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By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2016
Cigna has added fingerprint access to both the iOS and Android versions of its MyCigna app for members, the company announced last week. The company also has plans for an application called Cigna One Guide that will provide some personalized guidance to users. Dave Vonesh, director of Global Digital Marketing at Cigna, said the new fingerprint functionality enhances all the goals Cigna has for...
By Heather Mack September 29, 2016
Beginning this fall, Aetna will combine Apple’s consumer tech offerings with its analytics-based wellness and care management programs by integrating several iOS-exclusive health initiatives. First off, the company will make the Apple Watch available to some of its large employers and individual members during open enrollment season, and will be subsidizing part of the cost. Aetna will also be...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2016
Cigna has greatly expanded its telehealth offerings, adding AmericanWell to its existing offering of MDLive, the companies announced this morning. While the health insurer has been offering MDLive's service to members since 2013, they will now add AmWell, branded "AmWell for Cigna" both as a standard telehealth benefit for most of its employee health plans and many of its individual plans as well...
By Heather Mack July 15, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q2 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is on payer-related digital health news.  CMS and other government payer-related digital health news from Q2 The Center for Medicaid Services announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)...
By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2016
Novartis has signed deals with two major health plans, Cigna and Aetna, to reimburse for its new heart failure drug Entresto, Reuters reported. The deals are among the first publicly announced examples of outcomes-based drug pricing. While Novartis discussed using digital health devices as part of its planned Entresto rollout last year, reports about the new payer deals have not mentioned the...
By Aditi Pai September 22, 2015
Some 80 percent of people were more motivated to manage their health after using an activity tracker, according to a randomized control trial from March 2014 of 600 patients who are pre-diabetic and morbidly obese. The study, which lasted six months, was conducted by Cigna. The activity trackers used were made by BodyMedia, which was acquired by Jawbone. The devices have since been discontinued...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2015
Cigna Envoy, the insurance company's app for American employees living abroad, has added a mobile claims function that allows users to file a claim by taking a picture of a receipt. The functionality is mostly unnecessary for the domestic version of the app, MyCigna, because for those users claims are submitted by their provider. "We’ve been able to submit claims using the Cigna envoy website but...
By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2015
The big health payer news last week was that Aetna was mulling the acquisition of one or more of its competitors: particularly Humana or Cigna. A recent Forbes analysis suggested that such a move would be a result of changes to payment models in healthcare. But Humana, Cigna, and Aetna have all been important players in the digital health. So what might a merged Aetna-Cigna or Aetna-Humana...
By Aditi Pai May 14, 2015
Cigna has updated its health coaching app, called Coach by Cigna, which aims to help users improve their health by making healthier lifestyle decisions. Cigna developed the app in partnership with Samsung for Samsung's S5 and S6 smartphones. The app first launched one year ago this month. Coach by Cigna previously collected health information either manually through the smartphone or via sensors...
By Aditi Pai January 15, 2015
A mobile intervention, called FitBack, that personalizes health content for the user is an effective tool to help patients improve their nonspecific lower back pain (NLBP), according to a study, conducted by health app intervention developer ORCAS with help from insurance company Cigna, that was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The American College of Physicians (...

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