October 29, 2019
Life insurer John Hancock has unveiled a new wearable program dubbed Aspire aimed at helping its members with diabetes manage the condition. The program was born out of a partnership with Verily and digital diabetes care platform Onduo.
Users of the new platform can access diabetes coaching via Onduo’s virtual clinic. The program also has fiscal rewards. According to the company, members using...
November 29, 2018
A Vitality Group wellness program that allowed participants to pay off the cost of an Apple Watch with regular activity incentives yielded a roughly 34 percent increase in regular physical activity, or an additional 4.8 “activity days” per month, according to a three-year study recently released by RAND. This gain outpaced that of a similar program run by the group that did not employ a “loss-...
October 3, 2018
In mid-September, life insurer John Hancock announced that it would be giving all of its members access to Vitality, a behavior changing rewards platform that is combined with a wearable. The idea is to incentivize policy holders to become more active and make healthier nutrition decisions.
As part of this announcement all insurance policy holders will have access to the Vitality products....
October 25, 2017
App for ordering emergency contraceptives sparks controversy
A report yesterday from STAT details how Nurx, an app which allows users to obtain contraceptives, including morning-after pills Plan B and Ella, is getting pushback from legislators in conservative states. Users answer a few questions in an app, receive a prescription from a doctor, and then have the pills delivered in the mail. The...
May 30, 2017
In addition to recently entering the digital health world with a prescription-checking app, online glasses retailer Warby Parker has also hired a new vice president of computer vision with a digital health background. Serial entrepreneur David Rose, who joined Warby Parker in March, was the founder and CEO of Vitality, maker of connected pill bottle cap brand GlowCap. Vitality was one of the...
August 19, 2015
Entrada's mobile app
Every year Inc. Magazine manages to convince thousands of private companies to divulge their otherwise closely held financial data to the publication in exchange for a chance at placing on the annual Inc 5,000 and Inc 500 fastest growing private companies in America lists.
While we're not in the habit of reporting on awards, Inc's is based on hard data, albeit self-...
October 6, 2014
NantHealth raised $320 million in a round led by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) with participation from Verizon, Celgene, BlackBerry, and Blackstone. KIA contributed $250 million to the round, according to Nant. This brings the company's total funding to north of $400 million.
KIA also invested $100 million in NantHealth earlier this year -- in May. BlackBerry's investment in the company was...
May 6, 2014
The digital health market is growing. Funding for digital health companies reached nearly $700 million in the first quarter of 2014, and grew 87 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013, according to a report from Rock Health. Along the way, digital health startups have reorganized, rebranded, and shifted focus to meet the needs of their customers or to meet the needs of a new...
April 24, 2014
Employee wellness programs have been one of the largest stakeholder groups to see the potential of wearable activity trackers -- ever since they hit the scene a few years ago. But hard data on how those trackers affect employee wellness hasn't been too common.
The Vitality Group, a US subsidiary of South Africa's Discovery Health, has released data from a three-year study of data collected...
November 11, 2013
Providence, Rhode Island-based ShapeUp raised $7.5 million from venture capital firms Cue Ball Capital and Excel Venture Management. The company will use the money to further develop and launch its mobile capabilities.
The company offers a social wellness program for companies and engages employees through team workout challenges that are six or eight weeks long, tracks team progress to encourage...