UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm expand corporate wellness program, add BYOD model

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American managed health care company UnitedHealthcare and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm have announced an improvement and expansion of their wellness program UnitedHealthcare Motion.

The program provides employees with activity trackers at no additional charge and enables them to earn up to $1,500 per year by meeting certain goals for the number of daily steps.

The companies started UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program in 2016 as a pilot in 12 states. The employers were selected during the pilot by using Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Life’s 2net Platform for medical-grade connectivity that features multiple safeguards to help keep data secure. UnitedHealthcare Motion was expanded to 40 states after the pilot program was declared a success. The program is now available to self-funded employers with five or more eligible employees, and companies with fully insured health plans with 101 or more eligible employees.

The F.I.T goals stands for frequency of walking goals (six times per day with 300 steps within five minutes at least one hour apart), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes) and tenacity (10,000 total steps each day). Based on these F.I.T goals, the wrist activity trackers allow employees to earn up to $4 per day in deductible credits. Based on program participants’ combined F.I.T. results, employers can obtain premium savings.

Using its global connected health ecosystem and connectivity expertise, Qualcomm Life will securely transfer data from the devices to the Motion app and to UnitedHealthcare. To provide users with more choice, Qualcomm Life said it will also enable a bring your own device (BYOD) model that will allow integration of additional customized activity trackers into the 2net Platform and UnitedHealthcare Motion. The Fitbit Charge 2 will be the newest activity tracker integrated and validated with 2net and UnitedHealthcare Motion in this BYOD model.

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