Optum, BCBS back $25M investment in AI prior authorization startup

Humata Health, a company that uses AI and machine learning to streamline prior authorization for payers and providers, has closed a $25 million investment. 

The funding was led by Blue Venture Fund (majority of BCBS plans) and LRVHealth (nearly 30 health systems and payers), with participation from Optum Ventures, .406 Ventures, Highmark Ventures and VentureforGood, according to a June 20 news release.

The company said it will use the funding to broaden the scope of its generative AI technologies, expand its customer base, and begin partnering with payers and other entities. Founded in 2023, the company has already partnered with 225 hospitals.

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