New kid on the Block: A tech giant’s spinout takes on urban health for the underserved

Originally Posted on Tincture

While Amazon and Apple have captured most of the public interest in the “big tech company enters healthcare” race this year, perhaps the more important development of the year happened without nearly as much fanfare. Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Alphabet (aka Google) quietly spun its healthcare project into a new startup called CityBlock.

CityBlock aspires to be a socially integrated direct primary care-style model for underserved urban Medicaid populations, starting in New York City. At the simplest level, they’re betting they can build a partnership-enabled, utility-style approach to care delivery that will break even.

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