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...
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...
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...
June 18, 2013
Aetna's CarePass platform, which has been open to developers since early 2012 and to consumers in a limited beta, officially launched for consumers -- not just Aetna members -- this morning.
The free mobile and online platform integrates a number of different digital health devices and free apps. Newly announced partners Bodymedia, Jawbone, LoseIt, Withings and Fitbug will join the list of...
May 29, 2013
The Fitbit Flex.
The University of San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is teaming up with major quantified self thought leaders to launch Health Data Exploration, an initiative aimed at convincing the companies that make tracking devices, connected health devices, and fitness apps...
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...