Survey Identifies Top 3 Uses for HRA Data

Monday, August 30th, 2010
This post was written by Jessica Fornarotto

Aggregate data from health risk assessments (HRAs) provide a roadmap for healthcare organizations to deliver health promotion and disease management interventions to targeted individuals — with the goal of improving clinical and financial outcomes.

In its HRA e-survey administered in June 2010, the Healthcare Intelligence Network captured trends in the use of HRAs, from format and target audiences to incentive use and impact. Through responses provided by 116 healthcare organizations, the survey results reveal that the top three ways companies use HRA data are to identify health risks, develop programs aimed at high-risk indicators and deliver follow-up interventions for those at risk.

Figure 1: Top Uses for Aggregate HRA Data

Figure 1: Top Uses for Aggregate HRA Data

Survey Highlights

  • More than 67 percent of responding organizations use HRAs to assess health risk factors in their populations.
  • HRA completion is voluntary, according to 84.8 percent of respondents.
  • The biggest barriers to launching an HRA program are staffing and cost, according to 66.7 percent of responding organizations.
  • Many organizations said HRAs work best when integrated with wellness and disease management programs.
  • Several responding organizations said self-reporting data for HRAs is not often accurate. However, approximately 94 percent of respondents use self-reported data inputs for HRAs.
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