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...
April 18, 2013
Left to right: Michael Weintraub, Giovanni Colello, Josh Stein, Nina Nashif, and Juan Enriquez.
The TEDMED organizers tried something new this year: they dedicated Thursday morning to some unscripted meetings of the minds about innovation in healthcare. The first discussion (which TEDMED maintained was not a panel) centered on the topic "From Start to Scale to Exit, the Trajectory of Innovation...
January 16, 2013
Konami might not be a familiar name in healthcare, but gamers likely recognize the Japanese company as one of the pioneers of the video game industry that successfully transitioned from jukeboxes to arcade games to home video game systems in the 1980s. And now, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (a division of UnitedHealth Group), the company is entering the field of public health, offering...
December 6, 2012
(Left to Right) Mark Wynn, William Shrank, and CMMI Innovation Award winners Kevin Volpp, Deborah Stewart, and David Goodman
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's opening keynote set the tone for an mHealth Summit with a notable, but not unexpected, payer presence. In 2010 MobiHealthNews wrote about the changing role of the payer in health care, predicting that payers would soon help drive the mobile...
October 16, 2012
The latest in a growing line of accelerators for small digital health companies is distinct from many of the others in that it is backed in part by public money and the mentors are provider organizations seeking technological help in delivering better, more efficient care. It also claims to be the best-funded health IT accelerator in the nation, with an initial commitment of $4.2 million.
May 1, 2012
Last week the New York eHealth Collaborative, the New York City Investment Fund, and the NYS Department of Health launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NTDHA), a program for 12 startups that are developing products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers. The accelerator already has 18 healthcare providers signed up as partners...
April 10, 2012
Last month UnitedHealth Group (UHG) updated its mobile health app, OptumizeMe, for its employer customers. The new version of the app, which is available for iPhone, Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 users, enables employers to conduct drawings or prize giveaways for those employees that meet their goals, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal this week. The prizes could be as...
September 30, 2011
CareSpeak Communications announced this morning that it has inked a deal with UnitedHealth Group to bring the health plan's members two-way mobile text messaging services focused on improving adherence to treatment regimens. CareSpeak expects its service to come online over the course of the next year.
The CareSpeak-powered UnitedHealth SMS service will alert caregivers when those under their...
June 7, 2011
Speakers at the GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit, held this week in Capetown, South Africa, focused their talks on growing the emerging mobile healthcare market and making it sustainable, according to a series of reports from the GSMA's Mobile Business Briefing.
Pramod Gaur, VP of TeleHealth for UnitedHealth Group, spoke on how sustainable new solutions in the mobile health industry will need to...
November 23, 2010
MobiHealthNews recently interviewed Dr. Richard Migliori, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, about the payor's mobile health strategy, activities, apps and services. Migliori said that mobile health can help improve access to care and help the increasingly overburdened physician base better meet the needs of patients. Migliori explained the role of mobile apps backed by employer...