MINNETONKA, Minn. – UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm Life have integrated wearable devices from Samsung and Garmin into UnitedHealthcare Motion, a national wellness program that provides eligible plan participants access to activity trackers and enables them to earn more than $1,000 per year by meeting certain daily walking goals. The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport, and the Garmin vívosmart 3, have been integrated with Qualcomm Life’s 2net platform and customized to enable users to see on their wrists how they are tracking against the program’s three daily F.I.T. goals. Among eligible employees, 66% registered their devices, with more than two-thirds of those staying active with the program for more than one year. “We are expanding the portfolio of available devices to make UnitedHealthcare Motion more flexible, convenient and consumer friendly,” said Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare, in a statement. Qualcomm Life’s 2net platform enables the bring-your-own-device model to allow the integration of more activity trackers. “This program highlights the value of combing UnitedHealthcare’s pro-consumer benefit designs with Qualcomm Life’s expertise in providing seamless connectivity across a growing ecosystem of wearable devices to help people pursue their health and wellness goals,” said Dr. James Mault, vice president and chief medical officer of Qualcomm Life, in a statement.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Provant, a provider of comprehensive workplace well-being solutions, has adopted Twine Health’s technology to help people manage their health more effectively. Twine Health’s artificial intelligence-powered SaaS platform is currently being used by 56 workplace health providers and health care delivery systems, combining a self-management app and a centralized console enabling health coaches to deliver personalized services. “We looked at a number of options, but Twine’s state- of-the-art technology and focus on coaching as a central component of care set it apart from anything else we saw,” said Tom Basiliere, CIO for Provant, in a statement.
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer health Software as a Service company Welltok has announced an expanded partnership with IBM Watson Health for managing population health through Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform for health managers.
“With this collaboration, we can create a data-driven, personalized and engaging experience for individuals that connects them seamlessly to the broader digital health ecosystem,” said Jeff Margolis, Welltok chairman and CEO, in a statement.
Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform will provide health managers with the ability to extend beyond care management and drive additional value by creating a holistic, seamless consumer experience. The platform organizes an individual’s available health resources and benefits, such as stress, nutrition and diabetes management programs, and rewards them for healthy behaviors.
Adding IBM Watson Health’s broad capability footprint will create a flexible solution that encompasses all aspects of health—from episodic clinical care to maintaining optimal health—and supports value-based care across the payer, employer and provider markets.
The two companies began working together in 2015 on the Watson-powered version of the Welltok platform for IBM employees.
With the expanded partnership, Welltok and IBM will continue to build on their existing relationship, which has included: co-development of the first IBM Watson-powered consumer health app, CaféWell Concierge, and the recent introduction of a Virtual Benefits Agent, which leverages cognitive computing technology to answer benefit questions and guide consumers to cost-effective resources.
“Welltok has created an incredibly robust health engagement solution aiming to deliver a Personal Health Itinerary for each and every user,” said Zaher El-Assi, IBM Watson Health vice president Go-to-Market Transformation, in a statement. “We look forward to helping them provide population health managers with a powerful solution which systematically communicates and engages with consumers throughout their healthcare journey.”
BOSTON – HSA Health Plan and Wellable, a technology provider specializing in wearables and mobile app integrations, have partnered to deliver a wellness incentive program to all HSA members. “By providing all members with tools and technologies that make tracking and earning incentives easy, our program encourages members to take an active role in their health and well-being,” said Dave Hall, CEO of HSA Health Plan, in a statement. Through Wellable’s customizable and configurable platform, HSA Health Plan members have the opportunity to earn $20 per month deposited into their HSA by taking at least 8,000 steps on 20 or more days in the month. HSA Health Plan will provide all members with a Garmin vivoki.
HYANNIS, Mass. – Jim Purcell is the former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and today spends his time as a health care speaker, futurist and reform strategist. We asked Purcell to share his views about the impact of technology on home health care today and in the future.
HHTN: How has technology impacted home health care?
PURCELL: I’m not sure that it has yet, but it will. We’re slowly moving in that direction, but we’re just scratching the surface.
HHTN: How will the interplay between technology and home health care play out?
PURCELL: Interconnectivity will be the way of the future. People are using technology to monitor their health and take care of themselves, but they are also going online to seek each other out and ask for information or advice. They are creating these little communities that root each other on, and that consumerism is going to take over and hijack health care.
HHTN: How have advances in home health technology impacted the insurance space?
PURCELL: Probably most significantly through workplace wellness programs. Many insurers offer basic workplace wellness programs, which appeal to those who already feel well, but not to those who really need them. There’s no return on investment. We can use technology and the growing consumerism of health care to create an environment for long-term behavior change and empower people to take their health care into their own hands.
HHTN: Where does technology fit in to workplace wellness programs?
PURCELL: Most good programs offer wearable devices to members, and wearables, at this point, do some good for the broader picture. Insurers can use the data they collect to identify that small number of employees who have the potential to be chronically ill in the future and get them into healthy behaviors now.