— CarePass also adds meQ app from meQuilibrium to help people reduce stress —
HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than 120 million adults in the U.S. own a smartphone, and 19 percent of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone.1 To leverage the reach and power of mobile technology and make it more convenient for consumers to take their medications, Aetna (NYSE: AET) recently added the Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager app to the CarePass® from Aetna health and wellness digital platform. Care4Today™ Mobile Health Manager was developed by Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a team within Janssen Research & Development LLC, part of the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson.
CarePass helps people set and track personalized health and wellness goals in areas such as physical activity, sleep and nutrition. By adding Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager to the more than 20 market-leading apps already available through CarePass, users will now be able to track their medication usage as part of their overall health. The Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager platform is designed to help people stay on schedule with their medications, including making it easier for family members and loved ones to support one another by monitoring their medications. Care4TodayTM Mobile Health Manager also is designed to motivate users, allowing users to select a charity that will receive a donation from the sponsors for each day a user indicates he or she has taken all of his or her medications.
“Many Americans have a lower quality of life and experience preventable health issues, adding billions of dollars to the health care system, because people do not take their prescribed medications. There are a myriad of reasons why medication adherence is low and we believe removing barriers and making it easier for consumers to take their medications is important,” said Martha L. Wofford, vice president and head of CarePass from Aetna. “As we continue to add new areas to CarePass around medication adherence and stress, we seek to provide people tools to manage their whole health and hopefully help people shift from thinking about health care to taking care of their health.”
Wofford will be discussing the new collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, December 10, at 9:20 a.m. David Tripi, a founding partner for Janssen Healthcare Innovation, will join Wofford for this Executive Spotlight presentation.
CarePass Adds meQ App to Help People Reduce Stress
CarePass will also be adding the meQ app from meQuilibrium to the ecosystem of connected apps on the platform. meQuilibrium (meQ) helps people tackle their personal stressors with a digital coaching system delivered over the web and on mobile devices. meQ leverages resilience training to help users retrain their approach to stress, thereby accelerating behavioral change, leading to improved levels of engagement and productivity. The meQ system is based on a proprietary clinical program derived from over 20 years of research on affecting lifestyle changes.
Through the mobile app, people can track and analyze emotions to discover what triggers stress and to manage it with customized daily tips.
“We are excited to be a part of the CarePass platform and work with Aetna to help CarePass users reduce the stress in their lives,” said meQuilibrium CEO and co-founder Jan Bruce. “Mood and emotion are the mental components of the Quantified Self and key to accomplishing behavior change goals. meQuilibrium leverages mood tracking to help people with stress because mood and emotional triggers provide powerful insight into how we manifest and manage the stresses in our lives. meQ will help CarePass users manage their mood and reframe their approach to stress, both of which are essential aids to managing behavior change and their overall health.”
In aggregate, the apps on the CarePass platform have been downloaded by more than 100 million users.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
1 Pew Internet & American Life Project. Mobile Health 2012. November 8, 2012. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Mobile-Health/Key-Findings.aspx
Ethan Slavin, 860-273-6095