June 19, 2012
This week Aetna launched an iPad-specific version of its iTriage app, which it acquired for an undisclosed sum last year. The iTriage app aims to help its users determine what medical condition they might have and where they might choose to go for treatment. More recently the app gave its users the ability to book appointments with select doctors right from their mobile devices.
Like most iOS...
June 7, 2012
Mobile fitness technology company MapMyFitness announced that it has raised $9 million in its second round of funding, which was led by return backers Austin Ventures and Milestone Venture Partners. The round also included contributions from a handful of new MapMyFitness strategic partners, namely the Competitor Group and The Running Specialty Group.
While MapMyFitness did not disclose any...
May 10, 2012
Aetna is building on its relationship with Arizona's Banner Health Network, one of 32 organizations chosen by CMS last year to participate in the new Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative, by equipping the health system with technology offerings from its subsidiaries: Health information exchange technology from Medicity, Active CareTeam clinical decision support tools, and...
May 1, 2012
Last week the New York eHealth Collaborative, the New York City Investment Fund, and the NYS Department of Health launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NTDHA), a program for 12 startups that are developing products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers. The accelerator already has 18 healthcare providers signed up as partners...
January 31, 2012
Aetna is set to begin a trial program that equips New York City-area dentists with iPads to help them better educate their patients about tobacco use in an effort to curb smoking. The trial program includes a clinical decision support system (CDSS) that is built on a medical knowledge base, patient data, and decision support technology that provides dentists with personally targeted advice for...
January 10, 2012
The biggest health-related news that broke ahead of the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week wasn't the launch of some new connected health device or fitness tracker. Instead, the big story (so far) is about an unlikely experiment that a trio of Best Buy stores in the Chicago area are undertaking with health insurance provider Aetna.
While the pilot doesn't...
November 29, 2011
Aetna plans to launch a handful of new apps within the next few weeks that allow members traveling internationally find nearby doctors, hospitals and other health care providers based on their GPS location, according to a company press release.
However, one app has already been released: Aetna Shanghai Provider Directory launched in October for iOS and Android. The free app uses the phone's GPS...
September 29, 2011
Health 2.0 ostensibly is about interactive technologies and user-generated content for health and healthcare (yes, they are two different things). The Internet is the primary enabler for these types of innovations, but as the Internet has become more mobile, so has the idea of health 2.0.
Many of the sessions featured demos and even introductions of mobile apps, some more...
September 21, 2011
Arogya World, a US-based non-profit, announced a collaboration with Nokia at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this week on an SMS-based diabetes prevention program in India. The program aims to raise awareness about diabetes and its prevention through text messages and hopes to reach one million consumers in rural and urban India over the next two years.
A consortium of...
August 12, 2011
Aetna released a new mobile service this week that allows doctors in Aetna’s Florida network to prescribe medication electronically via smartphone or tablet and receive care recommendations for their patients. The service is supported by NaviNet Mobile Connect and is free to Aetna subscribers.
NaviNet Mobile Connect subscribers will now receive "Care Considerations" alerts via email, phone and...