“Making Access Happen” by supporting healthcare access pioneers
Universal access to healthcare remains the single largest unmet medical need. Two billion people lack access to the medicines they need. Four hundred million lack access to essential health services.
In October 2018, Sandoz HACk invited entrepreneurs and innovators in the field of digital technology to submit ideas with the potential to complement – or even positively disrupt – established approaches to driving access to healthcare. Following submission of more than 400 ideas across 80 countries, three finalists were selected during a process that included voting by Sandoz employees and judging by regional and global Sandoz representatives.
Sandoz HACk finalists’ projects
Regulora™ – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and painful condition affecting approximately 10% of people worldwide. Recent clinical trials have shown that psychologically-focused treatments are an effective way to treat IBS, with over 50% of people enjoying significant relief from symptoms. Regulora™ is in development as a prescription-only digital therapeutic based on Gut Directed Hypnotherapy. The mobile app connects patients with automated digital therapy sessions from the comfort of their own home, as well as offering daily practice routines and reports that track progress.
Social Genomics – Approximately one in 15 people worldwide are affected by rare diseases, with many untreated and unstudied. Social Genomics is building an AI-based smart social network, enabling people with rare and undiagnosed diseases to connect and share stories, providing access to global real-world patient data insights about treatment options and scientific research. By using advanced matchmaking algorithms based on genomic patient data, Social Genomics aims to link the right questions to the right people and data sources that are available in the field of genomics.
The Mobile Clinic – In Uganda, access to antenatal and maternal healthcare is extremely challenging, resulting in over 25 women dying every day due to complications while giving birth in remote and rural areas. The Mobile Clinic plans to develop an app that can be used to make emergency appointments via a toll-free number and will be directly linked to a mobile van clinic offering door-to-door services in rural areas.
Bringing ideas to Life
Three teams will travel to Austin, Texas, in March 2019. They will participate in an Accelerator event where Sandoz will collaborate with the finalist teams to incubate and enhance their ideas. The finalist teams will also attend and experience SXSW.
The winner will receive seed funding and support from Sandoz to help bring their idea to life