Evernorth, the well being companies arm of insurer Cigna, introduced it has added 5 new applications to its digital well being formulary, together with choices from Huge Well being and Stop Genius.
The brand new additions to the formulary are Huge Well being’s Sleepio digital therapeutic for insomnia and its Daylight software for nervousness, Stop Genius’ alcohol use dysfunction and opioid use dysfunction applications, and HealthBeacon’s injectable remedy adherence software for inflammatory situations.
Evernorth additionally introduced 4 pilot applications, which can consider the chosen instruments for scientific affect and consumer expertise. These pilots are Jasper Well being for most cancers care, Zerigo Well being for psoriasis and eczema, Hinge Well being’s new ladies’s pelvic well being program and Lid Sync’s remedy adherence software.
The subsidiary mentioned the instruments included in its formulary have been reviewed by physicians, pharmacists and consumer expertise consultants, and meet Evernorth’s requirements for scientific effectiveness, safety and privateness, worth and usefulness. Well being plan sponsors can select to supply these digital well being instruments as a part of their advantages.
“Evernorth continues to broaden our Digital Well being Formulary to handle unmet well being care wants of sufferers with persistent and sophisticated medical situations,” Dr. Glen Stettin, chief innovation officer at Evernorth, mentioned in a press release. “The most recent additions give sufferers entry to new and reasonably priced choices to enhance and keep their well being whereas making it simpler and price efficient for our shoppers to incorporate these options of their profit plans. The Digital Well being Formulary is among the methods we will join employers, insurers and sufferers with progressive, reasonably priced and evidence-based care that meet their broader healthcare wants.”
THE LARGER TREND
Specific Scripts, a pharmacy profit supervisor that’s now beneath the Evernorth portfolio, first introduced plans to launch a digital well being formulary a number of years in the past. It additionally added new instruments to this system in late 2020, together with Wildflower Well being’s app-based ladies’s well being providing, Stop Genius’ program for smoking and vaping cessation, and muscle and joint ache applications from Hinge Well being.
Evernorth has not too long ago added different choices within the digital well being and well being tech area, together with a partnership with Bicycle Well being for digital opioid use dysfunction remedy and an growth of its steady glucose monitor protection. It acquired telehealth supplier MDLive final yr as effectively.
A latest survey of 1,300 physicians by the American Medical Affiliation discovered extra docs noticed digital well being instruments as a bonus for affected person care this yr in contrast with 2016. Nonetheless, there are nonetheless considerations about high quality and efficacy. A examine printed in JMIR earlier this yr discovered many digital well being startups weren’t clinically strong, missing scientific trials or regulatory filings.
In the meantime, Huge Well being introduced a $75 million Collection C funding spherical early this yr, whereas Stop Genius closed a $64 million Collection B in 2021. Irish agency HealthBeacon went public late final yr on Euronext’s progress market in Dublin.