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By  Dave Muoio 01:55 pm November 5, 2020
A recently published review of real-world claims data suggests that opioid use disorder patients prescribed Pear Therapeutics' reSET-O digital therapeutic, alongside pharmacotherapy, had fewer clinical encounters and subsequently decreased medical costs over a six-month period. The study was funded by Pear, coauthored by a Pear employee and published in the journal Expert Review of...
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By  Dave Muoio 03:26 pm November 3, 2020
New top-line data presented by Omada Health and researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Wake Forest University suggest that the chronic condition-management company's digital diabetes-prevention program can deliver clinically meaningful blood sugar reduction and weight loss over 12 months. The PREDICTS randomized controlled trial was first announced in 2018, and enrolled...
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By  Dr. Liz Kwo 11:12 am October 30, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem and a faculty lecturer at Harvard Medical School who previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Digital health...
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By  Dave Muoio 12:17 pm October 23, 2020
Employer mental health benefits provider Lyra Health has inked a strategic partnership with stress and wellness app Calm, the companies announced Tuesday. With the deal, Lyra's customers may choose to offer Calm's app and digital programs to their employees. Existing Lyra members with mild mental health issues such as stress will have the Calm app recommended. It will be available for direct...
By  Dave Muoio 03:01 pm October 13, 2020
Digital check-in, insurance eligibility and automated patient collections technology company Clearwave today announced that it has purchased Odoro, the maker of a patient-scheduling and check-in tool. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said that they plan to integrate Odoro's scheduling technology into Clearwave's platform so that both the patient and practice can...
By  Dave Muoio 03:09 pm 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...
By  Dave Muoio 02:22 pm 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....
By  Dave Muoio 03:35 pm 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...
By  Dave Muoio 10:07 am 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...
12:59 pm 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...