Singh and Hilton, who departed Concur after SAP bought the company for
Singh will take over as CEO of Accolade, and the company will have dual headquarters in
Accolade partners with businesses and, occasionally, with health-insurance companies, to offer services that help patients navigate the health-care system.
Workers who have Accolade as part of their work employer health plan can call the company and get instant help with insurance claims, types of health provider to see, and answers to medical questions.
"(Health care) is an intimidating, opaque system," Singh said. "It doesn't make it easy to find what they need and to find it the first time."
Accolade aims to make it easier for patients to find what they need within the system, as well as to drive down health-care costs for employers.
It's also a big-data company, collecting information from patients' medical histories as well as their interactions with staff. It uses that information to help make predictive and preventive health-care decisions.
Accolade is part of a growing trend in the area to use big-data technologies in the health-care industry to offer personal health recommendations.
Accolade seeks to blend technology and human interaction to navigate the system, Singh said.
"There's a lot of things where you can say, 'Let's move it all to technology,' " Singh said. "But when it comes to taking care of your health ... that's not something you can offload entirely to technology."
"The intention is to build something enduring here," Singh said.
That doesn't mean the company will relocate its 700-plus employees, most of whom are in
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