Hunt Valley, July 13, 2010 — ConnectYourCare now provides participants with online health resources from WebMD, the leading provider of health information services, bringing an innovative suite of personalized health management and decision-support applications to participants.
ConnectYourCare, a leading consumer-directed healthcare (CDH) account administrator, was the first company to integrate CDH account information and health education tools in 2002. In support of its commitment to providing advanced technology and best-of-breed health management solutions, ConnectYourCare evaluated its consumer health education resources and selected WebMD to help enhance its offerings. ConnectYourCare’s new health portal enables participants to access interactive, clinically accurate, and relevant health care information, resources, and applications with ease.
“Providing our participants the most advanced health management tools on the market has always been one of our most important corporate goals,” said Jamie Spriggs, chief marketing officer for ConnectYourCare. “We think that WebMD’s comprehensive solution set is the best on the market, and we are pleased to put them at our participants’ fingertips. Offering online health and wellness resources, provider and treatment decision support and engagement services that include integrated rewards and incentives are critical to advancing consumerism in healthcare. Access to these services and programs is a contributing factor to the success in the consumer-directed market to date.”
This relationship blends WebMD’s proven technology and expertise in personalized health information services with ConnectYourCare’s expertise in healthcare account information. By providing resources that help participants evaluate hospitals, estimate treatment costs, compare prescriptions, assess their health levels, and learn more about medical symptoms, ConnectYourCare is helping participants advance their roles as educated consumers of healthcare.
“ConnectYourCare recognizes that health and financial decisions are closely linked and require an integrated view of the individual’s benefit, provider and treatment options,” says Craig Froude, executive vice president, WebMD. “We are excited to work with ConnectYourCare to provide their participants with comprehensive health information resources that foster involvement, promote informed decisions, and ultimately drive better health outcomes.”
ConnectYourCare participants will have access to the following health management resources in their online portal:
• WebMD HealthQuotientSM, a personal health risk profile that provides individualized reports and action plans targeted to the member’s modifiable risk factors to help them adopt healthier behaviors
• WebMD Treatment Cost AdvisorSM, a treatment cost estimator that helps members estimate costs for hundreds of common conditions, procedures, tests, and health care visits
• the WebMD Health Encyclopedia, which explains medical terms in an easy-to-understand, consumer-friendly manner
• Hospital and Rx comparison tools from WebMD that allow participants to compare hospitals by location and quality outcomes and understand the costs and alternatives to prescriptions
• the WebMD Symptom Checker, which provides an intuitive “point to where it hurts” interface and simple, step-by-step questions, and corresponding health information
The content, applications, and services from WebMD enable ConnectYourCare participants to research medical information, research associated costs and rate treatment options. The information gathered enables participants to have more intelligent, meaningful and decisive conversations with their medical providers. ConnectYourCare’s Stewardship Pledge states that the ConnectYourCare will support clients as they seek to reduce overall healthcare costs, without compromising health outcomes. These new enhancements, delivered through an online health portal, support that pledge by helping clients engage employees in the collaborative effort to help manage rising healthcare costs.
ConnectYourCare’s consumer-directed healthcare (CDH) benefit delivery platform provides a pathway for migration to account-based health plans, supplying tools for consumers to better manage their healthcare dollars. ConnectYourCare’s core strategy is based upon providing stewardship to its customers by helping them simplify complex health benefit concepts, motivate individuals to act, and execute a successful solution, resulting in long-term health benefit cost containment. Please visit www.ConnectYourCare.com for more information or call 1-877-495-3341.
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