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By Laura Lovett December 19, 2017
Today, digital medicine company Big Health announced a partnership with Castlight Health, a health navigation platform, to offer its first product: Sleepio, a digital sleep improvement program that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. The partnership will let Castlight’s clients offer Sleepio to their employees.  “Insomnia is a pervasive and chronic mental health condition,” Peter...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2017
Health insurer Cigna announced Friday that it has acquired digital health software-as-a-service company Brighter. Cigna will use the technology and team to develop future member-facing mobile and desktop tools, as well as continuing to run Brighter as a tool for its existing customers. “We’re committed to delivering superior experiences that better connect consumers with high-quality healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2017
As announced in the final rule in November, starting in 2018, a new reimbursable Improvement Activity is being added to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which encompasses using digital tools to monitor patients outside the hospital. Three digital health companies that worked with the CMS to bring about the change weighed in today on the...
By Laura Lovett December 7, 2017
Insurance provider Humana has recently launched a new tool called RXMentor, which is designed to help patients manage their medications. The tool will let patients keep an up-to-date list of prescription medications, supplements, and over-the-counter items in one place. It will also give clinicians insight into what drugs their patients are taking.  “It goes into a central depository so it is...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2017
CVS Health made a surprising announcement yesterday: It has reached a deal to acquire health insurer Aetna for $69 billion. While a pharmacy chain buying a health insurer seems strange on the surface, from the perspective of the consumerization of healthcare it makes sense, and the two companies said as much in their official announcement. "This is the next step in our journey, positioning the...
By Susan Morse November 30, 2017
A six-month medical transportation collaboration between Cigna-HealthSpring and Lyft has resulted in 14,500 free rides and more than 90 percent member satisfaction rate. Lyft has been transporting Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage members to doctor's appointments and the pharmacy in seven states and the District of Columbia since May. The move is to ensure at-risk members can keep their...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2017
Telemedicine company MDLive launched Sophie, an AI-powered chatbot, this week. Though the chatbot is currently usable only for registration, the company has big plans to build out its functionality into a full-featured personal health assistant. “The biggest obstacle that we have … has been to get a member who has eligibility for this benefit that we are providing — to get immediate access to...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2017
A slew of digital diabetes care companies have announced integrations with the upcoming virtual Type 2 diabetes management platform being developed by Onduo, a joint venture of Verily and Sanofi. These announced services include Voluntis’ Insulia, a digital insulin dose recommendation and coaching system; Glytec’s Glucommander Outpatient, cloud-based software that evaluates blood glucose and...
By Susan Morse November 29, 2017
Optum on Tuesday launched the venture fund Optum Ventures, which has $250 million to invest in digital health startup companies. The venture fund will invest in companies that use data and insights to help improve consumers’ access to healthcare services and how care is delivered and paid for, according to a statement from UnitedHealth Group, Optum’s parent company. Optum CEO Larry Renfro is...
By Laura Lovett November 20, 2017
UnitedHealthcare members who participate the insurer's UnitedHealthcare Motion employee wellness program, will now be available to use Samsung and Garmin trackers in addition to Fitbit devices.  “Our members are consumers and they have relationships and affinities to brands and we want to be supportive of that,” Paul Sterling, vice president of emerging products for UnitedHealthcare, told...