Why HR Should Include Employee Biometric Screening

Why HR Should Include Employee Biometric Screening

With inflation on the rise, is your company looking to improve the benefits you offer but also decrease costs associated with your health plan?

Included in nearly 75% of workplace wellness programs, biometric screenings can help monitor an employee’s health as well as increase workplace culture.

But why are biometric screenings so popular?

To answer this, let’s first look at what is included in a biometric health test.

What is biometric screening?

To put it simply, Biometric Screenings are just a simple blood test and some body measurements to gauge your overall health.

Don’t worry, the blood sample can either be a normal blood draw or as simple as a prick on your finger as this is necessary to perform Cholesterol and Glucose tests.

The vital data provided by these tests can help save employees’ lives and reduce long-term health care costs.

The test gets a reading on your:

  • total cholesterol
  • HDL cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

Along with that, general measurements will be taken for blood pressure, height, and weight to determine your Body Mass Index or BMI.

Finally, if required by your employer, your biometric screen will include waist and neck circumference measurements.

We also have trained wellness experts who provide friendly, confidential wellness education after the results.

Why are the health tests important to employees and employers?

The most important benefit of a Biometric Screening is determining an employee’s risk for a variety of issues that are preventable.

This instant feedback can help the employer understand the risk for various health issues that could arise at work.

These readings establish a health baseline that can be used to evaluate a person’s risk for:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack, or
  • Stroke

Getting tested, and getting something like your cholesterol under control, could help prevent you from having a high hospital bill later.

For employers, studies have shown that biometric health screenings can reduce health plan costs and help prevent missed time from work, lost wages, and more. Biometric screenings give employers an opportunity to look at employee health from a high level, adjust their health and wellness plans, and address issues that affect the workforce.

But don’t worry, patient privacy laws mean that an employee’s department manager won’t ever know their BMI or blood pressure results.

Different Types of Wellness Panels

Take biometric screening even further with comprehensive wellness panels to measure the overall health and wellness of your employees.

Commonly Ordered Wellness Panels:

  • Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c)
  • Cholesterol (Total Lipid Profile)
  • Blood Sugar
  • Thyroid (TSH)
  • Prostate Surface Antigen (PSA)

Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c): The test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. This is helpful in evaluating the long-term control of blood glucose concentrations in patients with diabetes, diagnosing diabetes and identifying patients at increased risk for diabetes (prediabetes)

Cholesterol (Total Lipid Profile): Testing includes triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL. This test is an important early screening for coronary artery disease.

Blood Sugar: A blood sugar test is a procedure that measures the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood at the time of the test. This test helps to diagnose diabetes. People with diabetes can also use this test to manage their condition.

Thyroid (TSH): A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. A thyroid panel checks the thyroid gland, which regulates crucial hormones and can impact mood, energy level, and metabolism and can help diagnose hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Prostate Surface Antigen (PSA): The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood.

Where can I get Biometric Screening done?

With CNS Occupational Medicine, you can

In our mobile units, up to 8 employees can be tested at a time, thus increasing your productivity, and eliminating the inconvenience of sending employees to offsite clinics.

Employees will be back to work within 15 minutes.

Interested in biometric screenings or want to develop a medical strategy for the workplace? We offer several other services that can accompany any medical strategy you need to achieve, including services like physicals, COVID-19 testing, drug testing, and so much more.

Find out more, call us at 800.551.9816 or email us at info@cnsoccmed.com.

Please be advised that all articles, blogs and written material are not intended to replace the advice of a physician.

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