March 25, 2013
Cloud-based EHR and practice management vendor AthenaHealth inked a deal with Aetna's mobile health group iTriage to include Athena's network of providers into iTriage's symptom navigator, provider locator, and appointment booking app. The partnership is particularly notable because Athena recently completed the acquisition of major medical app developer Epocrates, which counted hundreds of...
February 25, 2013
Triple Tree Associate Joe Long
Minnesota investment banking firm Triple Tree has released a report about the rise of consumerism in the healthcare industry. The company says the industry is becoming less like a traditional healthcare system and more like a retail environment, with B2B2C, or business-to-business-to-consumer, business models becoming the dominant format.
"Viewed through the lens...
February 12, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama personally invited Dr. Peter Hudson, the co-founder and CEO of iTriage, to sit in her viewing box as "a distinguished guest" for President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight.
Aetna acquired iTriage for an undisclosed sum in 2011. The iTriage app aims to help its users determine what medical condition they might have and where they might choose to go for treatment...
February 6, 2013
At the mHealth Summit in December, when Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini announced a March 2013 launch of the mobile version of Aetna's CarePass platform, he also previewed a fitness app called Passage: A Virtual Journey. The free app is available to everyone, not just Aetna members.
"Instead of staring at a book while you're on your elliptical or stairclimber, what we have is an opportunity to turn your...
December 6, 2012
(Left to Right) Mark Wynn, William Shrank, and CMMI Innovation Award winners Kevin Volpp, Deborah Stewart, and David Goodman
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's opening keynote set the tone for an mHealth Summit with a notable, but not unexpected, payer presence. In 2010 MobiHealthNews wrote about the changing role of the payer in health care, predicting that payers would soon help drive the mobile...
December 3, 2012
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini kicked off the mHealth Summit this morning by announcing a launch date for the mobile implementation of their health data syncing platform CarePass, which will combine Aetna's recent mobile acquisitions and partners into a single offering.
CarePass has been available as a web platform, but Bertolini said it would go mobile in March 2013. The platform connects iTriage, the...
October 16, 2012
The latest in a growing line of accelerators for small digital health companies is distinct from many of the others in that it is backed in part by public money and the mentors are provider organizations seeking technological help in delivering better, more efficient care. It also claims to be the best-funded health IT accelerator in the nation, with an initial commitment of $4.2 million.
October 4, 2012
A lot of people out there believe "meaningful use" regulations has stymied innovation in health IT by effectively standardizing functionality in electronic health records. Backers of President Obama might argue the point. In fact, one did this week.
"There has never been a better time to be an innovator in healthcare," former federal CTO Aneesh Chopra, said Wednesday at the 2012 American Health...
August 30, 2012
Every year Inc. Magazine publishes a list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. While the publication's method has its drawbacks, the resulting list is much more concrete than many of the subjective lists of top companies, apps, or products floating around. Inc. ranks companies by percent growth in revenue over the course of the past few years. What's more Inc. publishes...
August 2, 2012
Consumer health app iTriage is providing mobile appointment scheduling for Walgreen Co.'s Take Care Health Systems clinics in two major markets in a pilot program announced Wednesday.
People in the Chicago and Denver areas can now tap their smartphones to make appointments at Take Care Clinic with the free iTriage app for iPhones and Android, and get an immediate confirmation. The same service...