The Fast Track to Scale Accelerator powered by Anthem, Inc. in partnership with MassChallenge HealthTech (MCHT) matches the world’s most talented entrepreneurs with a team of program champions to redefine the future of health. After a rigorous judging process, five high-potential finalists were selected to participate out of 126 international competitors. A testament to the strength of the FTTS Accelerator Class of 2020, three of the five finalists are being recognized as Diamond, Platinum, and Gold winners. ianacare claims top honors as the Diamond Award winner, with DynamiCare receiving the Platinum Award, and Karuna Health receiving the Gold Award.
ianacare (Diamond), DynamiCare (Platinum), and Karuna Health (Gold)
ianacare was named the Diamond Award winner because they were the fastest to scale. The startup was the fastest to integrate within the existing digital suite of solutions which reach end users in local communities.
“At Anthem we are always looking for ways to simplify health care and improve the lives of the communities we serve. The Fast Track to Scale Accelerator allows us to source and validate high-quality solutions at record speed with key input from some of the most innovative employers. The accelerator provides high potential start-ups with the two mission critical components for success: access to relevant problem statements and engaged decision makers.”
Mariya Filipova, VP Innovation at Anthem
The FTTS Accelerator matches talented entrepreneurs from around the world with program champions from Anthem and industry-leading employers. The goal is to find innovative solutions that improve individual health and well-being and enhance the overall health care experience.
"Fast Track to Scale enables GE Appliances to be part of a unique collective that accelerates new paradigms in health benefits. These winning solutions provide us with powerful ways to support our employees.”
Dr. Diana Han, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Director, Global Healthcare GE Appliances
The FTTS Accelerator looks for startups with the ability to both transform the health care system and impact whole health, a vision of the health care system that continuously supports and improves our overall health rather than only intervening when we are sick. The five finalists were judged on their speed to market, which became even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ianacare is a free mobile app where consumers can mobilize personal social circles of friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to coordinate practical help with everyday needs such as dropping off groceries, picking up medications from the pharmacy, virtual check-ins, and emotional connections.
ianacare provides support for family caregivers and has clear integration points with traditional health care and community resources.
“To make ianacare successful, there are many stakeholders that have to buy in. Thanks to Anthem and the Fast Track to Scale Accelerator, all of the stakeholders were at the table to work with us, which was just an unbelievable opportunity.”
Steven Lee, President and COO, ianacare
After only 5 months in the program, ianacare launched in May as part of a suite of resources on the Anthem coronavirus resources page.
“We are excited to be part of designing and delivering programs that push the envelope on what it means to support health care consumers. We know caregiving is a social determinant of health that deserves attention and we are committed to providing innovative solutions that improve the whole health of our communities.”
Alan Gilbert, VP of Anthem’s Drivers of Health Strategy
The FTTS Accelerator program champions are also working to include the next version of ianacare in a comprehensive caregiver solution that will be offered to all 78,000 Anthem employees.
“Our associates show up every day to take care of our consumers. So Anthem is committed to helping them be the healthiest they can be.”
Donna Gibson, Staff VP of Associate Benefits and Total Rewards, Anthem
Anthem has established paths to scale for our Platinum and Gold winners.
We continue to work with our other finalists on future paths to scale.
The Fast Track to Scale Accelerator will officially recognize our Diamond, Platinum, and Gold winners and program finalists during the 2021 program kickoff at the MassChallenge HealthTech finale on September 10th.
Details of the event as well as the application process and areas of focus for the 2021 program will be announced in the coming weeks. If you would like to be included in a distribution list to receive more information, please email the FTTS Program Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our 2021 Program will launch in September, come back soon for more information.
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