July 22, 2019
This morning insurance giant Anthem announced its plans to team up with K Health, a consumer-focused digital health company, in order to develop a new app that seeks to help patients get personalized information and connect to doctors.
The partners are now creating a cobranded app tool that will allow Anthem members to chat with a doctor for “less than a copay.” Additionally, members will now...
November 27, 2018
Anthem Blue Cross of California has launched a new telehealth option for its 1.2 million Medicaid patients in California. These patients can access both urgent care and behavioral health visits through Anthem’s LiveHealth Online telehealth platform via smartphone, tablet or computer.
“We have members in rural counties that are looking at this very favorably,” Dr. Barsam Kasravi, chief medical...
November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September.
Diabetes management and prevention
A handful of payer news during this period...
October 25, 2018
Udi Manber, a veteran of Amazon, Yahoo and, most recently, Google, has been hired by Anthem, CNBC reports. Specifically, Manber will be building and leading a team focused on artificial intelligence applications, signifying an increasing interest in the technology for the large health insurer.
Manber held the title of vice president of engineering at Google and was largely responsible for its...
September 20, 2018
San Francisco-based Ooda Health, a new startup focused on decreasing waste and inefficiency in the area of healthcare administration, has raised $40.5 million in a Series A round that’s notable in a couple of ways: for one, the company’s veteran founders, including Castlight Health founder Dr. Giovanni Colella, chose to work exclusively with VCs with at least one woman partner. For another, the...
September 13, 2018
Hurricane season is swinging into full gear again as this week’s natural threat, Hurricane Florence, makes landfall in the US Southeast. Between the gusting winds and “catastrophic flash flooding” heralded by meteorologists, the Category 2 storm threatens to leave emergency responders and local health care systems overwhelmed.
Fortunately, these groups will have some support. Much like in storms...
July 23, 2018
Anthem plan members who own a Samsung Galaxy device are now able to use American Well’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced today.
LiveHealth Online facilitates video consultations with US-based, board certified providers who can diagnose users’ non-emergency medical conditions and submit a prescription if necessary. The service is...
December 26, 2017
Member engagement was the watch word for health insurers in the fourth quarter, as we saw consumer-facing app launches or related moves from Humana, Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. The quarter also saw some big moves from CMS and some interesting developments in the realm of employee wellness. Check out our roundup of Q4 payer news below. If you want to take a look at the whole year, check...
October 19, 2017
Anthem is launching a new comprehensive digital health platform for members nationwide. The platform, called Engage, comes out of the company's partnership with Castlight Health, which began in 2015. Going forward, it will serve as the foundation for the health plan's digital operations.
"So much is moving into the digital and mobile modalities," Morgan Kendrick, Anthem's head of national...
March 3, 2017
Last year was an important one for San Francisco-based Castlight Health, as it was the first full year of availability for their health benefits platform, and that led to a strong finish in the final quarter of 2016 in the form of $101.7 million in total revenue and $95 million in subscription revenue, which each represent a 35 percent increase year over year.
On a call with investors, Castlight...