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Doctor on Demand CEO Hill Ferguson

Doctor on Demand CEO Hill Ferguson

By Jonah Comstock August 9, 2018
Telemedicine options for employers in the United States are approaching ubiquity — a National Business Group on Health survey last year found that 96 percent of employers planned to offer telemedicine services to employees this year. Indeed the question for employers has moved from “whether to offer telemedicine” to “how to maximize the value of a telemedicine investment.” That gives big...
By Dave Muoio August 8, 2018
Voice assistants are finding their way into a growing number of consumer homes, leading an ever-increasing number of healthcare companies to investigate how these connected technologies can be used to improve patients' health and deliver pertinent information directly to the individual. Unsurprisingly, building a successful consumer voice app comes with a number of challenges and considerations...
By Laura Lovett August 8, 2018
Buying a Fitbit is now cheaper for some Blue Cross Blue Shield members, following a deal between the major payer and wearable company.  The deal gives members special rates on Fitbit devices if they purchase through the Blue365 portal. It will also let employers buy Fitbit devices at a bulk or subsidized rate for their employees. According to the insurer, 60 million members are eligible for the...
Nick Hopkinson
By Nick Hopkinson August 6, 2018
The stated mission of Babylon is global and ambitious, “to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth”. They seem to be making good progress. Already 30% of the population of Rwanda, over 2 million people, have accessed their app-based primary care services and a recent deal with Chinese firm Tencent puts Babylon’s AI into the hands of the one billion...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
Dr. Ashish Atreja is an unabashed proponent of digital health. As chief innovation and officer and associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he has contributed to a number of the organization’s digitally-focused initiatives and often speaks of the benefits these technologies can bring to care. However, for digital health and medicines to avoid major pitfalls during its...

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By Laura Lovett July 31, 2018
With hundreds of digital vendors to chose from, figuring out the best way to provide quality care and wellness platforms to employees can be a difficult task for employers. Some companies are looking towards the most cutting edge apps, while others are seeking more traditional routes like implementing a telemedicine program. But as more companies dip their toes into the digital waters employers...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2018
This story has been updated with some additional information about the layoffs. Wal-Mart has decided to part ways with Castlight Health at the conclusion of its current contract rather than migrate over to Castlight Complete, the company's new platform designed to bring the consumer-facing care navigation tools it rolled out with Anthem Engage out to non-Anthem customers. On the company's second...
By Laura Lovett July 31, 2018
Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) members in Massachusetts now have access to Welltok’s CafeWell platform following a deal between the payer and consumer health software company. The platform, which is targeted at increasing member engagement, will let the NHP reach out to its members through texting, calls, and emails.  "Our collaboration with Welltok reinforces NHP's commitment to outstanding...
By Dave Muoio July 26, 2018
San Francisco-based Lantern — a web and mobile platform offering cognitive behavioral therapy and mental health coaching to consumers, employers, and payers — will be laying off the majority of its staff as the company moves to taper its current commercial arrangements, CEO and cofounder Alejandro Foung told Babyforyou.net.ua. While a small handful of the team will remain on board to pursue new...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Anthem plan members who own a Samsung Galaxy device are now able to use American Well’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced today. LiveHealth Online facilitates video consultations with US-based, board certified providers who can diagnose users’ non-emergency medical conditions and submit a prescription if necessary. The service is...