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Virtual physicals are coming to a mobile app near you

Virtual physicals are coming to a mobile app near you

Doctors conducting a digital office visit can now ask their patients to open wide, say “Ah!” and perform a virtual health exam. The remote physical...
An old private health exchange has a new owner

An old private health exchange has a new owner

One of the oldest private health exchange companies is under new management. GetInsured.com, a comparison shopping portal for healthcare products and services, has acquired Array...
A New York Blue braces for a big dose of telehealth

A New York Blue braces for a big dose of telehealth

A New York Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan is expecting some heavy-duty traffic when the health insurer rolls out digital doctor visits in...
A Nashville medical system keeps adding digital services

A Nashville medical system keeps adding digital services

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a Nashville healthcare system covering nine hospitals and 48 affiliated clinics and other locations, is adding some major upgrades to its...
Cerner adds a telehealth option to electronic health records

Cerner adds a telehealth option to electronic health records

One of the biggest developers of electronic health records systems and a major telehealth services provider are integrating their respective technology platforms to give...
Consumers embrace digital healthcare more than insurers

Consumers embrace digital healthcare more than insurers

Consumers who consistently use digital and mobile healthcare tools prefer an online interaction to anything more traditional, says a new survey from consulting and...
Half of all consumers want to do benefits enrollment online

Minnesota consumers are buying heavily subsidized insurance online

More consumers are enrolling online for healthcare insurance in Minnesota and about 60% of all state residents shopping for insurance are getting a big...
Zenefits is fined $7 million for improper health insurance sales

Zenefits is fined $7 million for improper health insurance sales

The California Department of Insurance has fined a San Francisco digital healthcare development company $7 million for selling health insurance without being properly licensed. The...
The feds fine UMass $650,000 for exposing electronic health records

The feds fine UMass $650,000 for exposing electronic health records

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has agreed to pay the federal government a fine of $650,000 to settle a three-year-old healthcare privacy violation that...
Quest expands the reach of its web-based testing service

Quest expands the reach of its web-based testing service

Quest Diagnostics has expanded its patient-initiated testing to Colorado and Missouri to provide consumers in those states more control over managing their health. Colorado...
Five strategies to better engage patients online

Five strategies to better engage patients online

Online rating and review sites are steadily becoming a key influencer in healthcare. Not only have patient reviews surged into the millions, but patients...

Marshfield Clinic lets patients tell docs online what they really think

Patients can now say what they think online about doctors at the Marshfield Clinic. Marshfield, a healthcare system serving northern, central and western Wisconsin with...

Humana rolls out an employee health and wellness app

Healthcare payer Humana Inc. has introduced a new fitness and wellness app. The app—Goal Guru—is available in both Apple and Android versions and gives users...
Investors pour $6.5 billion into digital healthcare so far this year

AnalyticsMD raises $13 million in new expansion funding

Artificial intelligence software developer AnalyticsMD Inc. will use $13 million in new funding to expand the use of its platform among existing clients, further...
Carolinas Health uses the web to speed up seeing an urgent care doc

Carolinas Healthcare uses the web to speed up seeing an urgent care doc

At Carolinas Healthcare System it’s no longer hurry up and wait to see a doctor at an urgent care clinic. In August, Carolinas Healthcare, which...
Consumers find health insurers’ digital capabilities wanting

Consumers find health insurers’ digital capabilities wanting

Consumers want to deal much more online with their health insurance company, but are less than entirely pleased with their experience when they do. That’s...
PediaQ raises $4.5 million and takes aim at bigger mobile health markets

PediaQ raises $4.5 million and takes aim at bigger mobile health markets

In addition to raising $4.5 million in new funding, PediaQ, an on-demand pediatric urgent care service, has reached agreements with Memorial Hermann Health System...
The feds wants $150 million back from New York’s health exchange

The feds want $150 million back from New York’s health exchange

The federal government wants a big chunk of money back from the New York health exchange—about $150 million in total. This morning the U.S. Department...
Mount Sinai extends the reach of its mobile app

Mount Sinai extends the reach of its mobile app

One of New York’s biggest health systems is making its mobile app available to many more consumers. Mount Sinai Health System, which incorporates seven hospitals,...
Robots are no longer science fiction in healthcare

Robots are no longer science fiction in healthcare

Robotics—and robots—using advanced forms of artificial intelligence are no longer the stuff of science fiction in healthcare. In fact robotics and robots in healthcare are...
More than 80% of hospitals now have a mobile strategy

Evidation Health nets $15 million to grow online outcomes business

Evidation Health, which evaluates digital healthcare tools for outcomes comparison, will use $15 million in new funding to further automate portions of its clinical...
Homemedy.com brings back doctors making house calls

AARP creates a one-stop shopping portal for caregivers

AARP Services Inc. is positioning CareConnection.aarp.org to be an online resource that provides caregivers an array of healthcare services and information to improve the...

A new app appears on the menu for healthier eating

A green light in the Order Healthy app means a consumer can zoom ahead and order it guilt free. Order Healthy, an app-only start-up, aims...
Propeller Health raises big money and scores an FDA approval

Propeller Health raises big money and scores an FDA approval

The past month has been a big one for digital healthcare company Propeller Health. In late October Propeller Health, which develops mobile health senors and...
A pair of Blues join forces to invest in digital healthcare start-ups

A pair of Blues join forces to invest in digital healthcare start-ups

The investment arms of a pair of Blue Cross plans are merging, and a prime reason is to create a bigger pot of investment...
Universities gets $6.3 million to add survey data to e-health records

Universities gets $6.3 million to add survey data to e-health records

A consortium of nine universities headed up by Northwestern University in Chicago has received a $6.3 million grant to sync up and incorporate patient...
In contrast to Healthcare.gov, business is brisk on Colorado’s health exchange

Business is brisk on Colorado’s health exchange so far

While traffic to Healthcare.gov is slower in the early going for online benefits enrollment, at one state health exchange business so far is brisk. Connect...
A turbulent election produces big swings in Healthcare.gov activity

A turbulent election produces big swings in Healthcare.gov activity

While political speculation rages about what may happen if the Affordable Care Act is repealed or major aspects of Obamacare overhauled, consumers keep signing...
A nursing school gets $1.2 million to see if wearables help with impaired sleep

A nursing school gets $1.2 million to see if wearables help impaired sleep

The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been given a big grant by the federal government to research if wearables and...
77% of patients use online reviews as the first step in finding a doctor

77% of patients use online reviews as the first step in finding a doctor

Patients looking for a new doctor are increasingly relying on online reviews to find the right fit, says a new survey from software ratings...
What telemedicine, Blockbuster and Netflix have in common

What telemedicine, Blockbuster and Netflix have in common

We saw it with video, we saw it with banking, and now we’re seeing it with digital health. Having all of your information available...
A digital tool helps consumer check for cancer screening coverage

A digital tool helps consumers check for cancer screening coverage

A non-profit healthcare organization has developed a digital tool to help compare what it says are inconsistent cancer screening policies by major health insurers. The...
More than 80% of hospitals now have a mobile strategy

More than 80% of healthcare organizations now have a mobile strategy

Creating a mobile strategy and developing a slew of mobile apps are becoming bigger priorities for a growing number of hospitals and other healthcare...
Owlet Baby Care expand its mobile health footprint

Owlet Baby Care expands its mobile health footprint

Owlet Baby Care, maker of a mobile baby monitor infants wear as a sock, will use its latest round of funding to secure space...
Uncertainty drives big traffic on Healthcare.gov

Uncertainty drives big traffic on Healthcare.gov

Any major change to Healthcare.gov is still months away—until the incoming You-Know-Who administration sends Congress new legislation to consider, debate, adjust and vote into...
Cincinnati Children's uses artificial intelligence to better track suicide behavior

Cincinnati Children’s uses artificial intelligence to better track suicide behavior

A Cincinnati hospital is finding that artificial intelligence combined with hearing from patients in their own words can be highly accurate in diagnosing—and preventing—suicide. A...

Zipongo builds out its digital health and wellness platform

Personalized nutrition platform developer Zipongo Inc. has raised $18 million in new funding to be used for developing new applications that will position food as...
A Chicago health system gives patients full web access to doctor notes

A Chicago health system gives patients full web access to doctor notes

Rush University Medical Center is giving patients more access to their online health records. Rush, a major 664-bed academic hospital in Chicago, is now enabling...
At Mount Sinai it’s “Download this app and call me in the morning”

At Mount Sinai it’s “Download this app and call me in the morning”

Doctors have the ability to write paper and electronic prescriptions for patients. Now a team of researchers and developers at the Mount Sinai Health...
Hixme will use $14 million to build out its exchange business

Hixme will use $14 million to build out its exchange business

Hixme, which operates a private health insurance exchange platform, will use $14.1 million in new funding to expand beyond its base market of California...
More web APIs, 3-D viewing and augmented reality are coming to hospitals

More web APIs, 3-D viewing and augmented reality are coming to hospitals

The upcoming year will be a big one for all kinds of innovation in healthcare, and high on the list of the top 10...
Half of all consumers want to do benefits enrollment online

Half of all consumers want to do benefits enrollment online

When it comes to filling out health benefits forms, half of consumers prefer the web to paper, according to new study from Xerox Healthcare...
Choosey moms choose more digital healthcare

Choosey moms choose more digital healthcare

Time-starved mothers value more access to digital healthcare. That’s the conclusion of a new survey of 500 moms by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of...
Aetna projects a $350 million loss for its exchange business

Aetna projects a $350 million loss for its exchange business

Aetna Inc. isn’t saying with finality what it will do with its public health insurance exchange business in 2017. But two trends already are clear...
NewYork-Presbyterian invests deeper in telehealth vendor Avizia

NewYork-Presbyterian invests deeper in telehealth vendor Avizia

Telehealth services provider Avizia Inc. has raised $6 million in new funding and the latest round of investing includes a major New York health...
Cigna scales back on public health exchange expansion plans

Cigna scales back on public health exchange expansion plans

After earlier saying it might expand to as many as 10 public health exchange markets in 2017, Cigna Inc. is now pulling back. Yesterday on...
Anthem hints at pulling out of more health exchange markets

Anthem hints at pulling out of more health exchange markets

The 2017 health benefits enrollment search on the public health exchange market is only three days old and already a big healthcare insurer is...
How can healthcare systems engage consumers? Give patients what they want

How can healthcare systems engage consumers? Give patients what they want

How many times have you heard the phrase "Uberization of healthcare" or "the Uber effect"? Uberization refers to healthcare systems providing services in a more...
Campbell’s Soup sinks $32 million into a mobile health and wellness startup

Campbell’s Soup sinks $32 million into a mobile health and wellness startup

Habit, an Emeryville, Calif-based startup, has received $32 million from the Campbell’s Soup Co. that will be used to provide consumers with personalized nutrition...
Apple hires a healthcare heavyweight away from Duke Medical

Apple hires a healthcare heavyweight away from Duke Medical

Apple Inc. is padding its healthcare talent pool with Dr. Ricky Bloomfield. Bloomfield will be on Apple’s health team, and he is leaving his position...
80% doctor offices have electronic medical records systems, but most docs don’t share outside data

80% of doctor offices have electronic medical records systems, but most docs don’t share...

More than three-fourths of doctor offices now have an electronic patient records system. But in comparison the number of doctor offices and group practices...
Online benefits enrollment still confuses lots of consumers

Online benefits enrollment still confuses lots of consumers

It’s the first day of benefits enrollment on the public healthcare insurance exchanges and as many as 14 million consumers are shopping for a...
A mobile health start-up for head injury testing raises $3 million

A mobile health start-up for head injury testing raises $3 million

A Houston mobile healthcare startup has raised $3 million to expand use of its neurological testing app that uses iPad screen games to measure...
A Chicago health system gets $4 million to study if mobile healthcare helps diabetes patients

A Chicago health system gets $4 million to study if mobile healthcare helps diabetes...

A major Chicago hospital system has received a $4 million grant from the federal government to find out if mobile healthcare technology, such as...
Healthcare.gov targets 4.2 million consumers in big cities for health insurance

Healthcare.gov targets 4.2 million consumers in big cities for health insurance

The federal government has put together a target list of 15 consumer markets it wants to hit especially hard to have more consumers sign...
Employers offer digital healthcare to cater to employees with high deductible plans

Employers offer digital healthcare to cater to employees with high deductible plans

Employers are increasingly adding digital healthcare to the benefits they offer employees, says a new study from Mercer. Employers are most often giving telemedicine or...
Amidst higher prices and few carriers, Colorado’s health exchange rolls out a price comparison tool

Colorado’s health exchange rolls out a price comparison tool

Just before the start of the benefits enrollment season, Colorado’s state health exchange is rolling out a new web tool for consumers. Specifically, Connect for...
Science 37 gets new money to target new markets

Science 37 gets new money to target new markets

Science 37 Inc., which has developed a mobile platform for conducting clinical trials, will use the $31 million raised in its latest round of...
Tis’ benefit enrollments, Anyone up for Dunkin Munchkins?

Tis’ benefit enrollment, Anyone up for Dunkin Munchkins?

So, it's the most horrible time of year for a lot of consumers. No, I’m not talking about the holidays. I'm talking about open...
To keep patients, hospitals must think more like web merchants

To keep patients, hospitals should think more like web merchants

Hospitals—like retailers—compete for customers. In an age when consumers are flocking online to research and buy products from consumer goods to healthcare, hospitals need...
Homemedy.com brings back doctors making house calls

Zoom+ app lets patients chat live with doctors

Healthcare provider Zoom+ is letting it users get instant medical advice with a new doctor chat feature. The Portland, Oregon-based company recently announced that it...
Another study finds hospitals fall short in protecting data

iRhythm raises $107 million in public debut

Inventors were bullish on wearable heart monitor maker iRhythm Technologies Inc.’s stock during its initial public offering even though the company is unprofitable. San...
One-third of consumers now comparison shop the web for health insurance

Heal secures $27 million in new funding

Investors are betting that if given a choice, consumers will opt for in-home medical treatment over scheduling an appointment at a doctor’s office. Heal, a...
A lot more consumers may qualify for federal aid to buy health insurance

Consumers can expect up to 25% higher premiums on Healthcare.gov

The 2017 benefits enrollment season is only about a week away and consumers that will use Healthcare.gov to buy health insurance for the first...
How Pokémon got gamers off the couch and moving

How Pokémon got gamers off the couch and moving

The Pokémon craze that swept the nation last summer also had a significant if temporary impact on getting sedentary Americans to exercise more. A team...
More Americans are texting and sending selfies to their doctor

More Americans are texting and sending selfies to their doctor

Americans, it seems, are using their smartphone cameras for more than taking selfies. A growing number of consumers in fact are using their mobile...
New mobile platform adds heart and lung sounds to electronic health records

Welltok scores big funding and a new insurer

Welltok Inc., a Denver provider of web-based personal health management incentive plans, has a new deal with Highmark Inc. to provide digital healthcare services...
St. Joseph Health Ministry is socked with a big fine for exposing patient records

St. Joseph Health Ministry is socked with a big fine for exposing patient records

The federal government has handed down another big fine to a hospital for exposing sensitive electronic patient health information. The U.S. Department of Health and...
CVS plugs a slew of upgrades into its mobile health offering

CVS expands mobile payment for refilling prescriptions

CVS Health is taking a pilot project for mobile payment for prescriptions and rolling it out nationally. In April, CVS added CVS Pay to its...
Mt. Sinai lets patients go online to rate, rank and rant about doctors

Mt. Sinai lets patients go online to rate, rank and rant about doctors

Mt. Sinai Health System, operator of one of New York’s biggest hospitals, wants patients to know about the ways in which its doctors excel—and...