December 16, 2020
A new peer-reviewed study testing the coverage, accuracy and safety of eight online symptom assessment apps has found that the performance of apps varies widely, with only a handful performing close to the levels of human general practitioners (GPs).
Published today in BMJ Open, the study is the first of its kind to be published since 2015 and was conducted by a team of doctors and scientists led...
June 13, 2016
A number of pieces of interesting health tech news came out of the 76th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, held this weekend in New Orleans. Here’s a roundup of the highlights.
Updated 6/15/2016 to include some more news items.
IBM’s Medtronic partnership gets a name. Information has been trickling out about Medtronic’s collaboration with IBM Watson Health that was...
May 17, 2016
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set limits on the monetary value of incentives that employers offer to employees and their spouses to convince them to contribute specific health information to a wellness program, according to the commission's final rules released this week. The rules take effect at the start of 2017.
The final rules explain how employers that offer wellness...
March 28, 2016
Piggybacking on a Wall Street Journal story about how Castlight Health uses health data to drive healthcare savings for employers, The New York Times editorial board called Sunday for federal protections that would prevent employers from hiring or firing based on an employee's health data.
"[A] group of legal scholars has called for federal legislation that would bar companies from hiring or...
January 25, 2016
Employee wellness programs have the potential to save money for companies and reduce hospitalizations for employees, so provisions in the Affordable Care Act encourage businesses to implement them. But if those programs include mandatory or incentivized health screenings, they can conflict with another, older federal statute: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits employers...
October 30, 2014
Employers are turning more and more to preventative wellness programs to keep down their employee's eventual healthcare costs, including biometric screenings to determine early risk factors. But when those screenings are mandatory, and incentivized through sanctions for opting out rather than rewards for opting in, does that cross the line into violating employee's privacy? Has the employer...
December 6, 2011
At the mHealth Summit today George Washington University Center's Dr. Richard Katz presented findings of a demonstration program called DC HealthConnect. The program tested WellDoc's mobile health program DiabetesManager during a 12-month period. The results: DiabetesManager reduced ER visits and hospital stays by 58 percent on average compared to the previous year -- when they weren't using the...