Aetna

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 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...
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 3, 2013
IBM's Careflow software At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, a slew of big data demoes kicked off Wednesday morning. They showed a handful of different ways data analytics can change healthcare -- whether the data comes from insurance claims or electronic health records. The theme was that big data didn't have to mean population data -- new initiatives are bringing the...
By Jonah Comstock October 1, 2013
At the "3 CEOs" session at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California this week, two CEOs of famously acquired digital health companies, Christine Robins of BodyMedia and Pete Hudson of iTriage-maker Healthagen, talked about their respective mergers. Also, Hudson and Doximity's Jeff Tangney expounded on recently launched products, while Robins merely hinted at a big move to come. Hudson,...
By Brian Dolan September 19, 2013
It's been about four years since healthcare providers began to seriously consider mobile applications as a new channel for communicating with their patients. In that time hospitals have experimented with many app-enabled patient engagement pilots, and some -- mostly quietly -- launched patient-facing apps. Over the course of the past few months MobiHealthNews has been scouring the Apple and...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2013
Audax Health Solutions has announced a $20 million funding raise led by Navigy Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional contributors to the round include former Aetna CEO and current Audax board member Jack Rowe and Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships at Facebook. This round is the company's first publicly-announced equity raise, although the company reports it...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2013
When Medtronic acquired Minnesota-based home health company Cardiocom last week, it was easy to get confused. Medtronic, a company whose most famous product is an implantable heart monitor, could just as easily have bought Cardiocomm Solutions (two M's), a company with a mobile ECG monitor as its flagship product. With a boom of young companies and, apparently, only a certain number of health-...
By Brian Dolan July 18, 2013
Up until about a week ago, the first and last time President Obama mentioned mobile health during a speech was in his State of the Union Address in 2011. At the time the president was extolling the benefits of using tax dollars to ensure high speed cellular networks made their way into more rural areas of the US. “This isn’t just about — (applause) — this isn’t about faster Internet or fewer...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has formed a new workgroup, charged with "identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications." The group has been selected by HHS and the FCC and will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the ONC. This is the same workgroup...

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