UnitedHealth Group

By Brian Dolan March 6, 2014
Steve Krupa, Managing Member, Psilos "We are about to have a significant flip in the competitive dynamics of healthcare," Steve Krupa, managing member and Chief Operating Officer, of healthcare investment firm Psilos told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. "It’s going to be quite severe and shocking across the board for the big and small players delivering health insurance, providers, and...
By Aditi Pai March 4, 2014
Overweight and obese children lost weight and demonstrated a significant increase in physical activity after using a 16-week weight management program that incorporates active video gaming, according to a study which will be published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics. Seventy five children, ages eight to 12, participated in the trial at their...
By Brian Dolan March 3, 2014
Castlight Health looks to raise about $111 million in its IPO, according to an updated SEC filing. The company is offering 11.1 million shares in the IPO and its underwriters have the option to purchase an additional 1.65 million shares. The stock will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CSLT". While Castlight recorded revenues of $1.9 million, $4.2 million and $13.0...
By Brian Dolan February 28, 2014
Mark Bertolini, CEO, Aetna | Photo Credit: HIMSS 2014 Event Staff By Jonah Comstock There may not have been a lot of news from payers (or health insurance companies) at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, Florida, but their presence was definitely felt. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's keynote address laid out the stakes well: healthcare costs are rising markedly, and it's everyone's job to try to keep them down...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Brian Dolan January 23, 2014
Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission published a notice that granted UnitedHealth Group a preliminary green light to acquire Audax Health Solutions. These notices are granted both for outright acquisitions and for larger investments that include a large stake in the company. Since neither UnitedHealth Group nor Audax Health has commented yet, it's unclear which is in the works, but the...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2014
Last year, UnitedHealthcare announced a partnership with Konami to bring the classroom version of its DanceDanceRevolution exergame to a pilot group of schoolchildren in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Now UnitedHealthcare is continuing that pilot, adding a fourth school in Southern California. The company is also starting a new pilot with another big name in the kids' digital health space -- social...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2014
UnitedHealthcare announced at CES that the company is launching an online appointment booking system for UnitedHealthgroup members. The system, which is called myEasyBook, will allow users of high-deductible healthcare plans (such as those linked to Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Accounts) to go online and compare the costs of different available providers in their network. The...
By Brian Dolan October 15, 2013
Last week Boston-based American Well made its telehealth service available as a direct-to-consumer offering. Now anyone with a camera-equipped smartphone, tablet, or computer can conduct a video visit with a physician for $49 -- assuming you live in a state that doesn't prohibit it. That means those in Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, Alabama and Oklahoma will have to wait until their state's...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2013
Dr. Reed Tuckson While attending the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) meeting in Austin, Texas this week, Dr. Andrew Watson, a colorectal surgeon and executive director of telemedicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, stumbled across a petting zoo. His young daughter wasn't with him, but he wished she was. Luckily, he was in a telemedicine mindset. "I took my daughter on a...