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By Dave Muoio 03:55 pm April 28, 2020
UnitedHealth Group's Optum is reportedly in late-stage talks with AbleTo regarding a roughly $470 million acquisition of the virtual behavioral-care company, according to unnamed sources who spoke to CNBC. Optum is already a stakeholder in the New York company, having provided a "significant investment" through its Optum Ventures arm back in January of 2019. At the time, Optum Ventures Principal...
By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm April 24, 2020
Uninsured Massachusetts residents now have 24-7 access to free COVID-19 telehealth visits following a new partnership between Doctor on Demand and the Commonwealth. According to the telehealth provider's announcement, the virtual visits will handle questions an uninsured resident may have about the disease's symptoms. Additionally, it will also support those who have been tagged by Massachusetts...
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By PsychU 03:02 pm April 7, 2020
A group of organizations—Amazon, Apple, and Google among others—are blurring the line between the tech field and the healthcare field. One of the key elements in this blurring of the line is the automation of health and human service functions that previously required human work. This tech-enabled automation is frequently accomplished through bots, which are computer applications that perform...
By Dave Muoio 04:09 pm April 6, 2020
From me to you. Employee-wellness company Wellable has acquired assets from fellow digital-wellness product-maker MeYou Health, the companies announced. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, it does transfer ownership of MeYou's Daily Challenge product to Wellable. This program encourages healthy eating, physical activity, stress management and other behaviors through daily email and...
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By HIMSS 03:09 pm March 24, 2020
By Dave Muoio 04:50 pm March 20, 2020
The FDA announced today a new policy that permits expanded use of connected, non-invasive remote vital sign monitors until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The agency is relaxing its prior guidance so that healthcare teams can monitor their patients outside of the hospital with certain devices that were previously cleared by the FDA, thereby freeing up space for the high volume...
By Dave Muoio 03:34 pm March 17, 2020
Blue Shield of California announced yesterday that it is now waiving out-of-pocket costs for all commercial plan members using Teladoc Health's services until May 31. This includes individual and family plans, as well as those sponsored by an employee. "As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, we believe making telemedicine more readily available is the right thing to do," Dr....