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How Technology Bolsters Patient Care

May 21, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

An ever-faster development cycle in the technology space is transforming every aspect of our lives. The healthcare sector is no exception. Mobile innovations now make it possible for patients to monitor their own vital signs and information like blood sugar levels, access personal medical information from anywhere and participate more fully in their own care with apps and even games designed to promote health.[read more]

The Healthcare Omnichannel Challenge

May 13, 2015 by Christopher Fox

While e-commerce and online banking have given their respective industries a significant omnichannel boost, healthcare, especially on the provider side, has a steep hill to climb in order to deliver an omnichannel patient experience.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

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Dying of Embarrassment

May 5, 2015 by Lara Stewart

Every day, people avoid seeking medical care because of embarrassment. And failure to get tested can have repercussions for them and for those around them.[read more]

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

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Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic
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"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

Lucky Us! How New Medicines Are Cheating Death

March 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Patient Power lung cancer town meeting

I am meeting people who have the good fortune to be sick at a time when there are truly breakthroughs to give them back better health. When you meet scores of people like this, you feel grateful to the often unseen researchers who made this happen.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: The Uberization of Healthcare - A Silly Extrapolation

March 3, 2015 by David Davidovic

Yes, healthcare is, in many ways, like the taxi industry: big, unreliable, unpredictable, price-obscure, highly analog, and lacking good data. However, the vast majority of the ideas coming out of these start-ups are no uber ideas! The ideas worked on by healthcare start-ups are interesting but not disruptive. And that is okay – just don't compare them to Uber.[read more]

Precision Medicine or Personalized Medicine: What’s in a Name?

February 16, 2015 by David Avitabile

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From now on I'll be using Precision Medicine when talking about industry-related topics, and Personalized Medicine when we're talking about patient-focused topics. It this all just semantics? To a small degree, yes. But words mean things, and clarity is important. Especially for a writer.[read more]

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Robot Scientists Offer New Drug Discoveries, Improved Research Efficiency

February 12, 2015 by Travis McKnight

Some deep-learning machines already developed, like Eve, an artificially-intelligent 'robot scientist', are helping medical researchers make drug discoveries faster and much cheaper, according to an article published in the Royal Society journal Interface.[read more]

New Test Claims It Can Tell If You Will Develop Alzheimer's

February 10, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

blood test for Alzheimer's?

Would you want to know if you are going to develop – or are already in pre-symptomatic early stages of – Alzheimer’s disease? When there is currently no known cure and only marginal progress in symptomatic treatments, what good or harm comes from knowing? This hypothetical is one step closer to being your reality.[read more]

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Sequencing the Insurance Genome

February 5, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

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The President's Precision Medicine Initiative makes a lot of promises. But with all of the focus on the tech and modernity of personalized care, the importance of the policy challenges seems to be missing—undermining the very significance any potential success the new initiative might have enjoyed.[read more]