Solve.Care is partnering with Boehringer Ingelheim, the big pharma company, to launch a global healthcare platform using blockchain technology for the administration, coordination and payments of healthcare benefits. The collaboration will make available a patient-centric care network on the Solve.Care platform. This Diabetes Care Administration Network aims to improve the well-being of patients with diabetes who may also be at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
“We are proud to join Solve.Care and the Arizona Care Network to provide patients and providers with additional solutions to help address diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Graham Goodrich, vice president, Cardiometabolic Marketing, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Recent changes to diabetes treatment recommendations have prioritized managing cardiovascular risk, and this program will help ensure both patients and providers are proactively addressing life-threatening cardiovascular complications associated with this chronic condition.”
Despite recent medical advances, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for people with diabetes. Recent changes to treatment recommendations reflect an urgency to deliver fundamental change in how healthcare providers approach the care of people with Type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Care Administration Network aims to:
- raise awareness about the link between diabetes and heart disease link
- encourage engagement between patients and providers to proactively address diabetes and associated cardiovascular complications.
The network will use Care.Wallets, a tool created by Solve.Care. It will
- support patients to manage these debilitating chronic conditions
- help patients to optimise and coordinate care with their families and physicians.
An innovative element of the platform and the Diabetes Care Administration Network is the ability of family members to coordinate the care of loved ones. The focus is, therefore, not just on the patient, but the community around (and chosen by) the patient. The objective is for all involved to feel engaged and empowered when they make important choices at to how and when care is coordinated and provided.
Solve.Care and Care.Wallets
Solve.Care’s claim is that blockchain means healthcare coordination, administration and payments become simple for all. To achieve this, Solve.Care offers a healthcare platform which uses:
- blockchain technology for the administration, coordination and payment of healthcare benefits
- digital currency and blockchain technology for value-based healthcare payments.
Adopting a blockchain-based approach enables:
- the configuration of patient-centric care administration networks
- participation based on disease conditions, economic and social needs, employment and other eligibility criteria.
Care.Wallet is the ‘door opener’ for:
- patients who can make instant appointments with a doctor, understand their insurance, access their healthcare benefits, review and pay bills
- doctors and hospitals: the benefits lie in handling appointments, issuing prescriptions, enabling coordination of specialists, accessing accurate records
- employers who are able to administer benefits, shrink healthcare-related costs, reward employees, offer affordable benefit packages
- administrators and insurers, which can connect stakeholders, personalize care treatment, make accurate and timely payments, reduce the cost of centralised systems.
Commenting on the collaboration, Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care, said: “The Diabetes Care Administration Network will help bridge a knowledge gap by providing a platform which offers vital information on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in an easily accessible manner. This is invaluable in the healthcare ecosystem as it allows patients to gain a better understanding of their disease while also coordinating their care needs. Solve.Care is delighted to announce the introduction of this groundbreaking network onto our platform which will help address one of the most debilitating diseases afflicting millions of men and women around the world. Boehringer Ingelheim is a global leader in innovative solutions that bring more health to patients and we are honored by their trust and multi-year commitment to launching one of the most innovative patient-centric networks in the world.”
Enterprise Times: what does this mean
Initially, the network will be available to more than 25,000 patients through Arizona Care Network (ACN), an accountable care organisation in the U.S. (and a current client of Solve.Care). ACN will provide concierge care management and support care coordinators. The goal is to deliver better healthcare outcomes for participating patients. Based on the results of this initial launch, expansion opportunities in the U.S. and globally will be evaluated. The care network expects to go live before the end of 2019.
The significance of blockchain to healthcare is expanding (see also One Med Chart, Kinect and Lancor). Its combination of security and encryption along with enabling access to those who need it and a complete record means it hold much promise which in turn is attracting new players like Solve.Care and Health2Sync
It must only be a matter of time before big pharma enables the block chain link between drug provenance assurance and healthcare – which will assist everyone from patients to the pharmaceutical manufacturers.