Category Archives: Focus on patients

Patients sound off and they’re angry!

KEY TAKEAWAY: I was invited to attend a focus group panel on health care in Weston, Florida and was not prepared for the anger and frustration I heard from the range of people of all ages, demographics and backgrounds.  It’s clear our health care system is very broken and that “empowered patients” is more of a buzzword than reality. Continue reading

Medication errors after hospital discharge

KEY TAKEAWAY: Patients often leave the hospital with a thick stack of printed information: discharge plans, medication lists, information sheets, follow-up appointments, diet information, hospital literature, etc. The important, truly essential, information is commonly buried and not readily accessible to patients and/or their families/caregivers. Specifically, patients need immediate access to a patient-centered medication list and a patient-centered education tool in order to transition home safely. Continue reading

Individuals are starting to control their own health treatments

KEY TAKEAWAY : McKinsey says “Patients are becoming more than just passive recipients of therapies. Healthcare will be driven much more by consumers than physicians, with patients increasingly coming to their doctors with more information, parameters they measured at home, and an informed opinion about how they should be treated,” says Dr. Bertalan Mesko, medical futurist and author of My Health: Upgraded”.  How is pharma using this to leverage DTC? Continue reading

Patients confused over DTC

According to PR Newswire “data show that the estimated $5.4 billion DTC-ad spend in the US helps to enable a more aware and engaged patient, sparking important dialogues with healthcare providers. Physicians in InCrowd’s microsurvey reported receiving three times the number of questions as a result of DTC ads than five years ago—from an average of one question a week to three a week. Doctors say DTC drug ads drove 3X patient questions, but 87% observed patient confusion with ads  . DUH

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