Focus on patients

The danger to online health seekers

inter-1POST SUMMARY: According to the Pew Internet Project, 72 percent of US internet users look up health-related information online. But an astonishing number of the pages we visit to learn about private health concerns—confidentially, we assume—are tracking our queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the same brokers who monitor our credit scores. It’s happening for profit, for an “improved user experience,” and because developers have flocked to “free” plugins and tools provided by data-vacuuming companies. Continue reading »

Patients aren’t statistics

nota statiscicPOST SUMMARY: Statistics.  They are everywhere today, especially stats on mobile users.  None of these statistics mean a damn thing because they don’t explain the why, where and how.  DTC marketers need deeper insights into how patients are using statistics within the disease condition THEY market to. Continue reading »

Entering a new era in DTC marketing

ID-100124225OK, I get it.  DTC marketers have to show ROI to get budgets from bean counter who know the cost of everything but the value of nothing but that approach is going to lead to a decline in DTC marketing effectiveness. Continue reading »

To WebMD or not to WebMD?

screenshot_193POST SUMMARY: WebMD is the number one health portal on the Internet, but is it really required to consider WebMD as part of pharma marketers online media plans?  Not really. Continue reading »

Our healthcare system is still broken

broken_by_liebe_siePOST SUMMARY: Drug marketers may be wasting a lot of money trying to drive demand for their products because the current healthcare system is getting harder to navigate and it’s making it harder for patients to be “consumers of healthcare. Continue reading »

What frustrates online health seekers on pharma websites?

UnknownPOST SUMMARY: While your web analytics might indicate that you are getting a lot of traffic to your product website upstream and downstream analysis indicates that visitors are also going to other health websites to both fact check your claims and help them better understand complicated health language. Continue reading »

Problems related to online health information seeking

UnknownPOST SUMMARY:  As health care systems around the world shift toward models that emphasize self-care management, there is increasing pressure for patients to obtain health information online.  Overall online health seekers display awareness of potential problems related to online health information seeking.   The need for enhanced patient communication skills and eHealth literacy assessments that are accompanied by targeted resources pointing individuals to high-quality credible online health information, and the need to remind patients of the importance of consulting a medical professional when they use online health resources to diagnose and treat a health issue is a substantial gap. Continue reading »

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