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Will Remote Clinical Trials Become the New Norm?

By some counts, prescription drug costs account for 20% of all healthcare costs.  The cost of getting a drug to market reaching well over a billion dollars and there is a growing scrutiny of money-conscious consumers. It is not hard to see why pharma companies are searching to find ways to reduce costs. Clinical trials[…]

Are We Moving Beyond Patient Centricity to Collaborative Health?

It has only been a couple of decades since the concept of patient-centered care or patient centricity entered our collective consciousness. However, much has changed and continues to change rapidly in the healthcare industry. Technological, economic, and social advancements are moving at break-neck speed and propelling the industry into ever evolving directions. We could already[…]

Survey Shows Barriers to Clinical Trial Recruitment

We have long known the challenges of clinical trial recruitment. So it’s not a surprise that a new survey conducted by SubjectWell shows that a general lack of awareness is a major hurdle in clinical trial recruitment. The Pharma industry spends more than $2 billion per year on clinical trial recruitment. However, these dollars don’t[…]

Analog & Digital Approaches to Better Patient Engagement

Patients and regulatory authorities are asking for more patient/sponsor communication over the drug development cycle. At the same time, many sponsors seek to better understand the value of different investments to meet this demand. They are converting patient insights into journey maps and case studies that are producing a variety of new technologies and services[…]

New Trends in Clinical Trials Focus on Patient Engagement

A recent BioPharma Dive article on the five trends changing clinical trials – patient centricity, tapping into technology (e.g. mobile devices), wearables (e.g. remote blood glucose monitors), flexibility (in trial design), and automated site supplies – has an interesting trend in the article itself.  So, what’s the overarching trend?  Four out of the five trends[…]

Patient Engagement Solutions – Portal Use is on the Rise

As a patient engagement solution, healthcare portals are nothing new.  But for healthcare providers, getting patients to use their portals hasn’t been easy.  Now it looks like portal use is on the rise and with that a hope of greater patient engagement. A recent CDW survey of 200 patients and providers has shown a jump[…]

Health Care Leaders Encourage Trump Administration to Keep Patient-Centered Health Care a Priority

Within five days of the inauguration, the Health Care Transformation Task Force (HTTF) sent a letter to President Trump and Vice President Pence with an urgent message.  That message . . . continue to keep the value-based, patient-centered health care model a priority.  Put the needs of patients first! The task force includes leaders throughout the industry.[…]

Patient Centricity – Improving Study Performance by Putting Patients First

Patient centricity ideas are everywhere today.  But, too often it is not seen by patients in a clinical trial. It seems like – the patient is at the center but the patients’ point of view is not. Patient Centricity – Sponsors vs. Patients Today, patients are asking for more input with sponsors throughout the drug development cycle.  And regulatory[…]

Concierge & Coaches: Mayday for Patient Engagement in Clinical Trials?

About five years ago, Amazon launched its contribution into the already crowded tablet market, the Kindle Fire.  While at its core it was like many other Android based tablets, Amazon built Kindle Fire’s user interface from the ground up.  It included some innovative features unseen in other similar products. One of the more innovative features was[…]

Do Patients Really Want to Use Your Patient Portal?

In June of 2016, Salesforce.com commissioned a survey conducted by Harris Poll of 2,025 adults aged 18 or older.  Of these adults, there were 1,736 who had both medical insurance and a primary care doctor. Respondents were sub-grouped, based on generational demographics: Baby Boomers (55+) Generation ‘X’ (35-54) Millennials (18-34) The survey included data on patients’ interest[…]

Patient Engagement Ideathon Winner: Changing the Message of Clinical Trials

The Center for Information & Study On Clinical Research Participation concluded its first Ideathon. The $10,000 prize went to C2: The Clinical Study Change Agent Collective. The team included members of FCB Health with input from a few notable Pharma companies as reported in this press release. Ideas for Patient Engagement in Clinical Trials The team[…]

Patient Engagement Solutions: Cleveland Clinic On Not Being Dumb With Smartphone Apps

What can you do to improve patient engagement solutions?  As part of its series of “Pop Health” forums, HIMMS last week invited Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Adrienne Boissy, MD, to speak.   She shared Cleveland Clinic’s insights on how to improve patient engagement.  Her key message:  more apps are not the answer. Dr. Boissy was[…]