The Boston-based health care organization founded by giant employers Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase have announced its name — Haven — and launched a new website at havenhealthcare.com.
Haven will serve 1.2 million employees and families affiliated with Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. Over time, its founders intend to share what it learns to help others.
The three companies announced plans in January 2018 to create the organization, which they say is “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.”
“We want to change the way people experience health care so that it is simpler, better and lower cost,” said Haven CEO Atul Gawande. “We’ll start small, learn from the experience of patients, and continue to expand to meet their needs.”
Gawande became CEO in July 2018 and assembled a leadership team, including former Comcast executive Jack Stoddard as chief operating officer, Serkan Kutan as chief technology officer, Dana Safran as head of measurement, and others.
Gawande is a surgeon, professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, and a journalist who has written about rising health care spending.
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Gawande said he has been meeting with Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase employees to understand their health care experiences.
In a letter posted on Haven’s website, he vowed the company will be an “advocate for the patient and an ally to anyone — clinicians, industry leaders, innovators, policymakers and others — who make patient care and cost better.”
The website identifies areas where Haven hopes to improve on the health system, including the difficulty people have accessing care, navigating the complex system, and affording medical treatments and prescription drugs.
“The good news is the best results are not the most complicated or expensive. The right care in the right place is often more effective and less costly than what we get today,” Gawande said.
Haven is currently focused on recruiting software engineers, data scientists and clinicians to join its team.
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