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 Large Well being and Give up Genius.
The brand new additions to the formulary are Big Health’s Sleepio digital therapeutic for insomnia and its Daylight instrument for nervousness, Quit Genius’ alcohol use dysfunction and opioid use dysfunction applications, and HealthBeacon’s injectable remedy adherence instrument for inflammatory situations.
Evernorth additionally introduced 4 pilot applications, which can consider the chosen instruments for scientific influence and person expertise. These pilots are Jasper Health for most cancers care, Zerigo Health for psoriasis and eczema, Hinge Well being’s new women’s pelvic health program and Lid Sync’s remedy adherence instrument.
The subsidiary mentioned the instruments included in its formulary have been reviewed by physicians, pharmacists and person expertise specialists, 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 deal with unmet well being care wants of sufferers with power and complicated 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 inexpensive choices to enhance and keep their well being whereas making it simpler and value efficient for our purchasers to incorporate these options of their profit plans. The Digital Well being Formulary is without doubt one of the methods we will join employers, insurers and sufferers with progressive, inexpensive and evidence-based care that meet their broader healthcare wants.”
THE LARGER TREND
Specific Scripts, a pharmacy profit supervisor that’s now under the Evernorth portfolio, first introduced plans to launch a digital health formulary several years ago. It additionally added new instruments to the program in late 2020, together with Wildflower Well being’s app-based ladies’s well being providing, Give up 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 house, together with a partnership with Bicycle Health for digital opioid use dysfunction remedy and an growth of its continuous glucose monitor coverage. It acquired telehealth provider MDLive final yr as properly.
A recent 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. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless issues about high quality and efficacy. A study published in JMIR earlier this yr discovered many digital well being startups weren’t clinically strong, missing scientific trials or regulatory filings.
In the meantime, Large Well being announced a $75 million Series C funding round early this yr, whereas Give up Genius closed a $64 million Series B in 2021. Irish agency HealthBeacon went public late final yr on Euronext’s development market in Dublin.