Tag: Healthcare

27
Aug

An Army of Data – Roche

Leveraging AI digital tools, and more to fight COVID19

If there has been one main learning for Roche during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been that collaboration is key to creating meaningful change. COVID-19 created a common enemy and an effective response requires community mobilization and the collection of actionable data and insights to support patients, frontline healthcare providers, health institutions, supply chains and governments. Collaboration among sectors and industries is essential to develop and implement the rapid innovation needed to make change.

This is why Roche Canada assembled the Roche Data Science Coalition (RDSC) – a group of like-minded academic and private organizations committed to working with the global research community to collect and share knowledge and healthcare data.

Launched in April 2020, members of the RDSC include Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii),doc.ai,NVIDIA,RGAXSelf Care Catalysts / HealthStorylinesThinkData Works Inc and Vector Institute. This multi-industry coalition came together to lend expertise and resources to help tackle the challenges of COVID-19 quickly.

In its first eight weeks, the coalition developed over 100 digital solutions including artificial intelligence models, virtual dashboards, market reports and deepened relationships with Canadian and international stakeholders.

Together, the RDSC created a centralized repository, housed by ThinkData Works’ Namara platform, which offers over 200 publicly available population datasets gathered from resources around the globe. This data provides the scientific and research community with a robust foundation for current and future COVID-19 research. The data insights are used by coalition collaborators alongside patients, clinicians, infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists and data scientists in order to accelerate research efforts, evaluate solutions and ensure knowledge is mobilized globally.

Additionally, the coalition has made digital self-assessment tools available that can be used by anyone suspected to have or has been diagnosed with COVID-19. With the support of Self Care Catalysts and their free app, Health Storylines, individuals are empowered by the tools to self-report data through mobile applications. Anonymized datasets from this app are transparently shared with the RDSC centralized repository where they are freely available to researchers and healthcare professionals around the world.

The Coalition also launched a challenge administered by Kaggle, an online community of data scientists and machine learners, asking their community of 4.3 million people to answer questions that focus on capacity management challenges identified at the frontlines as well as research studies for COVID-19. As a result, many across the globe have convened on the platform to collaborate and exchange domain knowledge expertise, data set contribution, creative solutions and more.

To help Canadians understand the impact of the measures that have been taken and how we are doing on a global level, the coalition released the Roche Canada: COVID-19 Global Access Report and Dashboard, providing context-specific information to inform decisions regarding the use of COVID-19 testing strategies, social distancing policies and the current state of incidence both via standard reporting and prediction models.

“Our biggest win is that the coalition creates a prospect of what rapid innovation can look like, and what’s possible,” said Fanny Sie, Strategic Healthcare Partner, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health, at Roche Canada. “The outcome of the RDSC comes down to how people connect, and we saw through this collaboration that the RDSC is building a framework for the future, not just for COVID-19 but to tackle many potential challenges that may arise.”

The RDSC showed that when you can reach a team outside of your practice and learn what drives their organizational passion, you can work together to create a powerful outcome for everyone.

Even as we shift into recovery and reopening, we know COVID-19 is still a global concern. There are opportunities for accelerated innovation and the Roche Data Science Coalition is dedicated to mobilizing diverse groups of stakeholders to benefit all Canadians.

For more information on this initiative visit the Roche Data Science Coalition online.

29
Jul

Sun Life leads a $43 million round of financing in Dialogue

TORONTO, July 29, 2020 /CNW/ – Virtual care is revolutionizing Canadian health care. Canadians are turning to their phones and tablets to connect virtually with a medical professional for physical and mental health concerns or even to fill a prescription. Today Sun Life announced a strategic commercial partnership and $32.7 million equity investment in Dialogue, Canada’s leading telemedicine provider. Sun Life will hold a minority ownership in Dialogue with customary rights to acquire additional equity.

This round of financing also includes follow-on investments by existing backers Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Portag3 Ventures, White Star Capital, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, First Ascent Ventures and Walter Ventures. National Bank Financial Inc. acted as financial advisor to Dialogue in this financing.

“The need for Canadians to have alternative ways to access health care continues to grow,” said Dave Jones, Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits, Sun Life Canada. “Virtual care is an important part of the future of Canadian health care. The combination of innovative technology and the necessity of social distancing during the pandemic has rapidly changed the virtual health care landscape. Our investment in Dialogue represents Sun Life’s commitment to helping Canadians live healthier lives through access to health care, whenever and wherever they need it. This investment is our next step, as we continue to innovate for our Clients and empower them to manage their health and well-being.” 

“Virtual care will remain an essential resource now and in the future,” said Cherif Habib, CEO of Dialogue. “While we navigate the changing health care landscape, Dialogue is proud to provide a virtual health care service that is easy, convenient and helps keep Canadians safe at home. Having strong support from partners such as Sun Life allows us to remain focused on providing quality care and expanding our services to help millions of Canadians stay healthy.”

At Sun Life, helping people live healthier lives is an important part of our business and key focus area of the company’s sustainability plan. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the importance of expanding the traditional health care model. Virtual care, which provides access to medical practitioners in the comfort of home, helps people continue to physically distance and alleviate pressure on the Canadian health care system. Since the pandemic started, Dialogue has seen a sharp increase in usage of the virtual care service. The collaboration between Sun Life and Dialogue gives Canadians virtual access to medical care and connects them directly with a health care professional from anywhere in the country, at any time. The investment follows Sun Life’s roll out of Lumino Health Virtual Care, powered by Dialogue in March 2020.

Lumino Health Virtual Care
Lumino Health Virtual Care is offered to Sun Life Group Benefits Clients with an Extended Health Care (EHC) benefit. The virtual care service is powered by Dialogue and connects Canadians with local health care providers. 

Clients can easily connect to the Lumino Health Virtual Care service through a mobile app or online. Once connected, the service will triage a Client before providing direct access to a nurse or physician. The service provides Clients with acute physical and mental health care, similar to medical services provided at a primary care clinic. A multi-disciplinary team will review symptoms, provide an assessment, create a personalized care plan, write prescriptions, and make referrals to specialists or in-person care if necessary.

About Sun Life
Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2020, Sun Life had total assets under management of $1,023 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

10
Mar

Dialogue Launches an Automated Medical Assistant to Help Canadians Access Accurate and Up-to-date Information on COVID-19

MONTREAL, March 10, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – In light of public health concerns regarding COVID-19 in Canada, Dialogue Technologies Inc. is leveraging its conversational technology to launch Chloe for COVID-19 (covid19.dialogue.co). An automated medical assistant, Chloe provides Canadians with access to the latest public health information and resources to provide advice to help prevent infection.  

Chloe, Dialogue's virtual automated assistant (CNW Group/Dialogue Technologies Inc.)
Chloe, Dialogue’s virtual automated assistant (CNW Group/Dialogue Technologies Inc.)

After hearing concerns from thousands of Dialogue patients looking for accurate and up-to-date information from public health authorities, Dialogue decided to develop and launch a free online service. Chloe offers the latest information from federal, provincial and territorial health authorities as the official response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop.

For concerned Canadians looking for more information about COVID-19,Chloe will prompt users to answer a series of contextual questions to identify their location and understand potential risk factors, travel history or pre-existing medical conditions that might be associated with the spread of COVID-19. From there, Chloe will provide the latest publicly available information and resources including contact information for local health public units, prevention tips, as well as a list of affected countries and travel safety advisories. We encourage Canadians to continually check back with Chloe to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

Chloe is available for all Canadians in all provinces and territories, offering up-to-date official guidance based on each user’s location.

Dialogue has decided to make this service and content management system open-source to allow Canadian health and government organizations to contribute up-to-date content as public health risks are reassessed and new information becomes available.

“In the wake of the global COVID-19 outbreak, we are looking to support public health authorities and ensure that Canadians are equipped with the best information they need to slow down the spread of infection.” – Alexis Smirnov, Chief Technology Officer, Dialogue

“Having helped the public during the H1N1 and SARS outbreaks, I’ve seen first-hand how the lack of accurate and timely information can impact the containment and mitigation of infection. The more informed the public is, the more likely it is to take preventative actions to stay healthy or consult with health care providers sooner to increase chances of full recovery.” – Dr. Daniel Lalla, MD, Dialogue physician

About Dialogue Technologies Inc.

Dialogue is the leading Canadian telemedicine provider pioneering virtual healthcare dedicated exclusively to employers who wish to improve the health and well-being of their employees and families. We drive real health outcomes through amazing healthcare experiences, an employee engagement playbook, and a relentless focus on patient safety and security.

23
Jan

Dialogue Technologies Inc. acquires German Occupational Health and Safety services company ARGUMED Consulting Group GmbH

MONTREAL and MUNICH, Jan. 22, 2020  Dialogue Technologies Inc., the leading Canadian telemedicine, health and well-being provider, announced today the acquisition of German Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) services company ARGUMED Consulting Group GmbH. The acquisition marks an evolution in Dialogue’s product offering and expansion opportunities in European markets.

Since 2016, Dialogue has been focused on making employees healthier, happier and performing at their best potential. This acquisition allows Dialogue to pursue its mission through a different lens and roll out its technology platform to help millions of European employees avoid preventable workplace issues.

ARGUMED provides the full range of workplace health and safety services to a diverse portfolio of clients and industries throughout Germany. ARGUMED’s expansion strategy is built around digitizing services offerings such as psychological and other risk assessments, instructions, training and hazardous substances management. Applying modern technologies plays a significant role in ARGUMED’s approach to reduce existing regulatory complexity by providing tailor-made solutions for employers and freeing their workplaces from preventable health and safety risks.

ARGUMED has set the bar for world-class OHS delivery and we are excited about the opportunity to continue building on that momentum together, said Cherif Habib, Dialogue CEO. This acquisition enables us to combine Dialogue’s industry-leading telemedicine technology with ARGUMED’s OHS expertise to further help employers create healthy, safe and productive workplaces for employees.

“Working with Dialogue will allow us to expand our reach and reinvent the way we deliver OHS products and solutions to our clients,” said Maike Laska, ARGUMED founder and CEO. “Dialogue’s vision is perfectly aligned with ours and we look forward to developing new and innovative approaches to support employers.”

“The health technology leadership we have established in Canada will be an asset as we continue to expand our operations throughout Europe,” said Philipp Dornbach, Dialogue General Manager, Germany. “Integrating ARGUMED’s OHS solutions increases our credibility in the market and gives us a more comprehensive service offering for new and existing clients.”

“Invest in Bavaria is very happy to welcome Dialogue with its European headquarter in Bavaria! With the acquisition of ARGUMED, Dialogue laid the foundation for growth in Europe,” said Dr. Wolfgang Hübschle, Executive Director Invest in Bavaria. “May both companies prosper from their cooperation! We look forward to more jobs being created.” 

Quick facts

Dialogue has acquired ARGUMED’s full business operations, including the organization’s Munich and Freiburg headquarters, along with its 50 partnerships with competence centres across Germany. The ARGUMED acquisition represents a new business line for Dialogue and the opportunity to meet a significant portion of the $28B EU OHS total addressable market (TAM);

As part of the transaction, ARGUMED will continue to serve existing and new clients, while Dialogue builds new technology to support and improve the delivery of OHS services digitally;

With support from Dialogue, ARGUMED will expand its operations, customer-facing, product, and technology teams in Germany and throughout the European Union;

The transaction will create dozens of highly-skilled local jobs in Canada and Germany.

 

AI STARTUP RUBIKLOUD TO BE ACQUIRED BY OTTAWA-BASED KINAXIS FOR $81.4 MILLION CAD

OTTAWA, ON, June 15, 2020 – Kinaxis® Inc. (TSX: KXS), the authority in driving agility for fast, confident decision-making in an unpredictable world, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Toronto-based Rubikloud, a disruptive, emerging provider of AI solutions that automate supply chain prescriptive analytics and decision-making in the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries.

Globally-recognized retailers and CPG manufacturers in the health and beauty, household and grocery segments use Rubikloud’s AI-based products today. Their offerings include demand forecasting and automation to manage and optimize trade promotions, pricing and assortment to drive product demand and dramatically improve financial results. Kinaxis will enhance RapidResponse’s demand planning capabilities with the Rubikloud offerings, anticipating initial opportunities in the company’s rapidly-growing CPG customer base and over time for other industries such as life sciences. The acquisition also offers Kinaxis a springboard into the enterprise retail industry.

“Rubikloud has capabilities and value that we can offer our CPG customers today, leads us into the retail industry with some bellwether accounts, and adds a group of approximately 80 people to an already-impressive AI and machine learning (ML) team here at Kinaxis. Over time, this enhanced group will contribute to new and existing AI-powered capabilities across the full Kinaxis RapidResponse® platform and applications,” said John Sicard, President and CEO of Kinaxis. “This acquisition reflects the growing importance of AI and ML to power intelligent automation and augment human decision-making to better deliver on customer promises, remove waste and increase resiliency for effective risk management.”

Rubikloud’s SaaS-based ML offerings empower retail and CPG manufacturers to transform their core operations by improving and automating complex, profit-generating decisions. Rubikloud’s proven AI capabilities and intuitive tools enable users to leverage disparate data sources to improve forecast accuracy, site-level allocations, inventory availability and promotion plans by allowing users to run boundless simulations in real time.

“We founded Rubikloud with the belief that purpose-built AI could be used to solve some of the most complex industry problems and we have spent the last seven years building a fantastic product that receives validation from global customers every day,” said Kerry Liu, CEO, Rubikloud. “We’re excited at the prospect of joining Kinaxis, which helps us bring our innovations to a much broader customer base at a faster pace than on our own. Not only that, being two strong Canadian companies we see great cultural synergy and look forward to working on the complex problems we know RapidResponse and concurrent planning can solve for customers.”

Terms of Agreement
Kinaxis will acquire Rubikloud for US$60 million in an all-cash transaction that is expected to close within 60 days. Based on Rubikloud’s current revenue and expense profile, the company’s fiscal 2020 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA guidance, as reiterated in its May 6, 2020 news release, remains unchanged. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Kinaxis Inc. 
Everyday volatility and uncertainty demand quick action. Kinaxis® delivers the agility to make fast, confident decisions across integrated business planning and the digital supply chain. People can plan better, live better and change the world. Trusted by innovative brands, we combine human intelligence with AI and concurrent planning to help companies plan for any future, monitor risks and opportunities and respond at the pace of change. Powered by an extensible, cloud-based platform, Kinaxis delivers industry-proven applications so everyone can know sooner, act faster and remove waste. For more Kinaxis news, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.