In 2019, 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 start 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 think long term and transformationally 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 are excited to connect with a passionate community of innovators who are doing amazing things for patients through data analysis and tools, evidence-based decision-making, transparency, supply chain optimization, medication production, and anyone who is innovating to improve the medication experience.
Our quickly growing team has a wide variety 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 20 years of health care innovation, growth, and operations experience to Evio across consulting, provider and technology. He’s excited and proud to help launch Evio because of the impact he knows we can have on something that touches everyone, including his own family. When he’s not emailing 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.
Anna comes to Evio with a background in health care strategy, content creation, and entrepreneurship. She’s proud to help launch Evio because we’re building a company that has the potential to transform people’s frustrating everyday health care experiences. When she’s not acting as the team’s air traffic controller and behind-the-scenes problem solver, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and puppy or enjoying a pleasant coffee shop in a new city.
Mairi brings over 10 years of healthcare experience including specialty pharmacy, PBM and managed care. She’s proud to help launch Evio because quality healthcare shouldn’t be so hard or unattainable for many and Evio is working diligently to change that. When she’s not knuckling down on strategy, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and kids swimming, reading books, and adding more passport stamps on a quest to get her kids to 30 before college.
Matt comes to Evio with over ten years of strategy experience from across healthcare, including employers, health plans, and venture-backed startups. He is proud to help launch Evio because we consistently question the status quo and seek 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.
Michael brings a track record of providing leadership to strategic growth and operational restructuring initiatives across the healthcare industry. He’s proud to help launch Evio because of the new company’s incredible spirit of entrepreneurship and collaboration. When he’s not looking for partners to help Evio change the world, you’ll find him and his dog Sugar taking walks along Lake Michigan and listening to a podcast rotation of wellness and nutrition, astrophysics, and international espionage.
Sandra Clarke, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Blue Shield of California, serves as Evio’s board chairperson. Sandra 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.
Brian Lobley is the executive vice president, chief operating officer, and president of Health Markets at Independence Health Group. An innovator at heart, Brian is on the board of several strategic ventures including Quil – a digital health joint venture between Independence Health Group and Comcast focused on population health. Brian has held various leadership positions during his 20 years at Independence across health markets, group pharmacy business, and the company’s innovation department.
Deborah Rice-Johnson, president of Highmark Inc. and chief growth officer of Highmark Health, 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.
Lynda Rossi is the Executive Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. In this role, Lynda is the 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.
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.
Privately funded venture will offer innovative medication solutions to patients, providers and customers; veteran health care executive Hank Schlissberg appointed president and CEO