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By Dave Muoio 03:50 pm October 7, 2019
Walmart’s 2020 healthcare plan for its retail associates will have some new features courtesy of partnerships with digital and remote health companies. For starters, those in the Northwest Arkansas, Orlando/Tampa and Dallas/Fort Worth areas will be provided with a “Featured Providers” tool driven by healthcare data firm Embold Health. With this, associates will receive suggestions for local,...
By Laura Lovett 02:30 pm October 7, 2019
Chronic care management company Livongo has inked a deal with the U.S. government, giving federal employees insured by the government with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes access to the digital program.  The Livongo for Diabetes tool will be open to those insured under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee program, which covers roughly 5.3 million people. Users will be able to access the...
By Dave Muoio 01:47 pm October 3, 2019
Many healthcare and digital health stakeholders don’t believe that health tech companies fully understand the complexities of their market, according to a new survey published this week from law firm Ropes & Gray and media company Crain’s New York Business. These data from nearly 300 respondents also suggest apprehensions surrounding healthcare partnerships with digital health companies, with...
By Jonah Comstock 04:49 pm September 24, 2019
Amazon is launching Amazon Care, a virtual primary care offering for its Seattle-based employees. CNBC broke the news after Amazon sent information about the program to its employees and launched a website, amazon.care, laying out the details of the offering. "To help Amazon employees get excellent medical advice and help whenever it’s needed, we’re piloting a new program for employees and their...
By Dave Muoio 03:49 pm September 20, 2019
The US is wading into election season, and once again the healthcare system is a prime focal point for each campaign. And although the subject of “Medicare for All” was certainly present back in 2016, movements to overhaul the country’s insurance industry have gained some steam among voters over the last few years and now command considerable airtime during debates between presidential hopefuls....
By Laura Lovett 12:03 pm August 14, 2019
This morning Solera Health, a digital marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, is offering a new Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in American Sign Language (ASL) to people in the Kansas City area.  The program, created by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, will service adults living with hearing impairments in the region who are covered by a local...
By Dave Muoio 12:20 pm August 7, 2019
Sitata, a service that supports international travelers with safety and health information relevant to their trip, has relaunched its platform with a host of new features, key among which is support for in-app telemedicine visits with a network of vetted travel physicians. “We knew we do a lot of preventative health information, but when it came to assisting someone in time of need, we weren’t...
By Laura Lovett 11:56 am July 31, 2019
Twenty stakeholders including health and technology giants such as, Apple, Google, Anthem, Microsoft and Humana have announced their plans to test drive a new health record interoperability initiative, which specifically helps connect claims data.  CARIN, a nonprofit dedicated to consumer-directed exchange of health information, has unveiled its Blue Button HL7 FHIR API model and draft...
By Dave Muoio 02:32 pm July 26, 2019
In many respects, the pharma industry’s operations are still in the early stages of technological  revolution, and there’s no better example of this than its gradual adoption of digital health and digital therapeutics. On one hand, more and more groups are regularly striking new partnerships that supplement existing drug treatments with digital tools, while Novartis continues its work with Pear...