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Dragonfly on hand

Does your medical aid offer you ongoing palliative (not only end-of-life) care?

Recently Discovery Health announced their new member benefits for 2022. We were thrilled to see they had enhanced their palliative care offering to cover not just end-of-life care but early access too. Palliative care, in the true sense of the term, is ongoing support on diagnosis of a serious illness. We’re thrilled because we are no longer the lone voice [...]

Dr Lungi Nyathi

Alignd announces Dr Lungi Nyathi as new CEO

Press release: Alignd has appointed Dr Lungi Nyathi as CEO from December this year Dr Lungi Nyathi joins Alignd from Medscheme/Afrocentric Health where she served as Executive Director for over five years. She brings to her new role a wealth of experience, having worked in the healthcare sector in executive, management, and clinical roles over the past 11 years. Welcoming Nyathi, [...]

How an extra layer of care is bringing relief to a family dealing with serious cancer

Heather Duiker* is 78. Her daughter, Geraldine (45) describes her mom as creative, loyal, and straight-forward. Two years ago, Heather was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, and Geraldine now adds “tough” to the list describing her mom. “When we heard the diagnosis, there was such disbelief. Then we were just shattered,” says Geraldine. But Heather just wanted to find out what [...]

This is the power of early referral palliative care

Through honest conversations with a palliative care doctor, discussing preferences for her ongoing care and early referral to palliative care, Nina was given the opportunity to consider what was important to her, and her young family. Nina* was a teacher. Married, with a 3-year-old daughter, she was 35 when she was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer, which had [...]

Why enlisting palliative care on diagnosis of serious cancer is the opposite to giving up

You can start palliative care at any stage of a serious illness, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment. In fact, says palliative care trained doctor and co-founder of Alignd, Linda Holding, the earlier you access this extra layer of specialised care and support, the better for you and your family. Imagine there was specialised [...]

We’re offering an internship

We are looking for an intern with computer science skills to join the Alignd team! We are a strongly collaborative team, working in the best interests of patients. Alignd is a managed-care organisation that brings together a unique combination of clinical, financial, and analytical skills with the aim of building a compassionate, patient-centred, and sustainable health system. We offer comprehensive financing solutions for [...]

The license to fly in a perfect storm

Alignd has just been accredited by the Council for Medical Schemes as a managed care organisation. This is an extremely significant milestone for us, as we gear up to assist our partners and clients with navigating the current COVID-19 pandemic. Up to this point, the Alignd.Palliative solution has been targeted at cancer patients. However, the current COVID-19 crisis brings together a [...]

Dr David Cameron

Palliative care in South Africa: An interview with Dr. David Cameron

Dr David Cameron has been involved in the care of people with advanced serious illnesses over the past 30 years. These patients face many challenges, including unpleasant symptoms and a significant loss of independence. They need increasing help with their daily activities. They also face an uncertain future with regards to recovery or further decline and a premature death. [...]

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Alignd wins Best Journal Paper at prestigious BHF Titanium Awards

Alignd shone at the recent BHF Conference Titanium Awards night with the cofounders winning Best Journal Paper Award entitled The devil’s in the detail: A value-based contracting case study. The case study focused on the personal experience of Alignd’s cofounders in developing a value-based contracting solution for the South African market. “The award signifies growing industry recognition of our work and [...]

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