Journal.

Palliative care? But I’m not dying

For many people, accessing effective palliative care will mean the ability to live longer and to experience each moment of their lives more fully as a result of effective pain and symptom management, and holistic assessment of physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs. But many misunderstand it, or can’t afford it. Palliative care has had a bad rap. It’s often [...]

Lessons in life and death

How our first patients let us know we were doing the right thing. When we started Alignd, and building the Alignd.Palliative offering, we had years and years of training, research, networking and experience between us. It covered all the fields and skills needed to launch a business like this. And we had planned everything in minute detail. But until we took on our first patients, [...]

Much-needed support on an often-lonely road

Dr Pelisa Ford is a practising oncologist and palliative care physician. That’s a fairly rare combination, but a very powerful one for her patients. Here’s why… “I wouldn’t be the doctor I am today, without palliative care,” says Dr Pelisa Ford. When Pelisa was a medical officer in oncology – not yet a qualified oncologist – her role was to look after [...]

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 [...]

COVID-19 is a chance to talk about death

In the midst of the current health crisis, and a time of medical resource rationing, it's time for honest communication about dying. The COVID-19 crisis cuts deeply, not just because of the spectre of widespread illness and death, but also because the global response goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being. How do we [...]

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 [...]

Taking care to people’s homes

Palliative care doctor, Dr Cameron Bruce, chooses to care for patients away from a frenetic hospital environment where physicians run in and out of rooms, order lab tests and check results. He chooses to sit down with patients and their families, to stay longer, and offer deep care and comfort. When curative treatment ceases to work, patients can sometimes feel [...]

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