August 04, 2016

Sun Life Financial launches new business area to expand in digital health


Digital Health Solutions will work with innovators and technology start-ups to come up with new ways to help Canadians manage their health

TORONTO, Aug. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial announced today that it is launching a new business area called Digital Health Solutions to help Canadians access the latest in digital capabilities and innovations to take care of their health and well-being.

As a leading provider of health benefits in Canada, Sun Life supports the health care needs of Canadians with more than 75 million claims paid and more than 50 million health touchpoints per year. With the launch of Digital Health Solutions, Sun Life will invest in new partnerships and capabilities to provide innovative solutions for Canadians in the digital health space.

"We're excited about launching this new business area to expand our extensive network of health care providers and digital capabilities to make it easier for Canadians to manage their health," said Kevin Dougherty, President, Sun Life Financial Canada. "This new business area will connect Sun Life with technology start-ups and health care innovators to fast track the development of new digital ideas in the health space to engage and help Canadians."

Digital Health Solutions will bring Sun Life's own leading digital and health capabilities together with those of leading players from across the health care spectrum to help Canadians to:

  • Find new and better ways of accessing health care products and services empowering them along the way
  • Act by making healthy choices to support wellness goals
  • Better manage chronic conditions with advanced technologies and insights

This new business area will be led by Chris Denys, Senior Vice-President of Possibilities, Digital Health Solutions, Sun Life Financial Canada. Chris was most recently the Chief Financial Officer for Sun Life in Canada after holding a number of senior executive roles leading high performance teams. Chris has a passionate interest in health and has served as Sun Life's executive sponsor of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for the last three years.

"This new business area represents another significant step that Sun Life is taking to advance the company's digital innovation strategy to support the well-being of Canadians," said Chris Denys, Senior Vice-President of Possibilities, Digital Health Solutions, Sun Life Financial Canada. "It's a great fit with our recently announced partnership with MaRS, North America's largest urban innovation hub, and our development of Digital Benefits Assistant, which uses advanced analytics technology to provide the right solutions at the right time to Canadians through the channel of their choice."

Digital Health Solutions will leverage the innovative capabilities of Digital Benefits Assistant, the first real-time decision management technology in the insurance industry, to proactively engage Canadians and empower them to take a more active role in managing their health and well-being.

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2016, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $861 billion. For more information please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Canada

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