Alignd.Palliative

Palliative Care.

Alignd.Palliative is a comprehensive and easily implementable solution which resolves all of the barriers currently standing in the way of improved access to palliative care. It covers benefit design, a provider network and patient support, and is underpinned by a value-based contracting model and the pragmatic use of recent advances in technology and data analytics.

Summary of the Alignd offering for palliative care*

Benefit  Design

  • Evidence-based clinical entry criteria.
  • Specification of benefit package.
  • Costing of current and optimal care.

 Provider Network

  • Provider network of PC multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Doctor-to-doctor telephone peer support.
  • Sub-acute facilities and hospice in-patient units.

Patient Support

  • Notification of eligibility and unlocking benefits.
  • Connecting patients with providers.
  • Exception management.

Value-based contracting

  • Global professional fee.
  • Outcomes-based payment.
  • Contract facilitation.

Data Analytics

  • Pro-active identification of beneficiaries.
  • Monitoring of cost and quality outcomes.
  • Optimisation of product impact.

* Initially only for patients with advanced stage or metastatic cancer

What Is Palliative Care?

The word palliate means “make, a disease or its symptoms, less severe without removing the cause”

  • Palliative care is specialised medical care for people with serious illness, focused on providing relief from symptoms and stress.
    The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
  • Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
  • Palliative care, almost by definition, puts the patient at the centre of the care being delivered; it is essential to hear what the patient and their family really want and to attend to all of their needs as human beings (physical, emotional, spiritual).
  • Palliative care doesn’t stand in opposition to curative care; the two often co-exists side-by-side with the balance shifting over time.
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“Our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognise that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer. The chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, our culture, and our conversations in ways that transform the possibilities for the last chapters of everyone’s lives.”

Atul Gawande
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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Healthcare costs in the last year of life are more than three times higher than in the second last year of life.