August 15, 2016
New York-based Happify, which makes a mental health assessment platform available via an app or website, has raised $5 million in a new round of funding that will allow the startup to expand its staff and focus on creating partnerships with health plans and large employers with a new arm of the company, Happify Health.
Happify provides app or web-based programs that act as readily available check...
August 10, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer Humana is now offering live, online mindfulness training programs to employers via wellness provider eMindful. The partnership will enable Humana to provide eMindful’s evidence-based mindfulness programs that aim to improve well-being for employees and reduce preventable risk factors that contribute to chronic health conditions.
“In the fact-based world...
July 27, 2016
Big Health, the UK digital health startup behind sleep health app Sleepio, has raised $12 million (9.5 million pounds) in a round led by Octopus Ventures. Kaiser Permanente Ventures also contributed to the round, as did Omada Health CEO Sean Duffy, returning investor Index Ventures, and JamJar Investments. The startup's app is not direct-to-consumer, Big Health sells its sleep health program and...
July 20, 2016
Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has divested itself from MeYou Health, its Boston-based innovation and digital health subsidiary. Rick Lee, a serial entrepreneur who sold early digital wellness platform Healthrageous to Humana in 2013, led a group of investors, including Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, in an $11...
June 8, 2016
Mountain View, California-based digital health benefits platform Jiff added another $17.7 million to the $23.5 million it announced last year. Jiff has now raised a total of about $68 million from investors that include Rosemark Capital, GE Ventures, Aeris Capital, and Aberdare Ventures.
“Jiff is tackling a massive problem: bringing together all the innovations in digital health an employer may...
June 1, 2016
Headlines during the first six months of 2016 included a hard look at how employers should approach employee wellness programs, increased provider acceptance of patient generated health data, drawn-out telemedicine regulatory battles, underwhelming efficacy data, the rise of AI, a new payment model for primary care, steady digital health investments, a handful of notable mergers and acquisitions...
April 21, 2016
Provata Health, an Oregon-based digital health company focused on employee wellness, published findings from a multi-year study showing that Provata's Healthy Team Healthy U program reduced weight, high blood pressure, poor sleep quality, and stress among a large, diverse employee population. The study was published in the journal "Frontiers in Public Health".
The health program is a 12-session...
April 18, 2016
Amy McDonough, Vice President and General Manager at Fitbit Wellness, testified before a congressional hearing last week in a session entitled “Innovations in Health Care: Exploring Free-Market Solutions for a Healthy Workforce”.
The hearing itself was somewhat scattered in terms of its focus, as the representatives took every opportunity to defend or take potshots at the Affordable Care Act,...
March 29, 2016
The percentage of Humana employees in a low-risk range for chronic conditions, who were also engaged in HumanaVitality, the payer’s employee wellness offering, increased by 24.4 percent, according to The HumanaVitality Impact Study. The study is a retrospective of healthcare usage and claims data for 8,000 members over three years. Humana only included members who were with the program for at...
March 28, 2016
Piggybacking on a Wall Street Journal story about how Castlight Health uses health data to drive healthcare savings for employers, The New York Times editorial board called Sunday for federal protections that would prevent employers from hiring or firing based on an employee's health data.
"[A] group of legal scholars has called for federal legislation that would bar companies from hiring or...