5 Ways to Manage a Project Timeline

Properly managing complex projects can be overwhelming even for the most experienced project managers. Missed deadlines, disorganization, and lack of efficiency can quickly derail a project. This can leave you with unhappy clients and team members. A carefully created and well-maintained project timeline is the basis for successful PM solutions. These five easy steps will help you[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

5 Tips for Effective Portfolio Management

Imagine that you are Indiana Jones. A series of ancient doors lie before you. Behind one – unimaginable success, profitability, and reward. Behind the others – defeat, loss and failure. You have but a single key and too many possible doors – which to choose? Does this sound like your organization? This is the constant[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement Metrics (Part V – Take the Long View)

In previous blog posts, I’ve zeroed in on two of the three main areas where companies struggle with metrics. This time, I’ll focus on the third – the use of short-sighted metrics. “Localized metrics” are metrics that measure small (individual or departmental) goals. They do not have a link to broader company objectives. This use can[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement Metrics (Part IV – Getting It Right)

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, many companies struggle with getting their metrics right. Examples of these struggles abound but usually fall into three general groups.  Last time I talked about collecting too much data.  Now I will discuss the second one, poor/misaligned data or lagging metrics. Each company is different and must decide for itself which[…]

What Do a CTMS and a PlayStation 4 Have in Common?

This past Christmas Santa Claus bestowed upon my household a shiny new PlayStation 4.  This highly in-demand gaming system featured the latest processor and next-generation graphics. It also has a whole slew of functionality that either improved on that of its predecessor or had previously been absent altogether.  We needed to take the old PlayStation 3[…]