The Benefits of Biometric Screening

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Taking control of your health starts with simple steps.  And when it comes to your health, knowledge is power.

Biometric screening is great first step in empowering yourself and your health care provider to take charge of your total wellness.  Data obtained in a biometric screening provides insights into your total health and allows healthcare professionals to propose meaningful strategies for the maintenance and enhancement of your well-being.  It also allows for better population health management plans. With data on our side, costs can be reduced by creating plans that embody services most likely to be utilized by a community.

What is a biometric screening?

A biometric screening is a comprehensive analysis of your health.  Screenings look at several different metrics in order to create a fuller picture of your overall health.  Screenings may measure:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Pulse
  • Waist Circumference
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Glucose
  • Blood Pressure

… and other simple metrics.

Biometric screenings are usually fast and relatively non-invasive, but can provide a host of information that will allow your healthcare team to design the most comprehensive action plan for your on-going wellness.   They can also point your healthcare provider to possible warning signs of illnesses down the road.  They can reveal previously unknown conditions as well.

Biometric screenings are vital in the prevention and early-identification of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.  Because the early stages of these diseases might not have any symptoms at all, it is important to undergo regular biometric screenings in order to best manage these diseases, prevent complications, or even reverse their pathology.

Because this data is so valuable to not only prevention, but cost management, some healthcare providers are now even offering incentive programs to motivate patients to take charge of their preventative care. Your healthcare provider will suggest a timeline for the recurring exams: annual physicals may not be necessary depending on your age, gender, and other health factors.

The more information you have, the more power you and your health care provider have over your health.  The Catholic Benefits Trust supports its members by performing in-depth analytics of medical data, and uses results to assist employees in the identification of health risks. This data helps patients navigate an often complex system of care to achieve optimal results and potentially a longer, healthier life. The ability to identify health risks is greatly enhanced when the data includes biometric screening of employees and dependents.  It enables the identification of problems at an earlier stage, sometimes before the individual was aware of it.
Your personal data is an essential tool for both you and your provider as you work together to make the best decisions about your health.  Do you know your numbers?

Steve Dillman