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Driving Innovation In the Health Care Marketplace:

A CEO Report

Stryker Corporation

At Stryker, making health care better — and, ultimately, making people better — is at the core of our business, and that is why we focus on and promote the wellness of our employees.

In 2007, we launched a company-wide “Live Well with Stryker” program. This program has many components that center around one truth: We want our employees to live healthy, happy lives.

  • The program includes:
  • Free biometric screening;
  • Free flu shots;
  • Personalized health coaching;
  • Healthy living programs;
  • Activity challenges;
  • Tobacco cessation; and
  • Online resources.

We incentivize involvement in the well-being programs via extensive communication campaigns and material incentives. In 2013, we had more than 65 percent of our covered participants complete the wellness assessment and learned that:

  • 24 percent of our population moved from medium or high risk to low risk between 2008 and 2013.
  • From 2008 to 2013, we experienced a decrease in three out of five of the medical risk factors — blood pressure, cholesterol and weight/body mass index.
  • From 2008 to 2013, we improved in all seven lifestyle risk factors: alcohol use, dietary fat, fruits/vegetables, activity, seat belt use, stress/coping and tobacco use.

Stryker pushes for innovation from all well-being vendors to increase employee engagement in the programs. For instance, UnitedHealthcare’s Health4MeTM app provides instant access to a family’s critical health information. The drug pricing tool searches for the lowest-cost prescriptions — helping our participants make informed decisions about their medication options. We are currently investigating telemedicine as an option for those employees who do not have primary care physicians and overuse emergency room services.

Our wellness actions are recognized by our employees and externally. For example, in April 2013, Stryker was recognized as a gold-level recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksites recognition program because we offer an innovative wellness culture.

At Stryker, we value our people and make health and well-being a priority. We help our employees engage in informed consumerism when making health care choices by educating them on price, quality and efficiency of all medical services. We continue to strive for ways to make high-quality, cutting-edge and affordable health care accessible to our employees and their families.


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BRT companies provide health coverage to more than 40 million Americans. We help American workers and their families remain healthy, receive quality treatment when necessary and achieve better health outcomes. The private-sector innovations in the insurance marketplace that enable us to provide these services to our employees and their families serve as models for public programs — but additional reforms are necessary.

This report highlights the innovations we have made and the public policy changes we believe would drive value by promoting health and improving outcomes.