Cigna acquires Brighter Inc to further its digital transformation
Global health company Cigna Corporation has recently acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Brighter Inc for an undisclosed amount.
Offering a range of health services, Cigna remains present in over 30 countries and is the 4th fastest growing healthcare software company on Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500 list.
“The acquisition of Brighter accelerates our progress towards these priorities and in establishing us as the leader in the digital transformation of our industry,” explained David M. Cordani, President and Chief Executive Officer at Cigna.
Behind a number of health services and adopting an innovative SaaS digital health plan platform, Brighter works to engage patients and providers in the delivery of personalised and seamlessly integrated experiences in order to efficiently deliver higher-value healthcare.
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The acquisition will build upon Brighter’s relationship with Cigna, where it will support the development of Cigna’s mobile and desktop tools through integrating its digital health platform and ongoing consumer expertise.
The establishment of new end-to-end digital solutions will see patients become further supported, as provide future incentives for patients in the reduction in rising healthcare costs.
“When we started Brighter, we set out to use technology and consumerism to improve the health insurance experience and reduce unnecessary costs,” commented Brighter CEO Jake Winebaum.
“Our experience with Cigna as a partner over the past two years has proven that those goals can be accomplished.
“I am extremely excited to now be joining Cigna to further the realisation of our shared mission. By combining Cigna’s expertise, ambition and scale with Brighter’s team and technology, we look forward to delivering innovative new solutions for Cigna’s customers and providers.”
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”