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By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2016
WebMD partnered with Verizon to offer digital health coaching to 1,100 of Verizon's employees in a recent pilot, Employee Benefit News reports. The program led to weight loss for 73 percent of participants. Verizon employees were invited to participate after taking a health assessment if they had a BMI over 30 or a blood glucose level above a certain threshold. The program included one-on-one...
By Brian Dolan March 22, 2016
Alivecor has hired two more Googlers following the appointment of its new CEO, who is also a Google alum. Frank Petterson and Simon Prakash join the company as VP of products & design and VP of engineering, respectively. Petterson led Google's engineering team for YouTube Live and Gaming. He also led engineering for Hangouts and the Google+ iOS app. Prakash was the Senior Director of Product...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2016
CirrusMD, a telemedicine startup focused on value-based care, has raised a little more than $1 million according to an SEC filing. Investors include Boulder BioMed and Sand Hill Angels. The company previously raised $1.5 million in 2014, according to another filing. The Denver-based startup offers a telemedicine service to providers and payers that includes video visits, but visits start with...
By Aditi Pai March 22, 2016
Boston Medical Center has added a mobile-enabled sleep tracking program from London-based company Big Health to its benefits package, according to Beta Boston. Since launching the program in December, Beta Boston reports more than 1,000 of Boston Medical Center’s 5,800 employees, about 17 percent of its staff, have started to use the app. Boston Medical Center currently has a one-year contract...
By Aditi Pai March 21, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts-based employee benefits navigator company Maxwell Health raised $22 million from GIS Strategic Ventures, Sun Life Financial, and Cendana Capital as well as existing investors Adams Street Partners, Cambia Health Solutions, Catalyst Health Ventures, Industry Ventures, and more.  This brings the company's total funding to at least $56.4 million. The company raised its last...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
Mad*Pow, a design agency with a specialization in healthcare design, has announced an agreement to acquire gamified exercise app HotSeat from context, the communications consulting firm owned by app creator Fran Melmed. The acquisition price was undisclosed.  “Mad*Pow sees the acquisition of HotSeat as an opportunity to bring an elegant solution to a complex problem,” Amy Cueva, founder and Chief...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
More and more health insurers are encouraging members to seek out video visits with physicians by subsidizing or outright covering such services. The latest to commit to the trend is Independence Blue Cross, which serves 2.5 million customers in the Philadelphia area and another 7.5 million across the country. Independence will offer telemedicine to its members in two ways — both through a...
By Aditi Pai March 8, 2016
A Fitbit survey of 200 CEOs that run companies with between 1,000 and 10,000 employees found that 88 percent of respondents already offer employees some kind of wellness program.  When asked whether a social event or a wellness program would more effectively reduce stress in their workforce, 80 percent of CEOs said a wellness program and just 20 percent said an event. The survey also found that...
By Brian Dolan March 7, 2016
Aetna has merged its Denver-based health app-maker subsidiary iTriage with its cost transparency business, WellMatch, to form one team. The move follows lay offs across four Aetna businesses, an iTriage spokesperson confirmed to MobiHealthNews. The iTriage app, which has been downloaded more than 15 million times, helps consumers connect with the right care provider via a symptom navigator. It's...
By Aditi Pai March 7, 2016
Some 50 percent of employers use mobile apps to engage their employees in their health, according to a survey of 213 employers, sponsored by Xerox Human Resource Services and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). NBGH added that there was significant growth in this category compared to its 2013 survey where only about 16 percent of employers said they were using mobile to engage users....