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By Aditi Pai July 21, 2014
Earlier this month, Chicago-based startup FitnessCubed launched a Kickstarter for its device, a portable elliptical, called Cubii that fits under a user's desk. The company designed this device for employees who want to stay active even when they are sitting at their desk. Although many employers offer wellness programs for employees who want to stay fit and healthy, and some companies are...
By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2014
The corporate wellness market is an increasingly big opportunity for activity trackers like Fitbit, but data is just now starting to come in about how much those programs really help corporations. According to a recent story in Citeworld, however, one company, San Francisco-based Appirio, has saved $280,000 in annual insurance payments by implementing a wellness program using Fitbits....
By Brian Dolan July 1, 2014
Aetna will soon launch a new mobile-based offering, called NeoCare, for members who are new parents with infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). NeoCare Solutions, which is a startup that is a part of Aetna's Healthagen's subsidiary, offers a tablet-based app that keeps parents connected to a NeoCoach -- a registered nurse or social worker -- who supports them throughout their child's...
By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2014
Fitlinxx, the enterprise-focused activity tracker company, has released a new version of its Pebble tracker, which lengthens the battery life and adds smartphone syncing for the first time. The Pebble+ looks almost exactly like the Pebble, but has new components, according to Fitlinxx CEO Dave Monahan. He told MobiHealthNews that in addition to the mobile sync and longer battery life, the new...
By Aditi Pai June 16, 2014
Four months after pregnancy tracking app developer Wildflower Health launched a program for Wyoming Medicaid beneficiaries, the startup reported that nearly 70 percent of enrollees are using the app's main features. The app's monthly retention rates are at 80 percent. Wildflower Health has reached close to one third of estimated Medicaid pregnancies in Wyoming. In Wyoming, the app used is offered...
By Aditi Pai June 5, 2014
Appointment booking platform ZocDoc launched a premium service that employers can offer their employees, called ZocDoc for Business. This is ZocDoc's first offering targeted at employers. ZocDoc's existing service, which is available on iOS and Android devices, is targeted at consumers. The app asks for a user's zip code and insurance provider and then lists doctors and their availability. Users...
By Jonah Comstock May 28, 2014
Samsung and Cigna, which signed a partnership agreement last fall, have launched their first joint product, a feature on Samsung's S Health app called Coach by Cigna, which will launch exclusively on the Galaxy S5. The platform is being launched in 36 countries and 26 languages. The software, which Cigna describes as a "digital health guidance system," will incorporate health information ...
By Aditi Pai May 15, 2014
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania partnered with Voxiva to launch two text message-based services for their Medicaid benefit plan members. Voxiva also announced this week that more than 1 million people in total have now signed up for its text-based health programs. The two programs UCPP is offerings its Medicaid patients are Voxiva's Txt4health and Text4kids. Both are available to...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
When Aetna failed to highlight CarePass, its app ecosystem and data platform, at HIMSS this year we wondered what the team had been up to since it added Care4Today medication adherence to its platform. Dan Conroy, Head of Business Development at CarePass, says that for the past year the company has begun to focus on the other stakeholder use case for the technology: employers. "This is about...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2014
Just a few months into its life as a publicly traded company, Castlight Health had a good first quarter since its $180 million offering. The company added 29 new customers this quarter, three times as many as any previous quarter, the company announced on its first ever earnings call since going public in March. "With the capital resources we received in the IPO, we believe that Castlight is very...