October 9, 2019
Medicare Advantage plan reimbursing for Apple Watches. Startup Medicare payer Devoted Health will be offering Apple Watches to its members as a fitness benefit, according to a report from CNBC that MobiHealthNews confirmed with the company. Devoted Health wrote in its marketing materials that it will be covering $150 of the cost of “wearable devices like an Apple Watch” per year alongside other...
July 1, 2019
One Drop’s wireless blood glucose monitor is now being sold in certain US Apple Stores, according to a release from the company.
One Drop’s platform, which is integrated with Apple’s Health Records, allows iPhone users to more conveniently check their glucose levels and share that data, alongside the rest of their personal health record, with providers. Additionally, purchase of the system at an...
February 20, 2019
Delving into device data. This year UnitedHealthcare will be expanding its Navigate4Me service for Medicare Advantage plan participants using data collected through digital devices, the payer announced today. Specifically, these data will be processed through the UnitedHealthcare Nerve Center and used to flesh out patient profiles, allowing navigators to provide support for congestive heart...
January 31, 2019
This morning diabetes self-management company One Drop announced its platform’s integration with Apple’s Health Records. As part of the integration patients who use the One Drop | Experts are able to share their EHRs with their personal diabetes coach. This gives patients the ability to share their vitals, lab results and medication history with One Drop coaches.
This news coincides with the...
October 22, 2018
Deborah DiSanzo has stepped down as the head of IBM Watson Health, STAT News reports. Official details around the reasons for the move are scarce, but STAT notes that the division has had some issues of late, including outside criticisms of the program's effectiveness and problems integrating the recent acquisitions.
DiSanzo will move to the strategy team at IBM Cognitive Solutions. John Kelly,...
May 7, 2018
Fitbit has announced a slew of new digital health apps and clock faces that were born out of partnerships with major players such as Dexcom, Humana, and Walgreens. The apps, which were built on Fitbit’s software development kit, are aimed at helping people manage chronic conditions and improving overall health.
“Smartwatches provide a powerful platform to deliver important health tools that help...
April 23, 2018
Telemedicine reduces gender-based barriers to health. A study showing that telemedicine improves access to care for women and girls in Nepal has won an Atlas Award. The study, originally published in May 2017, shows that telemedicine, delivered via video conferencing or mobile apps, reduces gender-based barriers to accessing care by eliminating the need for travel and reducing the cost to the...
December 5, 2017
When Fitbit announced, after months of hints and rumors, that it was launching a smartwatch, it seemed likely that the answer to one big question would determine whether the health and fitness company could succeed: Could Fitbit build an app store to compete with the Apple Watch's?
Now, the app store in question, Fitbit's App Gallery, is finally starting to take shape. Fitbit announced today that...
October 31, 2017
Fitbit’s wearables are at the heart of recent announcements from diabetes self-management platform One Drop and the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Civic Wellbeing. The first reveals an upcoming integration that will allow users to view Fitbit device data from within the One Drop Mobile app, while the latter describes a public health initiative that will provide residents of the city with Fitbit...
September 25, 2017
Sanofi and Innovation Health — an insurance company jointly run by Inova and Aetna —have announced a pilot program examining the impact of digital health strategies to improve care for Type 2 diabetes patients.
The program will tap One Drop, a diabetes self-management app and Bluetooth blood sugar monitor, and Gocap, a mobile-friendly device and insulin dose management platform that emphasizes...