What is biometric screening? A biometric screening is a clinical process that examines key indicators to determine your current health risks. Multiple screenings, over time, compare results showing increases or decreases in risk. Most commonly, biometric screenings are used in corporate settings to show the overall population's state of health. A venous draw or the finger stick method routinely test for Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), Triglycerides, and Glucose. More recently companies are also asking to test for Cotinine, which indicates nicotine use. Additionally, a biometric screening includes important body measurements that include; blood pressure, heart rate, BMI, waist, hip and neck measurements, and body fat percent.
Collectively, these important health indicators offer an objective view of one's overall health risks. For instance, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity are risks for Cardiovascular Disease and elevated fasting glucose puts one at risk for Diabetes.
For individuals, these results may bring awareness to conditions that otherwise had no obvious symptoms and can prevent a catastrophic event such as a heart attack or stroke. With a lifestyle change, in conjunction with his or her doctor, these conditions can often be lessened or reversed.
In a corporate setting, a company can view the aggregate results of the biometric screening to determine the overall health of its population. Your company may determine that 30% of your population has high blood pressure, 50% is overweight, and another 5% is prediabetic. Data shows that less than healthy employees often miss more work, are less productive, and cost the organization more in health care.
Progressive company's who understand the value of a healthy workforce implement a solution such as a wellness program to improve its population's health, increase productivity, and slow (or prevent) the rise in healthcare costs. Although the solution is the same across the board, eat a healthy diet and exercise, each individual requires a unique prescription depending on his or her health conditions and current level of fitness. For instance, a meal plan for someone who is diabetic will be quite different than for someone who is not. And an exercise prescription looks much different for someone who has been sedentary versus someone who has already incorporated some daily activity.
Biometric screenings provide critical information about both an individual as well as the overall health of an organization; however, are useless unless action is taken to improve the results.