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By Heather Mack October 31, 2016
AARP Services, a subsidiary of AARP, has launched a new, interactive website designed to address gaps in the caregiving market, from scheduling and telehealth to professional advice. The CareConnection site, currently in beta, aims to be a central hub for caregivers, and is piloting services from a number of companies that provide resources for caregivers. The idea for the site is based on...
By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2016
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana, and Anthem, have written a public letter to the Congressional Budget Office urging the CBO to consider data from private insurers in estimating the cost savings associated with telemedicine. In the letter, emailed to MobiHealthNews by pro-telemedicine lobby group the Alliance for Connected Care (which is not a signatory), the insurers ask CBO...
By Heather Mack October 18, 2016
Taiwan-based Health2Sync, an online diabetes management company, has announced their partnership with Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare in a move that brings the web and app-based offering nationwide. Health2Sync’s offering is a multi-part patient management platform that includes a patient-facing app, a cable that connects various types of glucometers to a smartphone, and a data analytics...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2016
Ovuline, which makes a suite of women's and family health apps, has raised $10 million in new funding and is renaming the company "Ovia Health". Ovia was already the brand name attached to its suite of apps. Martin Ventures and Zaffre Investments, the investment arm of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, led the round. All of the company's previous investors returned for the round, including...
By Heather Mack October 13, 2016
Toronto-based mobile health startup League Health has introduced its suite of health insurance products to market by partnering with Royal Bank of Canada’s insurance arm. Since Canada has a single-payer system, League isn’t a health insurer, but it connects insurance pools, providers and employers through its consumer-facing app. Through the League partnership, RBC now offers a “peace of mind”...
By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2016
Highmark, which is the fourth largest Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer in the US and covers patients in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, has tapped Denver-based Welltok to offer a rewards program to members in its Medicare Advantage Passport program.  Up until now, the Passport program has provider Highmark Medicare Advantage members with benefit information, savings opportunities and a...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2016
App-enabled “full stack health plan” Zoom+, which offers telemedicine, walk-in clinics, and health insurance as an integrated, tech-enabled offering in the Portland, Oregon area, has launched a new feature, Zoom+Care Chat. The new feature allows Zoom+ users to get medical advice and even prescriptions via secure messaging and, ideally, will increase convenience for patients while also reducing...
By MobiHealthNews October 7, 2016
We've come to the end of the third quarter, so we at MobiHealthNews have looked into our archives and rounded up the major stories of the quarter for the hospital, pharma, and insurance sectors. Read on for provider, pharma, and payer news. Provider The third quarter of 2016 has provided a steady stream of provider news. From partnerships that blend traditional healthcare systems with digital...
By Heather Mack October 6, 2016
London-based BioBeats, which is developing a wellness solution for consumers using artificial intelligence, smartphones and wearable sensors, has completed a study on corporate stress and health with employees from financial services company BNP Paribas. A group of 560 BNP Paribas employees wore the (recently discontinued) Microsoft Band 2 to continuously measure various biometric measurements...
By Heather Mack October 5, 2016
New York-based Hometeam, a mobile-based, senior-focused home care company, announced they will begin accepting Medicaid in New York City. The new partnership will primarily focus on those who have Medicaid’s managed long-term care plans, which is about 150,000 people, but the service could also be used by the 15,000 people who are in dual managed care plans (through both Medicaid and another...