PITTSBURGH & HARRISBURG, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthAmerica announced today the expansion of its social networking community devoted solely to the health and well-being of its members through a relationship with CaféWell. CaféWell is a social media company changing the way millions of people manage their health by making it easy, productive and rewarding. This union is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, pioneering HealthAmerica in social media within the health insurance industry.
“We know that social networking has the power to connect people like never before”
As part of the engagement strategy to connect to members, CaféWell’s parent company, WellTok Inc., created a new mobile application, allowing instant connection of individuals with similar user profiles and access to health information, healthy recipes and wellness challenges.
HealthAmerica has been piloting the CaféWell program with several of its large accounts since January and is launching CaféWell to all commercial group and individual plan members starting September 1, 2011.
“We know that social networking has the power to connect people like never before,” said Mary Lou Osborne, chief operating officer for HealthAmerica. “HealthAmerica is committed to creating positive associations with health and wellness, encouraging healthy and active behavior, and promoting member engagement and satisfaction. Offering this medium is one way we are trying to create an alignment with our members’ current and future needs.”
CaféWell provides consumers with a single online destination for all their health-related needs, including social networking, expert advice, fun challenges and reliable information. Unlike general social networking sites, CaféWell allows users to control the degree to which their identity is shared, with complete anonymity as the default. To inspire and motivate, CaféWell rewards active users with profile badges, and prizes such as gift cards, iPods and fitness-related items.
With CaféWell HealthAmerica members can:
- Talk privately about their health concerns.
- Chat anonymously and securely in discussion groups about chronic conditions and health issues.
- Get answers from discussion group experts on popular topics like diet, exercise, how to get a good’s night sleep, and when to give your child antibiotics, to name a few.
- Earn reward points for prizes, while reaching personal goals in individual or group challenges with friends and family.
- Connect to an extensive collection of health care articles and other resources continuously updated and added by a team of experts.
New mobile application adds convenience for members on the go
CaféWell’s new mobile application makes it more convenient for consumers to manage their health while on the go. Using their iPhones®, members can:
- Log their activity toward a challenge, before leaving the running trail, gym or yoga studio.
- Check CaféWell’s leader boards to see who’s making the most progress on each challenge.
- See what CaféWell friends are doing online, from posting comments, to logging activity, to making new connections.
- Read and respond to private messages from CaféWell friends.
- Check their CaféWell Points, which are redeemable for prizes and discounts.
“In today’s world, everyone uses their smart phones and other social media avenues,” said Osborne. “HealthAmerica understands the growing presence of social media in the marketplace and realizes the need for this type of technological advance as a member touch point.”
With over 35 years of providing health care benefits, HealthAmerica has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted and experienced health insurers in Pennsylvania. The company ranks 14th in the nation for HMO and POS plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and its Medicare plan ranks 28th nationally. It has ranked among the top health plans by NCQA for six consecutive years. HealthAmerica provides a range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products, including self-funded, Medicare, Medicaid, indemnity, nongroup, and pharmacy plans. It currently has “Excellent” accreditation by the NCQA for its commercial HMO, POS, and Medicare plans. HealthAmerica’s corporate offices are in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit HealthAmerica’s website at www.healthamerica.cvty.com.
CaféWell is changing the way millions of people manage their health, through Social Health Management™. The company leverages social media to make health management simple, productive and rewarding. CaféWell provides an online home for health-related social networking, expert advice, fun challenges and reliable information. The ultimate goal is better health, whether someone is coping with a chronic disease, caring for a loved one or just staying fit. Users control the degree to which their identity is shared, with complete anonymity as the default. CaféWell partners with health plans, giving them a neutral, online space to more effectively engage members, reward healthy living and gain timely, actionable insights – aggregated to protect member confidentiality. To learn more about CaféWell and Social Health Management™, visit www.cafewell.com or call 888.935.5865