BOISE – On Thursday, October 29, Regence Blue Shield of Idaho announced the first health plan in the country to partner with Fitbit on an early illness detection program that will make it easier for employees in many industries to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employers with Regence BlueShield of Idaho health insurance will be able to access Fitbit’s Ready for Work program that helps employees with early illness detection and improves workplace safety for businesses. Regence is the first health plan in United States to make Fitbit’s Ready for Work solution available to employer groups.
Offered through Fitbit Health Solutions, Fitbit’s Ready for Work program aims to help employees and employers make informed decisions on returning to work safely and confidently and combat workplace spread of COVID-19. The solution provides access to key health metrics from a Fitbit device (resting heart rate, heart rate variability and breathing rate), along with exposure, symptom and temperature logging.
Fitbit device data and self-logged symptoms are aggregated into an easy-to-use Daily Check-In feature that provides guidance to help employers and employees make informed decisions on safely going to work. As part of Fitbit’s offering, employees will also have access to additional services that promote emotional wellbeing, including weekly webinars, podcasts, videos and other behavioral health content from Fitbit health coaches.
“Early research shows that key health indicators from wearables have the potential to identify flu-like illness before symptoms emerge. Through our Ready for Work solution, employees are able to view trends in their Fitbit-tracked health metrics next to self-reported symptoms, from the comfort of their homes, so they can review their health metrics and local guidance to help inform their decision on returning to work” said Amy McDonough, general manager and senior vice president for Fitbit Health Solutions. “This is a continuation of our efforts to provide employers with sustainable, accessible, and engaging solutions to help employees improve their health and wellbeing.”
Regence is also providing a special offer on Fitbit smartwatches, trackers, accessories and Fitbit Premium programming, providing members with the ability to track activity, sleep, heart rate and access to audio workouts and meditation tracks. To learn more, visit regence.com/advantages. Members can sign in and click on “Activities and fitness” to view the Fitbit page; a discount promo code can be found under the “Discount” code section at the top of the webpage.