Nov 17, 2020

App launches to support people with age-related eye disease

digital therapeutics
eye disease
health app
wet macular degeneration
Leila Hawkins
2 min
App launches to support people with age-related eye disease
Novartis and smartpatient have created an educational health app to encourage patients to stick to treatments...

Pharmaceutical company Novartis and digital therapeutics company smartpatient have launched an educational app to support people with wet macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic eye condition that can lead to blindness. 

Wet AMD is one of two types of age-related macular degeneration: dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is more common and less severe, whereas the wet type always begins as the dry type and can progress rapidly leading to severe vision loss. 

It's usually caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak into the macula , which is the the part of the retina responsible for central vision. 

Early detection and treatment adherence of wet AMD may help reduce vision loss and. 

Novartis experts and smartpatient's team of behavioral scientists and UX designers have co-created ‘See What’s Next’, a section of the MyTherapy app that provides tailored content and appointment management tools for patients with wet AMD. Its key aim is to help people stay on track with their treatment.

‘See What’s Next’ is free of charge and available through ophthalmologists. It works for any patient or caregiver living with wet AMD, independent of the particular treatment that they may be on. 

The MyTherapy app is a disease management platform where users receive personalised support for a number of health conditions, as well as help to establish healthy eating habits. 

“Non-adherence is a challenge in most health conditions, but in few are consequences as direct and severe as in wet AMD” says Sebastian Gaede, CEO of smartpatient. “I was truly impressed seeing Novartis and us working as one team, with every single team member highly motivated by our shared goal of supporting patients in avoiding complications and reducing the risk of vision loss.”

It has launched in Spain and Italy so far, and will be available in further markets in the near future. 

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data


However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”


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