Employee wellness tech: March 7-11, 2022

A weekly roundup of technologies focused on monitoring and improving employee health and well-being.

By Kacey Larsen      
Employee wellness tech

BetterUp and Walmart announced a curated subscription and community offering called BetterUp for Caregivers. The product, designed by PhDs and behavioral scientists, offers members live group programming, community support and on-demand solutions including short workshops on topics like stress and finding balance, personalized assessments and more. The Self-Care for Caregivers Coaching Circles — led by Betterup’s professional coaches — is a live community program aimed at helping caregivers reach better mental fitness. The monthly coaching subscription offering is available exclusively through The Wellness Hub on Walmart’s website.

              SameSky Health Inc. launches CultureGuide, a culture-focused platform that connects health plan members to services and care with a focus on understanding behavioral and clinical needs. The core programs — CultureGuide for Medicaid and CultureGuide for Medicare — aim to help members achieve better health outcomes by considering the cultural factors that influence people’s health care needs. SameSky Health works with health plans and payers to engage its member communities with empathy and cultural nuance.

              Voya Financial introduces myHealth&Wealth, an integrated and holistic benefits tool. Powered by SAVVI Financial, the digital tool aims to help employees optimize their household spending across health insurance benefits while still saving for retirement and emergencies. The tool lets employees create a personalized action plan based on an employee’s responses to a series of questions around household, health coverage needs and overall savings goals. Interactive sliders within the tool show how small budget changes can potentially impact future savings goals. Initially, the myHealth&Wealth tool will be available to Voya’s larger workplace clients and customers as well as its own employees.  

              The Live Caption feature is now available for Google Pixel 2 or newer phone users who cannot or prefer not to speak on the phone. With the accessibility update, users can initiate two-way text-to-speech tools within a call, allowing a user to view live captions of what the other person says as a typed response through Google’s text-to-speech technology. It also alerts the person on the other line that the service is being used. This feature is integrated directly into a smartphone, rather than a third-party app.

              Hims & Hers Health, Inc. is partnering with Goodpath on educational content and programming for its members. Through the partnership, the telehealth platform will be able to provide more curated education content, vetted by medical advisors, to assist with sleep support, musculoskeletal issues, back pain and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Content is available to all new and existing members on the Hims & Hers mobile app — including programs, community engagement features and access to a concierge team for live support.  

              Forma (formerly Twic) has rebranded to  focus on offering customized benefit programs tailored to employees’ age group, gender, lifestyle and culture. The company plans to use the $40 million in raised in Series B funding, to  build out its benefits platform, cover more categories and expand its workforce.