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Fintech firm uses analytics to offer affordable palliative care

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Shivani Ranchod, co-founder and director at Alignd.

Shivani Ranchod, co-founder and director at Alignd.

Newly launched fintech health start-up Alignd uses real-time data analytics to bring alternative and affordable palliative care to the South African market.

Alignd works in collaboration with medical schemes to provide financial solutions to palliative patients, improving the quality of life for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

The company uses a series of algorithms to identify patients who meet the clinical criteria for its palliative care programme, and offers the necessary financial assistance and healthcare to address the patient as a whole, not just their disease.

The medical care offered aims to help treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and related psychological, social and spiritual problems, according to the company.

Alignd is the brainchild of three South African women: Dr Linda Holding, a palliative-trained doctor with 20 years of clinical risk management experience; Victoria Barr, a healthcare economist and senior director at FTI Consulting; and Shivani Ranchod, a healthcare actuary and academic.

The current focus of end-of-life care for palliative patients is mostly in a hospital setting, making it hugely expensive to manage the patient’s medical costs in the final stages of their life. Alignd says it offers end-to-end financing solutions for the optimal care of complex cases, aligning the incentives of all stakeholders (patients, finance providers and schemes) to deliver patient-centred, value-based healthcare.

“In current medical scheme approaches, healthcare costs in the last year of life are more than three times higher than in the second-last year. This ramping up of cost represents the huge efforts to stave off death; efforts that are often invasive and non-beneficial,” explains Ranchod, who is also the director of Alignd.

“Using a combination of innovation, data analytics and a desire to bring the patient’s life to the fore, we believe we have a model that benefits all stakeholders and incentivises them to collaborate for the greater comfort of the patient and their wellbeing.”

The solution is sold to medical schemes or health insurers, and not directly to patients. The medical schemes pay Alignd a small fee per patient registered on its programme.

In order to identify patients in need, Alignd uses a combination of diagnosis codes, based on clinical “flags” in medical scheme claims data. These codes identify the patients’ medical condition and the medication they are on.

Current medical aid models for end-of-life care will pay for costly in-hospital care but will not pay for home-based care, notes Alignd. Under its programme, patients can receive palliative care in a hospital, an outpatient clinic, a long-term care facility or at home.

The fee is used to help the patient navigate access to their palliative benefits, including connecting them to a network of palliative care teams.

“We have developed a new way of paying for care by designing the contracts between funders and providers of care to enable co-ordinated care in a fragmented system. We help build trust between funders of healthcare and those on the frontline delivering care, enabling co-ordinated care and teamwork in a fragmented system,” adds Ranchod.

In SA, metastasised cancer absorbs a disproportionately high percentage of funding from medical aids. The most recent estimates indicate 8% of scheme expenditure is in the last year of life; a staggering R11.6 billion in 2017 alone, says Alignd.

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Three Geeks Rescue a 50-Year-Old IBM 360 Mainframe From an Abandoned Building

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In late April of 2019 Slashdot reader Adam Bradley and engineer Chris Blackburn were “sitting in a pub on a Monday night when Chris happened across a somewhat unusual eBay listing…”

They eventually submitted the winning bid for an IBM 360 Model 20 mainframe — €3,710 (about $4,141 USD) — and proceeded to pick it up from an abandoned building “in the backstreets of Nuremberg, Germany.” (Where they tackled several issues with a tiny door that hadn’t been opened since the 1970s.) By day Adam is a railway software engineer, but he’s also been involved in computer history for over a decade at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley, England.

Along with engineer Peter Vaughan, the three are now blogging “the saga that unfurled…and how we eventually tackled the problems we discovered.” But after much beer, whisky, and Weiner Schnitzel, Adam assures us the story ends with a victory:
The machine will shortly be headed to the UK for a full restoration to working order. We’re planning to blog the entire process and hope some of you might be interested in reading more about it.

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The hidden lives of ‘housegirls’ in Kenya

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In Uganda, young women are leaving their homes to try and find jobs as domestic workers, but for some their new lives can lead to mistreatment and abuse.

A charity in Kenya is calling for the introduction of laws to protect domestic workers, commonly referred to as housegirls, to ensure their safety.

For BBC Africa Eye, reporter Nancy Kacungira has been investigating why young women living near Uganda’s border are leaving their villages to find work in Kenya.

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U.S. ambassador to China to make first visit to Tibet since 2013: report

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad was due to begin visiting Tibet on Sunday for official meetings and visits to religious and cultural sites, according to a news report on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad speaks at an event to celebrate the re-introduction of American beef imports to China in Beijing, China June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool

Branstad was scheduled to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, a historic region of Tibet known to Tibetans as Amdo, from Sunday to Saturday, Radio Free Asia said in a report.

The State Department did not immediately comment on the story.

Radio Free Asia said it would be the first visit to Tibet by a U.S. official since the U.S. Congress approved a law in December that requires the United States to deny visas to Chinese officials in charge of implementing policies that restrict access to Tibet for foreigners. The U.S. government is required to begin denying visas by the end of this year.

In December, China denounced the United States for passing the law, saying it was “resolutely opposed” to the U.S. legislation on what China considers an internal affair, and it risked causing “serious harm” to their relations.

Since then, tensions have been running high between the two countries over trade. China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday, suggesting a resumption of talks between the world’s two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changed course.

On Saturday, China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that recent U.S. words and actions had harmed the interests of China and its enterprises, and that Washington should show restraint.

While the Trump administration has taken a tough stance towards China on trade and highlighted security rivalry with Beijing, the administration has so far not acted on congressional calls for it to impose sanctions on China’s former Communist Party chief in Tibet, Chen Quanguo, for the treatment of minority Muslims in Xinjiang province, where he is currently party chief. 

A State Department report in March said Chen had replicated in Xinjiang, policies similar to those credited with reducing opposition to Chinese rule in Tibet.

Beijing sent troops into remote, mountainous Tibet in 1950 in what it officially terms a peaceful liberation and has ruled there with an iron fist ever since.

Reporting by Nandita Bose and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Sandra Maler

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