Payer

By Heather Mack July 7, 2016
Keep it simple. That’s what consumers are saying when it comes to health insurance companies' tech offerings, according to a recent survey by global consulting company PwC’s Strategy&.   According to the more than 500 consumers polled, what they want most aren't cutting edge technologies, but straightforward organizational tools that allow them the most basic functions like making...
By Heather Mack July 6, 2016
Healthcare-focused mobile communications company mPulse Mobile has released the findings of a three-month study evaluating its interactive, two-way text message program with a Medicare and Medicaid plan in Southern California. The Encino, California-based mPulse teamed up with Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and sent text messages tailored to 17,000 newly enrolled IEHP members based on...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2016
In a deployment with UnitedHealthcare, health coaching startup Vida was able to reduce weight and blood pressure in a group of 1,000 high-BMI patients across three states, the company told MobiHealthNews. "Over 58 percent of the population has seen weight loss and over 30 percent have lost more than 5 percent of their body weight, which is clinically significant," Vida CEO and Founder Stephanie...
By Jonah Comstock June 30, 2016
Anthem Blue Cross, a BCBS plan that covers the state of California, is the first of several Anthem payers nationwide to launch a pilot with Kurbo Health to use its app and online coaching to help treat childhood obesity. The initial pilot includes 100 young patients. Anthem is also working with San Benito Medical Associates, a local provider in the California county with the highest incidence of...
By Jonah Comstock June 24, 2016
For the past decade or so, Portland, Oregon-based Zoom+ has been innovating around a simple idea: an integrated health system you can control with your phone. But developing that idea into a business has exposed CEO and cofounder Dr. Dave Sanders and his team to a number of challenges, many of which Sanders spoke about in his address at MobiHealthNews 2016 last week. The genesis of the company,...
By Brian Dolan June 17, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona-based Solera Health added another $4 million in funding from investors to help connect providers, payers and patients with diabetes prevention programs available in their area. The company announced $3 million in funding last November. Return backers BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Ventures participated in the new injection of funds as did new investor, social...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
Oscar Health’s step-tracking program isn’t just about improving member’s health, Holly Bui, Oscar's General Manager for California, said in a presentation at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event in San Francisco this week. It also improves members’ engagement with other offerings and helps keep a larger number of healthy people on the platform. “What we found is that step tracking is a little bit...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2016
Digital health and digital therapeutics will produce a tremendous amount of data, which could be the key to getting them reimbursed by payers, according to panelists at BIO 2016 last week. UCSF Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research Kathryn Phillips led a panel that included Rowan Chapman, managing director of new business ventures at GE Ventures; Evidation Health CEO Deborah...
By Jonah Comstock May 25, 2016
Wellth, a Brooklyn-based digital health company focused on improving patient adherence by paying people to make healthier choices, has raised $2 million. AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV), the venture arm of the multinational insurance firm AXA, led the round. B-Fore Capital, I2BF Venture Capital, Beta Bridge Ventures and AltaIR Capital also contributed. “We are seeing a lot of interest for our...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2016
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurer covering Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, has announced the 10 organizations that it will support financially in launching or developing telemedicine initiatives. The insurer first announced the program, which offers $3 million to non-profit organizations and government entities for "innovative programs using telemedicine to improve access...