Millennials have the highest rates of wellness programme participation
A research report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and Greenwald & Associates has highlighted that with the emergence of bespoke digital health services, millennials are reshaping the way in which care is delivered, both in acute settings and at home.
The company has found that millennials surpass the number of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who remain satisfied with health plans (56%) and remain keen to explore different options and choices.
Additionally, millennials lead the way to embracing new products and services, such as walk-in clinics (30%), whereas only 14% of baby boomers have utilised this service, alongside 18% of Gen Xers.
However, with regards to building relationship with Primary Care Providers (PCP) the differences in importance for Baby Boomers and Millennials are startling.
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Whilst baby boomers have increased faith in traditional services, where the group believes it to be essential for a doctor to have detailed knowledge of a patient’s medical history (96%), this has therefore led this group to make healthier decisions upon speaking with their PCP (80%).
On the other hand, millennials scored higher on believing that primary doctors lack the medical expertise for complex health issues (39%) and many rely on themselves, rather than a medical professional to make key decisions regarding their healthcare needs (68%) and undertake research to look at various health care options.
With this in mind, millennials have also become the biggest market to participate in wellness programmes. 64% of millennials have visited an on-site clinic, 33% have received counselling in some form and over 60% have had biometric screenings.
Furthermore, the group has embraced digital services, such as telehealth. Increasingly busy lifestyles have made digital tools and services grow in popularity, where up to 40% of millennials have classed telehealth to be an essential service, in stark comparison with 27% of Gen X’ers and 19% of Baby Boomers.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”