ADURO IS UPDATING ITS DEFINITION OF HEALTHY AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019.
Why does my onsite scorecard look different compared to what I see online in my account?
If you are participating in an onsite screening or submitting your annual health checks to ADURO via health provider screening form you may see some differences between what you are rewarded for and what the web platform says. Our partners at Limeade are reviewing our guideline recommendations and changes to healthy ranges and will be considering these updated definitions for the platform in 2019. ADURO has officially rolled the changes out for our ADURO mobile app and for all material going out to our customers. For more information on WHY ADURO made these updates please read on.
Clinical standards are established on Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines. The most recent clinical research and findings are continuously being studied and updated as new information is discovered. It is therefore important to regularly identify and incorporate any new recommended standards into what is considered a “healthy biometric range.”
Over the past several years there have been three major changes that impact healthy biometric ranges:
- Experts recommend moving away from specific cholesterol, LDL and HDL “targets.” Instead, we will now put emphasis on LDL:HDL ratios specific to men and women. Women typically have higher HDL (good cholesterol) than men, and the average age for a woman to experience a heart attack for the first time is 7 years later than it is for a man. Therefore, there are different healthy ranges for men versus women for these ratios. This allows us to best inform an individual of their health risk.
- Current research shows central obesity (excessive weight carried in the midsection) is more important than most easily calculable metrics in identifying people at risk for the Metabolic Syndrome. While we will continue to report BMI measurements, ADURO will focus our biometric testing on waist circumference. Again, the clinical guidelines state there are different standard healthy ranges for men and women.
- Normal (healthy) Blood Pressure ranges changed significantly based on 2017 ACC/AHA high blood pressure guidelines. This new guideline reclassifies grades of hypertension for the first time, which includes classifying elevated blood pressure when systolic blood pressure is 120-129 mmHg with a diastolic blood pressure of <80 mmHg. This change is estimated to increase the total number of American adults classified as having elevated blood pressure to about 46%. However, non-drug treatment management is recommended for most of these adults with newly classified elevated high blood pressure. This is an opportunity for people to make lifestyle changes earlier to avoid future risk of hypertension.
Based upon these guideline changes, ADURO has made changes to its Healthy Biometric Ranges. For more information on our WellMetrics please check out My Wellness Numbers
What does this mean for you?
This could mean that what you see on your scorecard will look different than what you see in your well-being account. You will be incentivized off of the scorecard ranges NOT what you see in your account. We know this is confusing and apologize for this in advance.
Hear from our Chief Medical Officer, Tim Moore on these changes to our healthy standards.