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[…]

The Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Sounds Off on Patient Engagement in Healthcare

President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot has released its first draft report, and patient engagement in healthcare is at the top of the agenda. Several working groups highlighted a number of needs.  In the report, they focus on patients and the mandate for fundamentally restructuring research.  This included both the pharmaceutical industry and academic institutions. It’s clear[…]

A Clinical Project Manager Takes a Walk in the Woods…with the Clinical Development Team

All drug development programs are not created equal, and rarely are they the same within a single therapeutic area. A project manager on a drug development team needs to optimize the team network available. He also needs to use gained experience since a program can take many paths. As I make my initial assessment of[…]

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[…]

Clinical Systems Implementation – Five Things You Need to Do!

Recently I wrote a blog about the steps required to successfully select a clinical systems vendor that will truly deliver against your needs.  To review: write a business case collect detailed requirements write a clear RFI quickly narrow down your list of candidates host some dog & pony shows finally make a decision. Whew!  That’s a lot, and[…]

The Merck-Quintiles Partnership: Sponsor, Do You Take This CRO….?

Recently, Merck Serono entered into a new, five-year clinical development deal. The deal was with none other than Quintiles, the world’s largest CRO (with approximately $3.7 billion in revenue). Moving forward, Quintiles will be the sole primary provider of Merck Serono’s outsourced clinical development services for its global clinical programs. The agreement will span the[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement (Part III – TMI!)

  The biggest mistake companies make when working with metrics is that they tend to make things way more complicated than they need to be. Specific examples abound. You can boil down these examples into three general categories. I will discuss the first one here. Collecting Too Much Data Collecting too much data makes it hard to[…]

Mobile Health Apps and Gamification – Who is Playing Who?

There is a fantastic console game which borrows the time-honored video game tradition of having a narrator/ sidekick guide you through learning how to play the game.  Once the player is familiar with the basic controls, the narrator drives much of the game’s action. They direct the player to tasks which will help both the player and[…]

March Madness: Figuring out Digital Medicine and Mobile Health on Capitol Hill

My undergrad alma mater, La Salle University, has won its first NCAA tournament game. Not since the days of Lionel Simmons have they had a chance to compete in college basketball’s ultimate showdown.  March Madness is a time of elation, frustration, and surprises. Ultimately the dust settles with a college basketball champion. Now March Madness[…]

Emerging Pharma “Personas” for mHealth and Health IT

  I’m fascinated by how the pharma industry is handling the changes in healthcare. Five years ago, the era of Pharma consolidation and cost cutting went into high gear.  We’ve seen a breakdown of the vertically integrated big Pharma, a shift towards a flexible cost model and plenty of mergers/acquisitions.  This work continues today, and[…]