Anthem joint venture launches virtual primary care nationwide

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New York-based Hydrogen Health, a joint venture between Anthem, investment firm Blackstone and digital primary care company K Health, is launching its virtual primary care offerings nationwide, the provider announced Dec. 9. 

Anthem and its partners formed Hydrogen Health in April 2021 to leverage artificial intelligence to drive down healthcare costs in both employer and consumer markets. The joint venture offers employers and insurers text and video-based digital primary care, and taps K Health's artificial intelligence to personalize that care. 

Hydrogen Health shared that since its initial launch with Anthem, its customers now include multiple Fortune 500 companies and other large employers. 

Moving into 2022, the plan anticipates it will expand the conditions it can diagnose and manage and grow its membership by 10 million — all digitally, according to the announcement. 

"Hydrogen Health can offer people 360-degree support with dietary regimens and lab orders, for example, right from their mobile devices — improving outcomes and helping prevent the need for emergency intervention," said Morgan Kendrick, executive vice president and president of commercial business at Anthem. "We look forward to increasing access to these virtual primary care services to more health plan members and help them simplify their healthcare."

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