Chris Anderson

By Chris Anderson 11:42 am February 11, 2013
An online clinic launched in 2010 by non-profit HMO HealthPartners for the diagnosis and treatment of 40 simple medical conditions showed an average savings of $88 per episode over care in a traditional setting. The service, called virtuwell, provides patients with 24-hour online access to nurse practitioners who can help diagnose and prescribe treatment – including writing prescriptions – of...
By Chris Anderson 08:34 am December 2, 2012
mHealth may be making significant impacts in a number of areas, but outside of the largest health insurers in the country, it's not moving at light speed among payers. That said, WellPoint, UnitedHealth, Aetna and Cigna are among the big hitters investing heavily in mobile health solutions, ranging from diabetes management and wellness tips to smartphone apps that will allow users to shop for...
By Chris Anderson 10:16 am March 1, 2012
A remote monitoring program implemented by the Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health Plan using interactive voice response (IVR) and other telemonitoring technology to aid case managers has shown a 44 percent reduction in hospital readmissions. The Geisinger Monitoring Program (GMP) uses a range of technologies from remote monitoring and telehealth company AMC Health designed to increase the number...
By Chris Anderson 03:27 pm July 21, 2011
Express Scripts has announced a merger agreement with its pharmacy benefits management competitor Medco. The deal between the two PBM giants is valued at $29.1 billion. "The cost and quality of healthcare is a great concern to all Americans; this is the right deal at the right time for the right reasons," said George Paz, chairman and CEO of Express Scripts in a statement announcing the deal...
By Chris Anderson 02:41 pm September 8, 2010
Joining an ever-growing number of health plans looking to help their members access health information wherever they may roam, Highland has announced the launch of its Highmark HealthHand iPhone application. The app provides members with a host of features, including the ability to find the closest Highmark participating providers including hospitals, urgent care facilities, retail clinics and...
By Chris Anderson 01:40 pm August 11, 2010
Joining an ever-growing number of health plans looking to help their members access health information wherever they may roam, Highland has announced the launch of its Highmark HealthHand iPhone application. The app provides members with a host of featuress, including the ability to find the closest Highmark participating providers including hospitals, urgent care facilities, retail clinics and...