October 1, 2015
It can be a little hard to keep track of exactly what Palo Alto-based HealthTap does these days. What began as a doctor Q&A service that has since expanded into doctor ratings and app curation, as well as launching its HealthTap Prime service for video visits, which also helps connect patients to lab tests via an integration with Quest Diagnostics. Now the digital health company is tackling...
September 29, 2015
Humana has partnered with Kurbo Health, which offers a mobile-enabled program aimed at preventing childhood obesity, to offer its employer customers the option to add a 12-month subscription of Kurbo Health as a wellness benefit for their employees.
Before offering this option to employers, Humana conducted two internal pilots of the offering.
“Employers have begun to realize the impact of...
September 3, 2015
Global human resources company Mercer has launched an employee wellness platform, called Health Pathfinder by Mercer, which is powered by Jiff.
“While there has been an explosion of health and well-being solutions in the past five years, employers are left wondering how to manage it all,” Mercer Total Health Management Solutions Leader Cheryl Mealey said in a statement. “By teaming up with Jiff,...
May 27, 2015
One of the longest-running employee wellness platform companies, Virgin Pulse, announced its first outside investment, $92 million led by venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners with participation from existing investor, Virgin Group. Virgin Pulse rebranded from Virgin HealthMiles in late 2013 and announced a new, broader focus on employee engagement, not just health.
A few weeks ago Virgin...
May 5, 2015
Two thirds of insurance company executives said they expect wearable technologies to have a significant impact on the insurance industry, according to an Accenture survey of 200 insurance company execs. They survey included perspectives from all types of insurance companies, not just health insurance.
The survey found that 63 percent think wearables will be widely adopted by the...
April 16, 2015
Boston-based meQuilibrium, which has developed a mobile stress management program, raised $9 million in a funding round led by Safeguard Scientifics with participation from Chrysalis Ventures.
“Stress is the number one threat to employee well-being today -- contributing to chronic health conditions, absence, lost productivity, and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors,” meQuilibrium CEO Jan Bruce said in...
March 26, 2015
A new survey of 121 employers from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health shows that employer spending on incentive-based wellness programs is up an average of $100 per head over last year.
Respondents said they planned to spend an average of $693 per employee on wellness incentives in 2015, up from $594 in 2014. It was $430 five years ago.
While 79 percent of companies...
March 18, 2015
Corporate wellness platform Keas has launched a new product for self-insured employers, called Health Hub. It aims to be a comprehensive health benefits management platform that incorporates Keas's existing employee wellness offering as well as health management and reporting, disease management programs, smoking cessation programs, gym memberships, cost transparency tools, and more.
December 11, 2014
Jawbone has launched an employee wellness program, called Up for Groups, which is designed for any group with 10 or more participants. Until now, Jawbone has been a direct to consumer company with various devices including wristworn trackers UP24 and UP3 as well as clip-on tracker UP Move.
Up for Groups, Jawbone Wellness and Platform Group Manager Andrew Rosenthal explains in a blog post, is ...
December 8, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts-based employee benefits platform company Maxwell Health raised $26.4 million in a round led by Adams Street Partners with participation from Cambia Health Solutions, Schooner Capital, Brothers Brook, and Annox Capital. Existing investors Vaizra Investments, Tribeca Venture Partners, Catalyst Health Ventures, Serious Change, and Lerer Hippeau Ventures also contributed. This...