The Value of Health Risk Assessment Data

Data that drives population health in the right direction

Health risk assessment data is one lane in the big data highway. When gathering population health data, you may look at:

  • Electronic health records
  • Claims data
  • Genomic databases
  • Consumer data
  • Health risk assessment data
  • And more

Health and lifestyle data helps wellness and population health managers target interventions to individuals with certain conditions or whose health habits pose a significant risk to future health.

The WellSuite® IV health risk assessment (HRA) collects self-reported health and lifestyle data such as diet, sleep, sitting, mood-altering drugs like alcohol and relaxants, happiness, and change readiness. Our clients use this data as they map out targeted, effective next steps for their populations.

For Moda, we can use the HRA data and claims data to identify members that may need additional support managing their health, and the HRA’s NCQA certification takes a huge load off our shoulders.

Mark Mitchell, Supervisor of Moda Wellness and Health Operations

Uncovering risk

All health professionals rely on self-reported data when they ask about pain, collect family history, or ask questions to identify alcohol abuse. They need the person to tell them about their symptoms before they can know what course of action to take. Asking someone about their health habits can uncover a risk for future conditions like obesity, stroke, heart attack, cancer, or depression.

While self-reported data is subject to bias, research has shown that self-reported well-being and biometric data can have high reliability. To minimize bias in self-reported data:

Wellness and health professionals can confidently use self-reported data to design programs and messaging that will resonate with their populations when questions are asked in this manner. And when an HRA asks individuals if they are ready to change their habits, population health professionals can use this self-reported information to tailor their intervention approach.

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Around-the-Clock Data Access

At Wellsource, clients always own their data, and we provide customizable and flexible reporting that they can access 24/7/365.

Actionable data

Wellsource clients can learn a lot about individuals by studying WellSuite® IV HRA data, including:

  • Lifestyle practices including exercise, nutrition practices, tobacco use, alcohol use, and stress management
  • Overall health as measured by sick days and self-perception of productivity and health
  • Risk of future costly conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and psychological distress.
  • Change readiness to tailor messaging and interventions that meet individuals where they are at in terms of willingness to take action

This data allows clients to be proactive, rather than reactive. It identifies and predicts risk factors for preventable chronic conditions. Combined with readiness to change data, clients can pinpoint and prioritize the best programs and interventions for their populations.