Livongo was one of the hottest "digital" health companies, and investors may feel like they got a certain digit from the company, as Cigna drops it as a preferred vendor and the company's acquisition by Teladoc for an outrageous sum also look like less than a brilliant move. Two overpriced companies do not make one fairly valued one.
More BS. A study in Health Services Research finds that giving patients a personal "navigator" and some money to buy wellness related services and items provides only a very modest boost to patient activation scores and self-reported quality of life (I would feel better if people gave me things too) but has absolutely no information on impact on any real health status, utilization or spending effect, suggesting that there isn't any.
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