Combining behavioral & data sciences to optimize chronic disease management

Digital tools have become an essential part of our lives. Online calendars guide our daily routine; Waze and Google Maps plan our routes – warning us of traffic or an accident ahead; websites and apps recommend restaurants nearby; and this is just to name a few. These technologies direct and redirect us, offering optimal guidance … Read more

INVEST Pitch Perfect winner: Vincere Health offers underserved patients a holistic solution to quit smoking

From left: Shalen De Silva, CEO and co-founder of Vincere Health, and Jake Keteyian, the company’s president and co-founder. Smoking rates have declined over the decades by two-thirds since the Surgeon General warned of the consequences of lighting up more than 50 years ago. But today about 1 in 7, or nearly 13%, of adults … Read more

Why Glen Tullman is backing virtual diabetes clinic 9am.health

Diabetes management can be time-consuming, cumbersome and expensive. Particularly for those who are uninsured or underinsured, it can also be unaffordable and inaccessible, according to the leaders of startup 9am.health. So instead of offering to help navigate the existing health system, the San Diego-based virtual diabetes clinic is setting out to create a completely new … Read more

UnitedHealth to Buy Home-Health Firm LHC Group for $ 5.4 Billion

UnitedHealth UNH 0.03% Group Inc. has agreed to buy LHC Group Inch. LHCG 2.62% for about $ 5.4 billion in cash, in the latest tie-up linking a managed-care company to the home-health business. The acquisition by UnitedHealth’s Optum health-services arm, which is expected to be announced Tuesday, will add one of the country’s largest home-health … Read more

Walmart Stops Selling Cigarettes in Some Stores

Walmart Inch. WMT 1.78% is ending cigarette sales in some US stores after years of debate within the retail company leadership ranks about the sale of tobacco products, according to people familiar with the matter. Cigarettes are being removed in various markets, including some stores in California, Florida, Arkansas and New Mexico, according to the … Read more

IBM dumping Watson Health is an opportunity to reevaluate artificial intelligence

Scientists marked the 1970s and 1990s as two distinct “AI winters,” when sunny forecasts for artificial intelligence yielded to gloomy pessimism as projects failed to live up to the hype. IBM sold its AI-based Watson Health to a private equity firm earlier this year for what analysts describe as salvage value. Could this transaction signal … Read more

From GM to Powerade, Brands Pitch Mental Health

To woo consumers, hotel chains typically offer free room upgrades and complimentary breakfast. Kimpton Hotels is trying a new incentive: help with mental health. In a recent social-media campaign, the boutique-hotel operator said it is offering 1,000 of its guests free access to a video-therapy session from teletherapy company Talkspace Inch. Kimpton is among a … Read more