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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Amazon Give Anthem Members Increased Access to Health Information to Enhance Their Healthcare Experience

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 24, 2020--

As part of its commitment to offering members a digital-first healthcare experience – where, when, and how they want it, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia (Anthem) introduced the enhanced Anthem Skill to members of its commercial Medical and Dental health plans, allowing them to order prescription refills as well as other health plan actions. Through an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo, or the Alexa app on a phone, the Anthem Skill is a 24/7, voice-activated way for members to also quickly access some of their health and dental plan benefit information.

”We are committed to giving our health plan members innovative, data-driven, and personalized products and services that enhance and simplify their healthcare experience – while helping them improve their health and well-being,” said Pam Stahl, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia. “We know that consumer expectations have evolved and people today expect a more customized and seamless experience. The introduction of the enhanced Anthem Skill is the latest example of our digital-first approach to healthcare, and helps us better support the people we serve.”

Anthem is one of the first health plans to offer access to specific health plan information through an Anthem Skill. After linking their account, customers can ask Alexa questions about some of their Anthem Medical and Dental health plan benefits, such as:

Members can also ask the Anthem Skill about more than 200 healthcare terms.

Members of Anthem’s commercial Medical and Dental health insurance plans who want to use the Anthem Skill for Alexa will have to link the Anthem Skill to their Anthem account, using the same ID and password they use to log into Anthem.com or the Anthem mobile app. The information given through the Anthem Skill is pulled from the same source as the member portal so there will not be a difference in the information available through these tools.

Anthem Skill can only access information from a member’s current Anthem-affiliated commercial health plan. Members will not be able to access information from other/previous health plans. The interactions with the Anthem Skill comply with federal HIPAA privacy rules, and any information stored is done so in an accumulated, de-identified manner.

Anthem will continue to enhance the Anthem Skill experience so that it offers information that will simplify healthcare and help consumers lead healthier lives. Anthem anticipates making health plan information available for its Vision plan later this year along with other updates. The company will continue to further enhance the Anthem Skill through consumer feedback to determine what types of information individuals would find useful in navigating their healthcare.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The Blue Cross Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is available at . Also, follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at .

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CONTACT: Hieu Nguyen

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hieu.nguyen2@anthem.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA GEORGIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HEALTH TECHNOLOGY INSURANCE MOBILE/WIRELESS GENERAL HEALTH INTERNET

SOURCE: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia

Copyright Business Wire 2020.

PUB: 06/24/2020 07:55 AM/DISC: 06/24/2020 07:55 AM

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