Payer

By Susan Morse April 4, 2018
Five healthcare organizations including insurers UnitedHealthcare and Humana, Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and MultiPlan are launching a blockchain pilot to help payers tackle mandated provider directories. UnitedHealthcare and Optum are both part of UnitedHealth Group. Humana got involved through old-fashioned networking, according to Mike Jacobs, a senior distinguished engineer at Optum, who has...
By Laura Lovett April 4, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the year Livongo was founded. It has also been updated to accurately reflect the company's funding history.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has secured its place as a digital health player with the announcement that it is launching a new portfolio of digital tools is it calling its Emerging Solutions platform. The initial offerings...
By Laura Lovett April 3, 2018
Last week on-demand healthcare concierge for provider employers Accolade received $50 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, Carrick Capital Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and McKesson Ventures, with participation from Cross Creek Advisors and Madera Technologies.  The company plans to use the money to grow its workforce, look at new market opportunities, and expand its Personalized...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2018
Just about everyone agrees in the basic vision for telemedicine: When a person gets sick, instead of jumping in the car to drive to a doctor’s office or urgent care center, they can pick up a phone or tablet instead, and get in touch right away with a doctor. But when it comes to which doctor should be on the end of that call — and who should be facilitating that connection — healthcare...
Doctor looking at organ monitor.
By Eleonora Harwich March 21, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been slowly transforming the delivery of healthcare for the past few decades. Some of the first applications date back to the early 1970s, far preceding the recent wave of AI hype. The MYCIN project was one of those early examples. It was an expert system designed to identify bacteria causing severe blood infections and recommend the right dosage of antibiotics...
Augmented reality using KARE

Augmented reality using KARE, Keele University

By Rob Benson March 19, 2018
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has urged the NHS to go faster and further in building on its reputation as a ‘hotbed of innovation’. However it takes a special set of circumstances for this to happen, and the School of Pharmacy at Keele University is showing how it can be done. Its health technology innovations are transforming clinical education and, ultimately, patient care. BJ-HC found out...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2018
At HIMSS last week, Samsung announced a partnership with Travelers Insurance, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Bayer, and AppliedVR around using virtual reality for pain management. Samsung and Travelers will fund a 16-month study of between 90 and 140 patients, conducted at Cedars using technology from Samsung, Bayer, and AppliedVR. "We just completed a randomized control trial that shows you can...
Big Data illustration.
By Leontina Postelnicu March 8, 2018
A team of international researchers are urging the health and science community to ‘redouble its commitment’ to be open and transparent and deliver effective and robust governance frameworks under which personal health information can be used following recent data harvesting controversies. Programmes addressing global health challenges, such as the 100,000 Genomes Project or the US Cancer...
By Jonah Comstock March 8, 2018
Aetna's iTriage, a symptom checker app that was one of the earliest successful exits in the digital health space, has officially disappeared from the app store after being "sunsetted" to make room for a new, upcoming app called Aetna Health, Babyforyou.net.ua has learned. Aetna Health launched in January and is currently available to a select group of Aetna members. "We were starting to get to the...
By Jonah Comstock March 7, 2018
Employee wellness is not a new idea, but new ideas from digital health companies like Castlight Health and Fitbit, as well as incumbents like UnitedHealthcare, are reimagining and reinvigorating the space. At a panel at the Personal Connected Health Alliance’s Innovation Leaders Summit at HIMSS18 (moderated by yours truly), Castlight Health President Derek Newell, Fitbit Health Solutions Chief...