Payer

By Heather Mack September 20, 2016
In today’s healthcare environment, insurers may see the value of digital health, but decades-old infrastructure, workflows and IT departments may be holding them back from fully embracing the technological innovations that doctors and patients want and need. And breaking through those roasblocks starts with asking the patients what they want. During the Healthcare Innovation Summit at Stanford...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2016
At the Digital Medicine Connect in Boston this week, presenters wrestled with the question of what it would take to spur wider adoption of digital therapies. With Omada CEO Sean Duffy on the panel, it’s not surprising that one common answer — more and better efficacy data — came up. But also, speakers including Vidya Raman-Tangella, head of United Healthcare’s Innovation Center of Excellence and...
By Jonah Comstock September 8, 2016
HMS Holdings, which owns a number of subsidiaries providing software tools for payers, has acquired Essette, a web-based care management platform which helps payers and providers with population health management and patient engagement. The acquisition was a cash deal and the purchase price was $20 million. “Essette is a market leader, with a demonstrated track record of supplying payers with...
By Jonah Comstock September 6, 2016
The problem of bias is one of the potential pitfalls of creating a healthcare price transparency tool. If the tool is offered by an insurer or a hospital, consumers might not trust that the data is fair and accurate, rather than intended to drive them to a particular provider.  Fair Health, which recently launched a new consumer-facing app in the state of Connecticut, has an advantage in this...
By Jonah Comstock September 1, 2016
NYC-based asynchronous telemedicine service Sherpaa quietly opened its doors this week to direct-to-consumer business. Previously, text message and app access to Sherpaa doctors was available only via an employer. "B2B is definitely our core right now, but we decided that after really refining our processes over the years and creating an entirely new delivery model that it was ready for prime...
By Heather Mack August 31, 2016
United Healthcare has made some updates to its Health4Me app to help make wading through health services a little less like a chore and more like spending time on any other mobile app. The updated Health4Me automatically sends care alerts to UnitedHealthcare plan participants if they are missing important medical treatments or tests. Several updates also help patients better follow treatment...
By Heather Mack August 25, 2016
Pear Therapeutics, a Boston and San Francisco-based developer of digital strategies to address a broad range of mental health conditions, has released results of a study showing promising engagement with its program Thrive, which uses a smartphone app along with medication to treat patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.  Thrive offers 24/7 patient monitoring...
By Heather Mack August 24, 2016
Private health insurance company Oscar, which caught on quickly with individuals due to its tech-savvy image and simplified online offerings, has pulled out of two markets. As of this week, the firm will no longer offer individual market plans through the Affordable Care Act in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and in New Jersey beginning January 1, 2017. Citing “uncertainties in those two markets” that...
By Heather Mack August 17, 2016
California residents under Anthem Blue Cross are now able to have video visits with a Spanish-speaking doctor for non-emergency needs through a partnership with LiveHealth Online, a telemedicine company that offers its service, Cuidado Medico, to both members and non-members of Anthem. “We all know how important it is to talk to a doctor in the language in which you’re most comfortable,” Anthem...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2016
MDSave, a Nashville, Tennessee-based healthcare transparency company, secured a $5 million investment from Cambia Health, a holding company that owns a number of large insurance plans, MobiHealthNews has learned.  “It was a strategic investment by Cambia to help MDSave expand our portfolio of our payer services that we offer,” MDSave CEO Paul Ketchel told MobiHealthNews. “We have a partnership...