Dialogue buying Optima Global Health, expanding further into EAPs

Health and wellness platform Dialogue is acquiring employee assistance program provider Optima Global Health.

The purchase is part of Dialogue’s growth strategy to tap into the increasing demands for health and wellness services for employers and employees during this turbulent time, according to a press release.

“Tapping into Optima’s established expertise and leadership is critical to the success of our expansion into Canada’s promising EAP market,” said Cherif Habib, co-founder and chief executive officer of Dialogue, in the release. “This acquisition places Dialogue among the top EAP providers in the country and puts us in a position to introduce our innovative technology to millions of new users.”

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Optima Global Health was founded in 1993 and built up a network of more than 3,000 multi-disciplinary practitioners across the country and more than two million members. Meanwhile, Dialogue started in 2016 as a telemedicine platform and announced its mobile-first EAP in August.

“Optima has always been at the forefront of integrated health and wellness services and we believe this acquisition is the ultimate way for us to elevate our innovation while continuing to offer the best service to our members,” said François Laflamme, president of Optima. “We’re excited about Dialogue’s commitment to modernizing EAPs and the opportunity to continue our mission to provide a more streamlined physical and psychological wellness experience for more Canadians.”

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