Health information online

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 »

Time to rethink drug websites

THINK Road SignPOST SUMMARY: Google graph for health is a game changer for online health and while it needs to be watched to determine its impact on drug.com websites DTC digital marketers should start to optimize their websites for both patients and ROI. Continue reading »

Did Google just make health information on pharma websites obsolete?

logo11wPOST SUMMARY: Google searches for certain medical conditions will now bring up typical symptoms and treatments, along with details about how common the condition is. All answers are compiled, curated, and reviewed by a team of medical doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic, using a combination of clinical knowledge and high-quality medical sources across the Internet. 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 »

Engaging health seekers

sooner-or-laterPOST SUMMARY: Sooner or later biopharma marketers are going to have to engage health seekers to provide value beyond posted static information.  It’s not going to easy and there are sure to be some bumps along the way, but it’s the only way for DTC marketing to stay relevant. Continue reading »

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