Using Digital Technology to solve the universal problem of lack of Healthcare access

Sandoz Healthcare – Access Challenge (HACk) Global Competition

Despite major advances in modern medicine, universal access to health care remains the largest unmet medical need. This year’s competition expands to seek broader digital solutions to local healthcare access challenges. Three shortlisted entrants will attend South by Southwest (SXSW), where Sandoz will work with them to create scalable solutions that could improve people’s lives.

Who is Sandoz?

Sandoz is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals, based in Germany. Their purpose is to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives by supporting society’s ability to support growing healthcare needs by pioneering novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine.

2 Billion people don’t have the medicines they need:

Sandoz is inviting YOU to make a contribution to developing and improving the healthcare system worldwide.

Universal access to health care is still arguably the largest unmet medical need and, while great strides continue to be made globally, access challenges vary hugely across geographies and communities. Therefore, a major step toward improving health care access globally is to identify and understand the specific needs of local communities.

“There are still two billion people in this world not getting the medicines they need. This is why we are launching Sandoz HACk as we aim to inspire and embrace the brave and innovative thinking of entrepreneurs and visionaries to improve access to healthcare around the world”, said Richard Francis, Division Head and CEO of Sandoz.

Francis added: “Building on the inaugural Sandoz HACk, this year we are broadening the competition to anyone, anywhere, with an idea that uses digital technology to help address a local healthcare access challenge. By collaborating, we hope to create ambitious-yet-practical digital solutions that, with scale, could have a significant impact on people’s lives.”

Make a difference to Global Heal Access with the Sandoz HACk

As the global leader in biosimilars, generic antibiotics and generic oncology medicines, Sandoz aims to play a leading role in making access happen for people around the world. Through Sandoz HACk we will use our expertise to bring access ideas in these areas, and beyond, to life. We believe that small ideas can spark big change and that, together, we can co-create ambitious-yet-practical solutions that break down access barriers around the world.

Digital innovation promises cost-effective and practical solutions with the power to transform access. Last year, Sandoz HACk focused on m-health (mobile health). This year’s theme is ‘Leveraging Digital Technologies to Solve Healthcare Access Challenges’: encouraging ideas that can drive patient access or help health care providers to reach more people.

The Sandoz HACk is a global competition that invites entrepreneurs and innovators in the field of digital technology to submit inspirational ideas with the potential to complement – or even positively disrupt – established approaches to driving access to healthcare.

Sandoz HACk opened for entries on Friday, 4th October, closing on November 30, 2018.

Three shortlisted entrants, to be announced in January 2019, will receive support from Sandoz experts to develop their ideas and transform potential into real impact. Our three finalists will travel to the world’s leading forward-focused gathering of creative minds, South by Southwest (SXSW; Austin, Texas) in March 2019, to explore, network and discover the latest innovative trends. Following in-person selection, one winner will be chosen and awarded seed funding and support from Sandoz, to help bring their idea to life.

Be the change you wish to see. Many people complain about the health care system one way or the other. Now is your chance to make a difference.

For more details on how to enter the competition and terms and conditions, check out this page. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #SandozHACk.

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About Zaahida

Zaahida Natasha Nathoo Joel, Founder of The Nurture Co. is a mother of 3, an Islamic Studies Student & Teacher, teaching Arabic & Quran studies. She is also a Certified Doula, Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator, and Certified Aromatherapist currently completing her certifications in Bereavement facilitation. The company's mission is to educate Muslim couples with trauma-informed, evidence-based, and faith-based teachings and information to support families throughout pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and early parenting.

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