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By Dave Muoio 01:10 pm August 19, 2020
The United States Postal Service has been at the heart of a bitter partisan divide over the last few months of COVID-19 and the U.S. election season. Prominent Democratic politicians have alleged that recent reforms and administrative changes ushered by recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have led to widespread service delays across the country. At the same time, President Donald...
By Dave Muoio 01:35 pm August 18, 2020
U.S. consumers want to understand how and why their personal health data is being used by organizations, and may change their data sharing behaviors if they believe the information is being used to improve health outcomes for themselves or others, according to recent survey from health data intelligence firm W2O. Conducted in two 1,000-person waves in September 2019 and May 2020, the poll...
By Dave Muoio 04:15 pm August 12, 2020
A new investigation of roughly two million Medicare beneficiary claims suggests that machine learning (ML) could be used to predict which patients are at greatest risk of severe respiratory infections, and to place them in more appropriate care facilities in their area. The study was published online in the American Journal of Managed Care and funded by the HEALTH[at]SCALE Corporation, a...
By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm August 10, 2020
The past few months have seen tech companies, healthcare organizations, employee-benefits vendors and others toss their hat into a fast-growing market for "return-to-work" COVID-19 health-monitoring services. Today CVS Health and Salesforce, two of the bigger names in that race, have announced plans to integrate their offerings into a single digital, data-driven testing and monitoring program....
By Dave Muoio 12:14 pm July 29, 2020
A retrospective analysis of more than 2,000 Livongo Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) participants found an average weight loss of 5.1% from baseline after 12 months, and 6.6% among those who designated as high engagers. The study, conducted by Livongo and published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, honed in on the relationships between specific program behaviors and program engagement...
By Laura Lovett 11:18 am July 29, 2020
This morning CVS Health announced that it is adding a handful of digital health apps to its Point Solution Management service, including Big Health’s Daylight, Vida Weight Loss +, Weight Watchers, Kurbo and Naturally Slim. Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle appear to be at the center of the news, as all but mental health app Daylight have a focus on making healthy eating choices. However, the...
By Dave Muoio 08:38 am July 29, 2020
Humana has invested $100 million into Heal as part of a new strategic partnership between the two companies. The Series D investment more than doubles Heal's lifetime fundraise, bringing the house call and telehealth platform's lifetime raise to around $170 million. WHAT IT DOES Heal was founded in 2015 as an app that helped users coordinate doctor house calls. Although initially limited to Los...
By Dave Muoio 11:03 am July 23, 2020
Sidecar Health, an insurance startup focused on price transparency and direct payments for care, has raised $20 million in a new round of funding announced this morning. Cathay Innovation headed the raise, with new investors Comcast Ventures, Kauffman Fellows and 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki joining in. Prior backers GreatPoint Ventures and Morpheus Ventures participated as well. With this morning's...
By Dave Muoio 03:02 pm July 22, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with the timing and size of the pilot. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Magellan Health announced today that it has launched a pilot of Boston Children's Hospital spin-out Neuromotion Labs' Mightier, a biofeedback video game platform designed to help children regulate their emotions. Since June 22, the managed care company has begun supplying members with...
By Andrey Ostrovsky, MD 11:04 am July 20, 2020
About the author: Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky is the former chief medical officer of the U.S. Medicaid program. He is now the managing partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies and nonprofits dedicated to eliminating disparities. (See his relevant portfolio investments here.) He is also a practicing pediatrician. The COVID-19-induced state of Public Health Emergency...