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Philadelphia, PA — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with NantHealth to cover next-generation whole genome sequencing for a variety of cancers. Independence will become the first major insurer to offer coverage for next-generation whole genome sequencing, which fully sequences thousands of genes in a single test, detecting DNA mutations that may serve as markers that inform decisions about optimal cancer therapy….
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Philadelphia Continues to Lead the Charge in Health Care Innovation

Philadelphia, PA – Leading global start up accelerator Dreamit today announced that it has renewed its partnerships with industry leaders Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Penn Medicine to advance entrepreneurship and health care innovation. The continued support follows significant upgrades to the Dreamit Health program announced earlier this year….

Eight leading Philadelphia organizations work with innovators to tackle chronic disease

Philadelphia, PA – The CEO Council for Growth (“CEO Council”) announced today that its Health Care Innovation Collaborative (“Collaborative”) has launched an open call for innovators around the country to work with its founding member organizations to tackle problems associated with chronic disease….
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Event (#healthhackPHL), offers forum for innovators to collaborate and bring ideas to life


Philadelphia’s largest insurer, Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and one of the largest health care systems, Jefferson (through its Innovation Pillar), will be hosting a free, three-day Health Hack that brings together health care professionals, designers, programmers, nurses, engineers,…

Dreamit and partners Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine driving innovation in digital health

Philadelphia, PA – Leading global start up accelerator Dreamit today hosts its 10th Demo Day in Philadelphia, where eight up and coming start ups will take the stage and present their businesses to health care industry leaders and investors. The event marks the culmination of the 2015 Dreamit Health Philadelphia program,…
Philadelphia, PA – Independence Blue Cross (Independence) today announced that Somesh Nigam, senior vice president and chief informatics officer, has received the 2015 Multicultural Leadership Award from the National Diversity Council (NDC). The award was presented at the 6th Annual Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference, an event encouraging individuals to network and grow their shared knowledge of diversity and leadership….

Highlights Human-Centered InnovationSM Program focusing on keeping people well

Philadelphia, PA – Independence Blue Cross (Independence) President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty joined health care leaders and executives from across the country today at the 2015 MedCity News CONVERGE conference to deliver the opening keynote address. Speaking in Philadelphia, Hilferty shared Independence’s vision to revolutionize health care through its Human-Centered InnovationSM Program,…

Accelerator program takes on the health care industry’s greatest challenges

Philadelphia, PA – Independence Blue Cross (Independence), Penn Medicine, and Dreamit Ventures today announced the third class of Dreamit Health Philadelphia health-tech startups. Recruited from around the world, these companies will participate in a 16-week boot camp from July to October 2015. Dreamit Health will give each startup tools and support to fast track into high-growth potential companies that will tackle some of the health care’s greatest challenges — from preventing concussions to helping working professionals care for their aging parents….
Philadelphia, PA – To enhance Philadelphia’s role as a global leader in health care innovation, Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and Thomas Jefferson University (Jefferson) have announced a new collaboration to begin on July 1 that is designed to boost innovation in health care across the region and help both organizations improve the quality and value of heath care….

Daniel J. Hilferty shares insight on organization’s Human-Centered InnovationSM

Philadelphia, PA –Independence Blue Cross (Independence) President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty spoke on a panel yesterday at the Health Evolution Summit in Dana Point, California, an annual invitation-only event that brought together 500 prominent business leaders from health care services, IT, and life science sectors to discuss critical issues facing the health care industry….