January 12, 2015
Last year Verizon stopped offering both its patient-to-provider Virtual Visits product and its FDA-cleared telehealth hub software. This moves Verizon away from end-to-end telehealth products and re-focuses it on providing its healthcare customers HIPAA-ready cloud services, advanced security services, and various mobility solutions.
MedCity News first reported on one of the telehealth product...
November 13, 2014
At the Samsung Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, the South Korean consumer electronics giant revealed much more about its digital health plans, including the names of 24 partners it has been working with -- a dozen commercial partners and a dozen research partners.
Samsung's commercial partners for digital health currently include Nike, Aetna, Cigna, Cleveland Clinic, dacadoo,...
August 26, 2014
As Apple's official launch of iOS 8 -- and with it Apple's Health app and HealthKit developer toolkit, HealthKit is looking more and more like a broad partner play. It was already known that Apple is working with EHR vendors and hospitals -- Epic and the Mayo Clinic were announced with HealthKit at WWDC, and rumors have since surfaced that the company is working with Allscripts, as well as Johns...
August 6, 2014
Health insurance provider Humana launched a new health app for users of its wellness rewards program, HumanaVitality. Humana members whose plans include HumanaVitality can use the app to keep track of their health and fitness goals.
In addition to tracking health and fitness metrics, select members can use the app, available on iOS and Android devices, to take health assessments, challenge...
May 5, 2014
HumanaVitality, the health insurer's employee wellness program that uses rewards and social features to encourage healthy behavior change, has released some data based on a two-year study of 16,000 employees.
Humana looked at data from individuals who were users of HumanaVitality, and compared their claims data to their engagement with the program. They found that users who were unengaged with...
February 19, 2014
Optum, a division of the UnitedHealth Group, has purchased a majority stake in Audax Health Solutions in a deal "which included cash, options, preferred stock, and significant working capital," according to Audax.
Around the same time, Audax filed a $29 million funding raise with the SEC. It's likely that Optum's investment was contained within that round. UPDATE: Audax has told MobiHealthNews...
January 27, 2014
According to a recent report from Chilmark Research, healthcare insurance companies -- or payers -- are increasingly partnering with biometric device companies. The firm calls to biometric activity tracking as the "latest fad" in payer adoption of consumer technology. Chilmark also noted a decline in the number of smartphone app launches from health plans, which launched more apps in 2012 than in...
December 26, 2013
It's clear that consolidation is finally starting to happen in mobile health.
In the third quarter of 2013, MobiHealthNews reported an unprecedented number of mobile and digital health acquisitions in a single quarter -- five. Depending on where you count Humana's acquisition of Healthrageous (which we reported on October 1st), the fourth quarter either matched or surpassed that...
November 11, 2013
Providence, Rhode Island-based ShapeUp raised $7.5 million from venture capital firms Cue Ball Capital and Excel Venture Management. The company will use the money to further develop and launch its mobile capabilities.
The company offers a social wellness program for companies and engages employees through team workout challenges that are six or eight weeks long, tracks team progress to encourage...
November 4, 2013
By Rick Lee, Founder and former CEO, Healthrageous
I was so impressed with former CEO Dave Dickinson’s postmortem on Zeo, which MobiHealthNews published in May, that I wanted to offer a similar reflection on Healthrageous.
1) BHAG: Our big, hairy, audacious goal (apologies to Tom Peters) was possibly as ambitious as boiling the ocean. David Kirchoff eloquently delineated the necessary components...