Advances in Predictive Modeling Aid Health Coaching Efforts

Monday, June 11th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Health coaching is a delicate balance between human interaction and technology. In a recent interview, John Harris, senior vice president of the Health Support Division of Healthways, said that both science and human nature play a part in the success of Healthways’ telephonic care support for diabetes patients.

Harris also said that even though the program is from Healthways’ care management side, he believes that the same results would apply to a coaching effort, since any time a human intervenes with another human, the chances of success go up considerably. According to John, an individual’s learning style and risk levels are also factors in determining whether a Web-based or telephonic coaching system would be most effective. John also explains how advances in predictive modeling allow healthcare organizations to find candidates earlier and provide more compelling evidence of the need for a coaching intervention.
Click here to listen to Harris’ comments online.

Harris and Sean Slovenski, president and CEO, Hummingbird Coaching Services, will describe how to effectively capture and integrate multiple data sources to identify potential clients for health coaching and how to effectively use that information to achieve health coaching success during a June 13, 2007 audio conference, Building a Health Management IT Platform for Health Coaching.

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