America’s most disruptive health insurer picks Kiwi company Melon Health for diabetes prevention

Oscar Health insurance, the most disruptive player in the US health insurance market has selected Wellington company Melon Health to deliver a Diabetes Prevention Program to its San Francisco members.

This comes off the back of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the US agency responsible for the national Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), recently approving Melon as a national program provider and one of few companies delivering the program online.

Siobhan Bulfin, founder and CEO of Melon, said becoming an approved provider has opened up a whole new market for Melon in the US. “Within two weeks of receiving approval, we signed a new customer. And a pretty awesome one at that”.

“Oscar is disrupting health insurance by making something ordinarily unpleasant be more simple and engaging through technology.Melon is disrupting healthcare in a similar way. So it’s a perfect match.”

“The fact that they chose us over our competitors in San Francisco, is exciting and validating and recognises all the work the team have put in since Melon began in 2012”. Bulfin says.

The initial deal was signed in June and starts with 900 Oscar members. The program is expected to go live in August, with expansion likely as Oscar grows its presence on the west coast where Melon is based.

“Oscar is a technology focused health insurance company who were looking for an innovative digital program that could be launched in a quick turnaround. We were able to provide that”.

“We predict insurance companies, healthcare systems and employers to continue the trend of outsourcing disease prevention and management programs and we are excited to add Oscar to our list of recent partners.”

About Oscar Health

Oscar is a health insurance company that employs technology, design, and data to humanize health care. The company offers plans to individuals, couples, and families living in parts of New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas.

Founded in 2012, Oscar Health is headquartered in New York, New York, United States. More information can be found at www.hioscar.com