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Episode 22: The PULSE of Sir Richard Branson


When Sir Richard Branson gets involved in a business area – it’s sure to make a splash. Virgin Pulse – an employee wellness program has grown to more than 2,200 worldwide clients and now covers more than 4 million workers.

Employee wellness has become more than ‘motivate and lose quick weight’ – it’s now tied into analytics, mhealth apps, improving quality hires, and complete company cultures. The Virgin pulse program has become so popular, that members often use the app more than Pinterest and even Linkedin!

In this episode, Steve meets with Dr. Rajiv Kumar. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Virgin Pulse, and President of the Virgin Pulse Institute. In this ear-opening episode, they discuss:
  • Analytics and insights from Virgin Pulse’s collection of 7 Billion data points per month
  • Clients who through the service, have vastly lowered work comp injuries and increased worker productivity as much as 49%.
  • ‘Traditional Wellness’ vs. ‘Strategic Well-being’
  • The new era of connecting wellness with employee benefits, talent management, and employee engagement success


 I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Steve Ambrose on a podcast that covered a range of topics in healthcare information technology. The podcast logistics – communications, interview questions, scheduling and production – were every well managed.
A great experience that I would do again in an instance.

Dr. John Glaser
SVP, Population Health at CERNER

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