October 12, 2020
As healthcare becomes more digitized and clinical treatments shift away from one-size-fits-all therapies, the industry will need to become more critical about how it's employing and curating health data.
For vendors and providers, it's about understanding what tools are at their disposal and how they can be implemented to maintain and improve the standard of care. But for regulators like the FDA...
October 7, 2020
More digital health tools join the PBM party. Evernorth, a newly-established Cigna subsidiary that now acts as the parent of Express Scripts, announced today several new additions to the pharmacy benefit manager's Digital Health Formulary. Joining the lineup in 2021 will be:
Wildflower Health's app-based women's health offering.
Quit Genius's digital program for smoking and vaping cessation....
September 17, 2020
The increased adoption of virtual care technologies during the COVID-19 public health emergency is fairly well documented by this point, but a widespread embrace of health technologies is providing a similar upswell on individual niches within the digital health landscape.
One such group of beneficiaries are the companies working to develop, validate and distribute digital therapeutics. Speaking...
September 17, 2020
Recent investigations of smartphone app-based activity interventions suggested that these approaches have a positive, but not significant, impact on individuals' daily physical activity, according to a recent meta-analysis of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
Despite the limited gains, the evidence does suggest that the effect differs based on how the interventions are deployed and...
September 16, 2020
Apple and Anthem, along with the University of California, Irvine, and software company CareEvolution, have teamed up to launch a two-year, 900-participant study investigating how digital tools can help patients control their asthma and reduce hospital utilization.
“The Digital Asthma Study brings together Apple Watch’s innovative technology with an engaging app-based self-management experience...
September 11, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem, and previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
COVID-19 has reshaped the way humans interact with technology in...
September 4, 2020
Connected-care-device and services company VivaLNK has partnered with healthcare engineering and tech firm Mazzetti to supply pop-up hospitals, clinics and senior centers with patient monitoring tools. These include VivaLNK's wearable vitals sensors and a connected provider platform, which the companies say will help reduce unnecessary disease exposures within these settings.
“As the pandemic...
September 2, 2020
Abbott announced yesterday that its recently cleared FreeStyle Libre 2 integrated continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system is now covered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and available to Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes who meet eligibility criteria.
Indicated for diabetes management in patients aged four years or older, the updated version of Abbott's system can...
August 26, 2020
Real-world evidence (RWE) technology startup Aetion has extended last year's $63 million Series B with a new $19 million raise. The funds come as strategic investments from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JJDC, EDBI and Greenspring Associates, all three of which are new supporters of the company.
WHAT IT DOES
Founded in 2013, the company's platform provides insights from RWE to decision-makers...
August 25, 2020
Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily is jumping into the health insurance game with the launch of its new venture Coefficient Insurance Company.
The tech-enabled payer will be backed by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which specializes in data-driven risk assessments.
Coefficient, which is categorized as a Verily subsidiary, is targeted at self-funded employers and is pitched as stop-loss...