General

What is required of my organization if I am hosting a wellness event?

WellThee does all the logistical work, but we do require companies to provide sufficient space, tables, chairs, trashcans and electrical outlets (not applicable for all screenings).

How often should my company host a WellThee event?

Wellness should not just be a one-time thing.  Ongoing wellness programs help employees adjust behaviors and make healthy lifestyle changes.  For companies to fully understand their cost savings, they must evaluate specific claim data year-over-year.  However, according to an American Heart Association Policy Statement on Worksite Wellness Programs for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, employee worksite wellness programs for cardiovascular disease prevention achieved a rate of return on investment that ranges from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested, with savings realized within 12 to 18 months.

How much will this cost?

We ask employers to pay for each screening so the cost to employees is $0.  Our most basic screening is paid for by the employer and starts at $149 per employee.

Do employees have to change their primary care physicians?

No, with an employees’ permission, we can send their results directly to their primary care physicians.

Is this for everyone?

Yes.  No matter one’s health condition, a WellThee screening can benefit you.  Our testing is very thorough and, even in people who feel good and believe they are healthy, we may even find hidden symptoms that, if understood and their causes addressed, can prevent potential heart and cardiovascular disease.

Screenings

What makes WellThee screenings different from the others available?

WellThee screenings are far more comprehensive than the screenings that one gets in a doctor’s office, as we use clinical and lifestyle data to estimate risk of future disease.  We show employees where their health stands at the time of the screening and estimate their 10-year heart attack-stroke risk, as well as give them their current heart/vascular age.   We also explain what steps most doctors and researchers recommend people take to reduce risks of developing heart and cardiovascular disease.

What equipment do you use?

We use best in practice equipment that is considered industry standard and is also being used in hospitals and physician offices around the country.

Why is screening for heart and cardiovascular disease so important?

It is estimated that about 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke) is the #1 killer in America (1 in every 3 deaths) and kills roughly the same number of people in the United States each year as cancer, lower respiratory diseases (including pneumonia), and accidents combined.

Who conducts the screenings?

WellThee screenings are conducted by a primary care physician, specialist and/or licensed vocational nurse.

How long do the screenings take?

The screening process usually takes only 15 minutes, but this can vary based on the type of screening being administered and the equipment being used.  Some companies may choose to add additional tests which may take longer but are deemed beneficial to their employees.

Why does your screening take significantly less time than it does in a hospital or doctor’s office?

Hospitals and doctor’s offices typically require a lot of time that doesn’t have to do with patient interaction (i.e. arrival, checking-in, verifying insurance, filling out patient forms, waiting in a waiting room, weighing in, waiting in the exam room, checking out) but we have found a way to eliminate these processes to make the most efficient use of an individual’s time.

Is there a registration process?

Yes, employers send employees all the details about how and when to register via email.

Is there any radiation or invasive tests?

No, there is no radiation and all of the tests are non-invasive.   Our screening process is smooth and seamless so participants will feel comfortable.

What if I don't want to be screened on all indicators?

Participation is completely voluntary, though we encourage you to participate in the full-screening to get a more comprehensive view of your health.

Will screening participants need to fast before the screening?

Fasting before the screening is recommended, but not required.  Triglycerides and glucose levels increase significantly after eating, so if you decide not to fast, we will need to eliminate some blood tests: LDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Fasting Blood Sugar (“FBS”). However, patients do not need to fast to measure accurate total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, HbA1c or other clinical biometric tests (i.e. blood pressure, oxygen saturation, BMI, stress, tobacco use, diet, etc.). Most doctors recommend receiving both FBS and HbA1c testing in order to fully assess the patient. This is especially true with the diagnosis of prediabetes, which is an early indicator of the onset of diabetes.

Should I still get a TeraMed screening if I had my annual physical?

We highly recommend that you still get the TeraMed screening even if you already had an annual physical.  According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, while patients were due for cholesterol screening, obesity counseling and other preventive measures, over all, only slightly more than half of them — 54 percent — got from these studied physicians what was recommended, so it’s possible that your current medical provider might have overlooked something.  Also, based on the data we gather, you will learn how these numbers impact your disease risk.  We will help you identify what your greatest risks are and see where to focus your efforts. This helps you discover how to have the greatest impact on your health (for instance, by exercising, controlling your blood pressure, quitting smoking, etc.).

Results

When will I receive my results?

You will receive your customized personal results report within 2 weeks of your screening.  However, if we find a condition that requires immediate attention, the medical provider will notify you on the day of your screening.

Where will my results go?

You will receive your test results directly but the medical provider that administered the program will also have a copy of your results.  However, with your permission, we can send your results directly to your primary care physician.

What resources are available to me to help with my results?

The TeraMed screenings are designed to be a helpful tool to help you understand your own personal health and wellness. You are strongly encouraged to share your results with your primary care physician to determine a customized plan appropriate for you.  If you currently do not have a primary care doctor, we can help you find a physician who is right for you.

Can you provide my organization with aggregate reporting?

Yes, we can provide actual results to each organization on a non-identifiable basis with no actual results linking to a particular individual.  Typically, the aggregate reporting will include average results for the total participants in the screening.