How to Cut Costs Through a Healthy Employee Program: Unique Simulation Program Retains Employees to Change Behavior

Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Session Description

America is sick of being sick. Last year 80,000 people died from flus, colds, pneumonia and sepsis costing U.S. business more than $100 billion. A sick employee drives up plan claim costs, hurts productivity and puts undue stress on other employees who have to fill in for sick colleagues. While flu shots help curb the incidence of illness … it’s not enough to hold back the inevitable tide of loss time and production due to common sickness.


Tom Ahrens, Ph.D., RN

Dr. Ahrens, a leading expert in the field of critical care and a former research scientist at BJC Health Care, has developed an interactive communications program to change employee behavior. In a two year study he was able to show how this simple communications program got individuals to actually change their behavior and thereby dramatically reduce expenses from illnesses. Dr. Ahrens will share information about this pressing business issue, the program he developed to impact the costs, and the study he performed to show the cost reduction. It’s a truly unique approach to a difficult business issue that all employers face.