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...
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.
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...
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...