Biogen and Happify Health announced a collaboration to provide a digital solution for patient education and engagement, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), to support people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Through this collaboration, Biogen and Happify Health will help people with MS manage their care journey, improve their wellbeing, learn about treatment options, consult with experts, and connect with other people in the MS community for support.
How does it work?
The Happify Health solution, which brings together a digital tool configured for MS and a care community (Kopa), offers holistic health and wellness support, with access to neurology providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants and nurses) as well as mental health specialists, dietitians, and rehabilitation professionals. The online community that recently launched provides a place for those living with MS to ask experts questions and discuss the physical and mental challenges they are facing with patients in similar stages. Happify Health uses its proprietary AI technology to personalize content to patients’ life stages, symptoms and interests.
Biogen will provide support for the MS platform, including educational content and resources for the patient care journey. The company is a global leader in treating MS with a portfolio of medicines to treat relapsing forms of MS, characterized by periods where symptoms subside, with full or partial recovery, and there is no disease progression between attacks.
In addition to psoriasis and maternal health, MS is the third therapeutic area to be addressed through Happify Health’s unique Sequence approach. Sequences are configured to support specific medical conditions and weave together components like evidence-based digital therapeutics, online communities, and coaching in one unified platform, with recommendations tailored for each individual.
On the record
“This collaboration is one of many ways we are focused on supporting patients by meeting them where they are. The combination of Biogen’s expertise in neuroscience and our commitment to digital health, along with Happify Health’s AI and digital therapeutic capabilities will help drive a connected and comprehensive experience that allows patients to feel supported throughout their journey,” said Jason Hawbecker, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Collaborations at Biogen. “We are excited about the potential of this partnership to provide overall support for the MS community.”
“It can be challenging for people living with MS to stay up-to-date with the latest treatments, interpret new symptoms, or investigate changes in their health that may or may not be related to MS,” said Ofer Leidner, President of Happify Health. “We are providing the MS community with a solution configured to accommodate their specific needs, as well as opportunities to engage with experts, receive curated content, and discuss disease management with other community members. We are very excited to partner with Biogen on this opportunity given their leadership in the MS space.”
More than 2.3 million people live with MS globally, including over 1 million people in the United States, according to the National MS Society. Women are two to three times more likely to develop MS than men.