Shortlister hosted Cerner Chief Medical Officer David Nill, MD, and Director and Sales Leader Carey Wood, to discuss how organizations can plan for employees who are returning to work, execute testing and vaccination strategies, address delays in care and navigate the future of virtual health care.
Employers want to manage health care costs without sacrificing benefits that contribute to employees’ health and productivity – and their bottom line. Cerner’s goal is to help organizations reduce expenses, improve employee health, well-being and productivity, and attract and retain talent by offering unique benefits. As one of the world’s largest health care companies, Cerner is focused on population health, helping employers to know their population, engage each person and proactively manage their outcomes.
IMMEDIATE COVID-19 EFFECTS ON EMPLOYERS
The sudden emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a severe blow to employers, that had to quickly make unprecedented adjustments to keep their employees safe.
Employers moving to virtual work
- Created new challenges for work-life balance
- 56% of U.S. workforce holds a job that is at least partially amenable to remote work
- 25-30% are working from home multiple days per week by end of 2021
Furloughs or reduced number of employees
- Increased financial stress on workers’ families
- 2020 unemployment rose from 3.8% in February to 13% in May
New ways to address safety in the workplace
- Testing strategies
- Physical spacing
- Contact tracing
- Requiring mask usage
- Immunization planning
INDUSTRY IMPACT ON CARE DUE TO COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has united the entire health care ecosystem to work around the clock to solve challenging issues the industry has never encountered at such speed and scale. Meanwhile, many people are neglecting screenings and routine care, and new problems may be created as a result.
Cancer screenings are down
- Breast cancer screening is down 29%
- Cervical cancer screening is down 35%
- Colon cancer screening is down 36%
Additionally, 117 million children are at-risk for missed vaccinations across the globe and 49% of survey respondents postponed medical care due to COVID-19.
APPROACHES TO ADDRESS DELAYS IN CARE
Cerner has worked to identify ways for employers and their employees, including its own workforce, to continue to get routine care and reduce new medical issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- Leveraging virtual health services
- Realigning incentive structures
- Incorporating proactive outreach strategies
- Offering drive-up services for flu shots and prescription pick-up
- Providing safer ways for people to get access to care
CREATE A HEALTHIER WORKFORCE WITH CERNER
Cerner empowers you to create a workforce with healthy employees through on-site, virtual and administration services powered by innovative technology in the areas of analytics, care management, well-being and more. They can help you navigate and plan for the future of virtual health care.
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