Payer

By Brian Dolan April 23, 2014
For the eighth year in a row, health insurance company Cigna has released results from a comparative study of its consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) members to its other members enrolled in traditional PPOs and HMOs. The actual claims data from more than 3.6 million Cigna members were used in the study, and Cigna concluded -- as it has in years past -- that members enrolled in CDHPs were more...
By Aditi Pai April 16, 2014
Txt4health, a text-based health program developed by Voxiva, announced that 100,000 members have enrolled in its program through Medicare and Medicaid insurance provider Amerigroup. The payor has offered the program to its members since December 2012. The Txt4health program aims to provide patients with reminders for health exams, deliver health information, encourage users to improve their...
By Aditi Pai April 16, 2014
Finland-based H2 Wellbeing, maker of employee wellness platform HeiaHeia, raised just over $2 million (1.5 million euros) in a round led by Finland’s Wallstreet Financial Services. Additional backers included unnamed angels and a Finnish funding agency called Tekes. Until now, H2 has run on its own revenues, which the company started generating just two months into its launch, and government...
By Jonah Comstock April 15, 2014
hubbub health's mobile app When Virgin Pulse (then Virgin HealthMiles) opened its services to (up to three) family members for free last fall, execs from the company told MobiHealthNews they predicted other employee wellness companies would follow suit. But hubbub health, a spin-off of Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions, is doing one better, offering its gamified employee wellness...
By Brian Dolan April 8, 2014
Dr. Pete Hudson A little more than two years after Aetna acquired popular mobile health app-maker iTriage, its cofounders -- two emergency medical doctors -- Peter Hudson and Wayne Guerra have quietly left the health insurance company, MobiHealthNews has learned. A departure after a two-year earnout is a fairly common length of time for a startup founder to remain with their company's buyer,...
By Brian Dolan March 31, 2014
Berlin-based Caterna Vision Therapy will soon become the developer of the first mobile medical app in Germany to be prescribed to patients by physicians and that has reimbursement in place from a health plan, Caterna's founder Dr. Markus Müschenich told MobiHealthNews. Beginning tomorrow -- April 1st -- Caterna's online program for children with amblyopia, a visual impairment condition, will be...
By Aditi Pai March 26, 2014
MomentStrong offers people who want to quit smoking, lose weight or fix another health-related behavior a way to remind themselves to stay strong during those moments they are usually weakest. The app, which is only available through employee wellness programs, uses geofencing technologies to send helpful message to the user when they are in a specific place that user has previously designated as...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2014
StartUp Health company Sense Health, which makes text messaging software for Medicaid care managers, has completed a randomized controlled trial. The results are still forthcoming, but CEO Stan Berkow shared a few with MobiHealthNews. Care managers are social workers or registered nurses assigned by Medicaid or other healthcare stakeholders to work closely with the highest-cost patients. Sense...
By Aditi Pai March 19, 2014
Weight Watchers announced a new weight loss program for people with type 2 diabetes, which it will provide through its employee wellness offering. The new program, called Weight Watchers for Diabetes, will incorporate the expertise of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) into the company's existing weight loss and weight management system. Weight Watchers will also offer digital tools to members of...
By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2014
The iChip mobile app, due out in April. LifeNexus is launching its smartcard-based (and soon to be mobile app-based) iChip system with its first partner, Medicaid plan Amerigroup Nevada. The card (or app) contains both clinical and administrative information, so it speeds up check-in and serves as a mobile, tethered PHR for patients. Patients can check their own information on an online portal...