May 17, 2020

Novo Nordisk partners with Sempre Health

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Catherine Sturman
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With a mission to lower healthcare costs, Sempre Health has partnered with Novo Nordisk in a pilot programme.

The duo will add diabetes medications to...

With a mission to lower healthcare costs, Sempre Health has partnered with Novo Nordisk in a pilot programme.

The duo will add diabetes medications to the Sempre Health affordability and engagement solution. Unlike traditional coupons and vouchers, Sempre works with health plans to reward their membership's positive choices and actions once their goals are reached.

"We are excited to combine Sempre's nuanced approach to affordability and adherence with Novo Nordisk's innovative portfolio of medications," commented Anurati Mathur, CEO of Sempre Health.

"Savings are seamlessly applied to patients' co-pays wherever they normally fill their prescriptions."

The two companies are seeking to engage 10,000 patients with diabetes on the Sempre Health platform in 2018.

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Taking medication as prescribed, particularly diabetes medication, is tied to better clinical outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. With Sempre's text messaging-based programs and partnerships with national pharmacies, patients can finally share in the savings they generate for the system by simply following their treatment regimen.

Rich DeNunzio, Vice President of market access strategy and innovation, explained: "The platform that Sempre developed is one, in our mind, that is dynamic because it alters the benefit design, reducing the out-of-pocket cost for patients, while at the same time increasing adherence to drive down total cost of care,” he said.

“Sempre works with health plans to opt in to its system, and pharma company partners add their treatments to the program. It's working with other pharma companies along with Novo Nordisk”, added Sempre CEO Anurati Mathur.

"This is the first of several innovations we plan to pilot to help reduce how much patients pay for their diabetes medicines at the pharmacy. And because consistently taking medicines is important for blood sugar control, we're keen to see Sempre Health's adherence approach support patients," noted Steve Albers, Corporate Vice President, Market Access and Public Affairs, Novo Nordisk Inc.

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Jun 18, 2021

Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool 

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Skin Analytics uses AI to detect skin cancer and will be deployed across the NHS to ease patient backlogs

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.”

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