Aetna Adds OneHealth® Peer Support Platform to Employee Assistance Program to Help Members Change Behaviors
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http://pdf.reuters.com/htmlnews/8knews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130408:nBw086127a --Technology-enabled program engages employees to help reduce health risk factors and lead healthier lives-- HARTFORD, Conn. & SOLANA BEACH, Calif.--(Business Wire)-- Aetna Employee Assistance Program (EAP) members may now have access to a social networking platform that connects them to peer support and behavior change professionals for help in overcoming chronic behavioral health conditions such as alcoholism, depression or stress. Aetna (NYSE: AET) and OneHealth® Solutions, Inc. announced today that Aetna has licensed the OneHealth platform as a purchase option for their EAP customers. Aetna Resources for Living, Aetna`s EAP, is a confidential counseling and referral service for employees and their household members. This benefit provides 24/7 access to targeted resources to help employees achieve a more satisfactory work/life balance and to better manage personal and health-related conditions. "We partnered with OneHealth because of their peer-centered approach to condition management," said Hyong Un, M.D., chief psychiatric officer and head of Resources for Living for Aetna Behavioral Health. "Employees need relationships and safe connections to make sustained changes to behavior." OneHealth`s secure, HIPAA-compliant online and mobile platform gives Aetna EAP members access to integrated, condition-specific social health communities that offer emotional check-ins, evidence-based tools and game mechanics to help them manage their own care and sustain positive behavior change. OneHealth's Social Solutioning® platform provides support for a wide range of chronic behavioral and medical conditions, including alcohol addiction, tobacco cessation, depression, stress reduction, diabetes, obesity, respiratory conditions and caregiver/family support for addiction-related disorders, co-dependency and autism. "Aetna is providing innovative, high-quality health care tools for its EAP members to help reduce health risk factors that contribute to medical spending," said Bruce Springer, CEO of OneHealth. "We are proud to play an integral role in helping employees enhance long-term health outcomes for one of the largest EAP programs in the U.S." OneHealth conducted a pilot with members participating in Aetna`s Alcohol Disease Management and Intensive Care Management programs who had recently completed detox or addiction treatment. Data from the pilot indicated that 81 percent of members who visited the program`s website enrolled. Of the enrolled members, 76 percent showed consistent engagement by returning to the website two or more times. About Aetna Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com. About OneHealth Solutions, Inc. OneHealth is the leading behavior change platform for the healthcare industry via a technology- enabled services model that lowers the costs of care management and provides greater outcomes for chronic patient populations. Our web and mobile-based Social Solutioning program influences positive behavior to improve health and deliver measurable value through a patented combination of social-networking technology, evidence-based clinical principles and engaging game mechanics. For additional information visit www.onehealth.com. Aetna Trasee Carr, 614-855-6254 firstname.lastname@example.org or Myla Wagner, 925-736-7515 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2013