MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its
subsidiary Qualcomm Life, have integrated wearable devices from Samsung
Electronics America Inc. and Garmin International, Inc., into
UnitedHealthcare Motion is a national wellness program that provides
eligible plan participants access to activity trackers and enables them
to earn more than $1,000 per year by meeting certain daily walking goals.
The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport, and the Garmin vívosmart®
3, have been integrated and validated with Qualcomm Life’s 2net™
platform for medical-grade connectivity that features multiple
safeguards to help keep data secure. UnitedHealthcare Motion
participants who already own one of these devices may be able to use
them with the program.
UnitedHealthcare Motion is available to employers with self-funded and
fully insured health plans nationwide. The program enables employees to
earn up to $4 per day in financial incentives based on achieving F.I.T.
- Frequency: complete 500 steps within seven minutes six times
per day, at least an hour apart;
- Intensity: complete 3,000 steps within 30 minutes; and
- Tenacity: complete 10,000 total steps each day.
The integrated activity trackers, which are available to plan
participants at no additional charge or through upgrade options that
enable people to purchase leading activity trackers at preferred prices,
have been customized to enable users to see on their wrists how they are
tracking against the program’s three daily F.I.T. goals. Research shows
people who consistently achieve the F.I.T. goals tend to improve their
health and reduce their medical expenses1.
All the activity trackers are available to people via a dedicated
website that offers device options, including previously available
activity trackers from Fitbit and Striiv.
Since UnitedHealthcare Motion’s inception, participants have
collectively walked more than 130 billion steps and earned more than $19
million in rewards. Among eligible employees, 66 percent registered
their devices, with more than two-thirds of those staying active with
the program for more than one year.
“The enhancements to UnitedHealthcare Motion enable the program to offer
companies and their employees more digital health and wellness resources
that are personalized, connected and intuitive,” said Sam Ho, M.D.,
chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare. “We are expanding the
portfolio of available devices to make UnitedHealthcare Motion more
flexible, convenient and consumer friendly.”
Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, leverages its global
connected health ecosystem and connectivity expertise to provide secure
data transfer from the devices, to the Motion app and to
UnitedHealthcare. Qualcomm Life also enables the BYOD model to allow the
integration of more activity trackers into the 2net Platform and
UnitedHealthcare Motion, providing participants with more choice.
“This program highlights the value of combing UnitedHealthcare’s
pro-consumer benefit designs with Qualcomm Life’s expertise in providing
seamless connectivity across a growing ecosystem of wearable devices to
help people pursue their health and wellness goals,” said James Mault,
M.D., F.A.C.S., senior vice president and chief medical officer of
Qualcomm Life. “Studies have shown walking can be an effective way to
help improve well-being and reduce medical costs, and we are seeing how
UnitedHealthcare Motion helps people take charge of their health.”
Employers are expected to incorporate more
than 13 million wearable and fitness tracking devices into their
wellness programs by 2018, according to technology consultancy
Endeavors Partners. A related study published in Science & Medicine
showed people tend to overestimate how much exercise they get each week
by more than 50 minutes, and they underestimate sedentary time by more
than two hours, underscoring the importance of a wellness program like
“Our motivation for implementing this program was simple: creating a
happier and healthier workforce,” said Thomas Williams, director of
finance of Wayne Densch, a Florida-based distribution company that
adopted the program in 2016 and has seen a significant reduction in
health care costs. “We recognize that wearable devices can help reduce
our company’s overall health care costs and engage employees in our
wellness program, enabling them to track their daily activity levels and
improve their health and well-being.”
About Qualcomm Incorporated
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is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by
simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care
providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees
and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
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2net is a product of Qualcomm Life, Inc. 2net is a trademark of Qualcomm
Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.
and vívosmart are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its
1 Savvy Sherpa. Dishman, R. et al. 2013. Physical Activity
Epidemiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.