healthcare transparency

Calfornia's doctor license status app
By Dave Muoio 03:37 pm July 30, 2018
Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from the Medical Board of California regarding the app and its criticisms from a consumer advocacy group. Last week, the Medical Board of California launched an iOS app that aims to help consumers more easily learn of any changes to a practitioner’s license status, location of practice, or other records made available by the organization....
By Laura Lovett 09:03 am June 19, 2018
This morning Vitals, maker of online healthcare transparency resources for patients, announced that it would be creating a data analytics division called Vitals 360. The new division will be dedicated to looking at data, quality, and predictive analytic technologies in an effort to expand Vital’s cost and engagement services. Specifically, the division will work with health plans to help build...
By Dave Muoio 01:28 pm October 12, 2017
Lyndhurst, New Jersey-based Vitals, maker of online healthcare transparency resources for patients, has acquired MedHelp’s online community business for an undisclosed sum. Vitals plans to merge its consumer-focused websites with MedHelp’s Patient-to-Patient Communities to form a new digital property, Vitals Consumer Services. MedHelp has been at the forefront of the news this week, as StayWell...
By Jonah Comstock 09:25 am April 25, 2017
Seattle-based healthcare quality transparency company Mpirica has raised $4.6 million in a round led by equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. An undisclosed Seattle-based private equity fund also contributed to the round. The company plans to use the funsing to support a national rollout to Medicare Advantage customers. With its team of data scientists and physicians, Mpirica uses claims data to...
By Jonah Comstock 04:17 pm May 10, 2016
Amino, a San Francisco-based startup that uses claims data to help consumers choose a doctor, announced today that it now has access to Medicare claims data and has been certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create new healthcare quality measures focused on the healthcare consumer experience. The company uses a database of billions of patient-doctor interactions to match...
By Aditi Pai 11:00 am August 12, 2015
San Mateo, California-based PokitDok, which offers a healthcare price comparison tool and API-based tools for healthcare developers, has raised $34 million, according to Dow Jones' VentureWire. This brings the company's total funding to at least $37 million. PokitDok was founded by Lisa Maki and Ted Tanner in 2011. The company first offered a mobile app and online service that let users locate...
By Brian Dolan 09:10 am March 17, 2014
On Friday Castlight Health debuted on the New York Stock Exchange with an IPO that raised about $180 million for the company, much more than it had previously estimated in SEC filings. The company's stock then ramped up more than 160 percent during the day and closed at a price that valued the company -- which only had $13 million in revenues last year, at more than $3 billion. Following the...
By Jonah Comstock 01:24 pm June 20, 2013
New research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools considerably more than the average American, but only 59 percent of connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in giving care. Fifty-two percent said that online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver. "If this...
By Jonah Comstock 07:24 am June 19, 2013
PokitDok, a California-based healthcare price transparency service, has raised $1.5 million in its first round of funding, according to SEC documents. The company previously raised $1.3 million in seed funding in June 2012, and another $200,000 in December, bringing their total funding after this raise to $3 million. Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Jonathan Sposato mentioned in a recent...
By Brian Dolan 12:08 am March 29, 2012
This week Castlight Health, which offers a personalized health care shopping platform that helps employees better understand the price of medical services and the quality of certain providers, has launched its first mobile app: Castlight Mobile is currently available as a native app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices users, but the company suggests BlackBerry users and others can access the...