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Buoy Health

At Buoy Health, we believe that when it comes to health care, knowledge is power. And power can’t reside in the hands of doctors alone.  That’s why we’ve brought together some of the most renowned and forward-thinking partners in the industry like Optum Ventures to help us both strategically scale our efforts and to navigate new and effective ways to integrate our smart symptom checker, Buoy, into hospitals, doctors’ offices and insurance systems. Andrew Le, MD, CEO and Co-founder
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Shyft Analytics

Our growth is a reflection of the value we're delivering to our customers and the importance of data analytics in clinical and commercial decision making. The investment from Optum is an affirmation of that value and of our shared view of the exciting and transformative changes happening in health care today. As our customers become ever more patient-centric, we're partnering with leading companies to develop and deliver the right treatment to the right patient with the best possible outcome. Zack King, CEO and Founder
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Optum Ventures is an ideal partner for Apervita. Optum's leadership in health care, technology, and innovation provides Apervita strategic insights to accelerate our growth, and the breadth of Optum's industry reach with its payer and provider customers and partners uniquely positions them to understand and leverage the transformational power of Apervita. The Optum Ventures team's deep health care business tenure adds valuable practical experience and operational expertise to the Apervita team. Paul Magelli, CEO
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Managing the complex landscape of payer and provider models, and the solution and business requirements of each is critical to the success of a young company with a vision as ambitious as ours. Navigating those interactions can be time consuming and challenging. We are extremely fortunate to have Optum Ventures as a strategic investor and partner. Optum Ventures exposes us to a range of talent and advice from been-there-done-that entrepreneurs to highly strategic top visionaries in the health care industry. They have brought us into working groups within Optum and introduced us to partners in their network, helping shape and accelerate our market entry. Paul Dagum, MD, CEO and Founder
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A word from our team

Virginia McFerran
Optum Ventures brings confidence and a contemporary flair to its investments. The people in our portfolio companies, all of them, are committed to making the health care system work better. They are not afraid to challenge the 'old ways' and are savvy enough to balance rigorous focus with ego-free flexibility.

Virginia McFerran, Partner

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