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The news that Aetna will shutter its CarePass mHealth app platform by year's end is startling, surprising and likely a bit worrisome to payers and others developing similar systems and banking on mobile apps to foster healthcare cost savings while improving patient services.
The 14-month-old service let users track health apps from a centralized web hub and had big device and app maker partner support, including FitBit. It was a fully integrated platform for managing fitness and for establishing health and wellness goals. It enjoyed credible early success, with more than 100 million downloads early into the launch.
Aetna hasn't stated the primary reason for closing down the service, but says it will salvage some content for other mobile efforts such as its iTriage app. Read more...
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