RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its commitment to offering members a digital-first healthcare experience – where, when, and how they want it, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia (Anthem) introduced the enhanced Anthem Skill to members of its commercial Medical and Dental health plans, allowing them to order prescription refills as well as other health plan actions. Through an Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo, or the Alexa app on a phone, the Anthem Skill is a 24/7, voice-activated way for members to also quickly access some of their health and dental plan benefit information.
”We are committed to giving our health plan members innovative, data-driven, and personalized products and services that enhance and simplify their healthcare experience – while helping them improve their health and well-being,” said Jeff Ricketts, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia. “We know that consumer expectations have evolved and people today expect a more customized and seamless experience. The introduction of the enhanced Anthem Skill is the latest example of our digital-first approach to healthcare, and helps us better support the people we serve.”
Anthem is one of the first health plans to offer access to specific health plan information through an Anthem Skill. After linking their account, customers can ask Alexa questions about some of their Anthem Medical and Dental health plan benefits, such as:
- Health savings account (HSA) or health reimbursement account (HRA) balance
- Progress in meeting the plan’s deductible
- Plan’s out-of-pocket maximum
- Order identification card
- Prescription refill, renew and check order status
- Schedule, reschedule, and cancel a call back from member services
Members can also ask the Anthem Skill about more than 200 healthcare terms.
Members of Anthem’s commercial Medical and Dental health insurance plans who want to use the Anthem Skill for Alexa will have to link the Anthem Skill to their Anthem account, using the same ID and password they use to log into Anthem.com or the Anthem mobile app. The information given through the Anthem Skill is pulled from the same source as the member portal so there will not be a difference in the information available through these tools.
Anthem Skill can only access information from a member’s current Anthem-affiliated commercial health plan. Members will not be able to access information from other/previous health plans. The interactions with the Anthem Skill comply with federal HIPAA privacy rules, and any information stored is done so in an accumulated, de-identified manner.
Anthem will continue to enhance the Anthem Skill experience so that it offers information that will simplify healthcare and help consumers lead healthier lives. Anthem anticipates making health plan information available for its Vision plan later this year along with other updates. The company will continue to further enhance the Anthem Skill through consumer feedback to determine what types of information individuals would find useful in navigating their healthcare.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. trades as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia, and its service area is all of Virginia except for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Vienna, and the area east of State Route 123. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliate HealthKeepers, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/anthemBCBS and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnthemBlueCrossBlueShield.