employee wellness

By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2017
Fitbit is showing signs of rebounding after a weak Q4 that saw layoffs and restructuring for the wearable company. In its Q4 earnings call, the company reported a net loss per share of 15 cents, compared to a projected loss of 18 percent.  “Twenty-seventeen marks a 10-year anniversary for the company,” CEO James Park said on the company’s earnings call. “We have accomplished much over this period...
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
Employee wellbeing and engagement programs are becoming more of a top priority for employers, although just how to integrate them into a work culture isn’t always clear, according to a recent survey from wellness and engagement company Virgin Pulse. Among a pool of 600 human resources and benefits leaders, the survey found 78 percent of respondents believe wellbeing is a key component of their...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
Joyable, a San Francisco-based behavioral health technology startup has layed off 20 people (half its staff) and pivoted its business, with plans to refocus on its enterprise emloyee wellness offering rather than the direct-to-consumer business that has been the company's main focus up until now. Fortune broke the news. "We let a number of talented people and friends go this week," CEO Peter...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina-based Proactive MD, which offers onsite health management services to employers (including full direct primary care services) has acquired Charlotte, North Carolina-based Verimoov, an employee wellness and patient engagement company offering a mobile app to track employees' movement and activity. The terms of the acquisition were undisclosed. "It is our vision to...
By Jonah Comstock January 5, 2017
San Francisco-based Castlight Health, which offers consumers a personalized health shopping platform, has announced the strategic acquisition of Mountain View, California-based digital health benefits platform Jiff. Castlight will pay about $135 million in the form of 27 million Castlight shares and options issued to Jiff equity holders. The two companies are both relatively early entrants into...
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2016
Zipongo, a San Francisco-based digital nutrition platform, has acquired FillMyFork, an employee-facing rewards app that promotes healthy eating. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  FillMyFork fits in well with Zipongo's growing "food benefit management" platform, which consists of a number of different apps designed to change people's behavior around nutrition by changing their...
By Heather Mack November 15, 2016
UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum has partnered with Boston-based meQuilibrium to integrate the stress management company’s digital coaching platform into Optum’s new Enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) service, and to offer it as a standalone service as well. Through the partnership, both companies seek to offer a cost-effective, scalable method for employers to address behavioral...
By Heather Mack August 15, 2016
New York-based Happify, which makes a mental health assessment platform available via an app or website, has raised $5 million in a new round of funding that will allow the startup to expand its staff and focus on creating partnerships with health plans and large employers with a new arm of the company, Happify Health. Happify provides app or web-based programs that act as readily available check...
By Heather Mack August 10, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer Humana is now offering live, online mindfulness training programs to employers via wellness provider eMindful. The partnership will enable Humana to provide eMindful’s evidence-based mindfulness programs that aim to improve well-being for employees and reduce preventable risk factors that contribute to chronic health conditions. “In the fact-based world...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2016
Big Health, the UK digital health startup behind sleep health app Sleepio, has raised $12 million (9.5 million pounds) in a round led by Octopus Ventures. Kaiser Permanente Ventures also contributed to the round, as did Omada Health CEO Sean Duffy, returning investor Index Ventures, and JamJar Investments. The startup's app is not direct-to-consumer, Big Health sells its sleep health program and...