Did you know there are 18.1 million new cancer patients every year? A study called “World Cancer Report 2018” released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed recently that the cancer burden has risen from 14 million to 18.1 million new cases and around 9.6 million people died because of it in 2018 alone. OMS’s projections for 2040 are not any better. 29.5 million new cases and 16.3 million deaths on a year basis. Its treatment is long and full of challenges. High patient / doctor ratio, long time period between doctor appointments and the ‘poor memory' factor all contribute to making it very hard for the medical teams to efficiently monitor and track each and every patient’s individual clinical evolution when away from hospitals. For this very reason, there is significant lack of qualified information for out-patients enrolled in mid or long-term cancer treatments. Real World oncological data can truly contribute to life sciences and even guide public policy.WeCancer was born in an attempt to solve some of these issues and due to that increase patient’s quality of life and jeopardize risks. It is a remote monitoring platform for cancer patients together with a multi professional digital support. We developed two very user-friendly platforms: an app for patients we call ‘a companion’ for cancer treatment and a dashboard for doctors to access qualified information related to physical and psycho-emotional patient’s health. The Patient mobile platform contains a full profile and treatment data, including medication, a patient reported outcome solution for collateral effects, daily routine, treatment schedule and also a chat where patients can get help from a qualified nurse in his medical team. All the collected data is accessed by each patient’s medical teams from a web-based platform with easy to use analytics tools that contribute to a closer, more accurate and individualized care. From this platform the teams can administer medication and appointments, set alarms for patients as well as monitor each patients’ health and evolution remotely. The cool part is that it all happens in real-time and notifications can be set for variables such as low treatment engagement or critical patient reported events. The result is a pro-active way to handle cancer out-patients and a tool for extending care outside hospital walls. International research shows that this kind of solution contributes to a longer and better life for patients, avoiding hospitalizations and reducing treatment global costs.
WeCancer has 1246 registered users and a total of 3100 downloads. We work together with some of the best health institutions in Latin America and make a huge effort to take our solution to as many patients as possible. Our main goal in 2020 is to reach a total of 5,000 active users between 10 relevant cancer treatment centers.
There are two projects available, and you can choose between the two. You will be asked your preference during the interview.
Project 1: Patient Outcomes Measures to accurate Value based Health-care calculation
In 2006, Michael Porter published the book Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results, which set in motion the transition from Volume-Based Healthcare to a system of Value-Based Healthcare (VBHC). VBHC has since become a hot-button issue in the healthcare sector, with many organisations struggling with the question of where to start and how to make the value of healthcare even more transparent. The point is Value can be different from different perspectives, whereas the bottom-line is what is value for the patients. Patient value is defined as patient-relevant outcomes, divided by the costs per patient across the full cycle of care in order to achieve these outcomes. The challenge is: how can we define and calculate patient-relevant outcomes? Our Electronic Patient Reported Outcome Solution allows us to collect valuable information about ongoing cancer treatment. The data we collect is known as ‘Real World Data’ and we believe that WeCancer can collaborate actively towards Value-Based Healthcare implementation extensively contributing to scientific production and public health policies.
For the 2020 WeCancer Summer Internship Program we seek a curious and passionate candidate, willing to try his/her best in analysing and interpreting real world data towards finding relevant insights to measure patient outcomes. The intern will have contact with adverse events trends, treatment engagement, patients’ habits, questionnaire’s answer about quality of life and patient main interests and concerns
Project 2: User Engagement Insights Process
User Experience (UX) design is currently a very popular business buzzword — but what does it really mean? And how can we use this in benefit of product improvement? Here at WeCancer we applied huge efforts to implement UX theory studies to influence how we build our product. However, this is still not enough, as we have a hard time measuring which changes indeed aggregate value for User Engagement rates. As a reminder, during cancer treatment Patient Engagement is a big factor in order to increase quality of life as consequently enlarge overall survivorship rates.
What we propose as a project for WeCancer Summer Internship Program is to help us go beyond User Experience applied theory limits and generate insights from User Engagement in practice. We expect the intern to build a process creating intelligence by generating reports and insights from user engagement and in the end benefit product improvement and user engagement rates.
- Immersion in Brazilian Healthcare environment, working directly with oncological healthcare providers and patients.
- Defining research and calculation methodologies based on global value-based health care trends and real world data collect by WeCancer
- Analysing International validated Quality of Life questionnaires
- Feedback collection, analysis and implementation
- Process optimization (efficiency) to collect relevant outcomes
- Interaction and collaboration with physicians, patients, technology and business teams
- Build reports based on current data to generate insights
We are looking for someone with a taste for big challenges who demonstrates genuine curiosity. Proactivity and sense of ownership are desirable characteristics. Being a result-oriented person with big dreams who pursues opportunities related to his/her life purpose is a plus. The person must be good at analyzing numbers, tendencies and data, basic statistics and generating creative solutions.
The intern will mainly work from our São Paulo office which has a very productive and casual environment. We would also like to provide the opportunity for the intern to attend a few meetings and visit hospitals outside of the city of São Paulo, such as Rio de Janeiro. There are other interns currently working at Wecancer, making the environment very interesting in terms of cultural exchange.
On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 3.
Ideally between June and mid-August.
Please make sure to include what attracts you to working with technology in healthcare and oncology in your personal statements.
A Brazilian tourist visa will likely be required for most applicants, depending on nationality.
Quotes from Previous Fellows
"I am working at WeCancer as a business development intern. My goal this summer is to help create a revenue model for a branch of their business, whether that be on the public/private hospital side or in terms on monetizing the data they bring in from their app. I will also get to delve into the healthcare system in Brazil by interacting with patients and doctors at the premier Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital as well as many smaller clinics and hospitals throughout Brazil." Prashanth Kumar, Summer 2019
“My official role at WeCancer is a data analyst, working with the data that we collect from the users of our mobile app. This position involves a lot of independent thinking as I am free to choose the direction of research. Also, beyond my work at the office, I spend time at the local hospitals and cancer centers, communicating with medical staff including doctors and nurses to understand the state of oncology in Brazil and Sao Paulo and integrate it with our existing platform.” Jungyeon Park, Summer 2018