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5 payers launch blockchain partnership
By Dave Muoio July 6, 2018
This quarter saw a handful of digital health stories regarding payers and their new digital offerings, especially in the area of diabetes care. However, the past few months also saw headlines regarding CMS payments, payer-backed investigations into novel technologies, and other moves from insurers looking to better leverage digital healthcare. Read on for Babyforyou.net.ua’ roundup of payer news...
By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2018
Healthy Interactions, a population health company that offers both digital and in-person programs for chronic disease management and education, announced last week that it has added two new programs, for cardiovascular disease and depression, to its portfolio.  The company's initial focus was on diabetes, and it launched its original program, diabetes self-management education and support, in...
By Dave Muoio June 18, 2018
To all of the people who work with machine learning and neural networks healthcare technologies, but can’t describe exactly how the gears are turning — don’t worry, you’re not alone. In a sold-out discussion hosted at Optum’s Boston office and organized by the Design Museum Foundation, Sanji Fernando, vice president and head of OptumLabs’ Center for Applied Data Science, explained how the ongoing...
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 Susan Morse November 29, 2017
Optum on Tuesday launched the venture fund Optum Ventures, which has $250 million to invest in digital health startup companies. The venture fund will invest in companies that use data and insights to help improve consumers’ access to healthcare services and how care is delivered and paid for, according to a statement from UnitedHealth Group, Optum’s parent company. Optum CEO Larry Renfro is...
By Heather Mack November 16, 2016
EHR vendor Cerner has tapped telehealth provider American Well to deliver its virtual health care offerings. Through the partnership, American Well’s platform will integrate with Cerner’s EHR and be made available to all current and future Cerner and American Well clients. Patients will access the virtual care offering through Cerner’s HealtheLife patient engagement portal, which also provides...
By Heather Mack November 15, 2016
UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum has partnered with Boston-based meQuilibrium to integrate the stress management company’s digital coaching platform into Optum’s new Enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) service, and to offer it as a standalone service as well. Through the partnership, both companies seek to offer a cost-effective, scalable method for employers to address behavioral...
By Aditi Pai December 11, 2015
Seattle-based Mazlo, which has developed an online behavior change coaching service, raised $10 million from Polaris Partners as well as Mazlo's cofounders, Tim Kilgallon and Sharon Ross. Polaris Partners was a key investor in Kilgallon and Ross' previous company, Free & Clear, and backed the team to create Mazlo. Mazlo, which is named after Abraham Maslow, the founder of positive psychology...
By Brian Dolan March 24, 2015
Chris Bergstrom Recent months have brought with them a number of important hires and departures at digital health companies. Here's a roundup of some of the ones we've been tracking. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Chris Bergstrom has stepped away from his full-time position of Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at WellDoc, but he will remain an advisor to the company. As a...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2014
Optum, a division of the UnitedHealth Group, has purchased a majority stake in Audax Health Solutions in a deal "which included cash, options, preferred stock, and significant working capital," according to Audax. Around the same time, Audax filed a $29 million funding raise with the SEC. It's likely that Optum's investment was contained within that round. UPDATE: Audax has told Babyforyou.net.ua...
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