Generali Global Assistance ramps up its healthcare ambitions
Insurance company Generali Global Assistance is looking to further its healthcare ambitions by recently partnering with rideshare company Lyft. The agreement will see the companies support those who suffer from minor inconveniences, to life-threatening medical situation and all those in-between in its new suite of service offerings.
Housing over 50 accident, health, property and casualty insurers amongst the clients which utilise its services, the deal will see help ensure that set-up and billing for covered transports for insured and corporate travellers can be managed efficiently, with less travel interruption and higher productivity for travellers. The first of many partnerships to come in future, the deal will see a reduction in overall ground transport costs.
"This partnership with Generali Global Assistance enables us to get one step closer to our mission of improving people's lives with the world's best transportation," said Dan Trigub, Head of West Coast Healthcare Partnerships at Lyft.
"Together, we're working to provide even more customers with an efficient and effective transportation solution in a variety of situations – improving transit options for millions of their customers across the country."
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Generali Global Assistance has also recently acquired tech-enabled caregiver marketplace CareLinx, which provides and improves access to affordable, quality home care for families, large health systems, and insurance companies.
Chris Carnicelli, CEO of Generali Global Assistance, said: “Healthcare in general, and CareLinx in particular, have a direct synergy with our value proposition of providing ‘non-stop caring’ to our customers.
As the senior population continues to rise, both families and health systems are faced with the dilemma of how to provide an adequate level of quality, but affordable care.
CareLinx shares our mission of improving lives through services that can lessen the impacts of life’s most stressful periods and by providing them with the necessary resources to rapidly expand their market share, we believe we will help them positively affect change to senior care services in the United States.”
Lyft is currently integrated with CareLinx, providing a seamless delivery of patient centered care. Consequently, CareLinx and Lyft have developed CareRides, which has become an essential door-through-door transportation service to increase freedom and mobility for millions of individuals who need extra support across the US.
On the rise: Doktor.se
1. Doktor.se launches as a digital healthcare platform in Sweden in 2016. The company's focus is on the B2B market, with a mission to help members find, book and get access to healthcare services through telehealth and telephone calls.
2. The company offers healthcare services through its app as well as at bricks and mortar clinics. After raising more than €40 million in a funding round in May 2020 to expand its operations both nationally and overseas, CEO and founder Martin Lindman says there are plans to enter new markets at the beginning of 2021.
3. Belgium becomes the fifth market where Doktor.se provides telemedicine, through Belgium's communications company Proximus Group. It becomes the second most downloaded doctor app in Europe, and over 1.2 million patient consultations are carried out, either through the app or at physical clinics in Sweden. Throughout 2020 it administers over 250,000 COVID-19 antibody tests in Sweden.
4. Doktor.se is the most popular digital healthcare in Sweden, used by approximately one-tenth of the country's population. New funds are raised to offer improved services for mental health and chronic illnesses, and to expand digital services and acquire physical services to integrate into its digital platforms with the aim of creating a hybrid model.
5. The company announces €29.5 million in funding from Chinese technology multinational Tencent Holdings. Doktor.se say the funds will be used to make its global healthcare services more efficient, accessible and affordable.
The platform now employs nurses, doctors and specialist doctors, psychologists, and physiotherapists, and is available across Europe and in Brazil.
6. Over 1.5 million people are currently using healthcare apps developed by Doktor.se, either run by the company or through its SaaS licensing business. There are around 900 people employed by the company, and Doktor.se say that the productivity of medical staff using the platform is up to four times greater than those working in traditional services.