Payer

By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2014
HealthCrowd, text-message-based patient engagement strategy, has completed a pilot with New York Medicaid plan Healthfirst, showing that 86 percent of Healthfirst's Medicaid population was equipped to receive text messages. "Over 80 percent of the population we intervened on had a mobile phone," Neng "Bing" Doh, HealthCrowd's CEO and cofounder, told MobiHealthNews in an exclusive interview. "...
By Aditi Pai July 25, 2014
Around 4.4 million members in health system Kaiser Permanente's 9.1 million member network are using Kaiser's online health management platform, called My Health Manager, according to a Kaiser's 2013 annual report. Kaiser Permanente's health manager website had over 131 million visits last year. The report adds that through Kaiser's online and mobile health services 34.4 million lab test results...
By Aditi Pai July 23, 2014
Health insurance company UnitedHealthcare has opened up its mobile health app, Health4Me to the general public, two years after the company first launched the app for its members. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms. The Health4Me app allows users to access their health information and their families' health information in one place. Users can also find healthcare facilities in...
By Aditi Pai July 21, 2014
Earlier this month, Chicago-based startup FitnessCubed launched a Kickstarter for its device, a portable elliptical, called Cubii that fits under a user's desk. The company designed this device for employees who want to stay active even when they are sitting at their desk. Although many employers offer wellness programs for employees who want to stay fit and healthy, and some companies are...
By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2014
The corporate wellness market is an increasingly big opportunity for activity trackers like Fitbit, but data is just now starting to come in about how much those programs really help corporations. According to a recent story in Citeworld, however, one company, San Francisco-based Appirio, has saved $280,000 in annual insurance payments by implementing a wellness program using Fitbits....
By Brian Dolan July 1, 2014
Aetna will soon launch a new mobile-based offering, called NeoCare, for members who are new parents with infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). NeoCare Solutions, which is a startup that is a part of Aetna's Healthagen's subsidiary, offers a tablet-based app that keeps parents connected to a NeoCoach -- a registered nurse or social worker -- who supports them throughout their child's...
By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2014
Fitlinxx, the enterprise-focused activity tracker company, has released a new version of its Pebble tracker, which lengthens the battery life and adds smartphone syncing for the first time. The Pebble+ looks almost exactly like the Pebble, but has new components, according to Fitlinxx CEO Dave Monahan. He told MobiHealthNews that in addition to the mobile sync and longer battery life, the new...
By Aditi Pai June 16, 2014
Four months after pregnancy tracking app developer Wildflower Health launched a program for Wyoming Medicaid beneficiaries, the startup reported that nearly 70 percent of enrollees are using the app's main features. The app's monthly retention rates are at 80 percent. Wildflower Health has reached close to one third of estimated Medicaid pregnancies in Wyoming. In Wyoming, the app used is offered...
By Aditi Pai June 5, 2014
Appointment booking platform ZocDoc launched a premium service that employers can offer their employees, called ZocDoc for Business. This is ZocDoc's first offering targeted at employers. ZocDoc's existing service, which is available on iOS and Android devices, is targeted at consumers. The app asks for a user's zip code and insurance provider and then lists doctors and their availability. Users...
By Jonah Comstock May 28, 2014
Samsung and Cigna, which signed a partnership agreement last fall, have launched their first joint product, a feature on Samsung's S Health app called Coach by Cigna, which will launch exclusively on the Galaxy S5. The platform is being launched in 36 countries and 26 languages. The software, which Cigna describes as a "digital health guidance system," will incorporate health information ...