Missouri Health Innovation Startup Aims to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

Viven Health, a St. Louis, Missouri-based health innovation company, has a simple goal: It wants to help companies instill better hygienic habits in employees to reduce illnesses and health claims. Company executives believe that goal will help mitigate the spread of diseases such as COVID-19.

The company has developed interactive training programs aimed to help companies educate employees on how to take proper health precautions, such as how to correctly wash one’s hands and wiping down surfaces. The simulated training, which has a game-like approach, is designed to instill behavioral change.

“If I were to tell you to clean your hands and not touch your face, that’s one thing. But if you have to physically do it, like in our simulations, you have to go in and actually do this,” said Viven Health Co-Founder Tom Ahrens.

The company customizes its content to serve specific companies and industries. It originally launched with a focus on common illnesses such as the cold and flu. But their strategy has expanded to help stop the spread of the coronavirus as well.

“We hope that the coronavirus brings awareness of the importance of good hygiene behaviors and that companies will realize the value of a simple program that keeps their employees healthy,” said Katie Barnes, Viven Health’s Director of Communications.

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