Independence Blue Cross

Quil Health CEO Carina Edwards speaks with Cooley LLP Partner Geoff Starr at BIO 2019 in Philadelphia.

By Dave Muoio 02:25 pm June 6, 2019
In April of 2018, Comcast and Independence Blue Cross announced plans to develop a nebulous consumer-focused healthcare platform that would use technology to engage patients in the midst of their care journey. The effort, now an independent joint venture known as Quil Health, might have seen like an unlikely pairing at the time. But according to newly appointed CEO Carina Edwards, the two...
By Jonah Comstock 03:25 pm December 8, 2016
Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, will be one of three companies to pitch in $2 million toward a new funding initiative for early stage digital health companies in Philadelphia. Investor/accelerator groups Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Safeguard Scientifics will also pitch in $2 million each, making a total of $6 million available. "While we will...
By Aditi Pai 02:43 pm March 24, 2016
Philadelphia-based accelerator Dreamit Health has announced the 15 health startups that will join its next accelerator class. As in previous years, the accelerator is sponsored by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross, but this year, Dreamit Health also added medical device company Zimmer Biomet as a partner. The larger number of startups in Dreamit’s cohort this year is the result of a $325,...
By Jonah Comstock 12:27 pm March 15, 2016
More and more health insurers are encouraging members to seek out video visits with physicians by subsidizing or outright covering such services. The latest to commit to the trend is Independence Blue Cross, which serves 2.5 million customers in the Philadelphia area and another 7.5 million across the country. Independence will offer telemedicine to its members in two ways — both through a...
By Aditi Pai 10:49 am October 19, 2015
Tandigm Health, a venture launched in April 2014 by Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners, which manages physician practices in Pennsylvania, has partnered with video visits service TouchCare. “Medicine and the doctor-patient relationship are very personal," Dr. Anthony Coletta, Tandigm Health’s president and CEO said in a statement. "Enabling our primary care physicians to...
By Jonah Comstock 09:29 am July 15, 2015
Philadelphia-based digital health accelerator DreamIt Health has announced its third class. As in previous years, the accelerator is sponsored by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross. DreamIt Health takes an 8 percent equity stock in accelerator companies. In exchange, companies get $50,000 in seed funding with a possible $250,000 in follow-on funding, as well as other benefits: free...
By Jonah Comstock 10:22 am June 18, 2015
Personalized medicine was a hot topic at the BIO conference in Philadelphia, but in a session on digital health and patient engagement, payer and provider panelists also talked about how, in order to really drive medication and treatment adherence, patient engagement also has to be personalized. "You have to understand what are they worried about, what are their fears, what are they trying to do...
By Aditi Pai 08:44 am March 17, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has inked a deal with WebMD's Health Services to offer members a digital health and wellness program. Blue Cross and Blue Care Network members will also have access to a portion of this new program. WebMD's Health Services program helps employers and health plans provide employees and members with information about their benefits, biometric screenings powered by...
By Aditi Pai 11:05 am January 20, 2015
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based chronic care app developer CareCam Health Systems received a strategic investment from Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation. CareCam has already raised at least $12.4 million to date. CareCam raised $2.4 million late last year, according to a filing with the SEC in November. Given the timing, it is likely the Independence Blue Cross...
By Jonah Comstock 11:18 am April 4, 2013
DreamIt Health, a new Philadelphia-based, health-focused chapter of incubator DreamIt Ventures, has announced its first class of ten startups. Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and Penn Medicine are sponsoring the class and Venturef0rth is providing the working space for the companies. The new accelerator was launched in December 2012. The startups will be provided with up to $50,000 in funding,...