Safeway Selects OneHealth® to Help Employees Connect, Share, and Improve
Technology-Enabled Service Engages Employees Through Peer Supported Social
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. -- February 27, 2013
OneHealth® Solutions, Inc., the leading behavior change platform company
improving health outcomes for patients, providers, payers and employers, today
announced that Safeway Inc., a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food
and drug retailers in North America, has selected OneHealth to help support
healthy living for its 171,000 employees.
“Safeway is committed to developing programs that enable our employees to make
informed and sustainable healthcare decisions,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, senior
vice president and chief medical officer at Safeway. “We offer a number of
innovative healthcare programs, and integrating a peer support program like
OneHealth allows us to leverage the power of the community to support
individuals on their health journey.”
Safeway’s benefit-eligible employees and their dependents can access
OneHealth’s private, technology-enabled service which provides 24/7 support
for a wide range of chronic behavioral and medical conditions, including
addiction, depression, stress reduction, asthma, obesity, and caregiver/family
OneHealth’s HIPAA-compliant Social Solutioning® platform includes access to
peer health coaches, community managers, expert discussions, and live online
meetings and group chats where members can learn and interact with guest
experts to drive positive behavior change.
In addition to peer support from a variety of health communities, employees
can manage their health utilizing personal analytics and feedback loops,
including emotional check-ins and alerts for real-time interventions.
The importance of implementing programs that help improve the psychosocial
aspects of employee health is underscored by a new study co-authored by Ron
Goetzel, a research professor and the director of Emory University's Institute
for Health and Productivity Studies and vice president of consulting and
applied research for Truven Health Analytics, demonstrating that 22.4 percent
of the $366 million spent annually by seven employers can be attributed to
just 10 health risk factors. For example, the study found that annual medical
spending for an employee with depression is 48 percent higher than for a
worker without depression.
Bruce Springer, CEO of OneHealth, commented, “Peer-to-peer interaction helps
influence personal behavior to motivate and support employees as well as help
better manage high cost, chronic illnesses. We are excited to support
Safeway’s health initiatives by providing engaging tools, content and peer
encouragement to support positive change and increase employee self-confidence
to manage their conditions.”
About OneHealth Solutions, Inc.
OneHealth is the leading behavior change platform for the healthcare industry
via a technology-enabled services model that lowers the costs of care
management and provides greater outcomes for chronic patient populations. Our
web and mobile-based Social Solutioning® program influences positive behavior
to improve health and deliver measurable value through a patented combination
of social-networking technology, evidence-based clinical principles, and
engaging game mechanics. For additional information visit www.onehealth.com.
About Safeway www.Safeway.com
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug
retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,641 stores
in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $44.2 billion
in 2012. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol SWY.
OneHealth Solutions, Inc.
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