Eden Health and Convene want to merge healthcare and co-working – MedCity News

New York primary care startup Eden Health has launched a partnership with Convene to build a series of onsite health clinics within the company’s co-working locations.

Eden opened its first onsite health clinic at Convene’s newest and largest location in New York City and plans to open 25 locations across the co-working company’s footprint over the next 18 months in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston and Los Angeles.

Convene members, Convene employees and Eden Health members will be able to access the clinic, which will provide tech-enabled primary care services, including mental health resources.

“Now more than ever, progressive companies are prioritizing their employees’ physical and mental health and investing tremendous resources to create a better workplace experience,” Convene CEO Ryan Simonetti said in a statement.

“Over the past year, we have seen firsthand the benefits of bringing a primary healthcare solution directly to our employees and believe this will be a transformative healthcare amenity for our landlord partners, their tenants and our corporate clients.

Eden Health was founded in 2015 and raised a $10 million Series A round earlier this year to build out its employer-focused platform that combines virtual primary care service with physical clinics. Convene is an investor in the company.

The company’s model tries to better control employer healthcare costs by helping members navigate through their insurance benefits, routing members to available virtual care and reining in specialty care referrals through a specialist second opinion system.

Onsite clinics have long been a way for employers to get a better handle of their healthcare spending and boost preventive health services, but the capital and upstart costs associated with launching a facility mean the option is out of reach for many small and medium sized companies.

Eden, which is targeting mid-market employers with between 300 and 5,000 employees, is hoping that its new “plug and play” partnership with Convene will open up the market to a whole new category of companies.

“Primary care is a fundamental building block for healthcare, yet there is a dramatic shortage of high quality primary care options,” Eden Health CEO Matt McCambridge said in a statement.

“We’ve integrated around the clock virtual care with members-only on-site and near-site locations so that when a healthcare need arises, our members can access their Care Team right away.”

The startup isn’t alone in pursuing this model. Competitors like San Clemente Crossover Health have launched new near-site clinics that are open to a variety of nearby companies for a lower cost and have bolstered their own virtual care offerings.

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