OurHealth adds experienced market leader to accelerate growth in the Southeast

John Leary brings 30 years of healthcare experience, passion for primary care

CHARLOTTE — OurHealth, the nation’s leading provider of near-site primary care clinics, today announces the hire of John Leary as Vice President for the Southeast Region.

Leary joins following an unprecedented year of growth for the healthcare company and is charged with adding to the momentum of establishing OurHealth as the No. 1 employer-sponsored clinic provider in the Carolinas. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience, including health systems and plan design, corporate health and wellness, digital wellness and disease management solutions.

“Charlotte is the tenth most expensive market in the U.S. for medical care, and employers here are paying far too much,” said Leary. “I strongly believe in the power of primary care and the impact it can have on an individual’s life when it is accessible and proactive in addressing preventable health issues. I’ve experienced many models for tackling this problem, and no one does it as effectively as OurHealth. I can’t wait to bring our solution to even more employers.”

OurHealth entered the Charlotte market with its industry-first MyClinic network in January 2016 and today has five convenient locations around the city, including Uptown, Tower Place, Northlake, Wilkinson Boulevard and Albemarle Crossing. The company’s client roster includes marquee employers like the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Belk Department Stores and Harris Teeter.

“Demand for OurHealth has never been stronger, and we’re excited to add someone of John’s caliber to our team in Charlotte,” said OurHealth Chief Revenue Officer Chad Ashcraft. “Local leadership and community investment are core to our company values and growth plans, and I’m confident John will be a great asset in Charlotte and future markets throughout the southeast.”

Employers are attracted to OurHealth’s model for three key reasons — improved access to care for their employees, independence from any hospital system or network allowing for unbiased referrals and robust reporting capabilities that allow business owners to easily understand their return on investment.

OurHealth is on a mission to save employers $1 billion in healthcare costs, and to date has saved its clients more than $160 million. The company takes a patient-focused approach to care, including waiting room times of less than five minutes, appointments that average 20 to 40 minutes and a patient satisfaction score of 98 percent.

In 2018, OurHealth patients lost a combined 40,000 pounds and 32,000 points of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. OurHealth clients enjoy an average savings of 17 percent on health plan costs through better management of chronic conditions, ER avoidance and reduced lab and drug costs. OurHealth clients include a wide range of employers of all sizes and industries, including the State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis, Anthem, CNO Financial and First Financial Bank.


About OurHealth

OurHealth provides employer-sponsored healthcare to organizations of all sizes via its onsite and near-site primary care clinics. OurHealth offers a comprehensive healthcare approach to its clients and their employees, which includes primary care services, wellness services, onsite laboratory and medication dispensing services and referral guidance. OurHealth operates clinics in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. To learn more about OurHealth, visit www.ourhealth.org.

State of Indiana Opens Onsite Primary Care Clinic at Government Center

Government Center Clinic by OurHealth brings convenient, affordable onsite healthcare to more than 7,500 state employees.

INDIANAPOLIS — Through a partnership with Indianapolis-based OurHealth, the State of Indiana has opened an onsite clinic at the Indiana Government Center. More than 16,000 state employees and their family members live or work nearby. Government Center Clinic by OurHealth, which begins operations today, provides comprehensive primary and immediate care medical services to covered employees and their families.

“Indiana is making great strides to improve quality of life for Hoosiers – and that includes improving access to healthcare,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “Offering medical care when and where it is most convenient for employees not only makes for a better workplace, it supports overall wellness.”

Founded in 2009, OurHealth provides employer-sponsored onsite and near-site primary care clinics and wellness programming. The company’s primary care model is designed to address three factors – patient access, quantifiable health improvements and overall cost.

The model leverages technology and data to learn unique organizational challenges and inform custom healthcare solutions addressing the needs of each workforce. Each solution embraces the growing body of research confirming more focused time with patients leads to a higher standard of care, and in turn, predictable savings.

Clinic providers are empowered to spend quality time with each patient, which further enhances individualized treatment plans and results in greater patient success.

“OurHealth provides employees and their families with the healthcare they need, when and where they need it, all while saving them and their employers a lot of money,” said OurHealth co-founder and CEO, Ben Evans. “As an Indiana-based company, we’re thrilled to partner with the State of Indiana to improve the health of thousands of Hoosiers while also generating measurable savings for Indiana taxpayers.”

The company currently operates clinics in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

OurHealth clients enjoy an average savings of 17 percent on health plan costs through better management of chronic conditions, ER avoidance and reduced lab and drug costs. The company’s Indiana clients include a wide range of employers, including CNO Financial Group, Ice Miller, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the City of Indianapolis.

The onsite clinic is one of several enhancements this year that promote a healthy workforce and reduce healthcare costs while supporting the State’s emphasis on engagement through wellness and clinic services. Onsite and online wellness coaches are now available to covered employees and spouses throughout the state, part of a program that rewards employees with reduced premiums and other incentives when they complete best practices for proactively supporting good health. And the State now offers an interactive online platform, also in conjunction with OurHealth, which engages participants in wellness activities and competitions linked to healthy living and overall wellbeing.

In addition to these benefits, the State is continuing a heightened focus on mental health as a critical component of well-being by increasing employee access and options in 2019 for counseling sessions with licensed therapists under its employee assistance program.

About OurHealth
OurHealth provides employer-sponsored healthcare to organizations of all sizes via its onsite and near-site primary care clinics. Its system of industry-leading near-site clinics, called the MyClinic network, significantly lowers the barrier to entry by allowing employers to gain immediate access to a network of primary care clinics. OurHealth offers a comprehensive healthcare approach to its clients and their employees, which includes primary care services, wellness services, onsite laboratory and medication dispensing services and referral guidance. OurHealth has clinics in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. To learn more about OurHealth, visit www.ourhealth.org.


OurHealth Patient Success: Adam’s Story

Adam Finn of Indianapolis says he struggled with obesity for most of his adult life. Several unsuccessful attempts at weight loss over the years left him feeling jaded, so he never imaged a routine medical appointment with OurHealth would be the catalyst for significant change.

Adam first visited OurClinic @ Woodland in August of 2018 for a medication consultation. The clinic provides onsite primary care and wellness services for Genesys employees in Indianapolis.

During his consultation, Adam saw Tish Lynch, a physician assistant at OurHealth. Tish performed routine lab work that revealed he had high blood sugar and elevated levels of fat in his liver, also referred to as fatty liver disease.

Tish warned Adam that if left untreated, fatty liver disease can cause serious damage to the liver. It was a stark wake-up call, to say the least.

Adam says Tish then suggested he meet with Debbie Richardson, a certified health coach with OurHealth.

“I was a little skeptical at first because I’ve been on a weight rollercoaster for probably 15 years and I’ve been on huge swings,” he says. “I didn’t know that a health coach would be able to tell me anything I didn’t already know. I figured ‘Hey, it’s here, it’s a resource so I’ll give it a shot.’”

Getting Back on Track

Adam began meeting regularly with Debbie to chart a healthy path forward, which involved improving his diet and getting more exercise. Rather than taking drastic steps and cutting out entire food groups, Adam says they took a more practical approach and focused on moderation.

“I haven’t eliminated anything from my diet,” he says. “Now, I’m really focused on portions. Debbie has helped me realize and helped hold me accountable that if I want some cookies, I’ll just have two.”

Adam says being held accountable to someone outside of his close circle of friends and family played a major role in his success.

“In the back of my mind, I want to perform well and show results,” he says. “So, that’s just an intrinsic factor that keeps me going.”

While he needed help getting his diet under control, Adam says Tish’s warning was all the motivation he needed to start moving.

“I’ve been on a complete tear,” he says. “I haven’t missed a day of exercise in 80 days, whether it’s walking, elliptical, running or weight lifting. It’s just been a huge change.”

Within five months of starting health coaching with OurHealth, Adam says he’s shed an impressive 50 pounds, his liver is healthy and his blood sugar has dropped to a normal level. More importantly, he feels like he has a new outlook on life.

“What’s different this time about any other weight loss I’ve gone through is the confidence I’ve gained through my interactions, and I’ve realized I don’t need to be so negative on myself,” he says. “What’s happened in the past has happened. I can’t change that.”

Adam says he’s confident he’ll continue to lead a healthy lifestyle and is excited about the future. Ultimately, he’s grateful to have Debbie and the clinic staff located onsite at Genesys.

“Everybody has been super friendly,” he says. “It’s been an excellent experience and I would recommend it to anybody.”

For Indiana non-profit Bosma Enterprises, an unwavering mission to help employees lead healthier lives

For more than 100 years, Bosma Enterprises has led the way in fulfilling its mission to support and serve Indiana’s citizens who are blind and visually impaired, serving nearly a thousand clients each year. Programs range from counseling and support to job training and skills development to help adults stay self-sufficient. It also operates a production, warehouse and fulfillment business that provides employment opportunities for employees with vision loss that may not otherwise be available because they face a 70-percent unemployment rate.

And although its workforce is unique – more than half of its employees experience low vision, the challenges that Bosma faces as a healthcare benefits provider are familiar to many employers: Rising healthcare costs, the increasing prevalence and cost impacts of chronic conditions such as diabetes and the need to help employees gain better access to more convenient healthcare.

Addressing cost by giving employees more

To help counteract these factors, Bosma selected OurHealth as its near-site primary clinic provider for medical plan members. Through the partnership, employees and dependents can access primary care and other healthcare services via OurHealth’s network of seven Indianapolis-area MyClinics, including MyClinic @ Traders Point, which is only about 10 minutes from Bosma Enterprises headquarters on Indianapolis’ northwest side.


Image courtesy of Bosma Enterprises.
“The partnership with OurHealth is a perfect example of where we can do something that is going to make it easier for our employees to get services and maintain their health,” Matlock says.


“We felt it might help us address the rising healthcare costs that we were experiencing as everybody else is,” says Senior Benefits Manager Joseph Matlock. “We want to help our employees maintain their health in any way we can. The other part of it was convenience and just how much easier is it if you are not feeling well when there’s a near-site clinic that you can just run to during the day versus having to get an appointment then set up your transportation for three or four days later, or having to find somebody to take you to the clinic. We felt it was a benefit we can add as far as the things that we offer to show our employees that we value them.”

The accessibility of a primary care provider where employees could receive help managing and reducing the impact of chronic conditions such as diabetes – a leading cause of blindness and vision loss – were also important factors, Matlock says.

More than just convenient healthcare

Not only does Bosma help employees access convenient healthcare, but they also help ensure employees make it to their appointments as transportation can be especially challenging for people with low vision or blindness. When and if an employee schedules a clinic appointment during work hours, Bosma provides free transportation to the clinic, helping employees keep their appointment and stay on track with preventive healthcare. The firm also encourages healthy behaviors with a wellness incentive program that encourages regular preventive primary care, vision and dental care check-ups and other amenities, including a recently opened onsite fitness center.

“We just think that as a company who cares about their employees, we want to provide the best opportunities,” Matlock says. “The partnership with OurHealth is a perfect example of where we can do something that is going to make it easier for our employees to get services and maintain their health.”

OurHealth Patient Success: Mark’s Story

Officer Mark Parrott’s beat with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department keeps him in top physical shape, so he knew something was wrong when his health took a dramatic turn.

“I started having increased thirst, increased urination and I noticed weight loss after that,” Parrott says. “It progressed for almost a week and I lost close to 10 pounds.”

Parrott could access OurHealth’s MyClinic network with no co-pay through his employer benefits with the City of Charlotte, so he scheduled an appointment at MyClinic @ Wilkinson Blvd.

Parrott’s symptoms were common indicators for diabetes, so the clinic staff performed a hemoglobin A1c test to check his blood sugar. The results were shocking — his A1c was upwards of 11. An A1c of 6.5 and above indicates diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic, and Parrott was diagnosed with diabetes.

His provider started him on medication, and Parrott began checking his blood sugar daily, but his symptoms didn’t improve much. On a return visit, his provider recommended he meet with Lynn Campbell, a Certified Diabetes Educator with OurHealth.

Getting Back on Track

Campbell helped Parrott develop his diabetes self-management skills, which included taking insulin shots with each meal and monitoring his carb intake to control his blood sugar. Within a few days, he started to feel better, and after a few weeks he returned to his normal weight, but his A1c still hovered around 9.

That’s when Parrott saw an ad for a device that attaches to the skin and monitors blood glucose 24/7. He mentioned it to Campbell, and with her blessing, began using it to more accurately measure his blood sugar.

“That has helped a lot with me being able to provide accurate numbers to Lynn because before I was just pricking my finger 6 to 8 times a day, and it might have been during a low period or a high period,” Parrott says.

Within a few weeks of using the device, Parrott says his A1c dropped to 6.5. “The doctor thought that was excellent for only having diabetes for a little over a year,” he says.

Today, Parrott says he feels as good as he did before the symptoms began, and his only issue now involves the occasional dizziness that occurs when his blood sugar level drops. When he’s on patrol, Campbell suggested Parrott keep fast-acting glucose tablets on hand to bring his blood sugar back up.

“I’ve actually had to use them a number of times because sometimes it gets so low and you have nothing available to you to bring it up,” he says.

Parrott says he feels grateful to have the clinic benefit and wonders how long he would have waited for treatment if he didn’t have the option.

“In all honestly, I would have waited until I found a doctor available to take me if it had not been for the fact that OurHealth has no co-pay for me.”

Father of 6 Finds New Hope After Tragedy

Rick Huffman says he was overweight for most of his life. He noticed when people stared at him, and found comfort hiding behind baggy clothes.

The father of six works at CNO Financial in Indiana. Huffman also serves as Worship Director at his church, United Family Wesleyan, where he sings and plays keyboards and guitar. Between church and his kids’ sports, the Huffman’s would often turn to fast food.

“We were just kind of couch potatoes,” Huffman says. “You know, watching TV and ordering pizza.”

In 2007, Huffman experienced the unthinkable: His daughter died in a tragic accident. Huffman says his focus turned to comforting his family through the pain. But he found comfort in food.

“During this time, I never really weighed myself because, to be frank, I just didn’t care,” Huffman says.

Over the next few years, Huffman says he continued to eat aimlessly and gain weight. He reached 360 pounds and his waist grew to a size 44.

In 2012, CNO turned to OurHealth to provide primary care and wellness services for its employees. Huffman hadn’t seen a doctor in several years, but he decided to participate in the company’s wellness incentive program, which rewards employees who complete an annual biometric screening. His results were a stark wake-up call.

“I found out my blood pressure was high and my cholesterol was high and I was starting to develop a risk for heart disease,” Huffman says.

He began taking prescribed medication for hypertension and high cholesterol, and tried to lose weight, but he says he was mostly unsuccessful.

“It wasn’t until August 2016 when my eyes where really opened for the first time,” Huffman says. “My wife was told that due to her arthritis, if she didn’t start losing weight that she wouldn’t be able to walk later in life.”

His kids were also gaining weight, and Huffman says he realized his choices had impacted his family’s health, too.

“I needed to show my family that it wasn’t too late for us, that we could make these changes and we can change our lifestyle for the better,” he says.

A second chance

CNO’s incentive program includes free health coaching for employees who don’t meet healthy biometric targets, so Huffman decided to give it a shot and started meeting with Keena Sowers-Zinn, a health coach with OurHealth.

“She helped me to learn how to eat healthier,” Huffman says.  “I was never taught how to pick the right kind of food. She’s been the guiding light there to help me make that change.”

Huffman says Sowers-Zinn would ask him to set monthly goals. To cut back on eating out, she challenged him to buy healthy foods and eat home-cooked meals three times per week. At the end of each month, he’d report back to Zinn.

“The accountability was a big factor,” he says. “Just having that support gave me confidence I didn’t know I had. And when I did make progress, having that praise and that reassurance that you can keep going was a big help.”

Huffman says his family grilled a lot of chicken, and Sowers-Zinn recommended they always keep vegetables on hand for when the kids wanted a snack.

With his newfound confidence, Huffman started exercising at CNO’s onsite gym, eventually working his way up to 4 to 5 times per week.

Small steps, big results

Huffman admits their lifestyle changes weren’t always easy, but they stuck with it—as a family—and the results were life-changing.

“All of my children have lost weight,” he says. “We eat at home more often—we hardly ever eat out. We’re walking more and getting more activity.”

Huffman says he’s lost more than 100 pounds and trimmed his waist size by nearly 12 inches. And because he lost weight, his blood pressure and cholesterol have become manageable without medication.

“I really didn’t realize how bad I did feel until I started feeling better,” he says. “I knew I was overweight, but I didn’t think I had a big problem because I was healthy enough to do things with my kids.”

Huffman says he’s maintained his 100-pound weight loss for almost two years. But what’s most impressive is the Huffman family has lost a combined 300 pounds.

-Story by Mike LaFollette

Meet Carrie Shaffer, DO

Carrie Shaffer, DO, joins OurHealth with more than 13 years of medical experience. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2001 from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency training in family medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Dr. Shaffer has worked as a family medicine and primary care physician and most recently provided immediate care for St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, IN. She’ll see patients starting in July at both OurClinic @ Centier and OurClinic @ Valparaiso.

Are you from the Northwest Indiana area?

“I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago but my grandmother had a summer home here in Valparaiso. When I was teenager, we turned the summer home into our permanent home. I’ve lived in either the Chicago suburbs or Northwest Indiana my entire life.”

Tell us about your family

“I have four children and wouldn’t have it any other way. My husband is a California native and we met in medical school. You’d think someone who was born and raised in California wouldn’t like the Midwest, but he loves it here and never ever considered going back to California.”

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

“When I went to college, I really liked biology and I thought, ‘Well, this is really interesting stuff,’ and in general I’m kind of a people person. I like to talk. I like to feel like I’m helping people. And my family physician, Dr. Turk, who was here in Northwest Indiana — he was just somebody that I wanted to be like. I remember going to see him as a kid and I thought he had such a nice personality. It always made me feel comfortable and I thought, ‘You know, I can do something like this.’”

What aspects of medicine are you passionate about?

“What I see lacking in America in general and in Northwest Indiana is preventive care. Right now, I’m doing immediate care and I see so many people who aren’t taking care of themselves. I think I’ve come full circle. I’m ready to educate my patients about preventive medicine. I’m all about prevention of the disease. It’s so much easier to take care of patients before they get sick.”

You’ve provided care for Urschel employees in the past, right?

“I’ve been providing immediate care for St. Mary’s for the last five years and they wanted me to see their occupational medicine people for Urschel. I ended up going on a tour of the company and I got to know their employees and I thought, ‘This company is amazing.’ That’s how I found out they were offering this service to their people. I had no idea companies were doing this, the OurHealth model.”

What would you like to say to your new patients?

“I’m excited to come back and help keep these people healthy. That’s really what I want to do. I want to educate them so they can be around for their families and loved ones.”

What to Do When Your Company is Too Small for Onsite Healthcare

By Heather Halliburton, SPHR

This article originally appeared in Employee Benefit News.

As HR leaders serving a diverse range of companies and organizations, we all constantly look for new ways to improve the lives of our employees, boost satisfaction rates and establish the company’s reputation as a leader in workforce wellness.

You may have recently researched onsite clinics – an increasing trend among large corporations – and discovered the necessary resources and investment required to successfully implement an onsite clinic are a bit out of reach for many smaller organizations.

However, this doesn’t mean your organization, with its 75, 300 or 500 employees is completely bereft of options when it comes to innovative, employee-first care options. For smaller, self-insured organizations, near-site healthcare is an affordable, scalable option.

Near-site clinics offer the same services as onsite clinics, but with reduced start-up and operating costs. The model fits well with nearly any self-insured employer, regardless of headcount. Whereas an onsite clinic requires organizations to fund, build, and staff a private clinic, near-site clinics allow employers to access a shared clinic network with multiple convenient locations.

The clinics are built and managed by a clinic solution provider, which removes the day-to-day operating logistics from the shoulders of an individual employer. There is also less long-term risk involved as the majority of the operating costs are shared across multiple employer partners.

Employees can use near-site clinics to receive personalized primary care services, expedited and lower cost lab and medication benefits, and wellness coaching — all without running up healthcare costs for self-insured employers.

A flexible, scalable option with little startup time

For smaller self-funded companies that do not have large budgets for additional benefit options, near-site clinics are certainly a more affordable option. Employers leveraging near-site clinics typically pay a per-employee-per-month (PEPM) fee and can even choose which employees are eligible for access to the services provided. As your organization grows, more employees can easily be added to your program, making it simple to scale without sacrificing employee satisfaction.

And instead of spending months (or even years) working with developers to create a usable space, planning a clinic, and staffing and launching the clinic to employees, smaller employers can tap into an out-of-the-box and ready-to-use network with near-site health clinics. Employees can start leveraging near-site clinic services and making healthier decisions right away.

Employee and family utilization

Building an onsite clinic at the workplace does not guarantee your employees or their families will actually utilize the clinic. Typically, it can take months of careful planning, promotion, and internal marketing to drive employee support, and even then there is no way to require employees to use the services provided. Participating in a near-site clinic service mitigates some of this utilization risk for employers because overhead costs are much lower.

And while onsite clinics provide an extremely convenient healthcare option for employees at the workplace, their spouses and other dependents might feel otherwise. If these dependents are covered under your employer health plan, driving lower care costs extends to them as well.

In larger metropolitan areas, near-site clinic partners have access to multiple locations across a city or region, giving both employees and their dependents more options. The multiple locations of near-site clinics also work well for larger organizations that may want to invest in onsite clinics, but also have off-site employees that need more convenient locations.

So, does near-site healthcare sound like it could be the answer for your organization? If, like me, your goals involve improving the lives of employees, boosting satisfaction rates and establishing the company’s reputation as a leader in workforce wellness, it may be time to take advantage of a healthcare model that can help us all get there.

Heather Halliburton, SPHR, is Vice President of People & Culture for Indianapolis-based OurHealth.

Mindful Eating Helps OurHealth Employee Reverse Diabetes

Dave Smith of Indianapolis calls himself a gamer. In the past, a typical weekend for Dave often meant hours in front of the TV, controller in hand, junk food by his side and a never-ending supply of Mountain Dew and Red Bull.

“I really never paid a lot of attention to my healthcare as well as I should have,” says Dave, a database administrator at OurHealth. “I’m a Midwestern guy. I love my tenderloins and lots and lots of terrible foods.”

But Dave was starting to think about his health. His father had been diagnosed with diabetes a few years prior and warned Dave to be on the lookout. And, in 2016, Dave fell and suffered a tibial plateau fracture that required surgery and a titanium plate being inserted into his leg. During recovery, he developed blood clots and was laid up for six months with little to no activity, leading to a 50-pound weight gain.

In the spring of 2017, Dave scheduled a biometric screening offered as part of OurHealth’s wellness incentive program, including a hemoglobin A1c test. The results showed his blood glucose A1c measured 7.2, revealing he had Type 2 diabetes. A hemoglobin A1c test correlates to a patient’s blood sugar over the previous 90 days. A reading above 6.5 indicates a diagnosis of diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“When I got my diagnosis, I thought, ‘This will not stand. I’ve got to take care of this.’”

Dave didn’t waste any time. He went home that night and threw away all the junk food in his house.

“I knew I didn’t have the willpower to not eat it,” he says. “Because, that’s what I did—Hostess cakes, chips, no portion control. I had to learn to break that habit.”

Dave had access to a health coach and a Certified Diabetes Educator through his OurHealth benefits, so he began meeting with them regularly, and together they created a plan to improve his diet, increase his activity and ultimately reduce is A1c.

Dave Smith, OurHealth

Dave Smith has lost 35 pounds since changing his diet. His ultimate goal is to lose another 15.

Dave says the main goal—and most challenging—was improving his eating habits. He began eating at regular times and portioning out his food, and instead of eliminating all his favorite foods, he switched to healthier alternatives that were low in carbs, sugar and fat.

To replace the sugary soda, Dave says he tried just about every sugar-free soda on the planet until he found one (Zevia) that didn’t taste disgusting. For those hours-long gaming marathons, he fueled up with sugar-free Red Bull.

“It’s a lot of minor things like switching from white potatoes to russets and reds because they have less sugar and less actionable carbs in them,” he says. “Boneless, skinless chicken is what I subside on. But I’m very fortunate because my roommate is a former professional chef. He can do amazing things with boneless, skinless chicken.”

Dave’s leg injury left him with permanent loss of flexibility, limiting his exercise options. He focused on yoga and walking at least 3,000 steps per day, including taking strolls at lunch and venturing out around the neighborhood with his dogs.

By the following spring, Dave says his lifestyle changes began to pay off. OurHealth’s 2018 incentive program had just begun so Dave scheduled his annual biometric screening at MyClinic @ 96th St. in Indianapolis.

“When I got my most recent labs for our new incentives, my A1c was 5.4, which is non-diabetic,” he says. “[OurHealth physician] Dr. Pallekonda told me if I get two more in a row out of the diabetic range—the diagnosis comes off my chart.”

Dave credits his success to working with the clinic staff and the incentive program at OurHealth, which contributes money to an employee’s health savings account if they complete a biometric screening and other healthy activities.

“The staff at the clinic and the diabetes educators and health coaches have all been instrumental to me to do this,” he says. “For one, I wouldn’t have known that I needed to do it, and the support and encouragement I received made a big difference.”

Dave says he feels fortunate that he never hit any major roadblocks along the way and believes he was successful because he focused on small, attainable goals that added up to a larger cause.

“It’s a lot easier when you break these things down into smaller chunks,” he says. “You also get that ongoing sense of achievement. It’s like in a video game. You beat all the mini bosses on the way to the big boss. You know, it’s like, ‘Hey, I just took out the boss’s lieutenant. I’m ready to fight the big fight.’”

Today, Dave says he has more energy and no longer feels sluggish in the afternoon. He’s sleeping better and doesn’t drink as much caffeine. He’s shed 35 of the 50 pounds he gained after his surgery, and he’s committed to maintaining a healthy diet and losing the remaining 15 pounds.

“It’s funny because now even ketchup tastes way too sweet,” he says. “Now I’m like, ‘I don’t want that. That’s awful.’ I’m trying to eat more whole foods and more vegetables—I had no idea I like asparagus.”

Ultimately, Dave says it was the biometric screening that was the catalyst for his health transformation.

“That one lab result literally changed my life,” he says. “I’m glad I had the screening. One blood draw, and the results were life-altering. If I didn’t have the clinic benefit and the incentive program, I’d probably still be where I was—over 300 pounds and sluggish and unhealthy.”

OurHealth Data Team Wins at Civic Hackathon

OurHealth’s Data and Analytics Team racked up another impressive win at the recent AT&T IoT Civic Hackathon, a competition that invited developers, designers, students and technologists from all over Indiana to build mobile apps and hardware solutions to help better their state or community and increase first responder capabilities.

OurHealth Data Team

OurHealth Data Team members: Daniel Hauersperger, Justin Richardson, Dave Smith, Brian Norris

Using Indiana State Police crash data, EMS statistics and other data sets provided by the Indiana Management Performance Hub, the OurHealth team created a data visualization that explored and analyzed crash and EMS events over multiple years. Insights gleaned from the data included mapping EMS response times across Indianapolis and discovering a spike in traffic accidents involving deer strikes during the month of November. The team’s work—accomplished in less than 24 hours—earned the “Best Use of Indiana State Data” award.

“I could not be more proud of our top-notch analytics team,” said Brian Norris Vice President of Data and Analytics. “They dedicated their weekend to serving those in our community that serve us—our first responders.” Other members of the OurHealth team included Justin Richardson, Dave Smith and Daniel Hauersperger.

The Hackathon, which brought together more than 600 attendees and 30 teams from across Indiana, was held April 20-21 at the Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers. Event speakers included Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Indiana Chief Data Officer Darshan Shah, U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks, former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter and more.

“I think events like the Hackathon benefit everyone involved with them,” said Dave Smith, Senior Database Administrator at OurHealth. “They give developers the opportunity to work with some rich data sets that we might not have otherwise even knew existed. In turn, we can apply insight based on our experience into what this data can tell us. We may be able to find relationships between ostensibly disparate data sets and then provide our findings back to the State. We may also be able to incorporate this data into our own systems in order to gain new perspectives.”

In October of 2017, OurHealth’s data team won first place at the Indiana Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s first-ever Indiana Medicaid Data Challenge by uncovering more than $150 million in potential Medicaid savings in the form of avoidable emergency department visits.

Click here to view the Tableau visualization the team used to support their entry.