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By Dave Muoio May 3, 2018
Garmin and the University of Kansas Medical Center are taking a closer look at the role wearables can play in detecting and managing medical conditions, the groups announced earlier this week. Initially focused on sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, the collaboration is a clear step beyond the fitness and wellness realm to which Garmin’s wearables have so far been limited. “Garmin Health is...
By Laura Lovett April 27, 2018
A new digital health survey released by Castlight Health showed that while both employers and employees are enthusiastic about the future of digital health, there is a gap between what tech is being provided by employers and what the employees actually want.  Employers surveyed reported that employee assistance programs, smoking cessation programs, and health risk assessment were among the most...
By Jonah Comstock April 24, 2018
Florida Blue, one of the largest health insurers in the Sunshine State, has tapped Welltok to create a digital health and wellbeing program for its 5 million members. The program, called "Better You Strides," is based on Welltok's CaféWell offering. Available online or via a mobile app, it uses data analytics to connect members with applications that address their particular health needs,...
By Jonah Comstock April 17, 2018
Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services is notoriously patchy. Much to the chagrin of telehealth vendors and healthcare providers, and despite many attempts to change the status quo through legislation, CMS still has a lot of restrictions on the geography of users and provider (rural versus urban, at home versus at a clinic, etc.) and on the technology used (video is reimburseable, for...
By Dave Muoio April 17, 2018
The Travelers Companies announced yesterday that it would be adding new digital resources to improve healthcare and claims access for employee customers who have experienced a workplace injury. Through the the web-based, mobile-friendly MyTravelers for Injured Employees tool, injured employees can use a two-way messaging feature to contact the insurance company’s claims teams. This service will...
By Dave Muoio April 16, 2018
New York-based in-home senior care technology company Hometeam is shedding two of its top executives as it shifts from a consumer payment-focused business model to one accommodating reimbursement from payers. Recode first reported Thursday night that Hometeam President Matt Marcotte had left his role at the company in February, just five months after coming onboard in October. Marcotte, a veteran...
By Jonah Comstock April 11, 2018
Digital chronic disease management company Livongo has raised $105 million in new Series E funding, mostly from existing investors. The company also announced a partnership with nonprofit health insurance company Cambia Health Solutions. General Catalyst and Swedish investment company Kinnevik led the round, with additional participation from existing investors DFJ, Kleiner Perkins Caufield...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2018
With discussions on consumer data privacy again reaching a head amongst the lay press and lawmakers, it isn’t too far a stretch to wonder whether the data collected continuously through health and fitness wearables is receiving appropriate scrutiny. During a wearables-focused panel discussion held yesterday at PULSE: The Atlantic Summit on Health Care in Boston, top names from Fitbit, Empatica,...
By Dave Muoio April 6, 2018
Digital health-focused news from payers during the first quarter of 2018 generally focused on employee wellness and app-focused member engagement strategies, with a handful of similar partnerships or deals announced around the edges. These came from a number of major players, including UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fitbit, and a variety of other payers and digital health...
By Susan Morse April 4, 2018
Five healthcare organizations including insurers UnitedHealthcare and Humana, Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and MultiPlan are launching a blockchain pilot to help payers tackle mandated provider directories. UnitedHealthcare and Optum are both part of UnitedHealth Group. Humana got involved through old-fashioned networking, according to Mike Jacobs, a senior distinguished engineer at Optum, who has...