Google Health inks deals with two insurers, Hello Health

By Brian Dolan
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On the same day that its former leader launched his own online healthcare start-up, Google Health announced that it had inked deals with two more health insurers: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and American Postal Workers Union Health Plan. That brings the count up to three insurers since Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA signed on last year. Google released the announcement at the Health 2.0 event, which is taking place in San Francisco this week.

Google Health has been shy about its mobile strategy, but the service's product manager Roni Zeiger told MobiHealthNews earlier this year that "it’s certainly clear that for consumer health applications like Google Health that being able to use them wherever you are — obviously, including mobile devices — is critical. And we are certainly going to make that happen."

In the past few months iPhone applications, like Ringful's Asthma Journal, began feeding data into Google Health -- a first for mobile applications. Google Health also has mobile accessibility from Anvita's Android application and at least one iPhone app created by a third party developer using Google Health's open API.

Google Health also announced deals with MDLiveCare and Hello Health:

"We're also working with companies that offer unique "convenience" services, such as secure email and video consultations with doctors. One example is a company called MDLiveCare, a telehealth provider now available in the Google Health online services directory. MDLiveCare is helping to empower patients by sending the complete doctor's clinical note to Google Health from any consultation a patient has with their network of oncall board certified doctors and licensed mental health therapists. Hello Health is another example of a company that facilitates connecting with a doctor online and is launching with Google Health today."

For more, read this blog post from Google Health