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UnitedHealth adds alerts to its mobile app

UnitedHealth adds alerts to its mobile app

UnitedHealth Group is putting an updated app in play for its plan members. New features in the mobile app automatically alert plan participants about preventive...
Consumer payments processor InstaMed raises $50 million

Consumer payments processor InstaMed raises $50 million

InstaMed, which processes the payments consumers make for out-of-pocket medical expenses, has raised $50 million in funding. InstaMed will use the venture capital funds from...
Reading Health tests a mobile app for monitoring pregnant women

Reading Health tests a mobile app for monitoring pregnant women

Reading Health System is growing its internet-connected health services to pregnant women. The network’s OB/GYN All About Women Clinic is piloting the Babyscripts app and...
Fidelity expands its private health exchange to California

Fidelity expands its private health exchange to California

Fidelity Investments is expanding the coverage area for its private health exchange. Fidelity, which provides investment management and related financial services to private and institutional...
Cigna takes a big leap forward with telehealth

Cigna takes a big leap forward with telehealth

Health insurer Cigna is beefing up its digital healthcare platform for employers and plan members with more ways to see a doctor online. Beginning in...
Healthcare.gov lays on lots of social media to sign up more millennials

Healthcare.gov lays on lots of social media to sign up more millennials

Healthcare.gov is making a full court marketing press to get more uninsured millennials to sign up for health insurance. This morning the Center for Medicare...
Aetna and Apple collaborate on digital health and wellness for employers

Aetna and Apple collaborate on digital health and wellness for employers

Some of the launch details are vague but health insurer Aetna Inc. is planning a big push into mobile healthcare featuring Apple devices and...
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center launches a telehealth program for nursing homes

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center launches digital healthcare for nursing homes

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has launched a digital healthcare startup aimed at providing telehealth services for the $136 billion nursing home industry. The...
NYU Langone plugs in its new $29 million digital healthcare and records system

NYU Lutheran plugs in its new $29 million digital healthcare and records system

A big New York hospital has completed a $29 million dollar overhaul of its electronic health records system that gives patients better access to...
Bringing a consumer-oriented approach to healthcare

Bringing a consumer approach to healthcare

The shift to a value-based system and the passage of the Affordable Care Act changed the fundamental dynamic of healthcare purchasing and delivery. The...
A new app provides patients advice on how to treat acne

A new app provides patients advice on how to treat acne

MDAlgorithms, an Israeli developer of mobile health apps, has developed MDacne, a new dermatology app for tracking and treating skin conditions. Unlike other online dermatology...
Homemedy.com brings back doctors making house calls

Homemedy.com brings back doctors making house calls

In the days of black-and-white TV it was common for doctors to treat sick patients in their homes. A startup aims to revive the...
St. Jude will develop an app to help fight sickle cell disease

St. Jude will develop an app to help fight sickle cell disease

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is designing and launching a new mobile app that will improve how often patients with sickle cell take their...
Quartet Health uses $40 million to take its behavioral health network national

Quartet Health uses $40 million to take its behavioral health network national

Quartet Health Inc., a digital healthcare platform provider that helps primary care physicians and behavioral health specialists match patients with the right treatment, will...
Walgreens dives deeper into digital healthcare with online dermatology visits

Walgreens dives deeper into digital healthcare with online dermatology visits

With the addition of a new telehealth program that enables consumers to see a dermatologist online, Walgreen Co. has added another clinical care feature...
Only one-third of hospitals use predictive analytics

Only one-third of hospitals use predictive analytics

Deploying predictive analytics to aid with population health management sits atop the wish list of many hospital chief information officers and top health system...
Maryland’s health exchange goes mobile in time for benefits enrollment

Maryland’s health exchange goes mobile in time for benefits enrollment

Maryland’s healthcare exchange is going mobile just in time for the next benefits enrollment season beginning Nov. 1. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which operates...
Healthcare.gov proposes major business changes

Oregon and Oracle settle their health exchange management feud

The state of Oregon and Oracle Corp. have reached a settlement in Oregon’s suit against Oracle for what the state claimed was the technology...
Rural consumers are the hardest hit by carrier cutbacks on public exchanges

Another state health exchange looks for a new CEO

Another state health exchange is looking for a new top executive. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange in Nevada announced Friday that executive director Bruce...
Medical records vendor athena acquires mobile developer Patient IO

Blue Cross of Rhode Island rolls out a new digital health and wellness portal

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island is upgrading its digital healthcare program. Next month the health insurance company will roll out a new...
Blue Cross of North Carolina fined $3.6 million for big web and data glitches

Blue Cross of North Carolina fined $3.6 million for big web and data glitches

The North Carolina Department of Insurance has levied a big fine against the state’s biggest health insurer for web and information technology snafus that...
Bring a consumer approach to digital healthcare

Bring a consumer approach to digital healthcare

The shift to value-based care and the passage of the Affordable Care Act changed the fundamental dynamic of healthcare purchasing and delivery. The establishment...
Doctors spend more time on electronic health records than seeing patients

Doctors spend more time on electronic health records than seeing patients

More consumers are gaining access to their medical records online because more physician groups are deploying electronic health records systems. 74.1% of office-based physicians...
A stop-smoking wearable developer raises $47 million

A stop-smoking wearable developer raises $47 million

Chrono Therapeutics has raised $47.6 million in new funding it will use to complete clinical trials and apply for Federal Drug Administration approval for...
Atos spends $275 million on a digital healthcare acquisition

Atos spends $275 million on a digital healthcare acquisition

A big French information technology services company is spending $275 million to acquire a U.S. developer of electronic medical records system. The main reason...
Oscar Health drops coverage in two markets

Oscar Health appoints a chief medical officer

Oscar Health has a new chief medical officer. Oscar, the digital health insurance company based in New York, has hired Dr. Shaden Marzouk as chief...
Independence Blue Cross uses bricks and mortar to spur online healthcare

Pfizer develops a mobile app to monitor depression

Drug maker Pfizer Inc. has introduced a mobile app to help to better monitor and cope with depression. The app, called Moodivator, includes features such...
Independence Blue Cross uses bricks and mortar to spur online healthcare

Independence Blue Cross uses bricks and mortar to spur online healthcare

Independence Blue Cross is adding bricks and mortar as a new component to its digital healthcare strategy. Independence Blue Cross, one of the largest healthcare...
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A new app helps consumers compare reimbursement for medical procedures online

An East Coast non-profit healthcare organization wants patients to know before they go online to book a medical or dental procedure —at least in...
Big pharma companies have a keen interest in wearables

Big pharma companies have a keen interest in wearables

Wearable technology and related apps that collect and update fitness and wellness information will play a big role in the future of web-driven consumer...
Healthcare Bluebook and MDsave.com out to improve price transparency

Healthcare Bluebook and MDsave.com out to improve price transparency

Healthcare Bluebook, a developer of an online price-checking tool for healthcare visits, procedures, tests and medications, and healthcare marketplace MDsave.com are collaborating to allow...
Children’s Health System makes digital healthcare an expansion priority

Children’s Health System makes digital healthcare an expansion priority

A leading Dallas health system that specializes in care for children has undertaken a major, multi-pronged expansion of its digital healthcare program. Children’s Health System...
Online pharmacy Pillpack.com raises $31 million

Online pharmacy Pillpack.com raises $31 million

PillPack.com has raised $31 million in new funding the online pharmacy says it will use for general corporate development. In a new filing with the...
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care says ‘the digital doctor will see you now’

USC will collect wearable health data from eyeglasses

The University of Southern California thinks eyes are better than wrists when it comes to effectively measuring healthcare data collected from wearables. The USC Center...
Digital marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices

Harnessing the power of video for healthcare marketing

Advertisers have known for decades the power of the customer testimonial, as any viewer of late-night television can attest. These testimonials are equally persuasive...
Telemedicine advances, but getting paid for it can be a problem

A big Delaware health system rolls out digital doctor visits

Christiana Care Health System is expanding its telehealth program with a new initiative that provides more web access to doctors and online treatment. Based in...
A career midwife launches an app for managing pregnancy one step at a time

A career midwife launches an app for managing pregnancy one step at a time

A career nurse and midwife decided to take matters into her own hands when she looked over the myriad of health apps available to...
Another study finds hospitals fall short in protecting data

Another study finds hospitals fall short in protecting data

With data breaches a growing problem within the U.S. healthcare system, 85% of hospital executives now rate better cybersecurity as a top business priority,...
Geisinger Health System keeps its mobile patients in mind

ClearCare raises $60 million to build out its web platform for home healthcare

ClearCare Inc., a developer of desktop and mobile applications for home healthcare agencies, plans to use a new $60 million infusion of venture capital...
90% of big companies plan to offer digital doctor visits as a benefit

New Mexico exchange appoints an interim CEO

The New Mexico public health insurance exchange, also known as beWellnm.com has a new interim CEO. Last month the former CEO Amy Dowd, who joined...
Healthcare.gov proposes major business changes

Healthcare.gov proposes major business changes

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that oversees HealthCare.gov, is proposing some...
The digital doctor is in at two competing Tampa hospitals

The digital doctor is in at two competing Tampa hospitals

Digital doctor visits are becoming more widely available in and around Tampa, Fla., a geography with a population of nearly 4 million residents. In March,...
Humana will reduce its public exchange presence by nearly 90% in 2017

Humana will reduce its public exchange presence by nearly 90% in 2017

Early in August commercial health insurer Humana Inc. disclosed it was joining a growing list of big insurance companies scaling back participation in public...
Zillion nets $28 million to grow its patient engagement platform

Zillion nets $28 million to grow its patient engagement platform

Zillion Group Inc., a video and web-based patient engagement platform developer, is one of the latest beneficiaries of venture capital funding flowing into digital...
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...