A New Way to Cut Health Care Costs Playing The “Is It Healthy?” Game

Once you absorb the impact of the health dividends Reliable Production Machining and Welding achieved you might find yourself wondering how the rest of us can join together to cut out the middleman and still maintain access to the preventative care that offers the largest, long lasting effects.

There’s more to the story I’m sure, but it has the three key elements for success: connect, contribute and collaborate. This weeks “Is It Healthy?” Game Business Innovator. The clincher was what employees said they liked about it. Designed for health and healthy it is.  Can it really be that basic? Congrats on the health savings dividend per employee from playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game.

Virgin Health Miles takes a novel approach to getting desired health results with the biggest  impacts to the challenges of each of their clients’ needs using incentives and the power of social networks to drive measurable health results.

Organizations that promote employee health and well-being are 3½ times more likely to encourage creativity and innovation, according to research by Right Management, the people who know that one third of employees eat lunch at their desks. I can attest to that. Yesterday I met two hospital health workers who not only confessed to being guilty as charged, but one was actually eating hers while we chatted.

How Can We Use Adult Learning Principles in Our Training?  Relevance is a key element and speaks to what the training is designed to achieve. What about how adults process information? Some are auditory, some visual or kinesthetic in terms of primary information processing pathways.  It would seem that by simply addressing those modalities in training content would also be a value added enhancement, but would no doubt be a good predictor of successful implementation and adoption of the training.

The total cost of health care for a typical family of four covered by a preferred provider plan (PPO) is $19,393, an increase of $1,319, or 7.3% over 2010.

Even though the rate of increase is slowing from prior years, it has taken fewer than nine years for such costs to more than double. In 2002, the cost of health care for the typical family of four was $9,235 according to the 2011 Millimen Medical Index.

Counties and municipalities are building alliances, with institutions and businesses and are actively looking for ways of  sharing data, providing programs and opening community clinics to facilitate the type of health care needed by the community. That includes multi-lingual, and multi cultural audiences.  Language, literacy and laziness are a devastating social handicap and they are lurking in all our communities.

We can see the writing on the wall. The good news is there are some easy, engaging and effective ways to play the “Is It Healthy?” Game and have everyone come out winners.

With Bitcasa, The Entire Cloud Is Your Hard Drive For Only $10 Per Month

The cloud is now your hard drive. And not just a few dozen Gigabytes, Terabytes or even Petabytes, but all of it – infinite storage – for only $10 per month. This is the incredible promise of the new TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Bitcasa.

Sara Perez wrote up a great piece explaining the “secret sauce” that makes Bitcasa pretty irresistible.

How To Make QR Codes More Beautiful

Hamilton Chan is CEO and founder of Paperlinks. With the free Paperlinks iPhone app, featured previously by Apple as the #1 New & Noteworthy app, consumers can scan and view QR code content with a native app experience. Paperlinks also provides a powerful platform for generating QR codes, hosting content and tracking their performance.

She also wrote a great article about how to make QR codes more beautiful. I had no idea that was even a possibility.

Practical Tips for PR Professionals: Marketing Via Twitter

From BurrellsLuce

As the media landscape becomes increasing competitive, PR and communications professionals must up their social game. These five tips will help you leverage Twitter for your marketing and communications efforts:

1. Identify casual followers vs. power users. Tools, such as Twitalyzer, are designed to help you learn who to follow and who has the most community influence based on who you’ve identified as being relevant and aligned with your target audiences.

2. Understand trending topics. Consider implementing timed tweets or paying to promote your account. Twitter offers advertisers the ability to promote their products, tweets, trends, and accounts via paid engagement. Promoted accounts see more visibility and come up at the top of Twitter searches and follower timelines.

3. Leverage employee profiles with branding. Twitter now offers websites the ability to incorporate a “follow” widget directly on the company’s site, streamlining the traditional “connect with us” process on Twitter. This widget can also be implemented on the bios of employees who blog on behalf of your company, brand or client so you are further connecting employee brand ambassador activity with your organization.

4. Strengthen your SEO efforts. The new Twitter search allows you to not only see the standard tweets, but also returns videos and pictures in the results. Newer browsers, such as Firefox with Twitter, offer the ability for users to type a hashtag or username in the address bar and find the results for that particular page.

5. Tie activities back to business goals and objectives. Always remember why your organization is engaging in Twitter. Free analytics only give you a portion of the picture. BurrellesLuce Social Media Monitoring (Engage121) allows you to create custom charts and graphs illustrating both quantitative and qualitative metrics, as well transcripts and charts of your favorite Twitter chats.

BottomLine: Build one-to-one relationships. BurrellesLuce Social Media Monitoring (Engage121) not only offers you the ability to build and manage your communities of interest; it also integrates traditional media with social media, allowing you to follow bylined journalists of traditional publications in one location. Connect with relevant journalist and bloggers via Twitter directly from your print and web coverage and create individual, custom social media campaigns—all in one place.