Health Care Administrator First Choice Health Partners With Seattle Telehealth Firm 98point6

The pact will expand patient access to primary care telemedicine services across an eight-state region
Updated: Thu, 12/12/2019 - 14:19
 
 
  • The pact will expand patient access to primary care telemedicine services across an eight-state region
98point6 Inc.’s Robbie Cape has ambitious plans to reform the way health care is delivered.

Health-plan administrator First Choice Health and Seattle-based 98point6, a facilitator of medical-care services through a mobile platform, have teamed up to expand the reach of telehealth across the Pacific Northwest.

The deal makes 98point6’s telehealth platform available to self-funded employers utilizing First Choice’s health network, allowing covered employees to access on-demand primary care services ― such as consultation, diagnosis and treatment ― via their phones.

First Choice is a physician and hospital-owned company serving more than one million people in Washington and the Northwest. It operates a preferred provider network across eight states that encompasses some 110,000 providers, 2,400 medical facilities and 362 hospitals.

“Like 98point6, First Choice Health is focused on expanding access of quality medical care, from helping those who are the hardest to reach due to their location or schedules and delivering earlier medical interventions that reduce costs and increase employee satisfaction,” First Choice Health Chief Executive Officer and President Jaja Okigwe says. “First Choice Health employees self-tested the 98point6 platform over this past year and we’re confident that with its on-demand primary care services, we can help our members easily access quality care.”

98point6 Inc., a winner of a 2019 Tech Impact Award from Seattle Business magazine, offers users access to on-demand primary medical care through an app and website ― allowing patients to connect with a physician via their smartphones. The service has more than 750,000 members.

Most of the company’s clients are businesses looking to save on health care costs and offer employees accessible primary care, but 98point6 also provides individual options. It has more than 180 corporate clients and its services are available nationwide, with international expansion plans on the radar.

The company was launched by entrepreneur Robbie Cape in 2015 and to date has raised an impressive $86.3 million, including a $50 million funding round in October 2018.

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