The iPad in the Doctor’s Office

The Apple iPad has also become a

The Coming Pharma Digital Depression

A 'recession' in pharma marketing is likely considering the well-known 'patent cliff' that's currently in progress; ie, blockbuster drugs with a combined $170 billion in annual sales will go off-patent by 2015. That means even less mass media advertising and more digital advertising. But 'more digital advertising' does not mean that much more money will be spent in the digital arena. That's because of social media, where it's virtually free to advertise!

Multichannel Marketing & Medical Reprints: Putting Science on iPads, Apps, and HCP Websites

The distribution of medical reprints to healthcare professionals (HCPs) by sales reps is not only a logistical problem but a channel problem as well. Reprints Desk helps pharmaceutical companies to deploy copyrighted e-prints and other marketing materials via iPads and other tablets, or via their own apps and websites in a controlled manner as part of a multichannel marketing campaign.

The Evolving Pharma-Physician Relationship

In this review of presentations made at the the PharmaMarketing Summit 2012, the common thread throughout is the evolving nature of the pharma-physician relationship, which is being transformed by the power of patients and payers, particularly aided and abetted by new emerging technologies.

Adherence: Do We Really Need an App for That?

Lots of patients -- even patients taking life-saving medication -- are not as "adherent" as they should be, which means that the treatment does not work as advertised and drug companies lose money. There have been many attempts by the drug industry to improve medication adherence, but it has been a tough challenge. The industry, however, has not given up. The new battleground for combating non-adherence is the mobile smartphone and the smartphone app is the weapon of choice. Are the benefits worth the risk?

Big Bad Pharma

The drug industry is contending with a storm of unsavory media coverage documenting drug shortages in the U.S., drug counterfeiting, and recalls due to manufacturing faults. Some say bad journalism is heightening the

HealthPrize Teams Up with RealAge to Improve Adherence

Unless taken, medicines don't work. Lack of medication adherence is a major issue contributing to poor health outcomes and higher costs. HealthPrize Technologies believes it has at least part of the solution, which is to provide an innovative approach with an online and mobile-based program that is fun, engaging and educational. This article summarizes the results of a six-month asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pilot study in which HealthPrize partnered with RealAge to test patient engagement with the HealthPrize online and mobile platform.

Is There a Cure for Mediocre Pharma Mobile Apps?: Listen Up, New Marketing Grads!

Mobile is the new 'shiny thing' of interest to pharmaceutical marketers. However, most pharma mobile apps that I have seen are pretty mundane as far as marketing/advertising is concerned. What's it going to take to make these apps more interesting and useful?

Gamification: Now and Then

There's a lot of brouhaha these days in pharma circles about 'gamification' as if it were the newest thing since sliced bread. These days, however, it may be easier for a pharma company to create a real-life museum educational gaming experience than a virtual world game on Facebook. Way back in 1984, gamification was much simpler.

Exploring the 2.0 Doctor-Patient Relationship. The Impact of New Technologies on Healthcare

This article summarizes results of the 'Technology Impact on Healthcare' online survey. This article summarizes the survey results. The survey asked respondents to rate the importance internet tools and services in improving healthcare today and five years from now. Respondents also were asked to evaluate the impact of new technologies on public health problems such as obesity, vaccination, and smoking and which areas of the world are most active in developing and using health-related social media, mobile apps, and online communities. Finally, respondents were asked to identify which stakeholders -- government, technology companies, health-care professionals, patients, payors -- will be the major players online in 5 years.

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