I also wish the privacy statement had been available at the screening so that I could have asked these questions. I guess any employee concerns about privacy are not important enough to address screening day – those concerns should be addressed before you go. Perhaps that is a legitimate argument, but, I think if a company takes seriously employee privacy concerns, then having someone on site during a health screening day to answer questions would demonstrate a stronger commitment to privacy.
One other item of concern was the fact that I had no idea about the qualifications of the very nice lady who pricked my finger and took my measurements. She wore a white coat, but offered no disclosure, in writing or verbally, of her name, company or qualifications. I noticed a laboratory registration issued by CMS on the registration counter, but no other information about the people actually conducting the screening. That was disappointing. A simple brochure at the registration table explaining who was conducting the screening and the types of employees (whether RNs, LPNs, or some other licensed professional) performing the measurements could suffice.
In sum, it is helpful to know my numbers, and the $150 incentive motivated me to sign up for the screening. But, I am already doing what I can to lead a healthy life. I watch what I eat most of the time, exercise as much as I can, get enough sleep, and avoid other unhealthy behaviors. Knowing my numbers will not result in significant changes in my behavior. But, I do have this nervous feeling about where my numbers will end up, and unfortunately, the vendors for this wellness screening did not do everything possible to allay those fears at the outset.