Cambia Health and Livongo partner to bring personal, tech-driven diabetes program to Pacific Northwest

Livongo Health’s program offers a personalized, tech-fueled approach to treating diabetes, a complex chronic condition that’s becoming an increasing problem in the U.S. and other developed countries. (Livongo Health Photo)

Portland, Ore., based health collective Cambia Health Solutions announced a new partnership Wednesday with Bay Area health technology company Livongo Health, with the aim of expanding Livongo’s tech-fueled healthcare solutions to the Pacific Northwest.

At the partnership’s inception, Cambia will help Livongo deploy its Livongo for Diabetes program in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It will be offered through Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance providers.

Cambia and Livongo will also collaborate on creating new personalized healthcare solutions for those with chronic conditions, like hypertension.

Cambia Health Solutions CEO Mark Ganz. (Cambia Health Solutions Photo)

“We see great potential in collaborating with Livongo to transform the experience Americans have in health and in sickness,” Cambia Health Solutions CEO Mark Ganz said in a press release. Cambia is a collective of more than 20 companies working in the health space, including Seattle-based healthcare innovation hub Cambia Grove and a health insurance plan that services 2 million people in the Pacific Northwest.

“Livongo is a kindred spirit on our journey to make health care more person-focused and economically sustainable. Both companies are committed to a human-centered design approach and seamless experiences for individuals and their families,” Ganz said.

Livongo is one of many third-party healthcare companies providing a new kind of health product: A program that goes beyond traditional drugs, doctors visits and operations and aims to manage chronic conditions using a combination of traditional treatment and technology solutions.

The approach plays into several trends shaping healthcare in a digital age. It takes advantage of the wealth of health data at our disposal to improve care, then personalizes each person’s care based on that and other data. It also uses technology to extend the reach of healthcare from clinics and doctors’ offices into a patient’s everyday life.

“At Livongo we create personalized member experiences based on data insights that we offer to our members in a way that empowers them to make better health decisions,” Livongo CEO Glen Tullman said in a press release. “We’re energized by the opportunity to partner with Cambia and expand the reach and impact of our ‘whole person’ approach to health and health care.”

The partnership was announced in tandem with a $105 million funding round for Livongo, which included funds from tech-heavy investors like Microsoft Ventures, General Catalyst and DFJ. DFJ’s portfolio includes heavy hitters like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, real estate tech company Redfin and recent Amazon acquisition Ring.

Echo Health Ventures, a joint investment venture by Cambia and Mosaic Health Solutions, also contributed to that new funding.

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