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All About Biometric Screenings

What is a biometric screening?

A biometric screening is a combination of measurements and readings that can provide valuable information about your health, such as identifying potential risk factors for chronic diseases or conditions like heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. A biometric screening typically consists of measurement of height, weight and blood pressure and a finger stick blood draw to measure glucose and cholesterol levels. A biometric screening is not a diagnostic process and does not replace tests that your personal care provider would perform or the advice and treatment he/she would provide.

You can watch this video for more information on the experience.

Why should I participate?

A biometric screening is designed to raise awareness of your health factors—to “Know Your Numbers.”

“Diseases from lifestyle-induced conditions take the lives of more than seven in 10 Americans,” according to the American Hospital Association.

But research shows that focusing on achieving a normal range in six areas (LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, waist-to-height ratio, stress management, and tobacco toxins) with or without medication, reduces chronic disease by 80-90% over a 10 to 30-year period. The biometric screening focuses on 4 of these six factors.

Will my screening results be kept confidential?

Yes, all information is treated as confidential medical information, in accordance with applicable law. Your results will not be shared with your employer, managers, or Human Resources. The biometric vendor, a third party, collects your biometric information with your consent, by signing the Screening Consent Form.

What tests will be performed at the onsite biometric screening event?

The network has contracted with an independent vendor to provide onsite biometric screening services for eligible employees and spouses. The tests do not require fasting, but you’ll receive additional biometric values if you choose to fast. Height and weight, calculated BMI, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood glucose, and blood pressure will be measured. The health screening will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

What happens after I get my results?

At the time of your biometric screening, you will receive initial health coaching by someone who will go over what your results mean. You may hear them recommend a few actions you can take immediately, as well as a referral/action plan for follow-up care management. 

Questions?  Contact Employee Connect at extension 70000 or 1-844-235-4647 or by email at employeeconnect@ketteringhealth.org

January 17, 2017