Vera, Castlight rebrand; announce ex-Cerner executive as CEO

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Value-based care primary care provider Vera Whole Health and health data and navigation company Castlight have rebranded as Apree Health following a merger earlier this year.

The combined company also announced their new chief executive: former Cerner President Donald Trigg, a health IT executive with more than two decades of experience in the space.

Vera acquired Castlight earlier this year in a deal valued at roughly $370 million. The goal of the transaction is to bring a value-based care model to the employer healthcare market by integrating Castlight’s technology with Vera’s clinical network and medical workers.

Trigg will serve as CEO of Apree effective this week and will also join the company’s board of directors, according to a Thursday release.

During Trigg’s more than a decade at Cerner, the company grew from more than $800 million to almost $6 billion in revenue. Trigg managed Cerner’s business groups, including its electronic medical record and revenue cycle units.

Trigg also oversaw a set of strategic growth businesses, such as provider health network strategies around value-based care.

Before Cerner, Trigg led growth at natural language processing supplier CoeRyte before it was bought out by 3M in 2012, and worked in a number of policy positions in Washington, D.C.

In a statement on his appointment, Trigg argued there is an affordability crisis facing U.S. healthcare that hasn’t been solved by the various point solutions in the market. As a result, Apree “has an opportunity to deliver an end-to-end strategy for digital navigation, advanced primary care, and member risk management,” Trigg said.

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