April 24, 2014
Employee wellness programs have been one of the largest stakeholder groups to see the potential of wearable activity trackers -- ever since they hit the scene a few years ago. But hard data on how those trackers affect employee wellness hasn't been too common.
The Vitality Group, a US subsidiary of South Africa's Discovery Health, has released data from a three-year study of data collected...
April 15, 2014
hubbub health's mobile app
When Virgin Pulse (then Virgin HealthMiles) opened its services to (up to three) family members for free last fall, execs from the company told MobiHealthNews they predicted other employee wellness companies would follow suit. But hubbub health, a spin-off of Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions, is doing one better, offering its gamified employee wellness...
March 4, 2014
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has launched a secure health and wellness website, ahealthyme, which aims to help members reach their personal wellness goals.
On the website, members can do a variety of things related to wellness: they can take a health assessment that looks at eight different areas of health and provides results in a health index score; participate in wellness forums...
February 13, 2014
While it didn't release any specific financial details, b2b activity tracker company FitLinxx recently announced it saw a 55 percent increase in revenues year-over-year. FitLinxx cited increased demand for its trackers in corporate wellness programs as well as the company's expansion into consumer, health plan, and health care provider markets in the US and UK.
"The corporate wellness space is...
December 18, 2013
Maxwell Health, a web- and mobile-based "employee benefits operating system" has raised $6 million, bringing its total first round funding to $8 million. The round was led by existing investor Vaizra Investments, with contributions from new investor Catalyst Ventures and other previous investors Tribeca Venture Partners, Serious Change, Lerer Ventures, and BoxGroup, as well as undisclosed angels...
December 5, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff has announced the first batch of ecosystem partners for its new health outcomes marketplace. Jiff has officially announced and integrated with Fitbit, Jawbone, Fitbug, Withings, BodyMedia, Fatsecret, and CaloryGuard, and is in conversations with more than 60 additional digital health app and device companies, according to CEO Derek Newell.
"Our goal is to have at least...
September 26, 2013
Wearable activity tracker Fitbit
Over the next five years, 13 million wearable devices embedded with wireless connectivity will be integrated into wellness plans offered by businesses, according to ABI research's new report. In 2013, principal analyst Jonathan Collins said less than 200,000 wearable devices have been integrated into wellness plans.
The report factors in the social and economic...
September 5, 2013
Virgin HealthMiles' current GoZone pedometer.
Virgin HealthMiles, a gamified employee wellness program, announced that, starting in October, it will let employees invite up to three family members to use the program for free. Between adding family members and drawing in new members because of the perk, Virgin HealthMiles expects its user base to see a big boost in the next year.
"On the scale...
August 19, 2013
A recently published study from Finland, conducted in 2008, shows Web- and mobile-based health interventions for employees can be effective, but face challenges when it comes to employees actually using the technology over time.
In a study published last month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, a team from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland looked at 114 employees who were...
June 25, 2013
Keas, the corporate wellness platform founded by Google Health vet Adam Bosworth in 2009, has announced an $8 million investment round, new customers and partners. The round was led by existing partners Atlantic Ventures and Ignition Partners. Keas hasn't raised money since the end of 2011, when it raised $6.5 million. Total funding for the company now stands at $25.5 million.