Independence, Comcast partner on new patient-centered technology platform

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Two major powerhouses in the insurer and telecom world are partnering to try and improve efficiency and experience between providers and patients. (Comcast)

One of the country's largest Blue Cross insurers and one of the world's biggest telecommunications companies are teaming up improve healthcare efficiency and care delivery between providers and patients.

The venture between Comcast and Independence Health Group, announced this week, will focus on building a "patient-centered technology and communications platform" that will begin as a pilot in the Philadelphia area before going national in late 2019.

An independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, Independence Health Group serves nearly 8.5 million members across 24 states and the District of Columbia. 

Conference

2019 Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Stakeholder Summit

Given federal and state pricing requirements arising, press releases from industry leading pharma companies, and the new Drug Transparency Act, it is important to stay ahead of news headlines and anticipated requirements in order to hit company profit targets, maintain value to patients and promote strong, multi-beneficial relationships with manufacturers, providers, payers, and all other stakeholders within the pricing landscape. This conference will provide a platform to encourage a dialogue among such stakeholders in the pricing and reimbursement space so that they can receive a current state of the union regarding regulatory changes while providing actionable insights in anticipation of the future.

The goal of the platform is to provide patients with remote healthcare content and information related to their treatment. Getting more healthcare information into the hands of consumers and patients has been a major policy goal of the Trump administration as well. 

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"Through this collaboration, we will explore how we can best use technology to enhance how consumers access and use health care services, which we know at times can be frustrating,” Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence president and CEO, said in a statement. 

The partnership is Comcast's first major investment in the healthcare world, and follows recent steps taken by other companies like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and possibly Walmart

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