3 Critical Mistakes in Pharma Resourcing Decision-Making

Sometimes it is hard to understand how pharmaceutical companies make hiring decisions.  There is no doubt that hiring decisions in the pharma world are complex and risky. Still, after helping a countless number of pharmaceutical companies over the last 25 years, sometimes I still just don’t get it. Hiring decisions are critical to a company’s[…]

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[…]

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 Engagement – Ensuring Diversity in Clinical Trials

No one would disagree that diversity in clinical trials is critical.  Diversity ensures that novel drugs will be effective and safe for all patients.  But, a new FDA report shows that clinical trials may not reflect real-world demographics.  And these trials may not be diverse enough to ensure patient safety. For instance, the latest report shows only 48% of drug[…]

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[…]

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[…]