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By Aditi Pai January 30, 2014
As a trend, healthcare price transparency has started off strong this year. In a recent interview, price transparency tool Medlio's CEO David Brooks told MobiHealthNews people are no longer on preferred provider organization plans as much as they have been in the past. As a result, instead of simply paying a copay, users are now on high deductible health plans and are starting to care more about...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2014
Popular fitness tracking app company Endomondo is branching out into corporate wellness and building a new platform for employees around its Endomondo Sports Tracker app. "Endomondo spent years refining modern technology to motivate people to be more active," Endomondo CEO Mette Lykke told MobiHealthNews in an email. "During that time, Endomondo worked with various entities to learn how the...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2014
According to a recent report from Chilmark Research, healthcare insurance companies -- or payers -- are increasingly partnering with biometric device companies. The firm calls to biometric activity tracking as the "latest fad" in payer adoption of consumer technology. Chilmark also noted a decline in the number of smartphone app launches from health plans, which launched more apps in 2012 than in...
By Brian Dolan January 23, 2014
Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission published a notice that granted UnitedHealth Group a preliminary green light to acquire Audax Health Solutions. These notices are granted both for outright acquisitions and for larger investments that include a large stake in the company. Since neither UnitedHealth Group nor Audax Health has commented yet, it's unclear which is in the works, but the...
By Aditi Pai January 21, 2014
Premera Blue Cross has launched its nutrition-focused online platform and app, called Serve it Up!, in partnership with social platform maker Wellness Layers and nutrition guidance program Guiding Stars. "We are pleased to build systems such as Serve it Up! that focus on something as universal and imperative as good nutrition," Wellness Layers CEO Amir Kishon said in a statement. "We leveraged...
By Brian Dolan January 21, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee-based Healthways, one of the largest companies developing wellness programs today, recently announced plans to rollout its suite of wellbeing tools to employees working at Arizona healthcare system Carondelet Health Network, which is a part of Ascension Health. This is just the latest of many customer rollouts for Healthways, which now serves more than 1,000 employers and...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2014
Mobile health strategies shouldn't be one-size-fits-all, Dr. Harry Greenspun, Deloitte's Senior Advisor on Health Care Transformation and Technology, wrote in a recent blog post. There are four dimensions that need to be considering in developing a mobile health intervention or technology. Greenspun breaks down the focus areas into four P's: People, Payment, Places, and Purpose. "People" refers...
By Aditi Pai January 15, 2014
Durham, North Carolina-based Medlio has launched its virtual insurance card app, available on iOS and Android platforms. The app currently enables users to see their health insurance benefits information, including as co-pays and deductible balances; a map to find doctors, hospitals and pharmacies near the user's location; an appointment check-in service on the app; and another portal to pay for...
By Jonah Comstock January 13, 2014
CellTrak is an example of the kind of technology being used in the Aetna Better Care/Addus Health Pilot. Illinois' Integrated Care Program (ICP), a Medicaid-backed home care program run by Aetna Better Health (a regional Aetna Medicaid program in Illinois) and Addus Home Care, will begin equipping home care aides with smartphones in a small pilot. The ICP was launched by the Illinois...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2014
Last year, UnitedHealthcare announced a partnership with Konami to bring the classroom version of its DanceDanceRevolution exergame to a pilot group of schoolchildren in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Now UnitedHealthcare is continuing that pilot, adding a fourth school in Southern California. The company is also starting a new pilot with another big name in the kids' digital health space -- social...