patient engagement

By Jonah Comstock August 16, 2016
The global market for patient engagement solutions was valued at $7.4 billion in 2015, according to Grand View Research, and is expected to rise to $39.3 billion by 2024, a more than fivefold increase over nine years. Mobile health will be one driver of that growth, Grand View writes in an online summary of the research. "Key end-users of this sector are payers, providers, and individual users,"...
By Heather Mack July 26, 2016
NewYork-Presbyterian health system announced the rollout of NYP OnDemand, a new set of digital health tools including telehealth services for both patients and providers available on the NYP website and via its mobile app. The offerings will rollout gradually over the next few months, and will include offerings for emergency services, digital follow-ups, second opinions and acute stroke care. The...
By Jonah Comstock July 22, 2016
Were digital health innovators best described as a clever Trojan Horse this quarter, or as slimy snake oil salesmen? It really depends on who you ask.  At the beginning of the quarter, HHS CTO Susannah Fox said that technology would be a Trojan Horse for culture change in healthcare. She spoke about the ways HHS is enabling the democratization of technology innovation through the internet. Later...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2016
Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has divested itself from MeYou Health, its Boston-based innovation and digital health subsidiary. Rick Lee, a serial entrepreneur who sold early digital wellness platform Healthrageous to Humana in 2013, led a group of investors, including Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, in an $11...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia-based Azalea Health, a health IT software firm with a focus on rural practices and mobile tools, has raised $10.5 million in Series B funding in a round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. Previous investor Intersouth Partners also participated in the round, which brings the company's total funding to $12.5 million.  Azalea's software suite includes revenue cycle management...
By Jonah Comstock July 14, 2016
Boston-based Docent Health has raised $15 million in a new round of funding. The round was co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Maverick Ventures. All three investors previously participated in the company's $2 million seed round in January. The startup, which grew out of healthcare investment firm Oxeon Holdings, combines mobile software tools and trained...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
Oscar Health’s step-tracking program isn’t just about improving member’s health, Holly Bui, Oscar's General Manager for California, said in a presentation at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event in San Francisco this week. It also improves members’ engagement with other offerings and helps keep a larger number of healthy people on the platform. “What we found is that step tracking is a little bit...
By Jonah Comstock June 7, 2016
Last week the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two new online tools to connect patients to their data, a series of consumer-facing videos to educate patients about their data access rights and a provider-facing “Patient Engagement Playbook” to walk hospitals through the steps to patient engagement. “Many people are not fully aware of their right to access their own...
By Jonah Comstock June 6, 2016
Friday was the last day to submit comments to the ONC about how the entity ought to measure interoperability under MACRA. While a number of organizations submitted their thoughts, one letter stood out. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH), a non-partisan coalition led by the National Partnership for Women and Families, argued that interoperability and information exchange won't truly be...
By Mike Miliard May 23, 2016
Too many people, on both sides of the doctor-patient relationship, still think of healthcare as a service industry, according to Danny Sands, MD, founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine. But that "carwash model" model doesn't work, said Sands, speaking Friday afternoon at Healthcare IT News' Pop Health Forum 2016. Healthcare is "not a service industry, it's a collaboration," he said. "...