Nicole Latimer, PresidentThe healthcare industry is ripe for disruption as individuals seek sustainable methods to improve their health and overall well-being. The use of technology that can be employed by both healthcare and employer systems is necessary for promoting well-being across a variety of demographic groups, and one company is creatively leading the tech revolution in both arenas.
StayWell, a health engagement company with a 40-year history, has recently introduced a number of new products that leverage technology to champion specific challenges faced by employers and health systems across the country. President of StayWell, Nicole Latimer, sees one of the most pressing issues facing health systems and employers today as patient and employee engagement. “When I think about the most important and innovative changes we are making, it comes down to the application of technology merging with the science of behavior change,” said Nicole. “The use of technology, particularly when it is advancing known scientific principles, can help tackle one of the largest challenges the U.S. has—the cost and quality of care.”
StayWell’s mantra is built on the foundational principle that when the right information is presented in the right way and at the right time, patients and employees alike are more likely to engage and make changes to improve their well-being. To effect this change, StayWell works diligently to develop real-world technology solutions focused on increasing engagement. Nicole states, “We look for ways to work with people based on what they want and where they are—both mentally and physically.” Whether that’s at home on their desktop, at a health fair or screening, or via their smartphone, StayWell provides tools and resources like digital coaching, on-demand educational content, challenges and tracking, and personalized tips and reminders to keep people engaged in improving their health.
StayWell is unique in their use of technology to customize solutions in ways that leave a lasting impact on a health system or employer. The company takes a comprehensive approach to building solutions that reflect the emotional, social, spiritual, financial, and physical health needs of a client’s population.
Our technology solutions also speak to the real-world needs of employers and health care providers and are easy to use and to integrate into their systems
Those elements are infused into comprehensive, best-practice programs and solutions, driven by the leading-edge technology. Nicole explains, “Health and well-being is influenced by many factors. Our programs address all these factors and, by integrating them into electronic medical records for health systems and HR systems for employers, and by making them accessible online and via mobile, we can engage people beyond the walls of the workplace or hospital.”
StayWell works with health systems and employers of all sizes. For example, Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, Va. and one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with more than 15,000 employees, worked with StayWell to create a culture of health awareness and to reduce employee health risks. StayWell worked with Dominion to develop a comprehensive program that changed behaviors and improved employee health for their diverse workforce through tailored communications, digital behavior change programs, and by providing convenient, on-site services.
Nicole sees a bright future for StayWell as the organization continues to focus on science, research, and outcomes while expanding into new markets, implementing new technology, and connecting with individuals to transform healthcare and well-being. “It’s an incredibly competitive time in healthcare, but it’s exciting as well. People are embracing a broader definition of health and well-being, and we look forward to contributing to this movement well into the future.”