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4 Overlooked Steps When Creating A Wellness Program

Laurie Gondek, SVP at Welltok, discusses how personalized programs can deliver higher ROI for organizations and what four questions they should address when building a well-being program.

New Watson Health focus targets healthcare consumers

IBM Watson Health enters the healthcare consumer marketplace using CaféWell to identify consumers are risk for illness and to build a personalized health plan.

Health IT Changes the Game for Workplace Wellness

From next-generation wearables to predictive analytics, healthcare technology is helping employers gain greater ROI from workplace wellness programs.

Financial incentive for employee wellness isn’t just speculation, study shows

From next-generation wearables to predictive analytics, healthcare technology is helping employers gain greater ROI from workplace wellness programs.

Only 20% of employees get flu shots, but engagement can turn that around

From a targeted communications strategy to the “second chance offer”, Kathleen Ellmore, VP of Engagement Services at Welltok, dives deep into what it takes to get employees engaged in healthy behavior, like getting a flu shot.


Health Care Management on the Rise for MBA Students

Welltok’s Bernie Zipprich discusses why an MBA in the health care management sector can provide an opportunity for self-growth and social impact.


Making wellness programs personal

Joel Spoonheim, Director of Health Promotions at HealthPartners, knows that to get consumers motivated and use a wellness program aimed at improving their health and well-being, each program and interaction must be personal on an individual level.

HealthPartners Inks Deal with Welltok to Add a Personalized Care Tools for Members

HealthPartners tag teams with Welltok to create personalized well-being programs for their group plan members. The partnership allows HealthPartners to integrate new technology as it develops best practices while evolving.


Paging Dr. Chatbot? Not so fast

From understanding a caller’s tone to accelerating treatment to machine learning, see how chatbot technology can revolutionize the healthcare industry.

Word from the C-suite: ‘Consumers becoming more responsible for their health’

Jeff Margolis, Chairman and CEO of Welltok, points out that individuals are becoming more responsible for their healthcare needs rather than turning to their providers for answers.


How Healthcare Can Win In The World Of Big Data: Analytics in the world of healthcare

SVP of Analytic Services, Phil Fiero, takes a deeper dive on Analytics in the World of Healthcare and shares 6 Best Practices to Apply Analytics in Healthcare.


Make it personal: Three ways to connect with healthcare consumers

Managed Healthcare Executive featured a contributed article by Stan Nowak, on the best ways to connect with healthcare consumers, including rewards programs.

Launching an employer wellness program in 2017? Here are three steps to ensure compliance

MedCity News posted a contributed article from our very own Lisa Suter on the steps to ensure wellness program compliance, from reviewing and refreshing rewards programs, to finding the right partner.

What are some guidelines for giving holiday gifts to employees?

Shari Lau, SHRM-SCP, SHRM’s knowledge manager cites the Welltok/NBGH Employee survey in her most recent blog.

Beating Wellness Program Skepticism: The case for employer wellness programs

Aaron Sklar, Vice President, Deisgn explains why he went from skeptic to believer when it comes to the power of employer programs that impact health.

Population Health Management Report

Insurer Highmark will implement Welltok’s CafeWell Rewards program for its Medicare Advantage policyholders. The consumer wellness software vendor raised $33.7 million in a Series E funding round earlier this month.

Highmark, Welltok partner to improve senior healthcare

Denver-based customer service software Welltok partnered with Pittsburgh-based payer Highmark to enhance healthcare for Highmark’s Medicare Advantage Passport program members.

Employees Have Positive Attitudes Toward Workplace Wellness Programs

The American Journal of Managed Care covered our recent survey conducted with the National Business Group on Health.

Diabetes is actually three different diseases requiring different engagement, monitoring and management

MedCity News includes Welltok in an article on how technology can help manage the complexities of diabetes.

Health Catalyst, Welltok, CynergisTek garner spots on Inc.’s 5,000 fastest growing companies list

Health IT companies on the magazine’s annual roster specialize in a variety of products and services from analytics and cognitive computing to security management.

Colorado works to keep state employees healthiest in nation with CaféWell

Wellness proponents have increasingly shifted the emphasis away from return on investment to increased employee engagement and to create bonds in the workplace.

Transparency, Decision Support Are Next Wave in Benefits Self-Service

As open enrollment season approaches, time for a systems check.

Changing healthcare from healing the sick to maintaining the healthy

Employee Benefits Advisor cites results from Welltok’s recent study on employee wellness in their article on changing healthcare from healing the sick to monitoring the healthy.

From yoga to massage, insurance may cover more than you think

There have been so many changes with health care plans, you may not be clear about what’s covered and what’s not.

12 Types Of Data IT Can’t Afford To Overlook

InformationWeek features our CTO, Brian Garcia’s insights on what a complete picture of a healthy consumer looks like.

Wellness Programs Need Personalization, Employees Say

Employee Benefit News (EBN) cites the Welltok & NBGH report that says if you really want to make your wellness program work, then you’d better start customizing it to individual employees.

Common considerations employers overlook when implementing well-being plans

BenefitsPro featured our VP of Strategic Accounts, Laurie Gondek, who spoke about what most employers overlook when implementing well-being plans.

How personalization can make employees happier with their health benefits.

Dive Brief: View the Welltok/NBGH survey brief about how employers providing health and well-being programs can do even better, no matter how high employee participation levels might be.

Wellness programs’ success depends on rewards, personalization, & understanding

This article from BenefitsPro Magazine previews the Welltok and National Business Group Health report about what employees really think of their Health and Well-being programs.

More P’s Please — Rethinking The Marketing Mix For Healthcare

Health IT Outcomes features an article our Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle Snyder about how the healthcare industry should rethink the traditional marketing mix to include platform, personalization and partners.

Nearly Half of Wellness Program Participants Have Chronic Conditions

The Society for Human Resource Management features commentary from Welltok’s Kathleen Ellmore on what steps to take to make multi-channel engagement more effective.

Welltok expands offices in Burlington, MA

Wicked Local Burlington highlights Welltok’s Burlington, Massachusetts office renovation and expansion.

mHealth and Patient Engagement: Balance the Method With the Message

mHealth Intelligence also includes Kathleen Ellmore’s insights on the importance of providing patients with multiple digital tools to maintain a streamlined flow of communication.

8 products you didn’t know were built with IBM Watson

TechRepublic features Welltok’s CaféWell Concierge as one of the eight products many users don’t know are built with IBM Watson.

Q&A: Do Voting Habits Reflect Health? Welltok’s Chris Coloian Pipes In

Does our health have a connection to how we might vote in the upcoming election? According to Welltok’s Chris Coloian, Chief Solutions Officer at Welltok, it sure does.

The Secret to Helping Families Get Healthy? Start with the Kids

There is a great opportunity for population health managers to make the whole family healthier by engaging the children first.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Face of Healthcare

Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly and poised to change the status quo in any number of industries, including healthcare.

LIVE FROM HIMSS16: Can Cognitive Computing Transform Consumers’ Health System Engagement?

Can healthcare leaders bridge the gap between care management and actually influencing healthcare consumers with chronic illnesses, in their daily lives?

How IBM’s Watson May Help Improve Workplace Cardio Health

On the privacy front, the Welltok platform is HIPAA-compliant and only involves anonymous, aggregate data, not an individual worker’s information, according to the company.

Artificial Intelligence, Real Hearts

In a new partnership with IBM Watson Health, the American Heart Association is poised to revolutionize the way companies use analytics to help workers improve their cardiovascular health.

Why Digital Health is Colorado Tech’s Next Big Thing

It’s no secret the American healthcare system could use a little help. Legislation like the Affordable Care Act has made a dent, with policies that aim to change the way insurance companies, care providers and patients engage one another, but changing an entire system takes time — and it requires more than just government interventio.

From Virtual Nurses To Drug Discovery: 32 Artificial Intelligence Startups In Healthcare

Earlier this year, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicted that artificial intelligence in healthcare will see a “dramatic market expansion” in the next couple of years, with the potential to reduce the cost of medical treatments by half across the board.

Seniors Turn to mHealth, Health IT to Enhance Patient Engagement

Over 90% of seniors have some sort of health improvement goal, and many of them want to use health IT and patient engagement to achieve it.

Bosses Tap Outside Firms to Predict Which Workers Might Get Sick

Employee wellness firms and insurers are working with companies to mine data about the prescription drugs workers use, how they shop and even whether they vote, to predict their individual health needs and recommend treatments.

Centura Health, Welltok piloting CafeWell cognitive computing platform for population health

Executives from both companies will explain at HIMSS16 how the technology learns from interactions over time to make more personalized care recommendations.

Report: The Future Health Ecosystem Today Provides Look Into Healthcare’s Future

Each year, a greatly anticipated report from Mary Meeker (Kleiner Perkins partner) is released called the Internet Trends Report. It’s a tour de force providing an overview of the Internet industry. While Meeker touches on some high points, healthcare has been missing the equivalent. We’re releasing “The Future Health Ecosystem Today” to fill that gap.

Fee-For-Value Drives Trillion-Dollar Healthcare Opportunity

One of the main tenets of healthcare reform has been to better align payment/reimbursement schemes to incentivize healthcare providers for achieving improved outcomes and lower cost.


Welltok, HealthFitness Partner to Power Health Management Program Delivery

Consumer health management platform Welltok and HealthFitness, a provider of health management and corporate fitness solutions are collaborating on a multi-year strategy to bring an enhanced platform to HealthFitness’ clients and their program participants. The mutually beneficial partnership enables both companies to create more value for clients by integrating complementary capabilities to engage more individuals in sustainable healthy behaviors.

Health-gamification’s Welltok scores another $45 million, makes acquisition

Turning personal healthcare choices into a game — and using big data — has helped Denver-based Welltok attract another $45 million from investors, the company plans to announce Thursday.

Welltok buys Silverlink, raises $45M

Denver health technology company Welltok said it’s acquired healthcare communications company Silverlink, and has also raised $45 million.

Welltok Bolsters Growth With $45M Funding, Silverlink Acquisition

Health IT company Welltok is capping a busy two-year streak of acquisitions and financing with another deal. The Denver-based maker of software that aims to keep users healthy is acquiring Burlington, MA-based Silverlink Communications for an undisclosed price.

Welltok Acquires Silverlink, Raises $45M to Enhance Consumer Health

Health optimization provider Welltok, Inc. has acquired Silverlink, a leading healthcare consumer communications company to enhance multi-channel, targeted patient engagement. The acquisition was supported in part by $45 million in funding from venture firms Georgian Partners, EDBI and Flare Capital, as well as existing institutional and strategic investors.

Welltok acquires healthcare messaging company Silverlink, raises $45M

Denver, Colorado-based health management company Welltok has acquired Burlington, Massachusetts-based Silverlink, which offers a tool that healthcare organizations can use to create messaging campaigns for consumers. Welltok also raised $45 million to support part of the acquisition from Georgian Partners, EDBI, and Flare Capital. This brings Welltok’s total funding to at least $139 million.

Welltok buys healthcare communications firm Silverlink, raises $45M

The Denver-based company announced Thursday that it has purchased healthcare consumer communications firm Silverlink and raised $45 million in fresh venture capital. Georgian Partners, EDBI — the investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board — and Flare Capital led the investment, which Welltok Chief Marketing Officer Michelle Snyder called a “Series D-2″ round.

7 Colorado Companies Named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500; 3 in the top 50

The annual list ranks the fastest-growing tech, media, telecom, life sciences and clean-tech companies in North America between 2011 and 2014, measured by revenue growth.

IBM’s Watson Makes its Health Care Debut on the Apple Watch

This may be the future of better health, at least if IBM’s Watson has its way. The cognitive computing wunderkind, known for its winning turn on Jeopardy!, is pairing its artificial intelligence with the mobile sensing power of Apple’s smartwatch to create a health platform that can interact and adapt to each individual user. It’s the first time Watson’s super computing power will be used with the Apple Watch to transform how people manage their wellbeing. It all happens within an app called CaféWell Concierge, Powered by Watson.

Watson Will Make Its Way To Apple Watch In 2016 Via Welltok’s Health Concierge App

Welltok, the Denver-based digital health startup building population health solutions, will update its consumer-facing app, CafeWell Concierge, to run on the Apple Watch, a seemingly insignificant announcement made important because it will be the first digital health app to bring IMB Watson analytics to the Apple Watch.

Welltok Acquires Zamzee to Boost Children’s Health Engagement

Consumer health engagement platform Welltok plans to acquire Zamzee, a digital health program aimed at boosting healthy solutions and engagement for kids and their families.

Wearable Fitness Trackers Help Kids Take Healthy Steps

Kids are jumping on the fitness band-wagon.Many parents are seeing their little ones taking a sudden interest in wearable activity trackers — like the Apple Watch that Jennifer Owens’ 12-year-old daughter, Gwendolyn, borrowed this weekend.

An ‘Acquisition Aficionado’ Offers 3 Tips on When to Cash Out vs. Double Down

What do Google, Groupon and Medtronic have in common? Each acquired a dozen or more technologies and companies in its path to category leadership, and such acquisitions are becoming the norm these days. Certainly, most companies are not hitting record growth rates through organic growth alone. In fact, in 2014, global mergers and acquisitions were at their highest level in seven years.

Welltok Buys Kids’ Activity Tracking System Zamzee to Build Out CafeWell

Denver, Colorado-based health management company Welltok, which makes the CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, has acquired kids’ activity tracking platform Zamzee, which formerly spun out of Redwood City, California-based nonprofit HopeLab. The terms of the sale were undisclosed.

Welltok Acquires Zamzee To Optimize The Health Of Children And Their Families

Zamzee’s Evidence-Based Program Increases Kids’ Physical Activity by 59% and Engages Parents. Welltok, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Zamzee, an award-winning health program developed by HopeLab, to add more solutions for children to its CaféWell Health Optimization Platform and further engage millions of children and their families in healthy activities.

Welltok Acquires Zamzee to Optimize Child Health

Welltok, an IBM Watson venture investment, buys the Zamzee health program to help optimize child fitness.

Welltok Buys Children’s Health Tool Zamzee From HopeLab

Welltok has acquired a health tool for children and their families called Zamzee that it plans to incorporate into its health optimization software called CaféWell. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Welltok Acquires Zamzee to Optimize Children’s Health through Gamification

Health optimization provider Welltok, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Zamzee, an award-winning health program developed by HopeLab, to strengthen its CaféWell Health Optimization Platform™ for children. Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform organizes health and condition management programs, apps and digital tracking devices to improve engagement by providing personalized guidance via social, gaming and cognitive technologies.

Denver’s Welltok Acquires Children’s Health App Zamzee

Welltok plans to integrate Zamzee into its CafeWell health management program that uses social networks and rewards for people to manage their health and provide information to their doctors and providers.

Can Tech Make You Live Longer? These 5 Colorado Digital Health Companies Think So

Can tech make you live longer and healthier? Probably not if you’re sitting around playing video games all day, but that doesn’t mean that tech can’t be used for good too. These five Colorado tech companies are on the forefront of using technology to solve some of our healthcare industry’s biggest problems.

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in Denver

Denver might be known for gorgeous mountains, but it’s also standing out on this year’s Inc. 5000 list as a keen jumping off point for some of the country’s fastest-growing companies. Colorado companies received $793.1 million in venture capital investment last year, and as its largest city, Denver is seeing a lot of the action.

Why Did We Get Into the Health IT Industry? 5 CEOs Share Their Reasons

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of National Health IT Week, a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology. We’ve compiled five quotes from healthcare CEOs about why they got into the health IT industry.

Matter of Time Before Every Health Plan Has a Rewards Program

Rewards for healthy behaviors have been growing at leaps and bounds as a way to reduce healthcare costs for several years.

More Colorado Companies Make Inc. 500, Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Lists

Inc. is out with its latest annual lists of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, and 14 Colorado businesses have made the elite Inc. 500 ranking. That’s up by one from last year’s top 500. Four Colorado firms are in the top 100.

Prevention Delivers Value

Americans spend twice as much on health care as citizens of other developed countries, with chronic diseases dominating health care costs. In fact, 86 percent of U.S. health care costs are attributed to chronic disease. In the health care field, we continue to discuss how our system is shifting to value over volume, but how does that connect to reducing health care costs and reducing chronic disease?

Roundup: Recent and Notable Digital Health Hires

Welltok, developer of the CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, brought on Brian Garcia as chief technology and product officer. Garcia comes to Welltok after 15 years at Aetna, where he served as chief technology officer for their Healthagen business unit.

Readers’ Choice: 21 Health IT Leaders to Know

Jeff Margolis. Chairman and CEO, Welltok (Denver). In 2011, Mr. Margolis joined Welltok, a consumer-facing health optimization platform, as chairman and CEO. Previously, he founded TriZetto, a healthcare management solution geared toward providers and payers. Mr. Margolis has authored two books, The Healthcare Cure: How Sharing Information Can Make the System Work Better and The Information Cure: Solving the Healthcare Crisis Systematically through Integrated Healthcare Management.

6 Unusual Habits that Can Help You Eat Healthier

For almost everyone, building healthier eating habits is typically something that’s much easier said than done. We set out with the best intentions, but when common obstacles are thrown into the mix it’s way too easy to cave and fall off track.

‘Be Healthy and Be Rewarded’ — With Rewards in Health Care… Everyone Wins!

A decade ago, financial rewards for healthy behavior was a “fringe” technique in some circles and morally offensive in others. It was common to hear “we are not paying people to do what they should be doing.” Today, health rewards is a foundational technique in the health care community to drive consumer and provider behavior.

Tech Roundup: CafeWell Integrates Nutrition Information

Welltok announced they would be integrating Healthy Dining’s restaurant nutrition data into their CafeWell Concierge app. The app will now recommend healthy meal options based on a person’s dietary restrictions.

Welltok Takes IBM Watson to Dinner

Welltok, an IBM Watson partner, and Healthy Dining, a provider of restaurant industry nutrition information, have announced a partnership dedicated to contributing to a healthier America.

Mobile Health Coach App for CV Patients: Q&A with Centura Health

In April, IBM announced a new business unit, called Watson Health, a cloud-based service designed to aggregate health information from electronic devices. The ultimate goal of Watson Health is to use the data to create mobile apps for providers and patients to create individualized treatment plans.

Will mHealth’s Rise Signal the End of the EMR?

Jeff Margolis, CEO of Welltok – whose book, “The Healthcare Cure,” includes a chapter appropriately titled “The Digital Alphabet Soup” – thinks both EMRs and EHRs are flawed because they’re built around doctors, rather than consumers, and exist only to chart the intersections of the healthcare provider and patient. A true health record, he says, focuses on the consumer and accumulates all data that enables the consumer to be responsible for his or her health.

The Daily Habits of 20 Highly Successful People

While the definition of success may be debatable, most people would agree that the leaders of companies getting good traction have likely garnered some measure of it. Want to know how high achievers get to the top? Here are quotes from 20 founders and CEOs on the daily habits that help them get more out of business and life.

Beyond the EHR: Complementing Clinical Records with Usable Data

The healthcare industry is inundated with patient records and platforms on which to store those records. There are EHRs and there are personal health records and even patient portals, but the information these platforms store and display only make up a sliver of an individual’s health information.

5 Essentials for Creating a New Market Category

There are few professional experiences as exhilarating and inspiring as creating a new market category. There is no greater satisfaction than when customers tell you they can not imagine doing their jobs without your product or that it has changed their lives for the better. Beyond being personally rewarding, creating a new category is typically financially rewarding, too, with greater growth and higher valuations for the company.

How IBM Watson Apps are Changing 7 Industries

The mission of Welltok, provider of the CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, is to organize the growing spectrum of health and condition management programs, apps and digital tracking devices to help health managers partner with consumers. It has developed the IBM Watson-powered CafeWell Concierge app, which gives individuals personalized guidance to help manage and optimize their health.

Welltok Acquires Predilytics to Enhance Personalized Health Platform

Health optimization provider Welltok has acquired Predilytics, a leading healthcare predictive analytics company to help enhance Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform.

Welltok Gets Deeper Into Personalized Health Programs With Predilytics Acquisition

So-called population health management companies are hot. Coming on the heels of IBM recent purchase of Phytel and Explorys, Welltok bought health analytics start-up Predilytics for an undisclosed sum.

With Predilytics Acquisition, Welltok Deepens Population Health Management Capabilities

Welltok has acquired big data analytics business Predilytics for an undisclosed sum, according to a company statement. The deal is designed to help deepen consumer insights of population health management technology.

Welltok Buys Predilytics to Improve Health Optimization Software

A health IT startup that wants to use IBM’s Watson supercomputer to make personalized recommendations might be getting a bit smarter about which customers to seek out and how to motivate them, following a deal that was announced Tuesday.

Denver Health App Creator’s Growth Continues With Buy of Massachusetts Data Company

Welltok Inc. is growing again, announcing Tuesday that it has acquired a predictive health care analytics company that will allow it to create a platform that identifies which consumers it can target with its health-management tools, and which incentives can engage them.

Welltok Buys Health Analytics Company Predilytics to Boost Consumer-Facing CafeWell

Denver-based Welltok, the health management company that makes the CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, has acquired Predilytics, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based predictive analytics company, for an undisclosed amount. Welltok will incorporate Predilytics’ engine into CafeWell, to help health plans, at-risk providers and other population health managers better understand and anticipate the needs of their patient populations.

Welltok Acquires Healthcare Analytics Company Predilytics

US-based health care technology company Welltokhas acquired US-based healthcare predictive analytics company,Predilytics, the company said on Tuesday.

On the Road to Creating a Healthier Population, Welltok Buys Computer Learning Firm

Denver-based Welltok announced today it had acquired Massachusetts-based Predilytics, a healthcare predictive analytics company, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition allows Welltok to add more consumer intelligence and analytical abilities into its healthcare platform.

Six New Health-Related Initiatives for IBM’s Watson

Colorado health system Centura Health adopts Cafewell Concierge: Cafewell Concierge, an app powered by Watson and built by Welltok, will be rolled out at the Centura Health Heart and Vascular Network, the first provider group to offer the app.

Welltok, IBM Watson Unveil Artificial Intelligence Health Coach App

Welltok, a Denver technology company, has teamed with Centura Health and IBM’s Watson supercomputing to create a virtual health coach that uses artificial intelligence to help people with heart conditions live healthier lives.

IBM’s Watson, Centura Health Create Mobile Heart Health Tool

Health optimization company Welltok, IBM’s Watson and Denver-based Centura Health are debuting an app that provides heart health advice as well as exercise and nutrition information.

Welltok- Health System Collaboration Seeks to Guide Heart Rehab Beyond Doctor’s Office

A collaboration between Welltok and Centura Health tied to Welltok’s Café Well Concierge platform, powered by IBM Watson, wants to guide patients recovering from heart procedures or a heart attack to make healthy decisions as they go through the rehabilitation program.

EHRs, PHRs Designed to Fail, Says Welltok CEO Margolis

In an interview with MedCity News, Margolis also expressed the belief that current electronic health records and personal health records are unintentionally designed to fail.

EEOC Regs on Wellness Incentives: Progress, but Many Issues

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released proposed regulations to guide employers on designing their wellness programs and associated incentives in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

Colorado Companies Pick Up More than $100 Million in VC Money

$12 million expansion stage to Welltok Inc., Denver-based software company that has developed the CafeWell health optimization platform.

Navigating Wellness Incentives

As employers and insurers continue to navigate the intricacies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, they’re finding that managing wellness programs and non-discriminatory incentives (or disincentives) can be tricky.

Sen. Bennet Tours Bioscience IT Companies In Colorado

Sen. Michael Bennet is touring bioscience and health IT companies in Colorado.Today Bennet visited Welltok, the technology company that created the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform.

‘Disruption’ Does Not Define Success. Here Are 5 Principles That Do.

CEO Jeff Margolis shares his five principles that define success and challenge the perceived necessity of disruption.

The Pursuit of Health Optimization

For over 30 years I have been burdened with Crohn’s disease, a serious and currently incurable illness. It may seem ironic that I am on a crusade to enable all the “mostly healthy” people to achieve their highest possible health status at the lowest possible cost.

Wellness or Else

As employers and insurers continue to navigate the intricacies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, they’re finding that managing wellness programs and non-discriminatory incentives (or disincentives) can be tricky.

The Politics of Health Care

Data, data, everywhere…the practical dilemma is that even as the increasing threat of data security challenges is hitting the front page, healthcare industry leaders and pundits are in nearly universal agreement that far more – not less – consumer interaction and engagement with meaningful healthcare data is necessary to drive significant improvements in healthcare value.

Consumers vs. Patients: Healthcare’s Biggest Misunderstanding

One of the most noted transformations in the current healthcare landscape revolves around patients and their growing involvement in their care. Patients have become so engaged and informed that the industry is largely starting to refer to them as consumers. But the two aren’t synonyms, and the labels aren’t interchangeable.

End of the Runway for Gadget Pageantry and Other Radical Health Predictions

Where is the consumer? This is not a game of “hide and seek” in health care, but rather the critical missing element needed to have a fully functioning health care system. Getting the consumer involved — as a consumer, not just as a patient — is essential to spur change.

Rewards Help Majority of Consumers Overcome Health Data Concerns

For consumers, the new digital health lifestyle comes with one string attached: They may be required to share a lot more personal information so the issue of digital trust has come to the forefront. The reality for consumers is that their personalized health data not only has value to them but also to health plans, health systems, providers, employers, governments and retailers.

Welltok Raises $12 Million to Expand Cognitive and Gaming Technologies

The company’s lead product is its CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, a web and mobile-based platform that organizes apps and tracking devices, providing what is describes as “personalized guidance and leveraging social, gaming and cognitive technologies.”

Health Optimization Platform Welltok Closes $37M Funding Round

Hearst and CHI join the Series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with participation from existing top tier investors, including Emergence Capital Partners, InterWest Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Qualcomm Ventures. The new funds will be used to further accelerate the company’s impressive growth to date through the launch of new products and services, as well as expansion into new market segments.

Welltok Raises Additional $12M, Readies for Debut With IBM’s Watson

Welltok, a Denver-based health software startup, just closed the books on a very successful 2014, announcing today it raised $12 million from two new investors. Welltok also is already setting the stage for a big 2015, with plans to unveil a new app that relies on IBM’s Watson supercomputer next week.