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UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm Integrate New Wearable Devices with Wellness Program
February 7, 2017
UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm Incorporated, through its wholly owned subsidiary Qualcomm Life, Inc., recently announced enhancements and the expansion of UnitedHealthcare Motion™, a wellness program that provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.
UnitedHealthcare Motion was showcased in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, the annual technology convention in Las Vegas.
The two companies introduced UnitedHealthcare Motion in 2016 as a pilot in 12 states (Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C.) to select employers, using Qualcomm Life’s 2net™ Platform* for medical-grade connectivity that features multiple safeguards to help keep data secure. Following the successful test, the program was expanded to 40 states and will now include access to additional customized activity trackers through a ‘bring-your-own-device’ (BYOD) model. The program is now available to self-funded employers with five or more eligible employees and companies with fully insured health plans with 101 or more eligible employees in the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
All UnitedHealthcare Motion devices enable employees to earn up to $4 per day in deductible credits based on F.I.T. goals, which stands for frequency of walking goals (six times per day with 300 steps within five minutes at least one hour apart), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes) and tenacity (10,000 total steps each day). Employers can obtain premium savings based on program participants’ combined F.I.T. results. People who consistently achieve the F.I.T. goals tend to improve their health and reduce their medical expenses.1
Qualcomm Life will leverage its global connected health ecosystem and connectivity expertise to provide secure data transfer from the devices, to the Motion app and to UnitedHealthcare. Qualcomm Life will also enable the BYOD model to allow the integration of more activity trackers into the 2net Platform and UnitedHealthcare Motion, providing participants with more choice. Integrated activity trackers will be customized to enable users to see on their wrists how they are tracking against the program’s three daily F.I.T. goals.
The Fitbit Charge 2™ is the newest activity tracker integrated and validated with 2net and UnitedHealthcare Motion in this BYOD model. The custom feature can be activated during early 2017 on any Charge 2 device in market by any eligible program participant.
Employers are expected to incorporate more than 13 million wearable and fitness tracking devices into their wellness programs by 2018, according to technology consultancy Endeavors Partners. A related study published in Science & Medicine showed people tend to overestimate how much exercise they get each week by more than 50 minutes, and they underestimate sedentary time by more than two hours, underscoring the importance of a wellness program like UnitedHealthcare Motion.
These new technologies are designed to simplify the consumer health care experience by making helpful, practical information more accessible through personal technology devices such as computers, smartphones and wearables.
1Savvy Sherpa. Dishman, R. et al. 2013. Physical Activity Epidemiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
* 2net is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.
The UnitedHealthcare Motion™ app enables people to monitor their daily walking habits and earn up to $1,500 per year in financial rewards for meeting daily walking goals. (Source: UnitedHealthcare)
The Fitbit Charge 2™ is the latest custom-programmed activity tracker to be integrated into UnitedHealthcare Motion, a wearable device wellness program that provides enrollees with up to $1,500 in financial rewards for being active. (Source: Fitbit Inc.)