2017 was another year of achievements. Can we top this in 2018?

Analytics’ Results: Among many are almost $1 million in pharmaceutical savings, a decrease in emergency department utilization particularly among the Medicare population, and an upward trend in loyalty to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). These are highlighted in the inaugural 2017 Populytics Progress Report.

Ask-Five.com: Populytics marketing worked with physicians from LVHN and Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization (LVPHO) to create consumer-friendly videos that educate consumers about questioning what test, treatments, and procedures are right for them. The first in the series tackled antibiotics and when they are appropriate; the second is in production and will focus on when imaging studies are actually necessary in the case of low back pain. Visit Ask-Five.com

BeneQUIT Webinar: When BeneFIT Corporate Wellness introduced BeneQUIT, its enhanced tobacco cessation program, a webinar hosted by BeneFIT experts provided education and resources to employers for helping their employees effectively quit tobacco use. View BeneQUIT Webinar.

Big Data Onboard: A recently added big data framework is giving Populytics enormous processing power. It handles practically unlimited concurrent tasks, enabling additional processing runs, increased throughput, and ability to handle more volume. Learn more about Populytics.

Board Certification of Health Coaches: All four BeneFIT Health Coaches were among the first in the country to become board certified in health and wellness coaching under new standards created by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaches (ICHWC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Health Coaches Certification.

Care Management Expansion: Populytics welcomed a new manager to Care Coordination, and promoted the interim director to Administrator of the Care Management team. The growing department handles the more than 1,000 authorizations each day, helping patients and providers navigate the LVHN Health Plan in order to ensure the right care is provided, based on clinical guidelines, and also that costs are managed well. Learn about Clinical Care Coordination.

Fastest Growing Companies: Populytics was named No. 16 among 45 of the fastest growing companies in the Lehigh Valley, an award sponsored by Lehigh Valley Business. President and CEO Gregory G. Kile accepted the award at a celebratory breakfast. Learn more.

Lehigh Valley Business: A case history published in Lehigh Valley Business about a BeneFIT client covered how a healthy company culture can offer positive health benefits for employees, and can influence productivity, benefiting employers. Read more.

Lehigh Valley Flex Blue: This new health insurance product, the result of a milestone collaboration between LVHN and Highmark, was launched on January 1, 2017. Its goal is to provide a cost-effective option for employers that want to provide employees with access to the best care. Learn more.

National Wellness Conference: Health educators, coaches, and directors on the BeneFIT Corporate Wellness team were presenters at the National Wellness Conference, “Cultivating Cultures that Flourish,” in St. Paul, MN. Learn more about BeneFIT Corporate Wellness.

NCQA: Populytics and BeneFIT Corporate Wellness became Accredited in Health and Wellness Promotion by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, signifying our health and wellness program meets high national standards for delivery and results. Learn more.

Optum® Forum 2017: Colleagues from LVHN and Populytics’ analytics team presented at the Optum Forum in Washington, D.C. They illustrated Populytics’ success with integrating patient registries into the Epic EMR system used by its parent organization, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Learn more.

Rodale Corporate Challenge: Populytics officially joined the Valley Preferred cycling teams that participate in the annual bicycle race at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. In 2017, our two teams came in second and third – maintaining an 11-year winning streak. Read more.

VIA Marathon: Colleagues from Populytics and BeneFIT Corporate Wellness, in two teams, once again tackled the 26.2-mile team relay course in this LVHN-sponsored summer race. Donations help support VIA of the Lehigh Valley, which provides services for children and adults with disabilities. Read more.