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January 27, 2015

BenfitsPro reports on health and wellness programs. Less than half (44 percent) of consumers who have a wellness plan say they actually participated in it for at least a year. Underscoring the fact that wellness programs can improve consumer engagement.

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January 27, 2015

DALLAS, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — HealthMine, Inc., the consumer engagement technology company that developed the industry’s first and only Personal Clinical Engagement (PCE) platform, announced that Family Health Hawaii will give its 8,000+ members access to the HealthMine™ platform. An innovative health insurance provider with one of the largest physician and provider networks in the state, Family Health Hawaii will now enable its members to early detect and manage conditions and measure preventive compliance and health improvement with HealthMine’s proven cloud-based solution. 

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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