November 6, 2013
Aetna CMO Dr. Lonny Reisman
At the Digital Health Summit in Boston, Eric Murphy, President of Payer Solutions for Optum, and Dr. Lonny Reisman, Aetna's chief medical officer, talked about the changing role of the payer in healthcare. As the shift from fee-for-service to risk-sharing payment models occurs, Reisman and Murphy said payers need to step up how much they work with providers.
November 6, 2013
Polycom's RealPresence CloudAxis suite.
Video conferencing provider Polycom has partnered with IBM to integrate its RealPresence CloudAxis web-based video conferencing product into IBM's Care Manager software, allowing providers and caregivers who use the software to immediately initiate a video consultation with a patient.
Care Manager is part of IBM's Patient Care and Insights platform, a...
August 8, 2013
A qualitative study by Weiss Cornell Medical Center found many benefits to digital patient-physician communication.
A new qualitative study from Weill Cornell Medical Center, published in Health Affairs, suggests that physician-patient communication by email or a secure patient portal offers significantly more advantages than disadvantages. However, the study authors speculate adoption of...
June 13, 2013
Harvard Pilgrim is not new to using digital health technology to improve patient care and wellness at home -- the health insurance company worked with health engagement platform Eliza back in 2006 and with smart pillbox maker MedMinder in 2009, before signing its recent deal with Voxiva's Care4Life. But Harvard Pilgrim is careful about the partnerships they engage in, making sure they're both...
March 8, 2013
Emmi Solutions' patient engagement software.
Whether intentional or coincidental, the timing of Clay Christensen's controversial Wall Street Journal editorial on "The Coming Failure of ACOs" was interesting, putting Christensen's well-rooted skepticism at the forefront of the conversation going into HIMSS 2013, where ACOs were a dominant topic of discussion. Christensen contends that ACOs will...
January 22, 2013
Earlier this month Nant Health, the healthcare company that is a part of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's tight-lipped NantWorks portfolio of companies, raised $31 million in two rounds of funding, according to SEC filings. Another NantWorks company, NantiD, which appears to be the next generation of the iVisit LookTel technology that Nant acquired a few years ago, raised an additional $15 million in...
November 15, 2012
We've all heard the election post-mortem by now. President Obama's surprisingly comfortable re-election — along with the continued split control of Congress — means that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare, is here to stay, although some Republican governors are deciding to let the federal government run their states' health insurance exchanges and are opting out of...
July 5, 2012
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act certainly was stunning. Who really expected Chief Justice John Roberts to side with the liberal wing of the court? How many people thought that the reasoning would be that the individual mandate was a legal exercise of Congress' power to levy taxes?
Similarly, the decision was polarizing. Plenty of...
November 23, 2011
Mobile and wireless technologies are helping give rise to a new form of clinical decision support that's being called "patient activation."
"We're making a category that really hasn't existed," according to Doug Thompson, a senior research director at the Advisory Board Co., a Washington-based research firm that is making a big push into healthcare of late.
"The term 'patient activation' can be...