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By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2017
The UK's National Health Service will soon begin a trial testing whether or not a chatbot can effectively replace a call center for non-emergency medical triage, according to a report from the Financial Times.  Babylon, a UK-based telemedicine startup, will power the six-month trial in north-central London, which will include 1.2 million covered citizens. Babylon is a major telemedicine provider...
By Heather Mack January 3, 2017
UnitedHealthcare’s wellness program Motion will soon offer participants the ability to use Fitbit’s Charge 2 to track activity metrics via a customized integration with Motion’s Frequency, Intensity and Tenacity (F.I.T.) program. Using the device, participants can track progress on their daily goals and earn financial incentives that can be applied towards their healthcare plan. United Healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2016
While the path to value-based care is necessarily a slow one for hospitals and health systems, prevention programs – focused on a single outcome measure for a single condition – are in a position to lead the way in charging for outcomes. Omada Health, the first digital diabetes prevention program, has been charging only for successful outcomes for a while. Noom announced yesterday that it will do...
By Jonah Comstock December 8, 2016
Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, will be one of three companies to pitch in $2 million toward a new funding initiative for early stage digital health companies in Philadelphia. Investor/accelerator groups Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Safeguard Scientifics will also pitch in $2 million each, making a total of $6 million available. "While we will...
By Jonah Comstock November 22, 2016
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, is coming soon, and with it CMS's Quality Payment Program, which requires providers who bill Medicare more than $30,000 a year to report certain performance measures in order to adjust their payments based on performance.  For providers who don't have time to slog through the 2,400 page final rule, figuring out what those measures are...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2016
Cigna has added fingerprint access to both the iOS and Android versions of its MyCigna app for members, the company announced last week. The company also has plans for an application called Cigna One Guide that will provide some personalized guidance to users. Dave Vonesh, director of Global Digital Marketing at Cigna, said the new fingerprint functionality enhances all the goals Cigna has for...
By Heather Mack November 15, 2016
UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum has partnered with Boston-based meQuilibrium to integrate the stress management company’s digital coaching platform into Optum’s new Enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) service, and to offer it as a standalone service as well. Through the partnership, both companies seek to offer a cost-effective, scalable method for employers to address behavioral...
By Heather Mack November 8, 2016
San Francisco-based Castlight Health, which offers consumers a personalized health shopping platform, added 14 new large customers, saw increased revenue and cash, and intensified its focus on evolving the business to gain more traction among mainstream buyers in the third quarter of 2016. On call with investors, Castlight Health CEO and cofounder Giovanni Colella said the company reached $100...
By Jonah Comstock November 7, 2016
After offering the service to a few Medicare Advantage members in Arizona last year, Humana is expanding a collaboration with MDLive to make telemedicine services available to Medicare beneficiaries in select counties in Georgia and South Carolina. “With on-demand services playing a big role in people’s lives today, it’s important that we offer our members access to on-demand care to help reduce...
By MobiHealthNews November 4, 2016
Digital health companies offering virtual diabetes prevention programs – in the form of app or web education and coaching to support weight loss and other healthy lifestyle behaviors – have already proven their worth, as evidenced by their increasing popularity with consumers, the growing number of efficacy studies, and their partnerships with providers.  But, in the eyes of the Centers for...