Cigna acquires Brighter Inc to further its digital transformation
Global health company Cigna Corporation has recently acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Brighter Inc for an undisclosed amount.
Offering a range of health services, Cigna remains present in over 30 countries and is the 4th fastest growing healthcare software company on Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500 list.
“The acquisition of Brighter accelerates our progress towards these priorities and in establishing us as the leader in the digital transformation of our industry,” explained David M. Cordani, President and Chief Executive Officer at Cigna.
Behind a number of health services and adopting an innovative SaaS digital health plan platform, Brighter works to engage patients and providers in the delivery of personalised and seamlessly integrated experiences in order to efficiently deliver higher-value healthcare.
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The acquisition will build upon Brighter’s relationship with Cigna, where it will support the development of Cigna’s mobile and desktop tools through integrating its digital health platform and ongoing consumer expertise.
The establishment of new end-to-end digital solutions will see patients become further supported, as provide future incentives for patients in the reduction in rising healthcare costs.
“When we started Brighter, we set out to use technology and consumerism to improve the health insurance experience and reduce unnecessary costs,” commented Brighter CEO Jake Winebaum.
“Our experience with Cigna as a partner over the past two years has proven that those goals can be accomplished.
“I am extremely excited to now be joining Cigna to further the realisation of our shared mission. By combining Cigna’s expertise, ambition and scale with Brighter’s team and technology, we look forward to delivering innovative new solutions for Cigna’s customers and providers.”
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”