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(L to R) MITRE SVP Kathleen Federico, Welnys CEO Heather Waibel and MassChallenge Director of Operations Nina Kandilian (Photo courtesy of MassChallenge)

By Jonah Comstock 01:38 pm July 2, 2019
At MassChallenge HealthTech's awards event last week, judges awarded the $10,000 Women in Digital Health Award, sponsored by Mitre, to Welnys, a Jersey City, New Jersey-based startup that connects employers to many different kinds of wellness vendors through a single source. "I’m a lot of things you’re not supposed to be as a founder," CEO Heather Waibel said in a brief acceptance speech. "I’m a...
02:29 pm June 28, 2019
Looking to the personalized medicine space, Blue Shield of California announced yesterday that it is relaunching its wellness platform Wellvolution, angling to give its members options on how to pursue individualized health and wellness goals.  The new technology is born from a collaboration between the insurer and Solera Health, a digital marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management...
By Laura Lovett 04:12 pm June 27, 2019
On Monday, online patient support community PatientsLikeMe sent an email to its members announcing that it inked a deal with UnitedHealth Group, becoming part of the latter’s research branch.  While both companies were upbeat about the deal, the public’s reaction has been far from universally positive. Concerns around privacy and data sharing in particular began to surface on social media, as...
By Laura Lovett 01:16 pm June 26, 2019
Lyft is moving into the Medicaid space following an announcement this morning that the rideshare company has landed approval as a Medicaid provider in Arizona, specifically as a non-emergency medical transportation service. This new approval means that Arizona Medicaid patients will have the option to use Lyft to get to and from medical appointments.  The company claims that this makes it the...
The white house.
By Mike Miliard 03:59 pm June 24, 2019
The White House wants "explainable" systems for healthcare, not black boxes, and wants research into new technologies that are "reliable, dependable, safe, and trustworthy."
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 03:39 pm June 24, 2019
UnitedHealth Group has acquired online patient community portal PatientsLikeMe as of June 19, according to an announcement sent out via email to members of the latter's DigitalMe study this afternoon. The announcement explains that as part of the acquisition, the startup will now become part of UnitedHealth Group’s research arm that focuses on healthcare improvements and innovation.  “This...
By Dave Muoio 11:36 am June 14, 2019
Seeking to better reach aging patients in their homes, telehealth company American Well has partnered with Cisco Systems on an upcoming effort to deliver virtual care through home television sets, the companies announced today at American Well’s annual Client Forum in Boston. “This is a very, very different exercise than any of the tech health that we’ve done in the past, because this isn’t about...
By Dave Muoio 03:12 pm June 12, 2019
Yesterday, CVS Health unveiled Vendor Benefit Management, a new service that will help CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients roll out and manage third-party health products. As the service is applicable to both digital and non-digital health and wellness products, the company has decided to inaugurate its initiative by announcing Big Health — maker of the CBT-based sleep app...
By Dave Muoio 04:03 pm June 10, 2019
On Friday, the American Diabetes Association kicked off its annual conference in San Francisco, where academics, vendors and other stakeholders congregated to unveil new study results and major announcements related to diabetes management. And while MobiHealthNews already put together a roundup featuring an opening salvo of the show’s announcements, the past few days have seen a tidal wave of new...

Quil Health CEO Carina Edwards speaks with Cooley LLP Partner Geoff Starr at BIO 2019 in Philadelphia.

By Dave Muoio 02:25 pm June 6, 2019
In April of 2018, Comcast and Independence Blue Cross announced plans to develop a nebulous consumer-focused healthcare platform that would use technology to engage patients in the midst of their care journey. The effort, now an independent joint venture known as Quil Health, might have seen like an unlikely pairing at the time. But according to newly appointed CEO Carina Edwards, the two...