Input Over Output: How Prevention Programs Help the Bottom Line

A company implementing prevention programs by keeping their staff safe

Healthcare is a crucial aspect of business function. The ability to protect and take care of employees’ health is essential to the continued operation and success of a company. However, there are many ways to monitor and treat employee health, and knowing the best method can often be difficult. Prevention programs give companies the ability to protect employee health while improving the bottom line. 

Understanding the different types of healthcare is a long process, but it essentially boils down to two categories, proactive and reactive healthcare. 

The Difference Between Proactive And Reactive Healthcare

It’s important to understand the differences between these two methods of healthcare in order to decide which is better for your company. Here are some of the key differences you should be aware of.

Reactive Healthcare

Reactive healthcare takes place after symptoms manifest. It is the more common type of healthcare. For example, you don’t go to the doctor to set a bone that hasn’t been broken yet. Reactive healthcare addresses issues after they arise.

Many companies wait to take action until an employee shows symptoms of illness. Unfortunately, this can be difficult to manage and can lead to the spread of disease in the workplace. 

Proactive Healthcare

Proactive healthcare, on the other hand, addresses health issues by working to prevent them altogether. For example, proactive healthcare can be as simple as washing your hands before eating to avoid getting sick from germs. 

While proactive healthcare in the workplace may not be as common, it is proven to be an extremely effective way to prevent unnecessary disease in the workforce. 

The Benefits Of Proactive Healthcare

There are numerous benefits to proactive healthcare and prevention programs. They can help the company’s bottom line and save money in multiple ways and should be implemented as part of your company’s processes. Here are a few ways prevention programs can help you:

  • OSHA estimated that for every $1 invested in safety programs, companies could save $4-$6 as illness declines
  • Prevention programs lead to less illness, which means fewer employees will miss work
  • Employees in good health will cause fewer accidents at work
  • Money saved on accident investigation and repairing damaged property due to accidents
  • Less worker stress, which can cause a decrease in productivity, after an accident 
  • Fewer accidents mean less turnover, thus saving money on hiring and training
  • Helps to avoid a poor business reputation, which creates difficulty in attracting skilled workers

While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does illustrate how proactive healthcare can limit accidents and company expenses. Consider implementing a prevention program today to help your business’s bottom line!

Implementing Prevention Programs

Implementing proactive healthcare is simple. There are several easy ways to start addressing healthcare proactively today!! Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Require employees to wash their hands regularly
  • Encourage regular breaks throughout the day for water and stretching
  • Require routine health checks such as temperature checks, blood pressure, etc.

Beyond simple health and hygiene, your preventative measures will change depending on your company. For instance, proactive healthcare would look very different for a warehouse and a craft store. However, every business has its own unique threats to employee health. Take time to analyze your business and identify areas that could potentially harm someone’s health, and then work to eliminate these risks to minimize the impact. Proactive solutions are always going to be more effective than reactive healthcare.  

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Dr. Glen Cheng

A physician-attorney with a dedication to healthcare innovation, informatics, and digital health.

  • Currently spearheads employee health protection and promotion within the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System.
  • Trained in residency at Harvard, achieving board certification as a physician; also a licensed patent attorney with experience as FDA regulatory counsel.
  • Co-founded Acceleromics, a consulting firm providing clinical and regulatory guidance to digital health startups.

Erin Davis

 Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, certified in Adult-Gerontology (AGNP-C) and Athletic Training (ATC).

  • Oversees clinical operations and ensures high clinical standards across the company’s national field staff.
  • Former Manager of Clinic Operations and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC).
  • Specialized in treating occupational injuries and illnesses, and provided medical surveillance and travel medicine consults at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Lab.
  • Dedicated to sports and occupational injury treatment and prevention.
  • Assistant Clinical Faculty at UCSF, mentoring students in clinical rotations within the Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
  • Holds leadership roles as Treasurer and President Elect of the California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CECRAOHN), affiliated with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

Dr. Robert Goldsmith

Founder and President of NBS Healthcare Group, with a focus on innovation in healthcare consulting.

  • Previous role as Executive Director for Employee Health at Novartis Services, Inc., leading health services and clinical support.
  • Instrumental in creating an integrated healthcare system at Novartis.
  • Former private practice in internal medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, and Medical Director consultant for GTE Corporation.
  • Transitioned to GE as a Global Medical Director in 2000.
  • Holds a medical degree from Albert Einstein College, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and completed training at Greenwich Hospital and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
  • Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Vagelos School of Medicine, Columbia University.
  • Serves as a team physician for high school athletes in Stamford.
  • Published works on occupational health risks, primary prevention, and exercise-induced asthma.