The Employer’s Guide to Onsite Clinics: How to Optimize Healthcare Dollars

The 2016 Healthiest Employer® “Onsite Workplace Clinic Survey” of employers, brokers, and vendors revealed a larger role for onsite clinics. The strategic goal–cost-effective healthcare that protects worker productivity― is the same, but the modern onsite clinic has more strategic value than ever before. Springbuk shares these new findings in the first of a two-part whitepaper series that outlines the latest trends, success metrics and key employer preferences for onsite clinics. This is the first of three blog posts discussing the findings of the whitepaper. First, we are examining the shift in onsite clinic trends and what is driving that shift.

The original focus of onsite clinics was on occupational health and regulatory compliance. However, throughout the 2000s, the second generation of onsite clinics began to emerge focusing more on primary care. Through our survey, we’ve seen the emergence of a third iteration of the onsite clinic. This new clinic is characterized by the following:

  • New models that reach employers with as few as 200–500 employees
  • Expanded clinical services and capabilities focused on chronic disease management
  • Full integration with existing corporate wellness and prevention initiatives
  • Integrated carrier, clinician and employer data for real-time action
  • Powerful predictive health analytics that enable targeted engagement

Why is this shift occurring? Powerful analytics and reporting platforms are allowing employers and clinicians deep insight into workforce health. They can take the insight and data provided by these platforms and use it to make investments when and where they’ll have the most impact.

The Employers Guide to Onsite Clinics also goes in depth on survey findings that the transformative change these analytics and reporting platforms are ushering in is shaping important trends in clinic planning and implementation, and best practices in vendor selection, and ongoing evaluation of clinic results.

One of the larger trends is accessibility. New models of clinics can benefit employers with 200-500 employees, as opposed to older models affordable by only larger corporations. Through an expanded scope, detailed in the whitepaper, the new clinic models are becoming the quarterback of the patient’s healthcare team, responsible for integrating every aspect of patient care into a comprehensive treatment plan.

What Employers Want

The June 2016 research this whitepaper is based on also found that there is strong goal alignment between employers and clinic vendors in the Top Five Strategic Priorities, according to survey data.

The top priority for employers is employee health and productivity. Clinic vendors report that the most common goal for their clients is healthcare cost reduction. That may seem counterintuitive until, digging deeper, the data shows the differences in ranking small. Not only that but the number two priority for employers? Healthcare cost reduction. Number two reported for clinic vendors? Employee health and productivity. In summary, what employers claim they want and what clinic vendors report their clients want, is in near exact alignment.

In addition, the Healthiest Employer® survey also examined the priorities among employers who have not chosen to implement onsite clinics – uncovering intriguing summary findings. For example, fewer than half of employers without onsite clinics have invested in disease management or smoking cessation, and barely half have invested in health coaching or weight loss interventions.

Stay tuned for the next post covering the benefits of onsite clinics and measuring their ROI. Or, to read more onsite clinics and using them to optimize healthcare dollars now, download the full whitepaper, Part One of the Employer’s Guide to Onsite Clinics. Look for Part Two which will address the future of onsite clinics and provide an RFP checklist.

Interested in more information to help your organization make decisions about employee wellness? Learn more about the Springbuk’s health analytics solution by requesting a demo.