IN THE COURTS
HealthTrio Sues Aetna for
A compensation survey by
Inc. found modest increases in
manager and executive salaries
in 2012. Among
in both 2011 and
2012, base salaries increased on
average by 2. 8
percent and 2. 5
percent, respectively. Increases
with the projected 2012 salary increases for
however, increases for hospitals are slightly
lower than the
of 2. 9 percent.
More than 300
and 980 hospitals participated
in the survey.
Health Trio LLC, a vendor of personal health records, Web portal and
member electronic health records
software for health plans, is suing national insurer Aetna for infringement
of its patents.
Denver-based HealthTrio, in the
suit filed in U.S. District Court for the
District of Colorado, alleges Aetna
has infringed on 10 patents, which
cover dozens of functions within a
health care information system. Aetna did not have immediate comment
on the suit.
One patent alone, covering a
method and system for generating
personal/individual health records,
includes nine steps that a PHR server
system performs: enrollment, es-
tablishing communication links be-
tween the PHR and health plan, re-
ceiving payer claims data by the PHR,
analyzing encounter data, translat-
ing encounter data into
a health care concept
code, creating the PHR,
organizing the PHR by
grouping entries, estab-
links between the PHR
and patient, and supple-
menting the PHR with
data from one or more
2007 meeting, Aetna discontinued
communications with HealthTrio
and did not pursue a business relationship,” the suit contends.
The alleged infringements cover technologies used by Active-Health Management, as well as
Aetna’s Medicity health information
exchange and NaviNet administrative portal. Health Trio is asking for a
judgment of infringement on its patents and adequate compensation.
Wellpoint Starts Rollout of
Webcam Consultation Service
Health insurer Wellpoint will
roll out a Webcam consultation service by offering LiveHealth Online through its subsidiary,
Woodland Hills, Calif.-based
Anthem Blue Cross.
The LiveHealth Online service, a two-way video service
for patient consultations, will
enable patients to choose a
physician and initiate a video
conference via a computer Webcam.
Wellpoint plans to enable the service
to run on smartphones and tablets
sometime in 2013.
The service is based on
technology from American
Well. LiveHealth Online,
like similar programs from
large insurers such as Aetna
and UnitedHealth Group, is
designed for consultations for
relatively minor conditions,
will be created, and with the patient’s
permission be forwarded to their pri-
mary care doctor.