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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...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2014
Virgin Pulse, the corporate wellness and engagement company formerly known as Virgin HealthMiles, launched its own proprietary activity tracker called the Virgin Pulse Max at CES in Las Vegas. "We call it Max, and Max is a companion," Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce told MobiHealthNews. "We want people to think about this as a little companion they have in their life that helps them lead a better...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2014
UnitedHealthcare announced at CES that the company is launching an online appointment booking system for UnitedHealthgroup members. The system, which is called myEasyBook, will allow users of high-deductible healthcare plans (such as those linked to Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Accounts) to go online and compare the costs of different available providers in their network. The...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2013
A year after announcing its mobile launch from the mHealth Summit stage, Aetna announced a major shift for it's Carepass platform, introducing its first two partner apps for medication adherence and stress management, Janssen Innovation's Care4Today mobile health manager and meQuilibrium's meQ app. "What we like about the Care4Today application is it's available to everybody," CarePass head and...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff has announced the first batch of ecosystem partners for its new health outcomes marketplace. Jiff has officially announced and integrated with Fitbit, Jawbone, Fitbug, Withings, BodyMedia, Fatsecret, and CaloryGuard, and is in conversations with more than 60 additional digital health app and device companies, according to CEO Derek Newell. "Our goal is to have at least...
By Jonah Comstock November 6, 2013
Aetna CMO Dr. Lonny Reisman At the Digital Health Summit in Boston, Eric Murphy, President of Payer Solutions for Optum, and Dr. Lonny Reisman, Aetna's chief medical officer, talked about the changing role of the payer in healthcare. As the shift from fee-for-service to risk-sharing payment models occurs, Reisman and Murphy said payers need to step up how much they work with providers. "As I...