Have you seen the new “What’s Your Healthy?” campaign? Here’s a few shots.
BTW – My healthy is keeping up with my kids in sports and moving down a belt notch.
As many of you know, I consider Walgreens and Aetna to be two of the most innovative healthcare companies today (out of the big, established players). [And, full disclosure, I own stock in both.] I’ve talked about Walgreens (see Walgreens post on innovation) several times along with Aetna (see Healthagen post).
“We want to make it easier for everyone to engage in their health and hopefully shift from thinking about health care to taking care of their health,” said Martha L. Wofford, vice president and head of CarePass from Aetna. “CarePass helps consumers connect different pieces of health data to create a fuller, more personalized picture of their health.”
I spent some time talking with Martha and team about their initiative. Here’s some highlights that stuck out to me.
- There use of goals was really easy and intuitive. If you log-in to the CarePass site and get started, you have 3 options or you can create your own (see below). We spent some time talking about the importance of making these relevant to the individual not focusing on “healthcare goals” like adherence or lowering you blood sugar. Most of us don’t think that way. As they described them, they picked “motivation centric goals”.
- I was also really interested in how they picked which apps to recommend. There are so many out there, and many of you know that I’ve been fascinated by the concept of curating apps or prescribing apps to people. They had a nice, simple process:
- Which apps are most popular?
- Does the app have “breadth”? (i.e., national applicability)
- They also spent more time pre-screening apps which collect PHI to understand them before listing them on the site.
- They’re using the consumers goals to recommend apps to them.
- The other big question I had is why do this. It certain helps build the Aetna brand over time, but there’s not direct path to revenue (that I see). They described their efforts as “supporting the healthcare journey” through connected data. Ultimately, it’s about making Aetna a preferred consumer brand which may be very relevant in the individual market and exchange world in the not too distant future.
- I like the idea of companies being “app agnostic” as I call it. Walgreens is doing this. Aetna is doing this. I plan on doing this in my day job. This allows the consumer to pick the app that works for them and as long as the data is normalized (or can be normalized) and the app provides some type of open API (application programming interface) it’s much easier to integrate with.
- We talked a little about what’s next. Metabolic syndrome is something they brought up. This is something that Aetna’s been talking about in several forums for a while now. They launched a new offering earlier this year. (I still hate the term metabolic syndrome from a consumer perspective, but it seems to be sticking in the healthcare community.)
- We also talked about new goals to come around smoking cessation, medication, and stress.
- Another discussion I have with lots of people is how this data gets used. (see a good article about what’s next for QuantifiedSelf) I personally really want to see my data pushed to the care management team to monitor and send me information. (Eat this not that type of suggestions) Martha talked about how the data belongs to the member and they have to choose to push it to the coach. She also talked about how they’re integrating with their PHR (Personal Health Record) first and then looking at others. (see old interview with ActiveHealth)
In summary, CarePass is a nice additional to your #QuantifiedSelf toolkit. As you can see from the screenshots below, the GUI (graphic user interface) is simple. It’s well designed. Integration with your apps is easy. It provides you with goals and motivation. They help you navigate the app world. And, it helps you bring together data from multiple sources. Once it can pull in all my Rx, medical and lab data along with my HRA data and my device data, it will be really cool! But, I know that I’m a minority in that effort. I’m really intrigued by the lifestyle questions they ask and wonder how those will ultimately personalize my experience.
So, what apps do they share? Here’s a screenshot, but you really should log-in and try the site and see the full list. It’s simple and worth the effort.
As an added bonus, I’m adding a presentation I gave with Aetna at the Care Continuum Alliance two years ago. I was searching for my past interviews with Aetna people and found this online so I added it to SlideShare and put it here.