ALIGNING STAKEHOLDERS IN A NEW HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEM

| April 5, 2018

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Preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers are responsible for over 40 of the 56 million annual deaths worldwide (7 out of every 10 deaths). Our medical communities spend vast resources battling complications of these behavior-related conditions, despite the availability of technologies and processes to better engage patients when disease burden is low and the ability to prevent disease is high. Most importantly, clinical and behavioral information is locked within data silos inside healthcare organizations, unavailable to patients, clinicians, and researchers in ways that can leverage machine learning to personalize care and illuminate the drivers of disease and health. Because of these and other factors, patients are relegated to passive, rather than proactive positions, in their own health care.

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Freedom Fertility Pharmacy was founded in 1973 as Freedom Drug, a New Hampshire-based community retail pharmacy. With an emphasis on individualized patient care and superior customer service, Freedom prospered and expanded, opening locations throughout New England in the 70s and 80s. In the 1990s, Freedom focused its personalized approach on a growing segment of its business, women's health and infertility. In 1994, the company relocated to Lynnfield, MA, focusing its operations exclusively on infertility and speciality pharmacy services.

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