FierceHealthcare news: Payer Roundup—Cigna offers up new mental and behavioral health apps

Payer Roundup—Cigna offers up new mental and behavioral health apps

by Rose Meltzer | Nov 16, 2018 12:35am

Cigna grows digital health footprint

Cigna announced several new digital health initiatives within the last week.

Last Thursday, the company said it will offer employers two new mental well-being apps through its Cigna Total Behavioral Health program. One, Happify, aims to help users overcome negative thoughts and build resilience, according to its website. Cigna says Happify includes 3,000 scientifically-grounded activities and games and 300 guided meditations.

The other, iPrevail, provides people experiencing stress, depression, and other challenges with personalized guidance, interactive lessons and tools, and peer support.

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“It’s our hope these new digital tools will help empower people to actively engage in their mental health, and make it easier to get support when they need it,” said Julie McCarter, Cigna’s vice president of product solutions.

And on Wednesday, Cigna said it would pilot a tool to help people reduce alcohol consumption over the course of a year. The two-part solution, designed by startup Annum Health, includes an app and a personal support team of physicians, health coaches and licensed therapists. Cigna will also work with Annum and its employer clients to develop “culturally-appropriate awareness campaigns to encourage anonymous self-identification and engagement.”

Michael Laskoff, co-founder and CEO of Annum Health, said “Cigna is our ideal partner because of our shared passion for improving customers’ access to quality care,” noting that this is Annum’s first partnership with a national health services company. (Happify and iPrevail announcement/Annum Health announcement)

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