Preventing Maternal Deaths: How Can Mobile Help?

For an industrialized nation, the U.S. has a staggering number of pregnancy-related deaths. Tragically, 700 women die each year due to complications from childbirth, with black women affected more than other groups. And the number is growing: The maternal mortality rate rose 26% from 2000 to 2014. Perhaps the most alarming fact is that over […]

The Sandwich Generation: Helping Employees in the Middle Navigate Care for Parents and Children

By Nancy Roberts Recently, it occurred to me that I have become a card-carrying member of the “sandwich” generation. In addition to working full time and co-parenting my 10-year-old stepson, I’ve had to take on some responsibilities for my elderly parents, both of whom are dealing with health issues. After years of writing about this […]

Losing Touch: How to Reconnect with Today’s Mobile Healthcare Consumer

Losing Touch: How Can You Reconnect with Today’s Mobile Healthcare Consumer?

We are experiencing a crisis of confidence in healthcare. There’s no other way to diagnose our current condition. Employers are increasingly frustrated with the amount of waste in their benefit offerings, despite employee demands for increased perks and support. Payors are grappling with how to more consistently engage their members in high-value clinical services such […]

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Part 1 – Missed Connections

In 2009, I was running focus groups with low-income mothers in Massachusetts. They were participants in the state’s WIC nutrition program and I was hoping to better understand their needs and barriers to accessing care. The word that kept coming up was “transportation,” or rather, the lack thereof in their communities. These mothers were missing […]

Childhood Resilience: Mobile Tools Can Help Parents Foster Emotional Health

By Nancy Roberts, Lead Content Manager We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the importance of resilience – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or adapt to serious hardship. Studies have shown that resilience is a key driver in the emotional – and often, physical – health of both children and adults. (Children, July 2018) But […]

Early Returns – Using Mobile to Drive Healthy Starts, Fewer High-Risk Pregnancies

Maternal mortality fell by almost half in developing countries between 1990 and 2015 (UNICEF), but doubled in the United States during the same time frame. That means at least two women die in the U.S. during childbirth every day. And it’s not just deaths that are on the rise. So are “near deaths” at 60,000 […]

Can Intelligent Mobile Solutions Reduce Benefit Waste with “Right Time” Access and Simplified Experiences?

By Winnie Tantraporn, Director, Employer Solutions, Wildflower Health Employee engagement with benefits is what keeps most employers up at night. In fact, according to Employee Benefit News, it’s the No. 1 challenge employers face today. You may offer great resources, but it’s a matter of getting employees to use them when they really need them. […]

How Do You Reduce Bias and Discrimination in Healthcare? Empower Women!

The path to a diagnosis and treatment is often murky for women, as studies show that their health concerns are often overlooked or undervalued. A recent New York Times article addressed the bias and discrimination some women face in a healthcare setting. Among the sobering statistics were the following: In a University of Pennsylvania study, […]

Offering a Single Source of Truth – The Greatest Unmet Expectation of Expectant Moms

By Hannelore Buckenmeyer I spend most of my professional time identifying big, important and underlying needs and working to develop scalable, long-term solutions. To do my job well, I have to listen, set my biases aside and resist the urge the make assumptions. All that being said, I’m a skeptic by nature.  When I first heard […]