UnitedHealth's Optum Targets 75 Markets For Health Center Expansion

Forbes | April 21, 2016

UnitedHealth Group, the largest U.S. health insurer, is escalating its already aggressive effort to become a nationwide provider of medical care, targeting 75 markets across the country for expansion via its fast-growing Optum healthcare services unit. It’s a retail approach that includes urgent care centers and related locally based community health clinics, which became a bigger focus of UnitedHealth last year after Optum bought MedExpress, which operates urgent care centers in 14 states.

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Traditional methods of delivering medicine to rural communities have not been considered the most efficient solutions. Patients in smaller areas of the Dominican Republic, for example, would often go weeks without receiving the care they needed, increasing mortality rates. A reliable and cost-efficient solution became necessary. Thankfully, drone technology would answer the call. Watch how powerful equipment like the Matrice 600, and a strong collaboration between the local medical staff, Ministry of Health, and the Drone Innovation Center, has led to increased efficiency during important medical deliveries.

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Traditional methods of delivering medicine to rural communities have not been considered the most efficient solutions. Patients in smaller areas of the Dominican Republic, for example, would often go weeks without receiving the care they needed, increasing mortality rates. A reliable and cost-efficient solution became necessary. Thankfully, drone technology would answer the call. Watch how powerful equipment like the Matrice 600, and a strong collaboration between the local medical staff, Ministry of Health, and the Drone Innovation Center, has led to increased efficiency during important medical deliveries.

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Bearpac Medical, LLC | March 16, 2022

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Mpowered Health Announces Partnership with eHealth to Help Consumers Select and Enroll in Medicare and Individual & Family Health Insurance Plans

Mpowered Health | October 22, 2021

Mpowered Health, a consumer health empowerment company, today announced a partnership with eHealth, Inc., a leading online health insurance marketplace. Through its partnership with eHealth, Mpowered Health's consumers who include seniors, uninsured and underinsured families, can now review, compare, and enroll in a broad selection of plans, with access to tools that will help them find plans covering their preferred doctors and personal prescription drug needs at the lowest price. "Our vision is to provide consumers the convenience, choice, transparency and access they need to make better healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Providing a convenient, personalized coverage purchasing experience is aligned with this vision. We are pleased to partner with eHealth in bringing this convenience to our consumers." Nandini Devi, Founder & CEO, Mpowered Health "Mpowered Health's commitment to promoting market transparency and empowering consumers makes it a natural partner for eHealth," said John Connor, eHealth's Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Partnerships. "At eHealth, we're dedicated to serving the needs of all health insurance consumers, from individuals and families to Medicare beneficiaries, by helping them find the very best coverage for their personal needs and budget. We're excited to work with Mpowered Health toward that goal." Prior to founding Mpowered Health, Nandini co-founded ZeOmega and helped scale it into one of the largest population health management solutions companies in the industry. Nandini founded Mpowered Health in February 2019 as a bold move intended to give consumers a voice, the transparency, the choice, the access and the convenience they need to manage their own and their family's healthcare from birth to end-of-life. About Mpowered Health Mpowered Health is a consumer-driven healthcare technology company committed to creating a better healthcare experience for consumers and enterprises. The California-based company empowers consumers to take charge of their healthcare by providing mobile-led solutions that improve transparency, choice, access and convenience. About eHealth eHealth, Inc. operates a leading health insurance marketplace at eHealth.com and eHealthMedicare.com with technology that provides consumers with health insurance enrollment solutions. Since 1997, eHealth has connected more than 8 million members with quality, affordable health insurance, Medicare options, and ancillary plans. eHealth's proprietary marketplace offers Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Part D prescription drug, individual, family, small business and other plans from over 200 health insurance carriers across 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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PicnicHealth | May 25, 2021

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