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...
March 18, 2015
Seventy percent of health insurance companies have published only one or two apps and 67 percent of those companies have achieved less than 100,000 downloads on the apps they do have, according to a new report from Research2Guidance. The report analyzed app offerings from 79 health insurance companies from around the world.
The report follows on the heels of a similar look at the pharmaceutical...
November 6, 2013
Aetna CMO Dr. Lonny Reisman
At the Digital Health Summit in Boston, Eric Murphy, President of Payer Solutions for Optum, and Dr. Lonny Reisman, Aetna's chief medical officer, talked about the changing role of the payer in healthcare. As the shift from fee-for-service to risk-sharing payment models occurs, Reisman and Murphy said payers need to step up how much they work with providers.
July 25, 2013
Health insurer Humana is turning to telehealth systems provider AMC Health in an effort to keep patients with congestive heart failure out of hospitals, saving money for the payer and improving the quality of life for a high-risk population.
In a pilot launched last month, 450 Humana Medicare Advantage members in Ohio with CHF are receiving A&D Medical Products weight scales and blood-...
June 13, 2013
Last August -- almost a year ago now -- The New York Times reported that two insurers had agreed to pay $100 a month in reimbursement for use of WellDoc's mobile-enabled diabetes management program. The report, which sourced WellDoc's president Anand Iyer as its source, expected the payers to begin supporting the "mobile integrated therapy" in early 2013.
This morning WellDoc launched a new...
August 21, 2012
According to a report in The New York Times this week, two as yet unnamed insurance companies have already agreed to pay more than $100 a month for patients who use WellDoc's DiabetesManager. The reimbursement will not begin until some time early next year, according to the newspaper. The report cites an interview with WellDoc president Anand Iyer as its source.
MobiHealthNews reported late last...
May 24, 2012
Photo Credit: Paul Savage Photography
By Padma Nagappan
David Sayen, regional administrator for the western states with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recalled meeting Rob McCray, president and CEO of WLSA back in 2006 when the iPhone was not even out yet: "Rob talked about wireless technology and I wondered 'what's this guy talking about?'" Sayen recalled during his keynote...
April 18, 2012
Minneapolis, MN-based healthcare communications and disease management company, Warm Health, announced the launch of an iPhone and iPad app for its health plan customers, which include Amerigroup, Medica, and HealthSpring, according to a report over at MedCity News.
As MedCity News points out, while the app enables health plans to deliver Warm Health's care management programs, its distinguishing...
July 6, 2011
Humana launched HumanaVitality this week, a program that uses a points-based rewards system to encourage healthy behavior and wellness education. HumanaVitality is a joint venture between Humana and the Vitality program parent company, South Africa-based Discovery Holdings.
We first reported on HumanaVitality back in February, during an interview with Humana's CSO Paul Kusserow: “We have this...