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Avizia acquires Carena in telehealth consolidation

Steve Rogerson
October 12, 2017



Telehealth company Avizia has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based virtual care provider.
 
Virginia-based Avizia partners with providers to deploy and power system-wide telehealth strategies. With the acquisition of Carena, Avizia now has a customisable telehealth platform that includes software, mobile applications, virtual care devices and a provider network.
 
Founded in 2000, Carena designs and operates virtual clinics for health systems and provides access to care for more than 35 million consumers. As part of Avizia, Carena’s services offer health systems a customisable approach to virtual care delivery.
 
“This acquisition combines two of the nation’s leading virtual care platforms,” said Mike Baird, CEO of Avizia. “With Carena’s select provider network, Avizia empowers hospitals with the most comprehensive, customisable and trusted telehealth available.”
 
Avizia is backed by healthcare organisations such as HealthQuest, Northwell Health and NewYork-Presbyterian, and has raised $20m in funding since its founding in 2013. The company now powers telehealth programmes at more than a quarter of the USA’s hospitals.
 
“The Carena team is proud to become a part of the Avizia telehealth platform, which is trusted by four out of the top five IDNs and connects the nation’s leading neurology, psychiatric and paediatric programmes,” said Ralph Derrickson, president and CEO of Carena. “Our combined company partners with some of the most prestigious healthcare organisations in the country, including Catholic Health Initiatives, NewYork-Presbyterian, Northwell Health, Dignity Health and the Medical University of South Carolina.”
 
Derrickson will take a leadership role with Avizia as senior vice president of corporate development. Avizia’s corporate headquarters will remain in Reston, Virginia. Carena’s Seattle-based office will remain part of Avizia’s nationwide recruitment and growth strategy.
 
Avizia is a privately-held company and terms of the acquisition were be disclosed.
 
Carena partners with more than 120 hospitals, offering virtual care access to over 35 million consumers.