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General Catalyst and Jefferson Health announce innovation partnership

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | October 19, 2021 Business Affairs
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- General Catalyst and Jefferson Health today announced the formation of a first-of-its-kind innovation partnership -- making the venture capital firm a leading innovation partner for Jefferson Health’s digital transformation initiatives. As part of this partnership, Jefferson will tap the newly formed ‘Health Assurance Network’-- a group of tech innovation companies dedicated to delivering the best offering in their respective spaces, and collectively committed to helping healthcare systems transform themselves. The partnership will help Jefferson accomplish its strategic priorities: seeking to modernize Jefferson’s technology platform; diversify revenue streams; and prepare it to lead as more care becomes digital and value-based. The partnership announced today involves a coordinated effort by General Catalyst and its network of health assurance companies, including Commure and Tendo, and may expand to include others.

“This partnership is essential for accelerating the promise of health assurance which aims to evolve the current ‘sick care’ system into a more proactive, preventative and cost-effective approach,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. “There is real power in healthcare leaders collaborating with technology innovators. Our partnership with General Catalyst and its companies enables us all to work towards outcomes none of us could achieve on our own: better patient experiences, reduced costs, and expanded access to quality care while solving for the proliferation of siloed, disconnected technology solutions.”

The deal represents a unique reimagining of the role of a venture capital firm -- going beyond the traditional focus of just funding companies to thinking about how to build, focus and federate them. General Catalyst Managing Partner Hemant Taneja said: “This is both an amazing opportunity and a great responsibility for our health assurance network companies -- including Commure, Tendo, Transcarent and Olive. The Jefferson leadership is embracing innovation as a core strategy for how they deliver health assurance to their communities. This work will become a model for how we have impact at national scale.”

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The partnership approach solves for a big challenge for leading healthcare systems like Jefferson: the proliferation of siloed, disconnected technology solutions. Each healthcare system, with its own regional footprint and unique needs, has created its own technology flows and systems. There is no one universal standard or delivery platform. In addition, there are hundreds of technology solutions who are vying for a piece of the hospital system’s growing technology budget, resulting in further fragmentation. The new deal will provide Jefferson an opportunity to minimize technical complexity and reduce fragmentation, but without sacrificing access to sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology.

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