June 27, 2019
On Monday, online patient support community PatientsLikeMe sent an email to its members announcing that it inked a deal with UnitedHealth Group, becoming part of the latter’s research branch.
While both companies were upbeat about the deal, the public’s reaction has been far from universally positive. Concerns around privacy and data sharing in particular began to surface on social media, as...
June 24, 2019
UnitedHealth Group has acquired online patient community portal PatientsLikeMe as of June 19, according to an announcement sent out via email to members of the latter's DigitalMe study this afternoon. The announcement explains that as part of the acquisition, the startup will now become part of UnitedHealth Group’s research arm that focuses on healthcare improvements and innovation.
November 6, 2018
UnitedHealth Group finished the third quarter strong, reporting a 12 percent year-over-year revenue growth totalling $56.6 billion. This finish prompted the company to raise its 2018 net earnings outlook to approximately $12.10 per share, up from the $11.80 to $12.05 range.
CEO David Wichmann highlighted the company’s use of information, technology and clinical insights as reasons for the...
April 10, 2018
With discussions on consumer data privacy again reaching a head amongst the lay press and lawmakers, it isn’t too far a stretch to wonder whether the data collected continuously through health and fitness wearables is receiving appropriate scrutiny.
During a wearables-focused panel discussion held yesterday at PULSE: The Atlantic Summit on Health Care in Boston, top names from Fitbit, Empatica,...
November 29, 2017
Optum on Tuesday launched the venture fund Optum Ventures, which has $250 million to invest in digital health startup companies.
The venture fund will invest in companies that use data and insights to help improve consumers’ access to healthcare services and how care is delivered and paid for, according to a statement from UnitedHealth Group, Optum’s parent company.
Optum CEO Larry Renfro is...
April 6, 2016
Minneapolis-based tech-savvy payer Bright Health has raised $80 million in a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Flare Capital Partners.
Bright Health is led by a team of experienced healthcare executives. The company’s CEO Bob Sheehy was previously the CEO of UnitedHealthcare. Kyle Rolfing, Bright Health’s president, is the...
April 30, 2015
UnitedHealthcare has announced that it will now cover video visits from Doctor On Demand, American Well's AmWell, and its own Optum's NowClinic, which is a white-labeled American Well offering. The insurance company pointed out that the average price of a video visit is less than $50, and as part of its coverage for the service its members will still be responsible for a portion of that fee...
April 6, 2015
Existing UnitedHealthCare tool
At the HxRefactored event in Boston last week, UnitedHealth Group Vice President of Innovation and R&D Kunjorn Chambundabongse discussed the strategy behind the payor's internal incubation group and revealed one of the group's newest projects, a vending machine that will sync up with employee wellness plans.
Chambundabongse said that, according to IDC, one...
March 24, 2015
Recent months have brought with them a number of important hires and departures at digital health companies. Here's a roundup of some of the ones we've been tracking. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.
Chris Bergstrom has stepped away from his full-time position of Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at WellDoc, but he will remain an advisor to the company. As a...
March 17, 2015
OptimizeMe, the Zurich, Switzerland-based life logging app that interprets wellness data users collect through apps and devices, will soon launch its second version under a new name, following an "amicable legal dispute resolution" with UnitedHealth Group.
OptimizeMe shares a very similar name with United's employee wellness app OptumizeMe, and United holds the trademark on the name. Under the...