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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...
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...