With the costs of healthcare changing, many companies and organizations have invested in biometric screenings with the ultimate goal of helping employees be healthier while maintaining lower costs for insurance and healthcare.

Employers are increasingly using workplace health screenings as a tool to create a culture of “wellness” and to rein in potential costs related to the healthcare of its employees. Biometric screenings in the workplace can help to determine an employee’s risk for other serious health conditions and determine a plan to help maintain wellness.

Let’s take a look at what a biometric screening is and how it can help you.

What Is A Biometric Screening?

A biometric screening will assess your vital statistics and typically include measuring your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. Some screenings may include a measure of your aerobic fitness, ask about your tobacco use, or ask about your exercise habits. Your screening may also include wellness counseling and education, risk assessments, and exercise programs which may also be provided by your employer as an incentive.

How Long Do Biometric Screenings Take?

A biometric screening is relatively short, HealthMed screenings take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The procedure will typically include the following:

• A healthcare professional will measure your height weight.
• They may use a tape measure to measure your waist circumference and possibly your hip circumference.
• They’ll put a blood pressure cuff around your arm to get a blood pressure reading.
• They may draw your blood from a finger prick or a needle in your vein (venipuncture).
• You may be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, which asks about your medical history or any health issues you may be concerned about.

The biometric screening doesn’t involve diagnosis. It only indicates possible risk factors.

What is the Purpose of Biometric Screenings?

While your employer will not be able to see your individual results per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), your company or organization will use the overall information from overall screenings to help improve health benefits to better meet the needs of their people. The information from biometric screenings can also help employers and organizations decide which health programs to offer.

Many organizations offer incentives to help encourage participation. Discounts on health insurance premiums, contributions to health savings accounts, discounts to gyms or excessive classes, or other incentives may be offered as an additional benefit to your health screen. Being educated and learning more about your health and how to maintain healthy lifestyles is a benefit to you, your family, and your employer!