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By MHN Staff November 4, 2013
By Rick Lee, Founder and former CEO, Healthrageous I was so impressed with former CEO Dave Dickinson’s postmortem on Zeo, which MobiHealthNews published in May, that I wanted to offer a similar reflection on Healthrageous. 1) BHAG: Our big, hairy, audacious goal (apologies to Tom Peters) was possibly as ambitious as boiling the ocean. David Kirchoff eloquently delineated the necessary components...
By Jonah Comstock October 31, 2013
Rep. Gregg Harper (R- Mississippi) Calling Obamacare a contentious topic between Republicans and Democrats in the US House of Representatives would be something of an understatement. But that doesn't mean there's no bipartisan momentum in healthcare legislation. One bill currently in the House would expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage for telehealth, while another would restrict the FDA's...
By Brian Dolan October 7, 2013
Humana was the mystery buyer of Boston-based health engagement company Healthrageous, MobiHealthNews has learned. Healthrageous sold its assets to Humana and a number of Healthrageous employees who supported the platform will also be joining the insurance company. MobiHealthNews first reported last week that Healthrageous had shut down and had its assets acquired. The financial details of the...
By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2013
A new Aetna Healthagen app to empower caregivers, InvolveCare, launched in beta recently and was publicly unveiled at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. InvolveCare's CEO, David Williams, is a former Head of Business Development for PatientsLikeMe. Williams, who cares for his own aging father, wanted to build a product to help caregivers -- and also to help caregivers get help...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2013
Fitness tracker maker Garmin has launched a closed API for its products, which it is offering exclusively to corporate wellness companies on a case-by-case basis. The company has already been quietly partnering with EveryMove, Redbrick Health, and Humana's Vitality via the API. "About a year ago, we started to get approached by companies like EveryMove asking for an API for use of Garmin devices...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2013
Virgin HealthMiles, the Virgin Group company that was one of the early entrants into the digital employee health and wellness, is rebranding as Virgin Pulse, a change that CEO Chris Boyce says will reflect the company's focus on not just health, but employee engagement. MobiHealthNews first reported on the planned name change about a month ago. "So what I've learned over the years, any time that...
By Jonah Comstock October 1, 2013
David Vinson and Joan Kennedy. In May, Cigna’s Director of IT Strategy and Innovation Willis Gee told MobiHealthNews that the next move for the insurer would be to look for ways to integrate tracking devices, social networks, and other digital tools into a single engagement strategy. Now Cigna has unveiled a part of that strategy: an app curation platform called the GoYou Cigna Marketplace,...
By Brian Dolan October 1, 2013
Boston-based Healthrageous, which spun out of Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health in 2010, has closed up shop and sold off its assets. The once promising venture was based partially on the Center's SmartBeat blood pressure management program, which the provider piloted with EMC employees a few years ago to prove its efficacy. For a short while the company was called HopSkipConnect....
By Neil Versel September 27, 2013
Louis Burns, CEO of Intel-GE Care Innovations since the joint venture launched in early 2011 and, before that, head of Intel's Digital Health Group, will retire at the end of the year, Roseville, Calif.-based Care Innovations announced Thursday. Taking his place will be former Humana executive Sean Slovenski, who brings a background in behavior change and wellness to the three-year-old maker of...
By Neil Versel September 26, 2013
Barriers to reimbursement for telehealth services are falling, slowly. One of the most recent victories came in Massachusetts, where lawmakers this summer approved a general appropriations bill that included Medicaid reimbursement for remote monitoring services in patient homes. This action, passed over a veto by Gov. Deval Patrick, makes Massachusetts the 12th state to approve Medicaid payments...