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By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2017
CVS Health made a surprising announcement yesterday: It has reached a deal to acquire health insurer Aetna for $69 billion. While a pharmacy chain buying a health insurer seems strange on the surface, from the perspective of the consumerization of healthcare it makes sense, and the two companies said as much in their official announcement. "This is the next step in our journey, positioning the...
By MobiHealthNews August 12, 2016
Over the years, more and more companies have gone public in the digital health space and existing public companies have gotten into the space, either on their own or thorugh acquisitions. Here's a roundup of digital health talk on the latest round of second quarter investor calls and quarterly finance reports. Fitbit. San Francisco-based Fitbit, maker of a series of popular wearable activity...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2016
CVS Health has partnered with -- and invested in -- Curbside, a startup that allows customers to order purchases from an app then pick them up outside the store, without ever venturing inside. The pharmacy will both be incorporated into Curbside’s existing app and will create its own app, CVS Express, that serves up Curbside’s experience to CVS customers. The investment will enable the two to...
By Aditi Pai April 13, 2016
Cleveland Clinic providers will now offer online and mobile video visits to CVS Minute Clinic customers in Ohio. The partnership is powered by American Well’s video visits offering. American Well previously partnered with CVS and Cleveland Clinic in separate deals. “Our longterm view of telehealth is that it’s not only a new, welcome service that we can offer our existing patients, but it’s a way...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2015
The CVS MinuteClinic will roll out new mobile app features in 2016, MinuteClinic President Dr. Andrew Sussman announced this morning at the MassTLC Healthcare Conference. A feature currently being piloted in Washington, D.C. will allow users to see wait times for various MinuteClinic locations and to sign up remotely for an appointment. They'll then receive a notification 30 minutes before a...
By Jonah Comstock August 18, 2015
Correction: A previous version of this story misreported the percentage of people who said telehealth was worse than an inperson visit. That statistic is 1 percent, not 10 percent. One third of CVS MinuteClinic telehealth users actually preferred a video visit to an in-person one, according to a survey of 1,700 MinuteClinic telehealth users conducted by CVS between January and September 2014 and...
By Aditi Pai December 3, 2014
New York City-based Kinsa Health has announced that its FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer is now available at CVS and Apple Stores across the US as well as online at Amazon, Apple.com, and Kinsa's website. Kinsa's thermometer, which was cleared in January, connects to a smartphone via the headphone jack. The thermometer can be used orally, under-arm, or rectally. Data from the device...
By Aditi Pai October 3, 2013
The FDA final guidance finally published last week and it included very few surprises. One new section in the final guidelines -- that was not included in the draft guidance -- is a list of the types of apps that the FDA says will fall under its enforcement discretion. That means that these apps may meet the definition of a medical device, but the "FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion...
By Jonah Comstock March 25, 2013
CVS has officially upped the ante in the pharmacy app game. At Mad*Pow's Healthcare Experience Design Conference (HXD2013) in Boston, CVS Caremark Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer announced a new CVS iPad app, just as it hit the AppStore. "The culture of digital experimentation is something we're taking very seriously," Tilzer told attendees at HXD this afternoon. "It's not a normal app, it's...
By Brian Dolan April 8, 2010
New Jersey healthcare facility Meridian Health is working together with their local Best Buy store to assess whether consumers are comfortable buying connected health devices at a big box electronics store, Sandra Elliott, Director of Consumer Technology at Meridian Health told attendees at our event, MobiHealthNews Presents: Everywhere Healthcare in Las Vegas last month. "We have spent a...