment and benefitsCONNECT® agencyMANAGER for agency management functionality, and has established clients in 43 states who entrust their book of business to benefitsCONNECT® products. For additional information, visit, or contact Sales at 916-421-4000 or

Transcend Technologies Group, Inc., dba benefitsCONNECT
Alicia Carter