Best Practice Partner, Fit3D tells us how 3D Technology Makes Them Relevant Again
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Posted by: Rebecca Nordan
HRA'S: HOW 3D TECHNOLOGY MAKES THEM RELEVANT AGAIN
April 13, 2015
A Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a health questionnaire used to provide feedback about the health status of a specific population and is a fairly routine requirement for health and life insurance applications. In our industry, HRA’s are common in the medical fitness setting, however, mixed opinions exist about how useful the data set is in it’s current form.
Fit3D has long considered exercise a form of medicine and developed the Fit3D ProScanner technology around this concept. The Fit3D ProScanner collects data about users that’s easy to integrate, applicable, trackable and is self operated with very little possibility of user error. The Fit3D team is confident that 3D body scanning technology can improve the relevancy of the data that’s gathered from HRA’s, regardless of your facility’s focus.
John Ciruli, Director of Health and Fitness for First Health of the Carolinas, explains that the data gathered from traditional HRA’s sometimes deterred his members from making lifestyle changes that his staff of fitness coaches could help with; instead they focused on the highlighted risks that weren’t as actionable. “People would get caught up in the negative feedback from their HRA. New member’s couldn’t see past all that to the lifestyle changes they actually could fairly easily implement.”
Bob Boone, President and CEO of the Medical Fitness Association, explains that HRA’s are just one tool in the arsenal of medical fitness, but exercise professionals may prefer functional testing over standard HRA questionnaires. “Medical Fitness facilities find more value from testing in areas such as strength, endurance and flexibility which aren’t included in a traditional HRA.” Bob went on to explain that fitness focused facilities also find value in assessing blood pressure, heart rate, recovery rates and metabolism - metrics that are rarely seen on standard HRA’s.
Boone’s work history includes executive positions at First Health of the Carolinas. He explained that a big challenge he and his team experienced during his time there was that of repeat assessments. “For HRA’s to be valuable, they need to be a longitudinal record of the population over time. When you’re monitoring health trends, one data point on a graph does not provide much help and many times, that’s all we got.”
Boone believes that HRA data is useful to community based medical facilities that use this data to allocate government funding for health related issues. “Over the years, HRA data helped us learn about the specific needs of our community. That data played a part in our strategic planning process and allowed us to address the highest needs of our community with our health dollars.”
We talked to a handful of professionals that have held administrator roles in medical fitness facilities in addition to years of experience with HRA’s and most of their reactions were the same - from the fitness perspective, HRA’s are not worth the time or money in their current state. Fit3D is confident their ProScanner technology can change the industry’s perspective on HRA’s by ensuring the information gathered is relevant, cost effective, easy to track and applicable in both the medical and fitness environments - especially those facilities that treat fitness as preventative medicine.
Dr. John Shepherd, Associate Professor at UCSF School of Medicine, specializes in quantitative imaging methods and has been studying the efficacy of 3D technology in regards to health risk assessment. Dr. Shepherd believes that 3D technology provides objective data that can be used in both the medical and fitness environments. “3D body scanning imagery provides data that can be used as a statistical model for an objective assessment of the population.”
“The data that Fit3D captures makes it an invaluable tool; worth way more than it actually costs.” Mike Dupuis, COO of Key Health Institute, added his opinion about how the Fit3D ProScanner technology can make HRA’s more effective. “The Fit3D ProScanner is invaluable starting with the very first assessment. The scientific data it captures, ease of use and trackability make it the perfect assessment tool.”
Dupuis went on to explain the major differences between the Fit3D ProScanner and old school HRA methods used in the past. “Not only is this a self-use tool that’s accurate and trackable with very minimal possibility of user error, the feedback it generates is used to educate and motivate. We can’t say that of any other assessment tool in the industry today.”
Dupuis was asked, in what ways does the Fit3D ProScanner improve upon the traditional HRA? “Fit3D’s technology is comprehensive in a way that allows us to integrate it with our current programs, but its variety of applications make it an ideal tool for the demands of this constantly evolving industry. This technology is easy to latch on to.”
Fit3D is constantly discovering new ways to make aged, ineffective and burnt out assessment methods productive and beneficial again, but with innovative technology that’s easy to incorporate as time continues to change the demands of the industry. Keeping your members on track to achieving their own personal version of health and wellness has never been this easy.
Curious about how the Fit3D ProScanner can boost your evolving suite of comprehensive programming? Contact our sales team.