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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
January 13, 2014
CellTrak is an example of the kind of technology being used in the Aetna Better Care/Addus Health Pilot.
Illinois' Integrated Care Program (ICP), a Medicaid-backed home care program run by Aetna Better Health (a regional Aetna Medicaid program in Illinois) and Addus Home Care, will begin equipping home care aides with smartphones in a small pilot.
The ICP was launched by the Illinois...
December 10, 2013
A year after announcing its mobile launch from the mHealth Summit stage, Aetna announced a major shift for it's Carepass platform, introducing its first two partner apps for medication adherence and stress management, Janssen Innovation's Care4Today mobile health manager and meQuilibrium's meQ app.
"What we like about the Care4Today application is it's available to everybody," CarePass head and...