March 23, 2016
WebMD partnered with Verizon to offer digital health coaching to 1,100 of Verizon's employees in a recent pilot, Employee Benefit News reports. The program led to weight loss for 73 percent of participants.
Verizon employees were invited to participate after taking a health assessment if they had a BMI over 30 or a blood glucose level above a certain threshold. The program included one-on-one...
March 15, 2016
Mad*Pow, a design agency with a specialization in healthcare design, has announced an agreement to acquire gamified exercise app HotSeat from context, the communications consulting firm owned by app creator Fran Melmed. The acquisition price was undisclosed.
“Mad*Pow sees the acquisition of HotSeat as an opportunity to bring an elegant solution to a complex problem,” Amy Cueva, founder and Chief...
March 7, 2016
Some 50 percent of employers use mobile apps to engage their employees in their health, according to a survey of 213 employers, sponsored by Xerox Human Resource Services and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH).
NBGH added that there was significant growth in this category compared to its 2013 survey where only about 16 percent of employers said they were using mobile to engage users....
March 1, 2016
UnitedHealthcare has partnered with Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Life to launch a new mobile-enabled wellness program, called UnitedHealthcare Motion. The program is designed for UnitedHealthcare members and their covered spouses who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans.
“UnitedHealthcare Motion brings together wearable technology, telemedicine and wellness incentives to empower employees...
February 24, 2016
Framingham, Massachusetts-based employee wellness and engagement company Virgin Pulse has acquired two employee wellness companies: Providence, Rhode Island-based ShapeUp and Australia-based Global Corporate Challenge (GCC).
Just last year, in May, Virgin Pulse, announced a big funding round, $92 million led by venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners with participation from parent company,...
February 9, 2016
Wellness company Healthways, through its subsidiary MeYou Health, has completed a randomized control trial demonstrating that their own employees using their Walkadoo platform -- consisting of adaptable, tailored reminders -- and Fitlinxx Pebble activity trackers walked an average of 970 steps per day more than a control group with just the trackers.
Johns Hopkins physicians were also on the...
January 19, 2016
Seattle, Washington-based EveryMove has shifted its business strategy and announced a new product that helps health plans with member engagement and behavior change, called Tandem. The company also announced its first customer for Tandem, Premera Blue Cross.
“Gone are the days of one size fits all member engagement. Consumers expect to receive relevant offers from businesses and their health plan...
October 20, 2015
Fitbit’s corporate wellness offering, which became a HIPAA compliant platform a little over a month ago, has added a premium software feature to its program, called Corporate Challenges. The move adds additional momentum to Fitbit's enterprise-focused business, which recently added Target as a customer.
The company also announced a number of new enterprise customers including Aon Service...
October 7, 2015
Some 8 percent of employees used a telemedicine offering in their employee wellness program, according to a survey of 5,000 people employed by nongovernment organizations with 1,000 or more employees.
Towers Watson Health and Group Benefits Senior Health Management Consultant Shelly Wolff, who presented this data at the National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital in Boston this...
October 6, 2015
Kembre Roberts, Manager-People, Southwest Airlines
Employers should be less concerned about their return on investment when they consider launching an employee wellness program, according to Bank of America Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits Jim Huffman, who spoke at an event in Boston this week. Huffman and Kembre Roberts, Manager for People at Southwest Airlines, who both selected ...