employee wellness

By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2016
Wellness company Healthways, through its subsidiary MeYou Health, has completed a randomized control trial demonstrating that their own employees using their Walkadoo platform -- consisting of adaptable, tailored reminders -- and Fitlinxx Pebble activity trackers walked an average of 970 steps per day more than a control group with just the trackers.  Johns Hopkins physicians were also on the...
By Aditi Pai January 19, 2016
Seattle, Washington-based EveryMove has shifted its business strategy and announced a new product that helps health plans with member engagement and behavior change, called Tandem. The company also announced its first customer for Tandem, Premera Blue Cross. “Gone are the days of one size fits all member engagement. Consumers expect to receive relevant offers from businesses and their health plan...
By Aditi Pai October 20, 2015
Fitbit’s corporate wellness offering, which became a HIPAA compliant platform a little over a month ago, has added a premium software feature to its program, called Corporate Challenges. The move adds additional momentum to Fitbit's enterprise-focused business, which recently added Target as a customer. The company also announced a number of new enterprise customers including Aon Service...
By Aditi Pai October 7, 2015
Some 8 percent of employees used a telemedicine offering in their employee wellness program, according to a survey of 5,000 people employed by nongovernment organizations with 1,000 or more employees. Towers Watson Health and Group Benefits Senior Health Management Consultant Shelly Wolff, who presented this data at the National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital in Boston this...
By Aditi Pai October 6, 2015
Kembre Roberts, Manager-People, Southwest Airlines Employers should be less concerned about their return on investment when they consider launching an employee wellness program, according to Bank of America Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits Jim Huffman, who spoke at an event in Boston this week. Huffman and Kembre Roberts, Manager for People at Southwest Airlines, who both selected ...
By Jonah Comstock October 1, 2015
It can be a little hard to keep track of exactly what Palo Alto-based HealthTap does these days. What began as a doctor Q&A service that has since expanded into doctor ratings and app curation, as well as launching its HealthTap Prime service for video visits, which also helps connect patients to lab tests via an integration with Quest Diagnostics. Now the digital health company is tackling...
By Aditi Pai September 29, 2015
Humana has partnered with Kurbo Health, which offers a mobile-enabled program aimed at preventing childhood obesity, to offer its employer customers the option to add a 12-month subscription of Kurbo Health as a wellness benefit for their employees. Before offering this option to employers, Humana conducted two internal pilots of the offering. “Employers have begun to realize the impact of...
By Aditi Pai September 3, 2015
Global human resources company Mercer has launched an employee wellness platform, called Health Pathfinder by Mercer, which is powered by Jiff. “While there has been an explosion of health and well-being solutions in the past five years, employers are left wondering how to manage it all,” Mercer Total Health Management Solutions Leader Cheryl Mealey said in a statement. “By teaming up with Jiff,...
By Brian Dolan May 27, 2015
One of the longest-running employee wellness platform companies, Virgin Pulse, announced its first outside investment, $92 million led by venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners with participation from existing investor, Virgin Group. Virgin Pulse rebranded from Virgin HealthMiles in late 2013 and announced a new, broader focus on employee engagement, not just health. A few weeks ago Virgin...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2015
Fitbit Surge Two thirds of insurance company executives said they expect wearable technologies to have a significant impact on the insurance industry, according to an Accenture survey of 200 insurance company execs. They survey included perspectives from all types of insurance companies, not just health insurance. The survey found that 63 percent think wearables will be widely adopted by the...

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