In 2020, a group of five amazing health plans that in total serve more than 20 million members recognized that despite the miracles that medications can deliver every day, how medications get to patients is in need of reform. Rapidly rising costs and inefficient system complexities have proven detrimental to patients and the industry alike. Each company made a significant investment to establish Evio as the independent entity to lead this transformation.
We are incredibly grateful to be working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Shield of California, Highmark Inc., and Independence Blue Cross to achieve our mission. Initially, Evio will offer services to each of the five investor health plans to complement other innovative medication services the health plans offer.
[eh·vio] The root ev- is derived from the importance of evidence based decision making, evolution of the model, and our emphasis on better care for everyone; “vio” means “to go somewhere,” which is also represented by the forward arrow in our logo. The active, energetic connotations and human elements of our name give meaning to our company’s vision and approach.
Unlike nearly any other startup, we started on day one with the opportunity to serve more than 20 million of our customers’ members—nearly all of whom will take medications for anything from a migraine to cancer treatment at some point. This enables a different level of data and resources—and a higher bar to get it right. We are structured to be independent to find the best answer for everyone. We maintain a long term and transformational perspective and are building our team, vision, and solutions as such.
Connecting innovation across the value chain is key to achieving the lofty goals of reimagining the healthcare system. We do not believe we have to build everything ourselves. We see ourselves in many cases as a convener and are excited to connect with a passionate community of innovators who are doing amazing things for patients, in addition to our core strategic partners:
Synergie Medication Collective
Our quickly growing team has a diverse set of healthcare backgrounds — in pharmacy and other specialties, value based care, clinical, growth, strategy, operations, and analytics. We each bring unique, highly personal healthcare experiences that contribute to our shared passion for transformation. Our goal is to ultimately build a better pharmacy experience for everyone.
Hank brings over 20 years of health care innovation, growth, and operations experience to Evio across consulting, provider and technology. He’s excited and proud to build and grow the Evio business and team because of the impact he knows we can have on something that touches everyone, including his own family. When he’s not slacking the team with new ideas to challenge the current state, you’ll find him at one of his 3 girls’ softball, swimming, soccer, or basketball games, or practicing with them in the backyard.
Helen comes to Evio with over 20 years of health care leadership and consulting experience in pharmacy value chain innovation and financing, focused on advancing the most effective use of medications. She is proud to pioneer Evio's transformational vision because we're aligning pharmaceutical innovations with individualized medication therapy strategies. When she’s not designing unique methods to get the right medications to patients, you’ll find her open water swimming, running, biking, hiking, or skiing.
Jeff comes to Evio with 15 years of experience providing legal and regulatory guidance to companies in the healthcare, insurance, and financial sectors. He is excited to represent Evio's legal and compliance capabilities because of the opportunity to transform an enormous part of the healthcare system that currently doesn’t work for most people. When he’s not staying on top of the fluid healthcare regulatory landscape, you’ll find him skiing with his family, cheering for the Colorado Avalanche, or reading about space and science with his preschooler.
Matt comes to Evio with over 10 years of strategy experience across healthcare, including employers, health plans, and venture-backed startups. He is proud to lead Evio's strategic initiatives as the team consistently questions the status quo and seeks to elevate the expectation patients have of their pharmacy journey. When he’s not reading about emerging pharma trends or modeling the next opportunity, you’ll find him at a new restaurant with his wife, golfing (poorly), or hanging at the park with his dog.
Ramesh brings over 15 years of health care product development, growth and operations experience to Evio across payer, pharmacy benefit manager and digital health. He is excited to lead Evio’s digital health priorities and develop novel approaches to improving patient health. When he is not thinking about the next healthcare innovation opportunity, you will find him exploring a remote corner of the world with his wife, hanging out with his two dogs, or eating at one of many food trucks in Austin.
Matt comes to Evio with over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry specializing in medication pricing, distribution, and commercial reimbursement. He’s excited to lead the creation and implementation of innovative, value-based business models with biopharmaceutical manufacturer partners because these new models will create pathways for patients to access the best medication at the right time to optimize their health outcomes. When he’s not cultivating partnerships, you’ll find him enjoying the outdoors with his wife, three daughters, and beloved chocolate lab named Bo.
Lynn brings over 25 years of creating and implementing healthcare strategies backed by robust science for informed, transparent decision-making. She’s proud to help lead Evio's clinical insights team because of our undying commitment to deliver “out-of-the-box” solutions to make healthcare accessible, affordable, and easier for everyone. When she’s not scoping out the latest medication pipeline for new areas of opportunity, you’ll find her playing a round of golf (in the sand traps) with her husband and son.
Matt brings over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles in healthcare operations and managed care. He is proud to build Evio's pharmacy network because he believes the best version of the pharmacy supply chain has not yet been realized, and that Evio is in a position to have a real impact. When he is not creating network and distribution solutions, you’ll find him spending time with family and friends, and traveling as much as possible.
Anna comes to Evio with a background in health care strategy and strategic business initiatives. She’s proud to cultivate the internal and external Evio experience because our people and customers are the foundation of a company that is transforming frustrating everyday health experiences. When she’s not fostering team culture, designing frictionless product experiences, or crafting communications, you’ll find her exploring the mountains of Colorado with her family or enjoying a coffee at a neighborhood spot.
Chris comes to Evio with 10 years of experience in pharmacy value chain, business development and strategy. He is proud to lead Evio's business development because of the team’s conviction to create an easier and more transparent healthcare experience. When he is not building relationships, you’ll find him running around the park with his wife and sons, playing basketball, or walking his dog.
Aaron comes to Evio with over 15 years of risk consulting experience largely focused on health plan strategy and risk transfer as a credentialed actuary. He is excited to lead Evio's analytics team because the pharmacy segment of the US healthcare system has significant transformational opportunity that can be solved with data. When he’s not grinding out insights on health risk, you'll find him embracing the girl-dad life (professional curly hair styler!), scaling a mountain in Colorado, or relaxing with his wife.
Rob comes to Evio with over 14 years of Healthcare Information Technology experience in the pharmacy and laboratory space. He’s proud to lead Evio’s technology team because he believes we can make a difference in patient care with our solutions. When he’s not delivering innovative solutions to bring impactful change for our industry, you’ll find him working out at the gym, playing wiffle ball with his family, hanging out at the pool or enjoying a new restaurant with his wife.
Deborah Rice-Johnson, CEO of Diversified Businesses for Highmark Inc. and chief growth officer, serves as Evio's chairperson. Deborah is driven by a passion for reinventing health care experiences and pioneering provider relationships to keep care close to home and change antiquated reimbursement methods. She brings more than 30 years of leadership in the health insurance industry, and has led alliances that have helped make care more affordable, create healthier outcomes, and grow the health insurance organization’s influence.
Juan Lopez is executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer at Independence Health Group. In this role, Juan is responsible for all financial functions for Independence Blue Cross and other subsidiaries. He also plays a key role in strategic planning for the organization. Additionally he actively supports the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Juan has more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, and audit. He is an active member on the Board of several organizations in the Philadelphia area.
Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of Strategy, Innovation and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, serves as the company's senior management lead — shaping BCBSM’s enterprise strategy and innovation agenda. Under Lynda’s leadership, BCBSM has entered new markets, expanded lines of business, and acquired key assets to further the organization’s long-term strategy. She continues to focus her efforts on creating strategic partnerships both within and outside of the Blues System.
Richard Lynch, chief operating officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, brings over 30 years of health plan leadership to Evio’s board. As a leader in the healthcare industry his passion lies in the humanity of healthcare and improving the quality of healthcare delivery.He has held leadership roles across a variety of health insurance plans and has a clinical background as an intensive care unit nurse. Rich is also an adjunct professor for health policy at Northeastern University.
Sandra Clarke, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Blue Shield of California, brings a passion for transforming member experience while reducing costs and developing strategies to change health care. She has a rich background with over 25 years as a leader in global business. She has held finance roles in a variety of critical industries such as technology and pharmaceuticals, alongside her valued roles on multiple boards for innovative ventures.
As President and CEO of Evio, Hank is an ex-officio Evio board member. He brings 20 years of health care innovation, growth, and operations experience to Evio across consulting, provider and technology. Over his healthcare career, Hank was a partner in McKinsey’s payor and provider practice, chief growth officer of a technology-based innovator in the radiology space, and a 7-year executive at DaVita across multiple entrepreneurial and operational roles all centered around value-based care.
The people our business serves always come first. We put ourselves in the shoes of the patients, clinicians, and stakeholders our solutions benefit.
We’re committed to fostering a culture where everyone belongs and is valued for their background, experience and insights – one that encourages diversity of ideas, and is a nurturing, trusting, and accepting place for all.
We’re flexible, thrive in ambiguity, fail fast, and pivot quickly to get to a better answer. We celebrate wins and pivots with equal intensity.
Guided by evidence and data, we are creative, curious, and unwavering in our pursuit of challenging the status quo and each other.
Just as we seek to bring transparency to the pharmacy supply chain, authenticity and integrity are core to the way we communicate.
We strive to raise the bar in all we do by hiring and developing exceptional talent and holding ourselves and our thinking to the highest standard.
Blue Cross Blue Shield companies form Synergie Medication Collective, a new venture to radically improve affordability and access to costly medications for millions.
The Aetion Evidence Platform® will support Evio's data-driven efforts to ensure every patient receives the right medication for their unique situation, from the beginning.
Evio has contracted directly with biosimilars manufacturers for autoimmune disease and cancer therapeutics under the medical benefit, at significant savings.
Hank Schlissberg appears on Blue Shield of California's Healthy Dose of Dialogue podcast in a conversation with Alison Lum about how Evio is reimagining the pharmacy experience, improving prescription accuracy, and laying a foundation for better health outcomes.
Patients and prescribers should be able to see the total bottom-line cost of medications along with the clinical support for why they are using them.