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By Laura Lovett February 1, 2018
Digital health companion app for employees and insured individuals Humanoo recently landed $6.4 million (€5 million) in funding. The investment was led by Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures, and included investments from Creathor Ventures, Rheingau Founders, Rocket Internet, and other investors.  The Berlin-based company plans to use the investment to expand the platform and advance cooperation with...
By Jonah Comstock January 24, 2018
New Zealand-based smart inhaler company Adherium, which up until now has distributed its products via pharma sales channels in Europe and Australia, plans to expand into the United States in the first half of 2018 with a direct-to-consumer (and direct-to-payer) strategy. “We’ve had a great relationship over the last couple of years with AstraZeneca, we’ve launched in a couple dozen countries now...
By Jonah Comstock January 19, 2018
In 2018, both social and technological trends will drive the transformation of healthcare. MobiHealthNews spoke to a range of stakeholders in the field to ask what they saw coming down the tracks. Read on for some general trends and predictions for digital health and healthcare during the coming year, and beyond. And watch this space next week for part two, including predictions about...
By Laura Lovett January 19, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is partnering with Boston-based American Well to offer new telehealth options to its members.  “Getting medical attention isn’t always easy to do if you are juggling work and family responsibilities,” Mike Tilton, vice president of sales BCBSAZ, said in a statement. “BlueCare Anywhere helps by giving BCBSAZ members the flexibility to contact a physician...
By Laura Lovett January 17, 2018
WellDoc’s digital diabetes management therapeutic BlueStar will now be available on the Solera network as a diabetes management option. Phoenix, Arizona-based Solera Health, a platform which offers a marketplace for chronic disease management programs, and digital therapeutic maker WellDoc announced the partnership today, and said that the partnership aligns both companies' goals to improve the...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2018
UnitedHealthcare and Dexcom announced today at CES in Las Vegas that they will collaborate on a pilot program to provide Dexcom CGMs to UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan participants. “With more than 27 million people nationwide living with Type 2 diabetes there is urgent need to address this epidemic in new ways,” Brian Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement, said in a...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
Today patient financing company AccessOne announced that it has acquired HealthFirst Financial, a software-enabled service provider of patient financing programs to healthcare organizations, for an undisclosed sum.  "HealthFirst's focus on highly tailored solutions for healthcare systems complements AccessOne's commitment to offering flexible financing options for all patients, regardless of...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2018
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest health insurer, has made a strategic investment in Sharecare, as well as signing a contract to provide CareFirst members with access to ShareCare's suite of digital services. "We are committed to providing our members with the tools and information they need to take an active role in improving their health,” CareFirst President and...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2018
San Francisco-based Amino, which has offered a consumer-facing cost and quality transparency tool since 2015, is launching a new offering: its own Health Savings Account (HSA) and debit card. “This addition of an Amino debit card, combined with, in our app, a complete HSA interface allows consumers, who are increasingly in high-deductible plans, to be successful,” CEO David Vivero told...
By Jonah Comstock December 26, 2017
Member engagement was the watch word for health insurers in the fourth quarter, as we saw consumer-facing app launches or related moves from Humana, Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. The quarter also saw some big moves from CMS and some interesting developments in the realm of employee wellness. Check out our roundup of Q4 payer news below. If you want to take a look at the whole year, check...