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By Laura Lovett November 20, 2017
UnitedHealthcare members who participate the insurer's UnitedHealthcare Motion employee wellness program, will now be available to use Samsung and Garmin trackers in addition to Fitbit devices.  “Our members are consumers and they have relationships and affinities to brands and we want to be supportive of that,” Paul Sterling, vice president of emerging products for UnitedHealthcare, told...
By Laura Lovett November 16, 2017
National data sets from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveal that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that use PatientPing, a care coordination platform, have seen higher savings than other ACOs, the company reported. PatientPing gives “real-time” notifications to providers whenever a patient receives care at another institution. It also gives the caregivers what the company...
By Dave Muoio November 13, 2017
Humana and Johnson & Johnson have each announced a new challenge competition for digital health students and entrepreneurs. The former seeks novel approaches to easy and understandable EHR management with a focus on Medicare-compatibility, and will award up to $10,000. The latter is offering up to $50,000 for new skin care strategies potentially incorporating tracking devices, adherence...
By Dave Muoio November 2, 2017
WellCare Health Plans’ Nebraska subsidiary announced today that it will be launching an SMS-based newborn and postpartum care resource program for members who are new mothers. Developed through a partnership with patient engagement and marketing firm GoMo Health, the “Baby’s First” program is designed to directly provide new mothers with the answers to common childcare questions as they arise. "...
By Dave Muoio October 27, 2017
MintHealth has announced the launch of its self-sovereign health record platform here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Powered by blockchain technology, the service allows patients to access their health records in real-time through a mobile or web app, and features a specialized digital currency as an incentive for preferred patient behaviors. “Blockchain is a buzzword that’s...
By Bill Siwicki October 26, 2017
Medical appointment booking app Zocdoc has launched Insurance Checker, a new feature powered by artificial intelligence for its iOS and Android mobile apps and for its mobile website. Seeking to ease a process pain point common for both patients and providers, Insurance Checker targets deciphering, understanding, and verifying health insurance. For healthcare provider organizations, getting...
By MobiHealthNews October 20, 2017
This quarter’s news from digital health payers consisted of CMS updates, new information on a few tech-centric insurer deals, and a spattering of employer insurance headlines. Read on for MobiHealthNews’ full roundup for Q3 2017. CMS news Potentially the most wide-reaching public insurance development of the quarter was the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 870, the Creating High-Quality Results...
By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2017
Anthem is launching a new comprehensive digital health platform for members nationwide. The platform, called Engage, comes out of the company's partnership with Castlight Health, which began in 2015. Going forward, it will serve as the foundation for the health plan's digital operations. "So much is moving into the digital and mobile modalities," Morgan Kendrick, Anthem's head of national...
By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2017
Health insurers Cigna and UnitedHealthcare both took the stage in deep dive sessions at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Santa Clara, California this week. The two insurers both spoke on the same general theme: what it means to be a customer-centered health insurer in 2017, and how technology can support that vision. “‘Putting the customer at the center of all we do’ is an easy phrase, but for a...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2017
According to a new survey of 500 Medicare plan members, 77 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have used digital health tools. Yet just nine percent of respondents indicated that their health plan integrated data from those tools. Looking specifically at the 70 percent of beneficiaries with one or more chronic conditions, just eight percent said digital health tool data was used by their health...