How Can Biometric Screenings Help Your Business? January 27, 2015 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment Wellness programs are becoming increasingly common among companies of all types and sizes. Simple blood tests and some basic health tips based on potential risk zones can do a lot to help employees, and employers, stay happy and feeling well throughout the year and during the crunch times in which good health is even more important. Passport Health offers wellness services that help employees understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle based on their unique situations. Biometric health screenings are not time intensive and provide key baseline measures for any corporate health initiative. These screenings involve a short visit with registered health professionals who will check vitals, record BMI, administer basic blood tests, and provide easy to understand advice on what the individual can do in order to maintain and improve his or her health. How does a biometric event work? It is simple! Everything is brought to the workplace, to make the screening as convenient as possible for employees. Employees are even able to pre-register for a time slot for the screening well in advance of the event to minimize time away from work. Passport Health even provides flyers for posting around the facility and email templates to remind everyone about the benefits that come with a wellness check. Here is a bit more detail on what to expect at a biometric screening event at your workplace. Step 1- Check-In Each employee will be emailed a wellness screening form during the event sign up process. These forms will be also available when the employee checks in. Basic information such as name, DOB, and gender will be collected during the check in process, as this informs health risk indicators. Step 2- Height, Weight and BMI After basic information is recorded, employees will proceed to Station 2 where height and weight are measured using a scale and stadiometer and BMI, or Body Mass Index, is calculated. BMI is an important indicator of whether an individual is underweight, healthy, or obese, and this measure can help employees develop a personal wellness plan alongside other tests that will be performed. Step 3- Blood Pressure Blood pressure is one of the key indicators of cardiovascular health and is a major predictor of heart attack, stroke, heart disease and many more potential issues. Each employee’s blood pressure is recorded and his or her risk levels are analyzed at this stage in the process. Step 4- Blood Glucose and Lipid Panel Much like blood pressure, a person’s blood glucose level is a very important health indicator that can point out secondary health problems. Thus, a fingerprick blood test with instant results is used to determine blood glucose levels. Unlike some other tests, there are a variety of factors that can affect the results of a blood glucose test. For example, consuming food before the test, from a cup of coffee to a candy bar, can distort results. It is generally suggested that an individual observe a 12-hour fast in order to obtain the most accurate results. Post Event Once all stations are completed, a nurse reviews screening results with each employee, and tailored recommendations for follow up are made. The employee may take a copy of the screening form with him or her, and the screening results and recommendations will be uploaded to a secure Passport Health server so that the employee can review them at his or her convenience later as well. Per employer request, Passport Health can also provide necessary immunizations and other preventative care to employees to help ensure good health during the rest of the year. A comprehensive wellness program is a key component to any business in today’s economy and is key to a healthy, happy workforce. To learn more about what biometric screenings can do for you and your company visit Passport Health’s Corporate Wellness Portal.