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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 ...
By Aditi Pai May 15, 2014
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania partnered with Voxiva to launch two text message-based services for their Medicaid benefit plan members. Voxiva also announced this week that more than 1 million people in total have now signed up for its text-based health programs. The two programs UCPP is offerings its Medicaid patients are Voxiva's Txt4health and Text4kids. Both are available to...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
When Aetna failed to highlight CarePass, its app ecosystem and data platform, at HIMSS this year we wondered what the team had been up to since it added Care4Today medication adherence to its platform. Dan Conroy, Head of Business Development at CarePass, says that for the past year the company has begun to focus on the other stakeholder use case for the technology: employers. "This is about...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2014
Just a few months into its life as a publicly traded company, Castlight Health had a good first quarter since its $180 million offering. The company added 29 new customers this quarter, three times as many as any previous quarter, the company announced on its first ever earnings call since going public in March. "With the capital resources we received in the IPO, we believe that Castlight is very...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2014
HumanaVitality, the health insurer's employee wellness program that uses rewards and social features to encourage healthy behavior change, has released some data based on a two-year study of 16,000 employees. Humana looked at data from individuals who were users of HumanaVitality, and compared their claims data to their engagement with the program. They found that users who were unengaged with...
By Aditi Pai May 2, 2014
New York City-based digital healthcare service, called Sherpaa, raised $4 million, according to an SEC filing. According to a report in March from the Wall Street Journal, Tumblr Funder David Karp invested at least $500,000 in the round. This brings Sherpaa's total announced funding to $5.85 million. Existing investors include O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, First Round Capital, Collaborative Fund...
By Aditi Pai April 29, 2014
Patient engagement platform maker RedBrick Health raised $7.5 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total disclosed funding to at least $46 million. According to the filing, RedBrick Health will use some of the funds to pay its executive officers and other employees. Previous investors in RedBrick Health include Versant Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, GDN Holdings,...
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...

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