April 23, 2014
For the eighth year in a row, health insurance company Cigna has released results from a comparative study of its consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) members to its other members enrolled in traditional PPOs and HMOs. The actual claims data from more than 3.6 million Cigna members were used in the study, and Cigna concluded -- as it has in years past -- that members enrolled in CDHPs were more...
January 27, 2014
According to a recent report from Chilmark Research, healthcare insurance companies -- or payers -- are increasingly partnering with biometric device companies. The firm calls to biometric activity tracking as the "latest fad" in payer adoption of consumer technology. Chilmark also noted a decline in the number of smartphone app launches from health plans, which launched more apps in 2012 than in...
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 22, 2014
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers telehealth services including patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, has raised $23.6 million in nw funding led by Heritage Group with participation from Sutter Health and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The company's first strategic investor and connected care customer was Norfolk, Virginia-based healthcare system Sentara Healthcare,...
January 2, 2014
Samsung's S Health app
For the first time, Samsung has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its S Health app. The categorization of the clearance as a cardiology signal transmitter suggests that the clearance will allow S Health to interface with additional connected medical devices in the United States.
Samsung's S Health app originally launched for Galaxy S III users in the UK in the summer of...
October 28, 2013
Samsung and Cigna have announced a multi-year partnership to develop health and wellness related features on Samsung's S Health app, which comes with Samsung Galaxy SIII and S4.
S Health already offers users manual-entry tracking features for food, sleep, and blood glucose and integration from third party devices. With the launch of Galaxy S4, all these features were enhanced because of the...
October 1, 2013
David Vinson and Joan Kennedy.
In May, Cigna’s Director of IT Strategy and Innovation Willis Gee told MobiHealthNews that the next move for the insurer would be to look for ways to integrate tracking devices, social networks, and other digital tools into a single engagement strategy. Now Cigna has unveiled a part of that strategy: an app curation platform called the GoYou Cigna Marketplace,...
September 16, 2013
MyFitnessPal announced a partnership with health insurance company Cigna, which will combine MyFitnessPal’s nutrition, physical activity and weight management resource with Cigna's health coaching programs. The offering will give customers the option to connect their MyFitnessPal accounts with their personal Cigna coach to instantly share their diet and exercise activity.
August 29, 2013
Audax Health Solutions has announced a $20 million funding raise led by Navigy Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional contributors to the round include former Aetna CEO and current Audax board member Jack Rowe and Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships at Facebook.
This round is the company's first publicly-announced equity raise, although the company reports it...
May 21, 2013
During the last few years health insurance companies have shifted from an employer-focused mindset to one that is increasingly consumer-, member-, or individual-focused. The move toward consumer engagement, Cigna's Director of IT Strategy and Innovation Willis Gee told MobiHealthNews, is being driven by cost and quality pressures, new benefits models and growing information intensity.