February 9, 2016
Novartis has signed deals with two major health plans, Cigna and Aetna, to reimburse for its new heart failure drug Entresto, Reuters reported. The deals are among the first publicly announced examples of outcomes-based drug pricing. While Novartis discussed using digital health devices as part of its planned Entresto rollout last year, reports about the new payer deals have not mentioned the...
February 4, 2016
Aetna subsidiary iTriage has quietly launched a new version of its app, called iTriage Essentials, for iOS and Android platforms. The app is a redesigned, stripped down version of iTriage designed to serve as a testing ground for the company, though it will likely eventually replace the original iTriage app.
“We built this as a platform to test some hypotheses we have and some deep research we’ve...
October 6, 2015
Kembre Roberts, Manager-People, Southwest Airlines
Employers should be less concerned about their return on investment when they consider launching an employee wellness program, according to Bank of America Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits Jim Huffman, who spoke at an event in Boston this week. Huffman and Kembre Roberts, Manager for People at Southwest Airlines, who both selected ...
September 11, 2015
by Jonah Comstock
Telehealth is officially in its heyday. With Teladoc's recent IPO, major recent venture rounds for MDLive, DoctorOnDemand, and a slew of official guidelines out last year from organizations like the American Medical Association, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's hard to ignore the fast-growing popularity of virtual doctor visits...
May 18, 2015
The big health payer news last week was that Aetna was mulling the acquisition of one or more of its competitors: particularly Humana or Cigna. A recent Forbes analysis suggested that such a move would be a result of changes to payment models in healthcare. But Humana, Cigna, and Aetna have all been important players in the digital health. So what might a merged Aetna-Cigna or Aetna-Humana...
May 13, 2015
Warsaw, Poland-based DocPlanner, which offers a service that helps consumers find and book appointments with providers, has raised $10 million in a round led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and angel investor Lukasz Gadowski.
Other investors participating in the round include newcomer OLX Founder Fabrice Grinda as well as existing investors Point Nine Capital, Piton ...
April 29, 2015
Aetna business unit iTriage has released data from a survey of 3,300 of its users -- a sample of individuals who, as iTriage users, have already adopted mobile health tools -- and found that only 48 percent of their iOS users use Apple Health. What's more, 27 percent have never heard of it. Google Fit fairs even worse, with only 40 percent of the iTriage Android users surveyed using it and 27...
March 18, 2015
Seventy percent of health insurance companies have published only one or two apps and 67 percent of those companies have achieved less than 100,000 downloads on the apps they do have, according to a new report from Research2Guidance. The report analyzed app offerings from 79 health insurance companies from around the world.
The report follows on the heels of a similar look at the pharmaceutical...
February 25, 2015
The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a non-profit organization, has launched a price transparency website, called Guroo, to help consumers find national, state, and local pricing information for common health conditions and services. The data is collected from 40 million anonymized members of four health insurers: Aetna, Assurant Health, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare.
“For many consumers,...
February 20, 2015
An October report from the Psilos Group suggested that payors now need to figure out how to better serve individuals, not just as end users but as customers. In the last six months, we've seen payors doing just that, with almost every major payor upgrading its apps to bring added features to their members and other consumers, or potential members. A number of payors partnered with Samsung to...