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Catapult lets employers shoot virtual check-ups at workers

  • September 15, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Catapult Health, a Texas-based provider of onsite and virtual preventive healthcare, has released its VirtualCheckup programme for employers offering preventive care to their employees and family members.

The programme brings clinical preventive check-ups that use clinical diagnostic tools to locations across the USA.

An early user is Essilor of America, a specialist in ophthalmic (eyeglass) optics.

“Essilor is committed to giving our employees the tools they need to engage with and enable better health,” said Ryan Murry, senior director at Essilor. “Preventive care is key, especially as many in our team have recently experienced transitions in their lives, and more people are remote and caring for family members. Catapult Health does preventive care right with clinical accuracy, and the onsite clinics have been valuable in engaging our employees with their health. We are excited to also offer VirtualCheckup to our team.”

VirtualCheckup connects people with their health in a way that is convenient, covered by most payers, and personalised with a clear action plan. The check-ups can be implemented stand-alone or as a hybrid complemented by onsite clinics. To date, more than 40 organisations representing nearly 80,000 covered participants have signed up.

“Virtual care has greatly expanded in the past six months as we’ve all adjusted to working and connecting remotely,” said David Michel, CEO of Catapult Health. “We are leveraging our telehealth expertise to bring preventive care to people anytime, anywhere – at work, at home or on vacation – while maintaining the clinical depth of an office-based annual exam. Early response has been enthusiastic as employers look to meet the expectations of a more digitally engaged member base.”

Before each visit, participants will be mailed a VirtualCheckup home kit that contains a blood pressure monitor, a next-generation finger stick blood testing device and a measuring tape. This is followed by a virtual video visit with a board-certified Catapult Health nurse practitioner who reviews and discusses results, performs depression and Covid-19 screenings, and delivers a customised personal action plan.  

According to a recent survey, half of consumers put off seeking care because of the difficulty involved. Further, visits to healthcare clinics are trending well below their pre-Covid-19 levels, setting the stage for increased future health issues. In fact, Catapult Health data from 23,363 patients seen in June to July 2020 showed uncontrolled hypertension up 9.4%, newly assessed hypertension up 6.1%, uncontrolled diabetes up 19.7%, and newly assessed diabetes up 13.1%, compared with the same time period last year.

Telehealth usage has simultaneously risen dramatically and will continue to be a preferred option for some due to convenience.

Covid-19 has also increased remote work and reduced the number of employees onsite at a given location. Employers are now challenged with keeping teams connected with each other and with their health, understanding some may have new or worsening chronic conditions due to delayed wellness visits with their doctors out of concern of the virus. This programme offers employers an option for preventive check-ups that can include satellite locations, remote employees, and spouses or partners.