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January 27, 2015

Although wearable tracking devices such as Fitbits are growing rapidly in popularity, they are not necessarily helping people change their behavior or improve their health, according to a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania. The gap between the use of these devices and potential health benefits must be bridged by a combination of individual encouragement, social competition and collaboration, and effective feedback loops to create sustainable engagement. (Patel and Volpp, 1/8)

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January 23, 2015

By Joseph Conn | January 17, 2015 from Modern Healthcare

Accountable care organizations across the country are in sharply different stages of aggregating and using patient data to improve quality of care and reduce costs.

Only a handful of the largest and most sophisticated ACOs have established a “big data” warehouse that will let them pull together information from a variety of sources to help optimize care for individual patients and for their overall enrolled population. But many ACOs are developing the capacity to track patients in real time when they go to the hospital or the emergency department so they can intervene quickly to improve cost and quality outcomes.

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January 23, 2015

By Julie Rovner December 9, 2014 from Kaiser Health News

If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. But so far there’s no real evidence as to whether these plans work.

One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now, as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. These initiatives can range from urging workers to use the stairs all the way to requiring comprehensive health screenings. The 2014 survey of employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 98 percent of large employers and 73 percent of smaller employers offer at least one wellness program. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of KFF.)

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January 17, 2015

By Dan Verel MedCity News

Wellness is all the rage these days, particularly from the investment and payer perspectives, but exactly how well received the catch-all concept is with consumers remains somewhat murky.

HealthMine, formerly SeeChange Health, as such recently sought to quantify consumer attitudes on wellness plans. The San Francisco-based health IT company found that while such plans can be effective in managing costs, only 35 percent of respondents said were in a wellness plan that included both lifestyle management and disease management tools.

While 70 percent of respondents said their wellness plan helped them manage health, just 38 percent said it helped them manage healthcare costs. In addition, 71... Read More

January 2, 2015

by Stephanie Baum – from MedCity News

A health IT business is ringing in the new year with a name change and a restructured company after ending its insurance carrier business in 2014. Goodbye SeeChange Health Solutions, hello HealthMine. In a phone interview with CEO Bryce Williams, who joined the company a couple of months ago, he talked about some of the company’s plans for 2015.

“Being a startup insurance carrier was never easy” for the San Francisco-based company and adverse selection made it even tougher, Williams said. In September,... Read More

January 2, 2015

by Michael Giardina from Employee Benefit News

Traditional wellness programs may be missing the mark when it comes to continued employee engagement and managing health care costs for participants.

More than one-third of consumers in employer-sponsored health plans say they are not engaged with the wellness program on a weekly basis through the year, according to new research from HealthMine, a personal clinical engagement technology platform. The data was fielded over the past week by Survey Sampling International.

“They [health and wellness programs] are really never held to a benchmark. They are sort of a nice-to-add, but are not necessarily generating real metrics and real ROI,” says Bryce Williams, CEO and... Read More