They may have started with a Blues plan in a small state (Hawaii) and been moving deceptively slowly for a while, but having got Optum (part of United Healthgroup) on board last year, today American Well announced the landing of the other big Kahuna. Wellpoint will be rolling out American Well’s online care program in “certain markets” in Q4 this year.
If California isn’t one of those markets, expect some bitching and whining from at least one Wellpoint member in San Francisco! More seriously, as I’ve been saying for a while, Wellpoint’s online services for its members are a mess, and I’m looking forward to what the integration with online care looks like from the user end.
More from American Well to come, as I’ll be popping by their session at AHIP this morning (yes, it’s a slow recovery from last night in Vegas).
Full Disclosure: American Well is a corporate supporter of both THCB and Health 2.0.