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Rural consumers are the hardest hit by carrier cutbacks on public exchanges

Rural consumers are the hardest hit by carrier cutbacks on public exchanges

With more big commercial insurers pulling out of the public health exchange market before the next health benefits season begins in earnest later this...
Employee resistance still a roadblock to wider use of digital healthcare

Employee resistance still a roadblock to wider use of digital healthcare

Digital and mobile healthcare applications are rapidly topping the list of information technology priorities within many healthcare systems. But a new survey from the...
CareFirst unveils faster and deeper provider search tools

CareFirst unveils faster and deeper provider search tools

After six months of work and the consolidation of multiple databases into one, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield is rolling out its latest...
Only about 25% of seniors use digital healthcare tools

Only 25% of seniors use digital healthcare tools

Compared to the rest of society, in the United States senior citizens aren’t big users of digital healthcare technology. But the reason just isn’t that...
Medical records vendor athena acquires mobile developer Patient IO

Medical records vendor athena acquires mobile developer Patient IO

Athenahealth Inc., a developer of electronic health records tools and systems, is acquiring Filament Labs to push deeper into mobile and digital healthcare. Specifically athena...
Validic teams up with SAP Health for expanded mobile health data collection

Validic teams up with SAP Health for expanded mobile health data collection

Consumers may be taking a more active role in managing their health by gathering data through wearable devices, smart scales, glucose meters and other...
Riverside University Health upgrades digital healthcare to the tune of $53 million

Riverside University Health upgrades digital healthcare to the tune of $53 million

A California health system is spending $53 million on a new electronic medical records system that at the same time upgrade’s the system’s digital...
Excellus BlueCross builds on Wellframe mobile care management platform

Excellus BlueCross builds on Wellframe mobile care management platform

Mobile health management platform provider Wellframe Inc. has deepened its reach in the digital healthcare market by signing Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as its newest...
Baptist Health patients can see the digital doctor for free—for now

Baptist Health patients can see the digital doctor for free—for now

A growing number of big hospital health systems such as NewYork-Presbyterian Health System and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Boston are rolling out digital...
Am I sick? There’s a Blue Cross app for that

Am I sick? There’s a Blue Cross app for that

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has updated its mobile apps with a new feature that lets plan members look up medical symptoms...
Healthcare.gov scales back a major web site update

Healthcare.gov scales back a major web site update

Healthcare.gov is scaling back plans for what was going to be a major new web tool that would let consumers signing up or re-enrolling...
Oscar Health drops coverage in two markets

Oscar Health drops coverage in two markets

The retooling of Oscar Health continues. In July in its home state of New York the company petitioned the Department of Financial Services for a...
Health fraud prevention company ID Experts raises $27.5 million

Health fraud prevention company ID Experts raises $27.5 million

ID Experts, a developer of software for managing cyber risks and preventing data breaches for the healthcare industry and other vertical markets, has raised...
New Mexico exchange CEO leaves for the private sector

New Mexico exchange CEO leaves for the private sector

The public health exchange in New Mexico is looking for a new CEO. Amy Dowd, who joined beWellnm.com, New Mexico’s public health exchange, as CEO...
Digital healthcare conciAccolade raises $70 million

Digital healthcare concierge Accolade raises $70 million

Accolade Inc. has raised $70 million in new funding that it will use to market itself to big companies looking to add more personalized,...
Harness Facebook to attract (and keep) patients

How to harness Facebook to attract and keep patients

Sleep apnea? There’s a Facebook group for that. Lyme Disease? There are Facebook groups for just about everything these days, from neighborhood and other...
Aetna fast tracks mobile health technology

Anthem offers a digital doctor consultation service for Spanish-speaking consumers

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is launching a digital doctor visitation service for patients that speak Spanish. Patients can now use their smartphone or...
Consumer interest in digital healthcare is high but use is low

Salesforce.com updates its mobile telehealth platform

Consumers today rely heavily on their smartphones to stay connected with family and friends through calls, text messages and e-mail, but most like seeing...
Digital marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices

Break the speed limit for health consumers

Waiting rooms at doctors offices have been the butt of jokes for decades. Those jokes are indicative of the disdain consumers have for feeling...
90% of big companies plan to offer digital doctor visits as a benefit

Aetna cuts ties to most public exchanges

After three years of losses and minimal volume, health insurer Aetna Inc. is pulling back—and nearly out altogether—of public health exchanges. Next year Aetna says...
Is technology the silver bullet in health insurance?

Altru Health expands access to digital doc visits

Receiving medical care in rural areas can be difficult. Many small towns in North Dakota, for example, don’t have a hospital, clinic or even...
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care says ‘the digital doctor will see you now’

Consumers text ‘Yes!’ for healthcare messages

Texting is an effective way to send a healthcare message, finds the recently released study, “Interactive Text Messages for a Healthier Medicaid Population.” MPulse mobile,...
A West Coast hospital system buys a digital doctor house call service

American Well aims to be the Amazon of digital doctor visits

Telehealth platform developer American Well is betting its new Exchange marketplace will break down the barriers that limit telehealth systems to servicing patients locally...
Secure healthcare on the go

Kaiser takes a stake in digital healthcare developer Health Catalyst

The investment arm of Kaiser Permanente and a big Indiana health system are taking a stake in Health Catalyst, a developer of healthcare data...
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Philips’ new wearables can provide docs with a range of patient data

Koninklijke Philips N.V. has introduced a line of wearable devices designed to help consumers track their wellness,  positioning the the Dutch electronics manufacturer to...
CVS amps up its app with CVS Pay

CVS amps up its app with CVS Pay

CVS is deploying its own mobile payment option, CVS Pay, for its pharmacy and store shoppers. CVS Caremark Corp. announced Thursday that consumers can use its...
Online doctor appointments debut at Geisinger Health System

Online doctor appointments debut at Geisinger Health System

A big hospital health system that serves parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey is rolling out online physician scheduling. So far Geisinger Health System, which...
Covered California ups health insurance prices by double digits

Covered California ups health insurance prices by double digits

Covered California, the biggest state public health exchange, is implementing some hefty price increases for California residents who use the e-commerce platform to enroll...
Honor raises $42 million for its web approach to in-home healthcare

Honor raises $42 million for its web approach to in-home healthcare

With consumer-facing technology reshaping healthcare, it was only a matter of time before the trend found its way to in-home care. Not only have...
Secure healthcare on the go

Secure healthcare on the go

Medical device security is sadly lagging, offering hackers an easy entry point to steal massive numbers of records from healthcare providers’ data systems. Here's...
WebMD pushes deeper into consumer healthcare with a drug pricing app

WebMD pushes deeper into consumer healthcare with a drug pricing app

Medical information portal WebMD Health Corp. continues to generate the vast majority of its revenue from advertising. But the company is increasingly focused on...
Boston Medical goes online with digital dermatology visits

Boston Medical goes online with digital dermatology visits

A big Boston teaching hospital is now offering digital healthcare services for its dermatology patients. The Boston Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center...
Healthwarehouse.com eyes a possible sale

Healthwarehouse.com eyes a possible sale

Online drugstore Healthwarehouse.com is debating putting the company up for sale. Healthwarehouse.com, which has been selling online since 2007, is considering a sale as one...
90% of big companies plan to offer digital doctor visits as a benefit

90% of big companies plan to offer digital doctor visits as a benefit

Big employers are quickly embracing paying for digital doctor visits for routine care as a less expensive alternative to conventional office visits and the...
Telehealth provider Aligned Health raises $12 million

Aligned Telehealth raises $12 million to expand behavioral health

A provider of telehealth services for psychiatric consultations to hospitals and other healthcare facilities has secured $12 million in funding. Aligned Telehealth Inc., a developer...
After raising $80 million Bright Health prepares to sell insurance online

After raising $80 million Bright Health prepares to sell insurance online

Five months after raising $80 million in funding digital health insurer Bright Health is getting ready to launch in Colorado. In April, Minneapolis-based Bright Health...
Health system Advocate pays a big fine for data breaches

Health system Advocate pays a big fine for data breaches

Hospital data breaches can be expensive.  A case in point is Advocate Health System, a big suburban Chicago health system that operates 12 hospitals. This...
Digital marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices

Digital marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices

“Hi, Rick. I was just calling because Sarah isn’t feeling well today and we don’t have a pediatrician in the area yet. Can you...
Doctors say digital recordkeeping contributes to stress and burnout

Doctors say digital recordkeeping contributes to stress and burnout

Rather than ease their workload many doctors feel stressed and may even quit medicine in large part because of digital healthcare recordkeeping, according to...
Banner Health suffers a major data hack

Banner Health suffers a major data breach

Data breaches continue to plague big hospitals, and this time the victim is Banner Health, an Arizona health system that operates 29 acute care...
More than 80% of buyers at Healthcare.gov are subsidized

More than 80% of buyers at Healthcare.gov are subsidized

More consumers bought health insurance through Healthcare.gov during the recent enrollment period than did so last year, and on average they paid a lower...
1-800-Contacts offers patients digital eye exams

1-800-Contacts offers patients digital eye exams

1-800-Contacts is offering online eye exams for customers renewing their prescriptions for contact lenses or eyeglasses. The online retailer of eyewear including prescription glasses and...
Walgreens name a top digital healthcare executive

Walgreens names a top digital healthcare executive

Walgreens Boots Alliance didn’t waste any time naming its next vice president of digital healthcare to replace the present executive in charge, Adam Pellegrini, who...
Walgreens will shutter Drugstore.com

Walgreens will shutter Drugstore.com

Five years after making a big deal to acquire Drugstore.com and Beauty.com Walgreens Boots Alliance is shuttering the two sites. Last Thursday in a regulatory...
Fitbit goes corporate with its digital healthcare strategy

Fitbit hires an online retail veteran to run digital healthcare

Wearables manufacturer Fitbit Inc. has hired a key e-commerce executive away from Walgreen Co. to head up its push into digital healthcare. Fitbit has hired...
Audit chances are small, but you can’t risk a data breach

Audit chances are small, but you can’t risk a data breach

Why worry about a healthcare audit? I can give you 15 million reasons, as in the nearly $15 million in settlement payments the Office...
Baby Boomers take to digital healthcare

Baby Boomers take to digital healthcare

A new survey of digital healthcare use reveals Baby Boomers more than other segments of the population are using self-service web tools to manage...
Digital health concierge Docent raises $15 million

Digital health concierge Docent raises $15 million

Hospitality is a not a word usually equated with hospitals, but investors are betting Docent Health can provide hospitals the technology and human resources...
Digital insurer Oscar Health seeks to raise rates and offer fewer doctors

Digital insurer Oscar Health seeks to raise rates and offer fewer doctors

Digital healthcare insurer Oscar Health is shaking up its business plan in its home market of New York. Oscar, founded in 2012, sells individual health...
A Snow White tale of digital healthcare marketing magic

A Snow White tale of digital healthcare marketing magic

…and the huge opportunity that awaits Retailers, e-commerce leaders and digital marketers are often the most experienced when it comes to knowing how to target,...
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care says ‘the digital doctor will see you now’

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care says ‘the digital doctor will see you now’

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a Boston health services system serving more than 2.7 million patients, is adding a major new component to its digital...
The marriage of mobile health data is a “not to be missed” event

Deloitte and Vandrico build a bigger database to better track wearables

Deloitte and Vandrico Inc., a Canadian software company, are expanding a database to better categorize the size and direction of the wearables market. Wearables collectively...
Big hospitals lag in building quality mobile apps

NewYork-Presbyterian Health upgrades its digital healthcare services

A big New York healthcare system is rolling out a major expansion of its digital healthcare program. NewYork-Presbyterian Health System, which includes NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill...
Telemedicine advances, but getting paid for it can be a problem

Digital doctor visits catch on at Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is beginning to see some modest results from its first effort with digital doctor visits. The digital doctor program, launched in June 2015...
Philips makes a deal to expand its digital health business

Philips makes a deal to expand its digital health business

An Atlanta population health management software developer and data analytics company has been acquired by Philips. Wellcentive has been acquired by Koninklijke Philips N.V, a...
A West Coast hospital system buys a digital doctor house call service

A West Coast hospital system buys a digital house call service

A West Coast hospital system is buying a digital healthcare development and services company to bring back an old school medical staple: doctor house...
Why big employers are slower to adopt digital health insurance

Big employers are slower to adopt digital health insurance

The announcement yesterday that coffee shop chain Starbucks Corp. this October will give 157,000 U.S. employees new options to buy health insurance online is...
Starbucks employees will now buy health insurance online

Starbucks employees will now buy health insurance online

Starbucks Corp. is going digital as part of a plan to sweeten pay and benefits for its 157,000 U.S. employees. Under its employee benefits management...
Investors pump $2 billion into digital healthcare in first half of 2016

Investors pump $2 billion into digital healthcare in first half of 2016

Investors of all sizes have a healthy appetite for investing in companies developing digital healthcare technology and services, says research firm Rock Health. In its...
Illinois regulators shutter a digital health insurer

Illinois regulators shutter a digital health insurer

A troubled Illinois web health insurer with a base of 49,000 customers is going out of business. On July 14 the Illinois Department of Insurance...
Telemedicine vendor InTouch Health names a new CEO

Telemedicine vendor InTouch Health names a new CEO

InTouch Health Technologies Inc., a provider of telehealth services to hospitals, has a new CEO. After 14 years founder and CEO Yulun Wang will step...
A new mobile app helps doctors make split-second calls

A new mobile app helps doctors make split-second calls

A major Boston hospital has released a new app that helps consumers and healthcare professionals better understand when aspirin should be used to treat...
Hospitals broaden their use of digital healthcare

Hospitals broaden their use of digital healthcare

U.S. hospitals are accelerating and diversifying their digital healthcare program particularly using the web to engage and monitor patients, says a new study from...
Kentucky won’t unplug its health exchange for now

Kentucky won’t unplug its health exchange for now

Kentucky’s public health exchange remains alive—at least until the state permanently pulls the plug on running its own healthcare e-commerce platform early next year. In...
Guidewell and Sharecare form a digital venture for mobile health

GuideWell and Sharecare form a digital venture for mobile health

The parent of Florida Blue Cross is forming a joint venture with a consumer healthcare engagement company founded by TV celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz...
Consumers want more from wearables

Consumers want more from wearables

More consumers are using wearables to track their levels of fitness and weight loss and generally trust the data their device collects, says a...
Consumer interest in digital healthcare is high but use is low

Consumer interest in digital healthcare is high but use is low

Consumers say they are very interested in using digital healthcare tools to better manage their health affairs, but so far the number of people...
A big Chicago hospital system makes digital healthcare a top priority

A big Chicago hospital system makes digital healthcare a top priority

A major Chicago suburban hospital system is rolling out online doctor appointment scheduling as the first part of what it sees as an aggressive...
Fitbit goes corporate with its digital healthcare strategy

Fitbit goes corporate with its digital healthcare strategy

Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc. is taking bigger steps to provide digital healthcare and data collection services to corporate America. In January, Fitbit CEO James...
Healthcare and the digital performance imperative

Healthcare and the digital performance imperative

We all remember the 2013 saga that was the Healthcare.gov rollout, which set the stage as the first public test of large-scale, nationwide digital...