November 1, 2010
Meredith College Improves Waistlines and Corporate Bottom
Line with Know Your Number® Advanced health risk assessment seen
as prescription for controlling health care costs
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – BioSignia, a leading
technology company bringing health assessment solutions to the
preventive healthcare market, today announced its Know Your Number
technology has helped Meredith College improve participation in its
employee health programs and control healthcare costs as part of
Meredith’s WOW! (Working on Wellness at Work!) program. Meredith
College is the Southeast’s largest private women’s college.
Susan Drury-Rohner, Assistant Professor and Faculty-Staff Wellness
Coordinator, calls Know Your Number a key component of Meredith’s
WOW wellness program. “Our focus is not only on controlling health
care costs but also to improve our employees’ health,” says
Drury-Rohner. “We can achieve all of those goals by identifying and
addressing a health issue before it becomes a crisis.” When
negotiating with their healthcare benefit provider, Meredith was
able to present results from the WOW program and Know Your Number to
help keep premium increases down.
How it Works
Number takes a person’s unique health information including weight,
blood pressure, lifestyle habits, family health history, and recent
lab work with glucose and cholesterol levels. Behind the scenes,
BioSignia’ patented technology, called Synthesis Analysis, evaluates
the data and produces a confidential health report including risk
assessment of the nation's biggest disease killers; diabetes, stroke
and heart disease. It then maps out exactly how to reduce those
unique risk factors.
BioSignia reports companies large and small are inquiring about
incorporating Know Your Number into their employee wellness program.
CEO John Williams says while individual results are confidential,
the aggregated and de-identified information allows companies to
prioritize the top risk factors within their work force and address
the actual health needs of their employees.
looking to control healthcare spending are discovering they can’t
manage what they don’t measure,” says John Williams, CEO of
BioSignia. “Because preventable health problems cost employers in
lost productivity and absenteeism, companies need the data showing
the prevalence of health risks and chronic conditions within the
workforce to manage the health of its workers and control the costs
of health care. Know Your Number provides that information and we
are excited that our technology is an important component of
Meredith’s wellness program.
Headquartered in Cary, N.C., BioSignia is a leading technology
and software company focused
on bringing innovative risk assessment modeling solutions to the preventive healthcare
and life insurance underwriting markets. BioSignia's patented
Technology, Synthesis Analysis, provides the underpinnings of the
healthcare application, Know Your Number® (KYN), and life insurance application, Mortality Assessment Technology® (MAT).
This modeling capability represents a quantum leap forward in both morbidity and mortality risk assessment. BioSignia's R&D
team has continued to advance synthesis modeling, continuously updating it to reflect the ever expanding need for better risk
assessment, as well as effective chronic disease prevention, management, and treatment. For more information about BioSignia, visit:
About Meredith College
Chartered in 1891, Meredith College has grown to become one of the
largest independent private women’s colleges in the U.S. Meredith
offers a comprehensive liberal arts undergraduate education, as well
as coeducational graduate programs in business, nutrition and
education. For more information, please visit: www.meredith.edu.