Avizia bolsters its telehealth platform with acquisition of Carena

By Dave Muoio

Telehealth platform provider Avizia announced yesterday that it has acquired Seattle-based virtual care provider Carena to further strengthen its position as a system-wide telehealth partner for US healthcare systems. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This acquisition combines two of the nation’s leading virtual care platforms,” Mike Baird, CEO of Avizia, said in a statement. “With Carena’s select provider network, Avizia empowers hospitals with the most comprehensive, customizable, and trusted telehealth solution available.”    

Avizia’s telehealth platform, which consists of software, mobile applications, virtual care services, and a provider network, is currently employed in more than a quarter of all US hospitals. Founded in 2013 and spun out of Cisco, the company says it has raised $20 million in funding and is backed by HealthQuest, Northwell Health, NewYork-Presbyterian, and other healthcare organizations.

Carena, founded in 2000, designs and operates virtual clinics that provide access to care for more than 120 hospitals and 35 million consumers. The company announced a partnership with data analytics firm Aegis Health Group in April, and as part of Avizia will offer health systems a customizable approach to care delivery.

“The Carena team is proud to become a part of the Avizia telehealth platform, which is trusted by four out of the top five [integrated delivery networks] and connects the nation’s leading neurology, psychiatric, and pediatric programs,” Ralph Derrickson, president and CEO of Carena, said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Avizia partnered with MLS Telehealth to add access to a network of board-certified physicians across 36 clinical specialties. The company called this foray into the provider space “the next evolution” in their mission to deliver telemedicine to any patient.

“We recognize that many hospitals need a service of both technology and providers to address patient needs,” Avizia Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alan Pitt said in a statement in January. “[The partnership with MLS Telehealth] will allow us to offer a more complete solution by providing a robust network of physicians on an as-needed basis.”

As part of this week’s acquisition, Carena’s Derrickson will be taking on a new title at Avizia, senior vice president of corporate development. The purchasing company will keep its headquarters in Reston, Virginia, but according to a statement will keep Carena’s Seattle office as “a strong part of Avizia’s nationwide recruitment and growth strategy.”