Category Archives: pharma

Point of Engagement Business Models for Digital Health Technology


          One of the biggest challenges globally that patient-facing digital health technologies face is finding ways to gain traction and to generate revenue within traditional reimbursement systems. In a previous post, I discussed best practices for adoption of technology by … Continue reading

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Completing the Puzzle – Mobile Survey Results Shape the Direction of mHealth


There have been a few excellent surveys regarding mHealth.  One report commissioned by PwC and published in 2012, was a combination of two separate surveys conducted in Brazil, Denmark, the UK, the USA, Turkey, Germany, India, China, South Africa, and … Continue reading

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Introduction vs Adoption of #mHealth Technology


Before the adoption of new technologies which will undoubtedly improve healthcare (as it has the retail and finance sectors), it must be introduced in ways which are digestible, scalable, and subject to rapid iteration. Is mobile technology different from the … Continue reading

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Why Clinical Trials Need Mobile Health Tools: Can CROs be Replaced?


I have previously written why mobile technologies need clinical trials.  I would now like to discuss why clinical trials need mobile technology. For readers not familiar with clinical research, a CRO (clinical  research organization)  is “…an organization that provides support … Continue reading

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Five Realities That Define the Digital Health Technology Continuum


      The development of digital health technologies has and continues to involve people from diverse sectors: healthcare, telecommunications, IT, entrepreneurs, and patient advocates to name a few. The unique intersection of stakeholders in this space as well as trailblazing … Continue reading

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Five Benefits of Crowdsourced Medical Research Funding


Crowdsourced clinical studies have been the subject of previous posts by this author.  The Wiki definition of crowdfunding is: “the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people … Continue reading

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Why Online Patient Communities are Better than Real Life Support Groups


A support group  has many potential benefits, some of which include improving coping skills, reducing anxiety, depression, isolation, ignorance about the condition and others.  Online patient communities (OPCs) are a recent phenomenon.  Some are open (with respect to type of … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Physicians Should be in Social Media


In November, 2011 the AMA published a report on Professionalism in the use of Social Media.  A brief summary of the paper  was published in June, 2010.  The issues addressed by the AMA are reasonable and practical in my view. … Continue reading

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Five Benefits of Online Patient Communities


           If one searches for ‘online patient communities’ over 19 million Internet sites are found.  Online patient communities (OPCs) may exist as subgroups of social media sites, non-profit organizations, and increasingly as part of websites of healthcare organizations and … Continue reading

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Synergistic Impacts of Healthcare and Social Media: An Observational Study


There have been many articles written on the impact of social media on healthcare.  Likewise, healthcare is transforming social media into a ‘place’ to obtain information on specific diseases, creating patient and provider support in online communities likePatientsLikeMe and  Treatment … Continue reading

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