Aetna

By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
When Aetna failed to highlight CarePass, its app ecosystem and data platform, at HIMSS this year we wondered what the team had been up to since it added Care4Today medication adherence to its platform. Dan Conroy, Head of Business Development at CarePass, says that for the past year the company has begun to focus on the other stakeholder use case for the technology: employers. "This is about...
By Brian Dolan April 8, 2014
Dr. Pete Hudson A little more than two years after Aetna acquired popular mobile health app-maker iTriage, its cofounders -- two emergency medical doctors -- Peter Hudson and Wayne Guerra have quietly left the health insurance company, MobiHealthNews has learned. A departure after a two-year earnout is a fairly common length of time for a startup founder to remain with their company's buyer,...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2014
Remote behavioral intervention startup AbilTo has raised $6 million in a second round of funding led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. Also contributing to the round was .406 Ventures, which led a $3 million round for the company last year. AbilTo is focused on identifying and remotely treating mental health comorbidities that can negatively affect recovery from...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2014
This week the increasingly crowded tech event SXSWi descended on Austin, Texas, and -- much more so than in years past -- it has had a prominent health and fitness bent. Below are a few excerpts from health and fitness-related reporting coming out of SXSW: South by Southwest Boost Health-Care Focus: "As we're seeing people spin out of Facebook, Google and Twitter, we are seeing a real...
By Brian Dolan March 6, 2014
Steve Krupa, Managing Member, Psilos "We are about to have a significant flip in the competitive dynamics of healthcare," Steve Krupa, managing member and Chief Operating Officer, of healthcare investment firm Psilos told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. "It’s going to be quite severe and shocking across the board for the big and small players delivering health insurance, providers, and...
By Jonah Comstock March 3, 2014
As we reported in our Friday in-depth report on payers at HIMSS, Aetna is shutting down its InvolveCare caregiver support app. The app has been in full beta, but will not receive a full commercial launch. Users will have until April 28 to download their data before having it deleted. "InvolveCare was introduced last fall and was in the late stage of a Beta roll-out," Aetna Communications Director...
By Brian Dolan February 28, 2014
Mark Bertolini, CEO, Aetna | Photo Credit: HIMSS 2014 Event Staff By Jonah Comstock There may not have been a lot of news from payers (or health insurance companies) at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, Florida, but their presence was definitely felt. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's keynote address laid out the stakes well: healthcare costs are rising markedly, and it's everyone's job to try to keep them down...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2014
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini started his keynote at HIMSS here in Orlando, Florida with a simple fact: Aetna is doing well, but the healthcare system in general isn't. And for the latter problem, mobile is a big part of the solution. "Inside my organization today, with record membership, our large staff of physicians, and record revenue, people would look at me and say 'Why would you want to change...
By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2014
Aetna will now reimburse for iRhythm's ZIO Patch, a continuous long-term heart monitor worn on an adhesive patch. The insurer recently updated its Clinical Policy Bulletin on cardiac event monitors, upgrading the ZIO Patch from "experimental and investigational" to "medically necessary" for certain conditions. In particular, Aetna will reimburse for the ZIO Patch either "to evaluate syncope or...
By Brian Dolan January 23, 2014
Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission published a notice that granted UnitedHealth Group a preliminary green light to acquire Audax Health Solutions. These notices are granted both for outright acquisitions and for larger investments that include a large stake in the company. Since neither UnitedHealth Group nor Audax Health has commented yet, it's unclear which is in the works, but the...