patient engagement

By Heather Mack September 20, 2016
Even though more people than ever are using digital tools to manage their healthcare – from comparison shopping medical service to purchasing insurance – that doesn’t mean they like it, or even fully understand it. In fact, most Americans have a limited knowledge of basic health insurance terms or the cost range for specific medical services. According to a new poll of 1,011 US adults by...
By Jonah Comstock September 13, 2016
As the Chief Experience Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, you might expect Adrienne Boissy to be a champion for the health system's many mobile apps. But, at the Pop Health Forum in Chicago this week, Boissy took a different tack, arguing that apps by themselves are not a strategy, and can get in the way of a positive patient experience if they're not deployed smartly. "I just learned the...
By Jonah Comstock September 8, 2016
HMS Holdings, which owns a number of subsidiaries providing software tools for payers, has acquired Essette, a web-based care management platform which helps payers and providers with population health management and patient engagement. The acquisition was a cash deal and the purchase price was $20 million. “Essette is a market leader, with a demonstrated track record of supplying payers with...
By Jonah Comstock August 16, 2016
The global market for patient engagement solutions was valued at $7.4 billion in 2015, according to Grand View Research, and is expected to rise to $39.3 billion by 2024, a more than fivefold increase over nine years. Mobile health will be one driver of that growth, Grand View writes in an online summary of the research. "Key end-users of this sector are payers, providers, and individual users,"...
By Heather Mack July 26, 2016
NewYork-Presbyterian health system announced the rollout of NYP OnDemand, a new set of digital health tools including telehealth services for both patients and providers available on the NYP website and via its mobile app. The offerings will rollout gradually over the next few months, and will include offerings for emergency services, digital follow-ups, second opinions and acute stroke care. The...
By Jonah Comstock July 22, 2016
Were digital health innovators best described as a clever Trojan Horse this quarter, or as slimy snake oil salesmen? It really depends on who you ask.  At the beginning of the quarter, HHS CTO Susannah Fox said that technology would be a Trojan Horse for culture change in healthcare. She spoke about the ways HHS is enabling the democratization of technology innovation through the internet. Later...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2016
Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has divested itself from MeYou Health, its Boston-based innovation and digital health subsidiary. Rick Lee, a serial entrepreneur who sold early digital wellness platform Healthrageous to Humana in 2013, led a group of investors, including Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, in an $11...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia-based Azalea Health, a health IT software firm with a focus on rural practices and mobile tools, has raised $10.5 million in Series B funding in a round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. Previous investor Intersouth Partners also participated in the round, which brings the company's total funding to $12.5 million.  Azalea's software suite includes revenue cycle management...
By Jonah Comstock July 14, 2016
Boston-based Docent Health has raised $15 million in a new round of funding. The round was co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Maverick Ventures. All three investors previously participated in the company's $2 million seed round in January. The startup, which grew out of healthcare investment firm Oxeon Holdings, combines mobile software tools and trained...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
Oscar Health’s step-tracking program isn’t just about improving member’s health, Holly Bui, Oscar's General Manager for California, said in a presentation at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event in San Francisco this week. It also improves members’ engagement with other offerings and helps keep a larger number of healthy people on the platform. “What we found is that step tracking is a little bit...