Update on Mobile Health 2018

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With Amazon in Mind, Walgreens Unveils New Digital Platform to Connect Patients to Doctors
Walgreens has unveiled a new digital platform to connect customers to medical services, just weeks after its stock dove on news that Amazon is expanding into the pharmacy business. Deerfield-based Walgreens’ new Find Care Now platform, available online and on the pharmacy chain’s app, allows patients to schedule appointments at its in-store Advocate clinics, talk with doctors and therapists through telehealth company MDLIVE, and schedule online dermatology appointments through online dermatology service DermatologistOnCall. Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2018

Anthem and IBM Announce Agreement to Drive Digital Transformation
Expanded agreement with IBM Services to improve healthcare experience for nearly 40-million consumers IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the expansion of a services agreement with Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s leading healthcare companies. With this collaboration, IBM and Anthem will work together to help drive Anthem’s digital transformation and deliver an enhanced digital experience for its nearly 40 million consumers. IBM Newsroom, July 26, 2018

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UnitedHealth Group Touts Digital Health Efforts as it Posts Earnings Gains
The new chief executive of UnitedHealth Group’s fast-growing Optum division told investors Tuesday that digital health is a key part of the company’s future as he touted a United-backed business that soon will open a new office in Minneapolis. For several years, UnitedHealth has been developing a digital health platform called Rally, which includes online and mobile tools that subscribers use to compare insurance benefit options, search for health care providers and participate in employer wellness programs. Star Tribune, July 17, 2018

What Do Patients, Consumers Want in Digital Health Tools?
As patients continue to assume the role of healthcare consumer, healthcare providers and payers are beginning to leverage healthcare technology that helps connect patients to their care. Those innovations, when utilized correctly, help drive an overall better consumer experience, according to a recent Black Book survey. Patient Engagement HIT, July 12, 2018

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