Our Early Detection Orthopedic Program

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children in our country deal with the health and emotional effects of obesity every day. As our population ages, the prevalence of arthritis, osteoporosis, and related conditions are increasing at an alarming rate. Additionally, even an active lifestyle can lead to joint, back pain, or spine issues which may require surgical intervention. As knee and hip replacements become more common, providing access to these services becomes increasingly important for healthcare organizations.

Through HealthAware®’s Connect™ Orthopedic Risk Assessment program, our partner facilities provide community members with educational material that can help them take action to prevent the development of these conditions. The results of our risk assessments provide physicians the opportunity to treat the patient’s disease before a major event.

HealthAware®’s WeightAware risk assessment focuses on the following risk factors:

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Exercise

  • Hypertension

  • Age/Gender

Traditional methods for weight loss (diet, exercise, and lifestyle counseling) are a necessary first step for anyone looking to lose weight. However, given the life-threatening effects of severe clinical obesity, surgical methods to reduce obesity are becoming more prevalent every day. Access to educational material about risk
factors and treatment options is necessary to combat this epidemic.

An estimated 50 million U.S. adults (about one in five) report doctor-diagnosed arthritis. It’s our nation’s most common cause of disability with nearly 21 million U.S. adults reporting activity limitations due to arthritis each year. Arthritis does not only impact the elderly; nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65.

The Connect JointAware Health Risk Assessment focuses on the following risk factors:

  • Obesity

  • Age

  • Arthritis

  • Strenuous physical activity

  • High impact job/Manual labor

  • Pain, swelling, or stiffness in joints (knee, hip, foot, shoulder, etc.)

  • Difficulty performing activities of daily living

The Connect SpineAware Health Risk Assessment focuses on the following risk factors:

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Obesity

  • Strenuous sports

  • Smoking

  • Arthritis

  • Unexplained weight change

  • Pain, stiffness, swelling, or aching in your back

  • Medication

  • Description of and cause of pain

  • Past procedures

  • Manual labor

Spine Disorders are a real problem in the United States. Four out of five people in the U.S. will experience spine discomfort at some point in their lives – a staggering 208 million Americans. Spine issues are the second most common neurological ailment in the United States – only headache is more common.

Estimates suggest roughly 85% of those seeking treatment for back pain have “non-specific” pain where the underlying disease or pathology remains unknown. Recent research on back pain disorders has demonstrated pain is more than just a “medical” problem – the overall experience of pain occurs at the intersection of the individual’s body, mind, and cultural background. BackPainAware assesses risk for a broad range of potential influences on back pain, including fears and anxieties about the pain, mood and motivation, and work situation.

The HealthAware® BackPainAware Risk Assessment identifies the following modifiable risk factors that impact back pain disability:

Participants are then stratified into three levels of risk categories:


  • Biomedical

  • Psychological

  • Social


  • High

  • Medium

  • Low

The HealthAware® Connect BoneHealthAware Risk Assessment focuses on the following risk factors:

  • Smoking

  • Diet and exercise

  • Physical inactivity

  • Vertebral, Hip, & Wrist fractures

  • Medication and Vitamin Supplement intake

  • Medication

  • Pain, stiffness, swelling, or aching in your back

  • Unexplained weight change

  • Description of and cause for pain

  • Past procedures

  • Manual labor

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone becomes extremely fragile. Our bones are complex living tissues that can be weakened by poor diet and lack of exercise. As we age, bones begin to break down faster than new bone can be formed. Actions such as bending to pick up a magazine, lifting groceries, or even coughing can cause a fracture.

The following screening options can be included in the offers and consultations that result from participation in the orthopedic modules:

  • Blood pressure

  • Height

  • Weight

  • Waist circumference

  • Range of motion/mobility tests

  • Comprehensive personal history specifically focused on pain and bariatric qualifications

  • Educational classes

What Our Partners are Saying...

“HealthAware’s financial analysis is well-supported by our data and clearly shows that there is a return on our investment. Nevertheless, it’s not just about the ROI, its about the shifting public perception of us, about creating goodwill, and about improving the health of our community through prevention”

– Jeff Blankenship – CFO, West Tennessee Healthcare

“When we implemented HealthAware’s Kare-N™ blood program to help reduce our no-show rates for member blood appointments, we immediately saw the huge impact by reducing our No Show Rates by 33%, above and beyond existing text reminders, resulting in a more profitable operation.”

– Jamie – VP of Operations, The Blood Center 

“Our CHF program is successful (above CMS targets) but we were in need of a solution to provide structure, analytics and reporting so that we could continue to focus on our patients’ care. Nothing was the right fit until we found HealthAware™. The real-time tracking and reports provided through HealthAware have dramatically improved the accessibility and clarity of our readmission and mortality analyses. We now have previously unavailable insights into our patient data that give us the knowledge we need to make valuable procedural and operational changes for the betterment of our patients’ health and our health system. HealthAware has become an invaluable part of our care plan including transitions and post-acute care for CHF patients.” 

– Darcy Blayney – RN, Process Improvement Specialist Bryan HealthCare