IBM's Total Health Management Framework

IBM's goal of building and maintaining a healthy global workforce is contingent upon the personal health and resilience of our employees. IBMers who are healthy, mentally resilient and physically fit are more likely to be successful and enjoy a better quality of life at work and at home.

"IBM's culture of health that assumes healthy living as a company norm, where employees are encouraged and supported to maintain healthy behaviors and be smart consumers of health services and actively engaged patients. This culture of health reflects our value, is critical to our competitiveness and leadership, and relies on the commitment of every IBM employee."Martín J. Sepúlveda, M.D. FACP, IBM Fellow, Vice President Integrated Health Services

Our company is committed to a "culture of health," this concept values and fosters a healthy, high performance workforce enabled through healthcare partnerships that are focused on employee health activism, quality primary care, positive health outcomes, and affordable costs. This vision underscores that we invest in healthcare to help realize the productivity and innovation potential of IBMers. It is an approach that demands financial as well as behavioral accountability from everyone involved: employees, dependents, retirees and healthcare vendors.

The company's global healthcare strategy is based on the following principles:

  1. Drive value of IBM and employee investments through an emphasis on quality of care delivered, as well as cost.
  2. Provide flexibility to IBM, employees, and retirees.
  3. Promote prevention, healthy lifestyle choices, comprehensive primary care, and informed decision-making.
  4. Protect personal health information and support its responsible usage.
  5. Enable efficient utilization of healthcare by increasing visibility of practitioner performance and actual costs — and implementing sustainable cost sharing approaches.
  6. Advance creation of interoperable health information networks, and adoption and responsible use of HIT in personal health management, clinical practice and administration.
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