Blockchain/AI/IoT | January 10, 2018

Alphabet spinoff raises $20.8 million to improve healthcare access

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Cityblock, formerly part of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, plans to partner with community health organizations to deliver primary care, behavioral health and social services to Medicaid and low-income Medicare recipients.

Cityblock will open local clinics, called Neighborhood Health Hubs, where caregivers, Cityblock members and community organizations will work together to address health challenges at the local level.

The work at the clinics will be supported and enhanced by Cityblock’s collaboration technology, which founder Iyah Romm says will help care teams understand communities and provide appropriate care. Launch is scheduled for this year in New York.

Series A funding came from Maverick Ventures, Thrive Capital and Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban-innovation lab.