Payer

By Laura Lovett July 22, 2019
This morning insurance giant Anthem announced its plans to team up with K Health, a consumer-focused digital health company, in order to develop a new app that seeks to help patients get personalized information and connect to doctors.  The partners are now creating a cobranded app tool that will allow Anthem members to chat with a doctor for “less than a copay.” Additionally, members will now...
By Luisbrandao July 19, 2019
Digital health-focused moves from payers throughout the last quarter ranged from partnership agreements and program launches to acquisitions and CMS coverage rulings. Several such headlines came from major players like Cigna, UnitedHealth Group, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and various Blue Cross plans, and frequently involved digital health mainstays such as Livongo, Fitbit, Doctor on Demand...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2019
Clover Health, an Alphabet-backed insurtech startup serving the Medicare Advantage market, announced this morning the launch of a new subsidiary unit that will be focused on using data from its members to drive drug development. Much like its parent company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to generate predictive health insights for its member population, Clover Therapeutics will...
By Dave Muoio July 2, 2019
New York-based telehealth, insurance navigation and primary care platform Eden Health has a new physical location for its hybrid services — the office. Thanks to a partnership announced earlier this year with Convene, a firm that rents out venues for work spaces, the digital primary care startup has opened an in-office clinic where Convene and Eden members can see live clinicians complementing...

(L to R) MITRE SVP Kathleen Federico, Welnys CEO Heather Waibel and MassChallenge Director of Operations Nina Kandilian (Photo courtesy of MassChallenge)

By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2019
At MassChallenge HealthTech's awards event last week, judges awarded the $10,000 Women in Digital Health Award, sponsored by Mitre, to Welnys, a Jersey City, New Jersey-based startup that connects employers to many different kinds of wellness vendors through a single source. "I’m a lot of things you’re not supposed to be as a founder," CEO Heather Waibel said in a brief acceptance speech. "I’m a...
June 28, 2019
Looking to the personalized medicine space, Blue Shield of California announced yesterday that it is relaunching its wellness platform Wellvolution, angling to give its members options on how to pursue individualized health and wellness goals.  The new technology is born from a collaboration between the insurer and Solera Health, a digital marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management...
By Laura Lovett June 27, 2019
On Monday, online patient support community PatientsLikeMe sent an email to its members announcing that it inked a deal with UnitedHealth Group, becoming part of the latter’s research branch.  While both companies were upbeat about the deal, the public’s reaction has been far from universally positive. Concerns around privacy and data sharing in particular began to surface on social media, as...
By Laura Lovett June 26, 2019
Lyft is moving into the Medicaid space following an announcement this morning that the rideshare company has landed approval as a Medicaid provider in Arizona, specifically as a non-emergency medical transportation service. This new approval means that Arizona Medicaid patients will have the option to use Lyft to get to and from medical appointments.  The company claims that this makes it the...
The white house.
By Mike Miliard June 24, 2019
The White House wants "explainable" systems for healthcare, not black boxes, and wants research into new technologies that are "reliable, dependable, safe, and trustworthy."
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio June 24, 2019
UnitedHealth Group has acquired online patient community portal PatientsLikeMe as of June 19, according to an announcement sent out via email to members of the latter's DigitalMe study this afternoon. The announcement explains that as part of the acquisition, the startup will now become part of UnitedHealth Group’s research arm that focuses on healthcare improvements and innovation.  “This...
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