CVS Health launches a new pilot programme to combat diabetes in underserved areas
Following on from the Department of Justice’s approval of the $69bn mega merger of CVS Health with health insurance company, Aetna, CVS Health is set to undertake a pilot programme in the Tri-Cities area of Atlanta, Georgia.
“In our new health care model, we provide people access to more affordable care when, where and how they need it,” the company has previous stated. “Care will be coordinated among the health care providers, caregivers and their health care teams, leveraging the connectivity CVS will provide.
Aimed at addressing diabetes in medically underserved communities with chronically high rates of this disease, the company has partnered with digital health business, Rimidi Inc to improve access to essential care.
Enabling efficient personalised care to forward the future of healthcare, Rimidi will harness its platform in collaboration with the company and engage community-based organizations to ensure that at-risk residents can be identified for participation.
This grassroots approach will help ensure residents have access to care in their own communities with the help of best-in-class organisations that are providing health care and community services.
"Like many major US cities, Atlanta has significant disparities in life-expectancy across the metropolitan area, from 71 years in medically underserved communities to 84 years in more affluent neighbourhoods. Our collaboration with CVS Health will build on the foundation laid by community partners to address these needs and to bring health care services to people where they live and work," said Dr Lucienne Ide, Rimidi Chair.
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Together with community organizations, the companies will enroll residents onto the Rimidi platform and engage them in the diabetes education and support services offered through the pilot. The combination of hyper-local health care services through a pilot CVS Pharmacy location and digital services through Rimidi aims to decrease barriers to care and improve the patient experience.
CVS pharmacists and community certified diabetes educators will have the goal of supporting participants throughout the continuum of care, providing additional touch points designed to address their individual needs between primary care visits.
"CVS Health has a community-based focus, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it, including through face-to-face contact with CVS pharmacists right in their neighbourhoods," added Thomas Moriarty, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, CVS Health.
"The organisations that we collaborate with, such as Rimidi, are helping us deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."
CVS Health has a longstanding commitment to building healthier communities for the people of Georgia. Through its employee volunteer program, CVS Health colleagues logged more than 680 volunteer hours last year in Georgia in support of local community causes throughout the state.
Additionally, over the past three years, CVS Health has contributed nearly $850,000 to local community organizations in Georgia, lending its support to programmes that improve access to health care; provide chronic disease management; promote smoking cessation and youth tobacco prevention; and help combat prescription drug abuse.
On the rise: Doktor.se
1. Doktor.se launches as a digital healthcare platform in Sweden in 2016. The company's focus is on the B2B market, with a mission to help members find, book and get access to healthcare services through telehealth and telephone calls.
2. The company offers healthcare services through its app as well as at bricks and mortar clinics. After raising more than €40 million in a funding round in May 2020 to expand its operations both nationally and overseas, CEO and founder Martin Lindman says there are plans to enter new markets at the beginning of 2021.
3. Belgium becomes the fifth market where Doktor.se provides telemedicine, through Belgium's communications company Proximus Group. It becomes the second most downloaded doctor app in Europe, and over 1.2 million patient consultations are carried out, either through the app or at physical clinics in Sweden. Throughout 2020 it administers over 250,000 COVID-19 antibody tests in Sweden.
4. Doktor.se is the most popular digital healthcare in Sweden, used by approximately one-tenth of the country's population. New funds are raised to offer improved services for mental health and chronic illnesses, and to expand digital services and acquire physical services to integrate into its digital platforms with the aim of creating a hybrid model.
5. The company announces €29.5 million in funding from Chinese technology multinational Tencent Holdings. Doktor.se say the funds will be used to make its global healthcare services more efficient, accessible and affordable.
The platform now employs nurses, doctors and specialist doctors, psychologists, and physiotherapists, and is available across Europe and in Brazil.
6. Over 1.5 million people are currently using healthcare apps developed by Doktor.se, either run by the company or through its SaaS licensing business. There are around 900 people employed by the company, and Doktor.se say that the productivity of medical staff using the platform is up to four times greater than those working in traditional services.