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By Jonah Comstock April 8, 2015
A program is coming to the United States that will allow life insurance customers to get a discount on their payments in exchange for sharing health and wellness data with their insurer. A story in today's New York Times describes a new service soon to be offered by John Hancock Insurance via a partnership with The Vitality Group, a US subsidiary of South Africa’s Discovery Health, which has been...
By Aditi Pai April 7, 2015
Minneapolis-based Novu has raised $20 million from SSM Partners and Noro-Moseley Partners for its app-enabled wellness program, which it offers to payors, providers, and employers. “The health care system, to date, has not been successful in moving past a transactional relationship with the consumer, resulting in low rates of engagement and lack of trust,” Novu CEO Tom Wicka said in a statement...
By Jonah Comstock April 6, 2015
Misfit Flash, one of the devices that will be used in the study. AARP has launched a new research initiative, called Project Catalyst, where the organization will work with partners including Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare, and Georgia Tech to promote an increased focus on users over 50 in digital health research and development. The first project of the new initiative, focused on sleep and activity...
By Aditi Pai April 6, 2015
Existing UnitedHealthCare tool At the HxRefactored event in Boston last week, UnitedHealth Group Vice President of Innovation and R&D Kunjorn Chambundabongse discussed the strategy behind the payor's internal incubation group and revealed one of the group's newest projects, a vending machine that will sync up with employee wellness plans. Chambundabongse said that, according to IDC, one...
By Jonah Comstock March 26, 2015
A new survey of 121 employers from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health shows that employer spending on incentive-based wellness programs is up an average of $100 per head over last year. Respondents said they planned to spend an average of $693 per employee on wellness incentives in 2015, up from $594 in 2014. It was $430 five years ago. While 79 percent of companies...
By Aditi Pai March 19, 2015
San Mateo, California-based Collective Health has raised $38 million in a round led by Founders Fund and NEA, with participation from Formation 8, Redpoint Ventures, RRE Ventures, Subtraction Capital, and Rock Health. Collective Health has developed a software as a service offering that helps companies that have 100 or more employees transition to a self funded insurance plan, which employers can...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2015
Corporate wellness platform Keas has launched a new product for self-insured employers, called Health Hub. It aims to be a comprehensive health benefits management platform that incorporates Keas's existing employee wellness offering as well as health management and reporting, disease management programs, smoking cessation programs, gym memberships, cost transparency tools, and more. "The irony...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2015
Seventy percent of health insurance companies have published only one or two apps and 67 percent of those companies have achieved less than 100,000 downloads on the apps they do have, according to a new report from Research2Guidance. The report analyzed app offerings from 79 health insurance companies from around the world. The report follows on the heels of a similar look at the pharmaceutical...
By Aditi Pai March 17, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has inked a deal with WebMD's Health Services to offer members a digital health and wellness program. Blue Cross and Blue Care Network members will also have access to a portion of this new program. WebMD's Health Services program helps employers and health plans provide employees and members with information about their benefits, biometric screenings powered by...
By Aditi Pai March 11, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has partnered with American Well to pilot the company's video visits offering, called WellConnection, with two physician groups, Emerson Physician Hospital Organization (Emerson PHO) and Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization (LGPHO). BCBSMA nurse care managers will also pilot the offering with members. WellConnection is a white-labeled version of...