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From mHealth to Connected Health - not just a name changer! (but a game changer?)

Posted by Sofija Drecun on Nov 30, 2016

This year we decided that visiting partners and clients on the East Coast was not enough for us given all the activity springing up there, so after being contacted by the Personal Connected Health Alliance we are thrilled to come back to Washington D.C. this year - this time as a sponsor.

The Connected Health Conference offered us cutting edge sessions with innovative companies participating and attending and a truly proactive setting perfect for tackling a number of the industry’s complexities.

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Topics: mHealth, connected health, interoperability, wearables

11 Patient-Centered Digital Health Trends in 2016

Posted by Digital Health Team on Apr 14, 2016

Today’s healthcare leaders are faced with challenges in managing the financial health of their organizations; especially in response to the expansion of quality reporting, meaningful use and other penalties.  They are looking for ways to improve the health of their patients, and condition-specific populations, at a reasonable cost.  Increasingly they hear about the importance of patient-centeredness and the most effective of these leaders are recognizing the connection to digital health tools.

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Topics: mHealth, Healthcare Payer, digital health, healthcare, Provider, Apps, Mobile Technology

Health plans and Mobile Apps - Who has the secret sauce?

Posted by Digital Health Team on Apr 1, 2016

As an industry, health insurers have been relatively slow to add their mobile apps to the crowded lists of options on members’ smartphones. A 2015 analysis showed that 70 percent of health insurance companies around the globe had published just one or two apps each.

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Topics: mHealth, digital health, Health Plans, Mobile Technology

Apps vs Providers - Why only 2% of patients are using hospital-provided mobile apps?

Posted by David Schoch on Feb 18, 2016

You can lead a health care consumer to your mobile app, but you can’t make them use it, suggests a new report from consulting firm Accenture. It found, in a survey of 100 large U.S. hospitals, that just 2 percent of their patients are using hospital-provided mobile apps, even though two-thirds of the hospitals made them available.

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Topics: mHealth, Provider, Apps

And Then There Were Three: IT Considerations of Payer Mergers

Posted by Digital Health Team on Oct 8, 2015

Part 2: Five Services via Technologies Payers Should Provide

In the previous post, we discussed how IT tools can facilitate the process of payer mergers. Certainly, members can also benefit from innovation during and after similar corporate transitions. There are ways in which we believe our customers can improve their own experience while benefiting from more informed and adherent patients.

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Topics: Health IT, mHealth

5 Things Subscribers Want in mHealth Tools

Posted by Digital Health Team on Jul 30, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) has significantly transformed the health insurance landscape from a number of perspectives. It has led to market consolidation, grown the ranks of subscribers by the millions, created a consumer-driven market, and potentially paved the way for technology to improve the payer-subscriber relationship. We will highlight what we consider digital tools that address the growing needs of this transformation from the consumer standpoint. Some of these exist and some are in development, but all are seen as 'must haves' for success.

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Topics: mHealth

5 Ways Digital Tools Will Help Payers

Posted by Digital Health Team on Jul 17, 2015

Undisputedly, healthcare is lagging behind other sectors in its development and use of digital technology tools to meet the needs of its stakeholders, not the least of which is the consumer. The Affordable Care Act has transformed the patient into a true healthcare consumer, looking for the best value for the individual. In order to meet these needs, a script must be borrowed from the playbook of the retail, social, and finance industries, specifically regarding their use of digital technologies in meeting consumer needs. Ultimately, if these needs are met, payers will meet with success. Payers are key players determining the adoption of mobile health technology. The first of this two-part article will focus on the payer’s perspective and the second will address specific customer needs.

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Topics: Health IT, mHealth

Health IT Innovations: Why a Cautious Approach Is the Riskiest One

Posted by Digital Health Team on Apr 30, 2015

Patients will continue to desire more from the healthcare system as its complexity continues to grow. We're in the midst of an unparalleled period of health IT innovation on all fronts – including payers, providers and ISVs.
With the cost of hardware continuing to fall and the open source movement developing into full maturity, the barriers to entry in the health IT and digital health space have never been lower. That’s why disruption is now coming from all corners of the world. With enough blood, sweat, and tears, startups and early-stage companies alike can grab a foothold in today’s thriving markets.How are healthcare payers, providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) responding? Some are taking a very cautious approach to new technology, waiting to implement new applications and devices until they’re proven. But if they delay too long, they may get left behind entirely.
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Topics: Health IT, mHealth