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By Brian Dolan August 25, 2014
Last week MobiHealthNews broke the news that Aetna had decided to shutdown its high-profile, health tracking and data aggregation platform CarePass by the end of the year. After we reported on two CarePass leaders recent departures from the company, Aetna confirmed its long-rumored plans. For many the shutdown of CarePass was no surprise at all, while others were shocked. Still other commenters...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2014
Microsoft is launching a major mobile health pilot along with mobile service provider TracFone Wireless and the Health Choice Network, a Miami-based company that manages a 17-state health IT network for community health centers. In the pilot, 100 Medicaid patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes will be equipped with smartphones containing both health management tools and traditional smartphone...
By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2014
After MobiHealthNews spotted and reported on the departure of two Aetna executives on the CarePass team, Aetna has confirmed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it will be phasing out the platform, and that the previously announced employer pilots will not be going forward. "At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform," an Aetna spokesperson told...
By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2014
At least two Aetna executives involved with the CarePass platform have quietly left the company this summer, making it increasingly apparent that CarePass is either undergoing a major leadership change or, more likely, being quietly shelved. According to her LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, Martha Wofford, former Vice President and Head of Consumer Products, left the company in June. Wofford's...
By Jonah Comstock August 18, 2014
Welkin Health's iOS app. Digital health accelerator Rock Health announced this week that it has added a half dozen new startups, along with three new corporate partners that will support portfolio companies through mentorship and other forms of guidance. Rock Health companies receive a $100,000 in investment and a variety of other perks during their stay in the program, including support from...
By Jonah Comstock August 13, 2014
Global professional services firm Towers Watson says telemedicine could potentially save US employers $6 billion a year. “While this analysis highlights a maximum potential savings, even a significantly lower level of use could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings,” Dr. Allan Khoury, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, said in a statement. “Achieving these savings requires a...
By Aditi Pai August 6, 2014
Health insurance provider Humana launched a new health app for users of its wellness rewards program, HumanaVitality. Humana members whose plans include HumanaVitality can use the app to keep track of their health and fitness goals. In addition to tracking health and fitness metrics, select members can use the app, available on iOS and Android devices, to take health assessments, challenge...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2014
HealthCrowd, text-message-based patient engagement strategy, has completed a pilot with New York Medicaid plan Healthfirst, showing that 86 percent of Healthfirst's Medicaid population was equipped to receive text messages. "Over 80 percent of the population we intervened on had a mobile phone," Neng "Bing" Doh, HealthCrowd's CEO and cofounder, told MobiHealthNews in an exclusive interview. "...
By Aditi Pai July 25, 2014
Around 4.4 million members in health system Kaiser Permanente's 9.1 million member network are using Kaiser's online health management platform, called My Health Manager, according to a Kaiser's 2013 annual report. Kaiser Permanente's health manager website had over 131 million visits last year. The report adds that through Kaiser's online and mobile health services 34.4 million lab test results...
By Aditi Pai July 23, 2014
Health insurance company UnitedHealthcare has opened up its mobile health app, Health4Me to the general public, two years after the company first launched the app for its members. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms. The Health4Me app allows users to access their health information and their families' health information in one place. Users can also find healthcare facilities in...