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By Nicole Latimer, CEO, StayWell

If you’re like me, your smartphone and tablet have become an integral part of your daily life. They’ve probably replaced your phone, your camera and your alarm clock. And with the ever-growing number of apps, these mobile devices are a go-to source for a variety of tasks, like managing household budgets, building grocery lists and making purchases.

You probably even use your phone to track your health and fitness. More than 102 million fitness trackers were sold in 2016, according to IDC, enabling you to connect to mobile apps, which help you map calories burned, steps taken, heart rate, quality sleep and other key metrics.

Knowing how important mobile functionality is to a growing number of our users, StayWell is now making it even easier to support well-being on-the-go. We announced earlier this week that we acquired Provata Health, a digital health company that has developed native iOS and Android mobile apps and uses cutting-edge technology to support health and wellness programs — whether users are at home, at work or at their healthcare providers’ offices.

While innovation is great, it’s more important that users can embrace it to make positive changes in their lives. Like StayWell’s solution, Provata’s technology is scientifically proven, with peer-reviewed published studies demonstrating how it has helped people embrace healthy changes in their lives. Provata’s platform is a great complement to our existing offering, and will enable us to further streamline the user experience and deliver even greater physical and mental health benefits through its “mobile-first” approach.

As we integrate Provata's technology into the StayWell platform, you can expect to see some impressive new features:

  • Enhanced digital health coaching
  • Real-time data analytics and dashboards to measure and support participant engagement and client reporting
  • Advanced activity tracking
  • Pioneering use of virtual reality (VR) to support meditation and stress management
  • Access to a network of more than 80,000 U.S. licensed physicians
  • Integration with electronic medical records (EMRs) to capture participants’ lab values and other data
  • Digital health games

 

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We are also excited that all of Provata's employees will join StayWell, remaining in the company's current Portland, Ore., office. We welcome them as part of the StayWell team. And, we are particularly pleased that Provata's CEO Alex Goldberg and Head of Business Strategy and General Counsel Aaron Goldberg will stay on to serve as StayWell's Vice President of Innovation and Vice President of Client Solutions, respectively.

If you would like to learn more about the innovation taking place at StayWell as a result of the Provata acquisition, or see the platform in action, join us at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas (March 5-9). We’ll be on hand to officially debut the solution there, and be able to answer all of your questions.