More than 13 million health and fitness tracking devices such as Fitbit and Apple Watch are expected to be introduced into the workplace by 2018. Employers may be adopting incentivized wellness programs to tackle rising health care costs.
“Tracker information will become part of your health record,” said Nancy Green, global practice lead for health care at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
"It will be a powerful tool for employers and health-care professionals as data becomes usable and actionable," she said.
Many companies already offer incentivized programs such as antismoking campaigns and free fitness rooms. Companies “have a very large vested interest to make sure you’re healthy,” Green said.
All of this may mean more fitness trackers at work, the tracking of employee activity data, the building of yoga studios in offices and the hiring of in-house doctors to run office health clinics, said Malay Gandhi, managing director of health-focused venture-capital firm Rock Health.
“It’s an advantage to make employees as productive as possible,” Gandhi said.