HLTH 2022 Recap and Major Announcements

HLTH 2022 is officially a wrap, and we’re sending lots of good energy to the vendors currently breaking down their booths after spending a full week in Vegas.

Hats off to HLTH for putting together a stellar 9,000 person event with awesome attendees, a great speaking track, and the best lunch menu in the industry.

If you weren’t able to make it in person, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of some of the biggest announcements that were showcased in the exhibit hall.

  • 98point6’s new OEM platform tailored for health systems signed Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System as its first partner, licensing the virtual care solution within its hybrid ambulatory care platform, Indigo Health.
  • Awell and Healthie are partnering to enable care organizations to build clinical workflows in Awell’s low-code platform and easily integrate them into Healthie’s API to automate routine clinical tasks and synchronize data between systems.
  • Carenostics joined Bayer G4A’s portfolio of Digital Health Partnerships, providing the AI startup with a €200k convertible loan and coaching from industry experts to help enable earlier clinical intervention through machine learning on EHR data.
  • Google and Epic are partnering to create a new offering that’ll allow Epic hospitals to run their EHR on Google Cloud, with New Jersey-based Hackensack Meridian Health set to be among the first users.
  • General Catalyst tripled its health system partner roster with 10 new logos that it will work with to co-build startups: Banner Health, Cincinnati Children’s, Hackensack Meridian Health, Health First, MetroHealth, OhioHealth, MUSC, UC Davis Health, UC Irvine Health, and Universal Health Services.
  • Health Gorilla was selected by MEDITECH as the technology platform for Traverse Exchange Canada, a new interoperability network designed to enable the seamless flow of health information between participating organizations across Canada.
  • Hello Heart added Dot-to-Dot capabilities to its digital heart health program, leveraging AI to help people draw connections between their lifestyle choices, such as minutes walked or medication adherence, and their heart health.
  • Included Health, the digital health powerhouse formed by the merger of Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds, launched an All-Included Health hybrid care service to provide primary, specialty, and behavioral care with personalized care teams.
  • Maven Clinic entered the unicorn club with a $90M Series E raise that’ll help the virtual maternity and family health clinic expand its parenting, pediatrics, and menopause platform beyond the 175 countries it already serves.
  • Nomi Health unveiled its Connect fintech platform to power real-time healthcare payments, enabling health plans and third-party administrators to drastically speed up their processes while cutting down on administrative waste.
  • Roche unified its digital health portfolio under the navify brand, providing a range of solutions that help provide evidence about optimizing operational processes and clinical decision making.
  • SonderMind acquired neuroscience company Total Brain to enable patients to better understand their mental state outside of therapy while helping therapists implement measurement-based care techniques.

Welcome to all of our new readers that we met at HLTH, and stay tuned for deeper dives into many of these announcements in next week’s Digital Health Wire.

HLTH: UnitedHealthcare Launches Virtual-First Health Plan

UnitedHealthcare made headlines at HLTH by announcing the launch of NavigateNOW, a virtual-first health plan that offers an integrated approach to providing care both virtually and in-person.

  • NavigateNOW is a collaborative effort between UnitedHealth’s payor arm and its Optum subsidiary that seeks to capitalize on the industry-wide shift towards hybrid care. The virtual-first health plan is designed to provide patients with a personalized virtual care team for medical and behavioral health services with a seamless hand-off to in-person treatment if needed.
  • Availability begins later this year in nine initial markets, with a goal of expanding to large employers and over 25 markets by the end of 2022. NavigateNOW offers members no copays for common services, unlimited 24/7 physician access, and reduces plan premiums by approximately 15%. 
  • The collaboration leverages Optum’s primary care and behavioral healthcare services, with UnitedHealthcare’s national provider network available for in-person visits. The integrated care model is designed to identify health issues earlier, encourage preventive care, and deliver services in the most appropriate setting.

The Takeaway

It’s a strategic priority for UnitedHealth to take advantage of the overlap between Optum and UnitedHealthcare, and NavigateNOW is the first major launch in that initiative. NavigateNOW is UnitedHealth’s first virtual-first primary care plan, and combining Optum’s digital resources with a large clinical footprint gives the service strong value proposition within the digital health market.

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