LOS ANGELES – Streaming channel provider TV4 Entertainment has created a new venture that will operate a portfolio of global streaming channels and an original content studio dedicated to individual mental and physical health and wellness. Digital Health Networks will offer inspirational content, real stories and personal community connections, while providing educational resources for individual conditions. DHN will work with category-specific experts to aggregate, produce and curate authentic video content into easy-to-find, highly focused channel brands. “Disease brings with it chaos,” said Jon Cody, founder and CEO of TV4 Entertainment, in a statement. “We created Digital Health Networks to offer better choices that help patients, caregivers and survivors cut through the clutter and bring clarity in chaos.” The first channel, THRIVE Cancer Network will launch later this year with a video library of more than 1,000 hours designed to inform, inspire and entertain people impacted by cancer. THRIVE will be joined over the next year with channels dedicated to nutrition, stress management, chronic pain, autism, fitness, addiction, diabetes and caregivers. All channels will launch globally as free services, with premium member content tiers. DHN channels will be offered directly to viewers through websites and apps, and super-distributed to leading television, streaming and mobile platforms, as well as point-of-care domains including physician offices, hospitals and telemedicine screens.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Health insurer Florida Blue is partnering with Software as a Service consumer health company Welltok to establish the Better You Strides program, which provides Florida Blue members access to tools and resources in one destination with Welltok’s platform. “We expect our improved program to be an important and rewarding wellness resource for our members and we are excited to tap into Welltok’s industry-leading solutions and expertise to advance our program,” said Dr. Carmella Sebastian, vice president of medical affairs for Florida Blue, in a statement. Better You Strides features advanced analytics to help members create a personal health itinerary, incentives for healthy behaviors and details on their health plans. “Florida Blue recognizes the importance of taking a more personal approach to health and wellbeing and helping people achieve their optimal health,” said Rob Scavo, Welltok president and COO. “Our data-first approach understands members at an individual level and connects them with the resources to get more actively involved in their health—and get rewarded for doing so,” said Rob Scavo, president and COO of Weltok, in a statement.
CARY, N.C. – Health care solutions provider Smartlink Mobile Systems has changed its name to Smartlink Health Solutions to reflect the company’s expanding multi-pronged approach to wellness and chronic disease management, and its focus on enabling clients to accelerate the transition to value-based payment models. “We initially innovated around improving care management and coordination between patients and their providers via mobile technology, but, over the last several years, we have continued to innovate by expanding our suite of patient engagement solutions, and in so doing, we have developed a much broader value-based portfolio,” said Dr. Siu Tong, CEO of Smartlink, in a statement. The name change also reflects the recent strategic investment in Smartlink by DXC Technology, which has enabled the company to expand its development team and accelerate its ability to bring new innovations to market.
AUCKLAND – Southern Cross Health Society will launch a workplace wellbeing program next month, aimed at workers and families across New Zealand. “We want to enable our clients and their employees to understand and take control of their personal wellbeing by connecting to a wide range of wearables and other related apps,” said Chris Watney, Southern Cross’ head of product and marketing, in a statement. New Zealand’s largest health insurer will implement dacadoo’s Health Score Platform as the foundation of the program. The app helps people actively manage their health through online games, collaborative features like social networks, and personalized feedback to engage people to remain active.