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APH and iHealth announce mhealth data partnership

Steve Rogerson
July 26, 2016
Texas data analytics company Advanced Plan for Health (APH) is teaming with iHealth Labs, a provider of mobile healthcare monitoring products, to help employers reduce employee health costs, improve health outcomes and empower individuals to be hands-on managers of their own health.
This will be done by incorporating the health vitals compiled from California-based iHealth's devices into APH's data analytics engine.
IHealth's software platform and devices make it easy for consumers to track their health vitals, including blood pressure monitoring, weight, glucose levels, activity levels and blood oxygen levels. The devices automatically sync the data to smartphones or tablets and the information is then uploaded into APH's Poindexter, a data analytics risk engine custom-built for population health management, to provide a complete health picture for each individual. If an individual shows they are maintaining a chronic condition, this may result in lower health plan co-pays, deductibles or premiums.
"IHealth's line of mobile health devices enables our users to lead healthier lives by taking a more active role in managing health conditions like hypertension and diabetes," said Yuchen Wang from iHealth Labs. "Through our partnership with Advanced Plan for Health, we're now able to help patients not only better understand their health but also realise savings when it comes to their healthcare expenses."
Founded in 2004, APH help brokers, employers, providers, health plans and others optimise health benefit programmes to increase value. It leverages custom-built technology and a history in healthcare data mining and analysis to generate a distinct view with proven, practical action plans.
"We're excited about partnering with iHealth Labs to offer their mobile-monitoring technologies to our clients," said Neil Godbey, CEO of APH. "We need to encourage individuals to change their mindset from patient to consumer. This behavioural approach is how healthcare is being transformed, and we want to be on the cutting edge of this trend. The end result of this partnership is to provide value – in terms of better health outcomes and savings – to self-funded employers, payers, providers and patients alike."
Additional APH offerings include the design and management of nurse navigation services, engagement and relationship building with local healthcare providers, health risk assessments, and employee outreach strategies, as well as education and programme implementation. The company announced last month that it had partnered with digital health company Tesser Health. Together, these partnerships help APH build consumer health management capabilities into the Poindexter platform.