ANDHealth Collaborates with US Healthcare Leader Anthem Inc. to Bring Innovative Australian Technologies to the US Market
12 March 2021
ANDHealth, Australia’s leading organisation in the commercialisation of digital health technologies, today announced a joint effort with the Anthem Digital Incubator to facilitate and accelerate US market access and uptake for Australian digital health companies and their products and services.
Anthem, Inc., an innovation leader dedicated to improving health, serves more than 110 million people, including approximately 43 million within its family of health plans. In late 2020, the company became the first major US Healthcare payor to create a dedicated digital incubator and innovation program.
The Anthem-ANDHealth collaboration creates a pathway for Australian digital health companies seeking to prepare for and enter the US market.
Bronwyn Le Grice, Founder & CEO of ANDHealth commented, “The US market is absolutely critical to the global scale up and commercialisation of our leading digital health technologies.”
“As one of the largest healthcare companies in the US market, and the only payor with a digital incubator program, our work together offers Australian companies unprecedented access to knowledge, skills, expertise and programs to help them access the world’s largest market for digital health.”
Kate Merton, Anthem’s Staff Vice President of Digital Care Delivery remarked, “Because innovation has no borders, Anthem is looking globally for high-potential start-ups and entrepreneurs with ideas, products, and services that have the potential to help consumers lead healthier lives, while simplifying healthcare.”
“The Anthem Digital Incubator looks forward to building a close and collaborative relationship with ANDHealth, as a part of our global approach to improving consumers’ health and wellbeing as well as enhancing the healthcare experience.”
Within the collaborative framework, ANDHealth will identify and nominate relevant Australian companies for the Anthem Digital Incubator Challenges. In addition, the agreement creates a framework for a two-way exchange of market information, expert coaching and mentoring, and educational content for the benefit of both programs.
ANDHealth was formed to address an identified gap in the Australian Innovation landscape: to provide programs and support to digital health companies that was specific to the challenges of commercialising in this new and emerging sector. By forming a multi-sectoral, multidisciplinary membership and working collaboratively across Australia, we bring proven expertise to our innovators and investors.
ANDHealth is Australia’s only organisation specialised in the acceleration of commercialisation in digital health technologies and has a proven track record of accelerating the global scale-up of high growth potential companies creating jobs, advanced manufacturing, clinical trials, and patient impact. Our unique, non-profit, industry-led model helps Australian digital health companies to navigate the pathway to institutional investment and international market entry.
ANDHealth is also Australia’s only female-founded and female-led health technology accelerator.
ABOUT ANTHEM INC
Anthem is a leading health benefits company dedicated to improving lives and communities, and making healthcare simpler. Through its affiliated companies, Anthem serves more than 110 million people, including approximately 43 million within its family of health plans. We aim to be the most innovative, valuable and inclusive partner. For more information, please visit www.antheminc.com.
ABOUT ANTHEM DIGITAL INCUBATOR
The Anthem Digital Incubator (ADI) is an invite-only initiative providing resident companies with funding, unique growth and educational opportunities, as well as, customized coaching for their innovative solution. The ADI model operates in both a brick and mortar and virtual setting. ADI provides a holistic approach to incubating companies with a broad catalog of offerings including Mentoring, Path to Market Opportunities, Programming, and Funding.