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By Dave Muoio 01:48 pm October 31, 2019
Roughly two years after the fact, digital healthcare advertiser Outcome Health is finally closing the loop on its ad fraud scandal. Yesterday the Chicago-based company and the US Department of Justice announced a $70 million settlement alongside an admission that the company’s former executives and employees sold falsified advertising inventory from 2012 to 2017. “Outcome Health deceived its...
By Laura Lovett 04:10 pm October 29, 2019
Life insurer John Hancock has unveiled a new wearable program dubbed Aspire aimed at helping its members with diabetes manage the condition. The program was born out of a partnership with Verily and digital diabetes care platform Onduo.  Users of the new platform can access diabetes coaching via Onduo’s virtual clinic. The program also has fiscal rewards. According to the company, members using...
By Dave Muoio 02:14 pm October 23, 2019
Epstein Becker Green has released the annual update to its Telemental Health Laws Survey, a state-by-state breakdown of behavioral telehealth services coverage compiled (as of last year) into a free app. Broadly, the 2019 update suggests increasing interest and acceptance of telehealth services for addressing behavioral health issues, according to an overview of the updates published by the...
By Dave Muoio 03:33 pm October 22, 2019
Mountain View, California-based Beddr is taking aim at the employer market. The sleep health company announced this morning the launch of a new program that provides employees with a sleep tracking device, weekly coaching and referrals to experts. “Beddr’s program helps people who have a combination of physiological, psychological and lifestyle causes of their chronic sleep issues,” Michael Kisch...
By Dave Muoio 02:58 pm October 17, 2019
Neil Jordan has had a front row seat to the changing role of tech and consumer-focused initiatives in healthcare. For nine years he served as Microsoft’s efforts in this space as the general manager of health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, and much more recently stepped into the role of its general manager for retail health innovation. Here, he’s looking to grapple with the growing trend...
By Laura Lovett 04:06 pm October 16, 2019
In 2004 PatientsLikeMe emerged as one of the early players on the digital health scene. Its platform was designed to connect patients with different symptoms and conditions, and collects patients' voluntarily submitted data for research. Today the company is still focusing on participatory patient involvement but has seen major changes, namely its summer acquisition by UnitedHealth Group.  ...
By Dave Muoio 02:57 pm October 11, 2019
It’s little secret that chronic conditions are a heavy burden on the healthcare system. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and others can stick with a patient for decades, often leading to increased spending on disease management programs and costly visits when those efforts aren’t making an impact. What’s worse, many of the clinical advances of the past decade or so haven’t substantially moved the...
By Dave Muoio 03:50 pm October 7, 2019
Walmart’s 2020 healthcare plan for its retail associates will have some new features courtesy of partnerships with digital and remote health companies. For starters, those in the Northwest Arkansas, Orlando/Tampa and Dallas/Fort Worth areas will be provided with a “Featured Providers” tool driven by healthcare data firm Embold Health. With this, associates will receive suggestions for local,...
By Laura Lovett 02:30 pm October 7, 2019
Chronic care management company Livongo has inked a deal with the U.S. government, giving federal employees insured by the government with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes access to the digital program.  The Livongo for Diabetes tool will be open to those insured under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee program, which covers roughly 5.3 million people. Users will be able to access the...
By Dave Muoio 01:47 pm October 3, 2019
Many healthcare and digital health stakeholders don’t believe that health tech companies fully understand the complexities of their market, according to a new survey published this week from law firm Ropes & Gray and media company Crain’s New York Business. These data from nearly 300 respondents also suggest apprehensions surrounding healthcare partnerships with digital health companies, with...