TheSocialMedwork is a social enterprise helping people everywhere access the latest medicines more quickly in countries where those medicines are not available. We are a registered, independent medicines intermediary sourcing each medicine for named patient use and overseeing every aspect of the shipping, customs and delivery. The only organisation in the world doing this today, we have helped 11,000 patients so far and strive to give everyone in the world access to the best new medicines.
Sjaak Vink, talking about putting patients first on Australian news
TheSocialMedwork was founded by Sjaak Vink, co-founder of myTomorrows and experienced healthcare innovator, together with James Heywood, influential speaker, scientist, big-data expert and co-founder of Patients Like Me; Bernard Muller, founder of Project MinE and Treeway and himself an ALS/MND patient, and Katrin Schepp, Attorney-at-Law.
Our Philosophy: The right to freedom of access
Every day, medicine access delays cost lives.
At TheSocialMedwork, we believe that individuals have the right to freedom of access when it comes to health. We are committed to empower you with your physician to make treatment decisions that are not restricted by who you are or where you live.
Global medicine access systems are fragmented and contain significant barriers that can delay and restrict access to medicines for years. These barriers are driven by local variations in regulations, manufacturer choices, approval agencies, local health authorities and reimbursement systems. Collectively, this results in disparities in the access to new potentially life improving or life saving medicines that can have significant consequences for patients that might benefit from them.
Our mission is to enable patients with their physicians to overcome these barriers and get appropriate and efficient access to the most effective medicines for the personalized treatment of disease.
With every patient we serve, we flag and illuminate the gaps in access for regulators, manufacturers and health systems so they can contribute and improve their own processes to more effectively serve everyone.
We are passionate about equal access to medicines for all. We recognize that additional barriers remain for many, including access to information, and the ability to afford medicines. We are committed to ultimately ensure access is truly fair.
If you as a physician and patient seek the right treatment for you that does not exist where you live, we are here to serve you.
1. Patients have better health and wellbeing
Our first horizon encompasses engaging and helping patients access life extending medicines - medicines that can better their quality of life.
This is our current platform where we have made great progress over the past few years. We have reached and helped patients from all corners of the globe, from countries we never thought possible, and substantiated our goal of providing them with access to the latest, elsewhere-approved medicines.
2. Stronger, healthier and more inclusive communities
Within the second horizon our focus is to start the ground work to building an ecosystem infrastructure. One that will slowly bring together pharma, health care professionals and innovators.
Our focus for the next three years is to fortify our advocacy network by working together with doctors, nurses, families and caregivers - ultimately supporting more and more patients who need our help, from all around the world. By building the infrastructure for a new ecosystem, we will allow all pharma and health innovators to equally contribute, collaborate, and foster an arrangement where everyone works together.
3. Society is healthier and happier
Within the third horizon, we aim to evolve into a new health ecosystem that empowers humans around the world to come up with integrated solutions and empowers humans around the world to come up with integrated solutions and a comprehensive, collaborative approach to solving the problems we are facing in the healthcare landscape.
The ‘grand finale’ for global society is aimed at establishing an ecosystem for everyone. We firmly believe that health is the new wealth. And human dignity does not allow haves and have-nots. We will evolve into an ecosystem where everyone acknowledges illness and passionately collaborates to find health management solutions that work for all.
Within this new ecosystem, we empower health innovators to work together with patients, communities, associations, doctors, caregivers, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare technology companies, payers and governments. Our ecosystem will allow these different stakeholders to attain new heights and discover never-expected solutions to the world’s equal health challenges.
We are constantly striving to keep growing and working towards our dream of improving access and the healthcare landscape. Our business plan has seven distinct growth phases:
- Build an accessible global platform for patients to buy new medicines for serious, fatal and life-debilitating conditions.
- Unite the global community of patients, providers, and eventually, the public.
- Create web-based patient-data feedback programs.
- Use these patient-data feedback programs to bring new levels of transparency, insight and patient-driven innovation.
- Leverage our reach, data and community to help support new, fairer pricing models for medicines.
- Active participation in health management development, patient research and global education programs.
- Become the de facto universal health platform, giving everyone access to the best health and wellbeing.
Strategic Priorities mapped to growth and social impact model using McKinsey's Three Horizons approach.
We are compassionate, outspoken, trailblazing and we deliver awesome!
Value #1 - COMPASSIONATE
First and foremost we are driven by compassionate action. Towards patients when we understand their individual needs and circumstances and strive to help them and their doctors access their medicines regardless of any obstacles. Towards everyone working in healthcare and innovation as we understand their struggle to balance economic needs and contributing to a healthier world. And towards our families, our friends and our colleagues. We strive to put the needs of others before ours and leave a positive and lasting impact.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Value #2 - OUTSPOKEN
We are outspoken in the way we spread our dream and mission and in the way we speak up against injustices around us. In global health as well as every injustice humans and this world are facing. We are outspoken in the way we fight and strive to contribute towards building a better world for everyone. We do this by speaking our minds and being honest and candid, come what may.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King
Value #3 - TRAILBLAZING
We are trailblazing in the way we think and find solutions, in the way we approach problems and obstacles and in the way we build a healthier world. We do things differently. By thinking out of the box we challenge the status quo. Because we are convinced that the new way forward towards a better world and a healthier future for all can only be achieved through a curious, creative, entrepreneurial and pioneering mindset.
“Logic brings you from A to B, imagination brings you everywhere.”
- Albert Einstein
Value #4 - DELIVER AWESOME
We are eager to deliver awesome in everything we do. In the way we support our patients and their doctors from around the world and in the way we try to achieve our goals. Our passion and discipline drive us to deliver excellence in every detail. We strive to go above and beyond the expectations set for us by patients, health professionals, stakeholders and everyone around us.
“Excellence is a continuous process, not an accident.”
- Abdul Kalam