Solera Health raises $3M, led by BCBS Venture Partners, to connect communities with diabetes prevention programs

By Jonah Comstock
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Money TreePhoenix, Arizona-based Solera Health has raised $3 million for its software as a service platform for managing chronic disease prevention programs. BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners led the round with additional participation from Sandbox Ventures.

Solera makes a platform that connects community organizations with digital chronic disease prevention programs such as the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The technology makes referrals to the programs easier, helps customers manage payments and reimbursement, and aggregates data from the programs. This makes it easier for community groups to enroll people in the prevention programs.

Right now, diabetes and the DPP are the company's main focuses, though the technology could be used to support other similar interventions in the future.

“There is a huge opportunity to transform the Diabetes Prevention Program delivery model as we know it today,” Brenda Schmidt, founder and CEO of Solera, said in a statement. “The local community and digital resources are available, and programs for qualified patients are starting to be covered as an ACA medical benefit, yet we aren’t seeing the pre-diabetic population leverage these services effectively and at scale. Solera intends to change that by delivering the only technology-enabled platform that addresses every step of the process — from referral through engagement — in a holistic way. And we see that the model is working; consumers are already benefiting from this approach.”

According to its website, Solera is working with Canary Health, health app MyDietician, the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Black Women's Health Imperative, WellCoaches, and Jenny Craig.

The DPP has already given birth to one successful digital health company, Omada Health, which has raised $77.5 million to date for a technology-enabled remote implementation of the program. Omada’s flagship health program, called Prevent, lasts 16 weeks and aims to help those that are at-risk for Type 2 diabetes make positive health behavior changes. Users are paired with a health coach who monitors their progress throughout the program, interactive health lessons on a mobile device or computer, and a wireless-enabled scale and pedometer.