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Novartis’ Sandoz goes digital from back office to ‘not just apps,’ therapeutics

how-digital-is-reshaping-the-pharma-arenaPharma’s digital revolution is well underway, and Sandoz is placing some big bets that tech can transform the company—and everything it does.

    The Novartis generics business is taking on digital and data technologies from discovery and development all the way to commercialization, believing the approach can open up healthcare access and improve patient outcomes.

Leading the digital transformation push in North America is Carol Lynch, president of Sandoz U.S. and head of North America, and Mike Fraser, VP of strategy, innovation and analytics.

The two talked to FiercePharma recently about Sandoz and Novartis’ strategy, programs and mission in digital technology.

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An improved healthcare system is possible with Interoperability

interoperabilityAccording to HIMSS, interoperability is about the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data and interpret that shared data.

    For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and present that data so that a user understands the information and can use it in their treatment and operations decisions.

Benefits of Interoperability
The premise of interoperability is making patient care and data safety better. Other goals include improved care coordination and experiences for patients, lowered healthcare costs and more robust public health data.

But how does interoperability accomplish these objectives?
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Will wearable devices make us healthier?

the Economist - wearable devices(The ECONOMIST) – Health- and life-insurance companies seem to think wearable devices can actually make users healthier. They are increasingly underwriting the cost of a range of wearables, including devices from Fitbit, Garmin and Polar.

Aetna and UnitedHealthcare, two big American health insurers, recently created a plan that subsidised the cost of Apple’s pricey watch. Customers of other insurers willing to upload their movement data can obtain a discount on health or life insurance. The more active they are, the greater the financial reward.

    Yang Zheng, the boss of Ping An Health Insurance in Shanghai, says that 1.5m customers are already uploading activity data every day. But are these efforts any more than a gimmick? Wearables have long been a bit of a joke, with some complaining that their “time to drawer”—the time it takes for people to lose interest and abandon them—can be measured in months.

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