Houston Employer Data Collaborative
The Houston Wellness Association is a strong supporter of data-driven decision making. As one of the several levers that the HWA is employing to fulfill our overall mission, the association is forming a health and productivity data collaborative to both educate area employers on opportunities to improve population health that can be uncovered in their data and to create an employer community that will explore and utilize progressively robust data in order to implement meaningful change.
As our initial phase in building the Houston Area Employer Data Collaborative (HAEDC), the HWA is constructing a demonstration project to highlight the power and opportunity found in employer health and productivity data. A pilot group of 10-12 employers will participate in an assessment of their companies’ health and productivity opportunity. This assessment will utilize the Integrated Benefit Institute’s (IBI) Full Cost Estimator tool to quantify a company's approximate health and productivity costs based on basic company demographics and industry code of the participant companies and by drawing on nationally-representative databases, IBI’s validated health assessment survey (the HPQ-Select), and millions of disability claims from IBI’s benchmarking database. Through this project, the HWA will highlight the significant opportunity of individual and pooled health and productivity data to understand opportunities for organizational improvements.
Progressively deeper data collaborative initiatives are planned for the future that will include opportunities for Houston-centric corporate benchmarking, creation of a data collaborative working group, and development of employer-guided health and productivity analyses.