The acquisition would be thelatest in a series of growth for Optum, which acquired VivifyHealth in October 2019 and DaVita Medical Group shortlybefore.

The fallout from COVID-19 may be drawing more interest towardsremote health services. Case in point, CNBC reported last week that UnitedHealth'stech-enabled health services provider Optum was in talks to acquirevirtual therapy platform AbleTo for close to $470 million.

The timing would make sense. Earlier this month, MedCityNewsreported that AbleTo had seen 25% uptick in users as people seek help copingwith stress related to COVID-19 without violating social distancingorders.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected].