Merck’s Integrated Health Management department works closely with the Global Benefits department to provide a wide range of health and wellness services and programs.
These offerings cover the continuum of care, for those who are well, those at risk, those with acute or chronic illness, and those requiring complex or catastrophic care. Many of these services and programs are provided at on-site employee health clinics or through programs offered by vendors in conjunction with our benefits coverage. Health services and programs available to Merck employees include:
In 2011, Merck launched “LIVE IT,” an initiative that brings together all of Merck’s health and wellness offerings under one integrated program and provides employees and eligible family members access to a broad suite of helpful health and wellness tools, programs and information.
In June 2012, the company introduced a new healthcare resource through LIVE IT called Health Advocate. Health Advocate is a program designed to help employees and their families navigate the complicated healthcare and health insurance system. Health Advocate is designed to make employees lives easier by saving hours of time, with activities such as:
The program is available to employees at no cost, and is also available to employees’ parents and parents-in-law for any healthcare or eldercare issues they may be facing.
Merck offers a health and wellness website to U.S.-based employees and their dependents, which features a health assessment, online interactive health tools and information, health coaching programs and more. The website is designed to raise awareness about health issues and motivate employees to manage and improve their health and well-being. It includes topical health summaries based on scientific evidence and links to reliable healthcare information.
Immediately after completing the online health assessment, an employee receives a customized report that summarizes his or her health status and offers suggestions for personal goal setting. Anyone who takes the assessment and wants to work on an identified health risk has access to a lifestyle coach, who provides advice and encouragement and monitors progress regularly. Participation in the health assessment and other programs is voluntary and confidential.
Many Merck clinics offer employees the opportunity for lipid, blood glucose and other laboratory services, including blood collection ordered by a personal physician. To support new mothers returning to work, clinics offer worksite lactation programs. “Lunch and learn” programs and site-based wellness activities, including walking and weight-reduction programs, are also available.
What we eat and drink affects our daily physical and mental well-being and our longer term health and resilience. To contribute to a healthy work culture, we work with our on-site food vendor at most of our U.S. facilities to increase the availability and visibility of healthy food choices and to raise awareness about proper nutrition. Employees also receive discounts for healthy food purchases. In addition, many Merck sites globally have cafeterias that offer healthy food options and nutrition education.
Merck offers access to on-site fitness centers at several large U.S. facilities, as well as at other Merck/MSD facilities around the world. In the U.S., professional fitness managers organize programs and events to encourage employees to eat well, manage their weight, exercise and participate in various fitness challenges and other special events.
As a global organization, Merck has several different operating divisions and work assignmentseach with its own range of requirements. Particular work assignments may involve potential exposure to one or more occupational hazards, such as noise, mixtures of chemicals or hazardous biological compounds. The company maintains a continuing and concerted effort to assess and control workplace hazards (chemical, biological and physical) and to make sure that each employee's work assignment is safe and consistent with his or her evaluated capabilities.
Occupational health programs are developed and implemented based on identified health risks and applicable regulatory requirements. In the event that an employee becomes injured or ill while performing his or her job, we have programs in place for treatment and rehabilitation.
Merck’s Global Employee Health professionals are clinically trained and dedicated to providing efficient and effective quality healthcare for employees who become injured or ill as a result of their work. They advise and coordinate healthcare with providers or agencies to ensure a smooth treatment-and-recovery process, while complying with both company and applicable regulatory record-keeping requirements.
Most Integrated Health Management clinics provide non-work-related, acute, episodic health care, including the diagnosis and treatment of minor non-occupational illnesses or injuries, health maintenance counseling and appropriate referral to specialty services.
Merck offers a voluntary disease management program that offers confidential professional support for ongoing treatment and care for most U.S. employees and their dependents with specific medical conditions. The goal is to help individuals achieve optimal health by providing evidence-based medical information and self-care guidance.
Merck also offers a voluntary care management program, which gives U.S.-based employees and their dependents access to expert second opinions for complex or critical illnesses, or options regarding the need for surgical or nonsurgical treatments and procedures. The goal is to provide a full range of options so employees can make the most informed decisions about their course of therapy.
Our Integrated Health Management Group works with external vendors in the U.S. to develop and implement short- and long-term disability management and return-to-work policies and programs. Optimizing the health and productivity of our employees is a key goal of these efforts.
Merck is concerned about the health and safety of our employees who travel on business, especially to international locations. Integrated Health Management maintains up-to-date information about infectious diseases that are prevalent in all countries and their required immunizations. Business travelers are given information on health conditions in the country of their destination, along with a traveler's guide, a travel kit containing over-the-counter medications they may need while traveling, any required immunizations, and an international emergency travel-assistance card. Employees may also consult with an Integrated Health Management-licensed healthcare provider for specific travel-related prescription medications that may be needed during travel, possible preventive medical care prior to departure, the availability of medical care in the country of destination, and the possibility of medical care after return, as needed.
Most Merck sites around the world offer employees annual flu shots. In the United States, Integrated Health Management provide annual flu shots at no cost to employees at site-based employee health clinics. With guidance from Integrated Health Management, most Merck sites have also developed site-specific pandemic flu preparedness plans, employing a variety of countermeasures that focus on heightened awareness and tactical procedures.
Merck recognizes that infectious diseases represent major healthcare burdens worldwide and pose an unprecedented challenge to people around the globe, including Merck employees, their families and the communities in which we operate. Three diseases aloneHIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malariaare pandemics responsible today for approximately half of infectious disease mortality.
These diseases impose a significant and destabilizing social, economic and health burden on nations, communities and families, especially when there is inadequate access to treatment. The company believes that all of our employees should have access to prevention, care and treatment for HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. Since 2005, we have had in place a corporate policy to provide benefits to our employees where local access to HIV, TB and malaria prevention, care and treatment is inadequate.
The majority of Merck sites around the world have either a no-smoking policy or a smoke/tobacco-free policy in place. These policies send a strong message that the company is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and to protecting its employees and visitors from the harmful effects of tobacco.
At many Merck sites, on-site clinic staff responds to medical emergencies while also working with volunteers who help as responders. Integrated Health Management provides direct oversight for automatic external defibrillators and associated training, located at many of our sites in the U.S.
Merck's on-site clinics in the United States, as well as many around the world, offer employees both occupational vaccinations (including travel-related vaccinations) and non-occupational vaccinations for such diseases as pneumonia, shingles, and cervical cancer.