UPMC launches AnywhereCare app
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – UPMC, the health insurance branch of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has launched an app that gives patients access to digital physician visits 24 hours a day. “Consumers are seeking convenient and high quality care, when and where they need it,” said Kim Jacobs, vice president of consumer innovation at UPMC HealthPlan, in a statement. Through the UPMC AnywhereCare app, patients can receive care from emergency room professionals with reduced co-pays from anywhere via the video camera on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Following each patient evaluation, if needed, healthcare professionals are able to send prescriptions directly to the patient’s pharmacy so that treatment can begin immediately. Care is available for patients ages three and up for symptoms including sore throats and upper respiratory illnesses to back pain and seasonal allergies. “The platform allows patients to use technology to be seen by doctors more quickly,” said Jacobs. UPMC integrates 65,000 employees, more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3 million-member Insurance Services Division.
Tilak Healthcare raises funds to advance video games for chronic diseases
PARIS – Tilak Healthcare has raised $2.6 million in funding to accelerate the development of its therapeutic mobile games for chronic diseases. “At Tilak, we are proud to adapt the power of video games and entertainment to health care, thanks to our very distinctive positioning in the digital health world,” said Edouard Gasser, CEO of Tilak Healthcare in a statement. Tilak is a startup from the iBionext Growth Fund network, specializing in digital health care. The company’s first application will target opthamology with macular diseases, offering screening and prevention solutions. “The alliance of video games and medicine offers great potential to make Tilak Healthcare a leader in therapeutic mobile games,” said Alexia Perouse, CEO of iBionext Growth Fund.
Senscio Health launches AI-powered monitoring solution
BOSTON – Senscio Health has launched Ibis Care 2.0, a digital platform designed to use artificial intelligence to continually enhance care for the chronically ill. “Building on our current success with at-risk populations, we have optimized and advanced our AI solution to further improve the health of people suffering from multiple chronic conditions, optimizing a mix of AI-enhanced digital therapeutics with personalized coaching,” said Dr. Piali De, CEO and co-founder of Senscio Health, the health care division of Senscio Systems. Ibis Care 2.0 continuously engages patients in self-management, assesses health in real-time and informs the care team. Each patient is also enrolled in a Senscio Center for Personalized Care, which provides guidance and support from a dedicated coach.
Use of digital health by insurers has been uneven, report says
ARLINGTON, Va. – Payers need to embrace technology-based initiatives and offer digital options to consumers to keep up with changes in the healthcare industry, according to a report by PwC’s Health Research Institute.
“Many insurers’ moves toward value-based care have been tentative, their attempts to appeal to consumers have missed the mark, and their adoption of technology has been uneven, and, at times, misguided,” the report said.
The report solicited responses from more than 100 insurance executives, as well as data from more than 1,700 American adults. Interviews with healthcare leaders were also incorporated.
In the report, PwC’s HRI identified five models for the health insurer of the future: consumer advocate; bridge connector; lean operator; analytic sensor; and care integrator.
“To succeed in these uneven times, health insurers should make choices now about business model changes that will position them to prosper in the future,” said the report.
The report said that the health insurer of the future should pair thoughtful digital tools used directly by consumers with technology investments that enhance interactions between client-facing employees—like customer service agents or care managers—and consumers.