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The hype and bull in healthcare

lets-cut-bullshitPOST SUMMARY: The hype and bullshit in healthcare have never been deeper.  If healthcare is to evolve the simple formula is to make is revolve around patients not apps, website ratings or wearable devices. Continue reading »

AbbVie Wins Bidding War but looses

ar132761516213089POST SUMMARY: Pharmacyclics, the publicly traded cancer drug company is being sold to AbbVie for $21 billion. The amount stunned Wall Street, pushed aside one of the giants of the pharmaceutical sector, Johnson & Johnson, and set off a debate about whether AbbVie had paid too much.  In fact, they did pay too much. Continue reading »

Digital health: an oxymoron?

UnknownPOST SUMMARY: When it comes to managing your health no digital tool, app, website, is going to replace the knowledge and skill of your doctor.  It’s therefore essential that physicians learn to reach out to patients and treat the whole person at a time when our health care system is in the midst of a new era. Continue reading »

Statistics on mobile health mean little

Unknown-1“Nobody has figured out how to make consumers — patients — care about mobile health technologies. “And if we don’t [figure that out], m-health will be another tech bubble”. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health. Continue reading »

OMG! Yet another ePharma conference….

UnknownSighas I sit here and read the Tweets from ePharma I am once again reminded why pharma is lagging in digital marketing. I mean to say WebMD is the number one health portal on the web?  Come-on everyone should know that, but what they also should know is that very few people go to WebMD and use that information for treatment decisions. 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 »

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 do patients want from pharma?

Build-a-user-friendly-website-with-TimeZ-MarketingPOST SUMMARY: Believe it or not patients do want to hear from pharma brands via digital channels, but patient expectations have to be in line with product websites or else they are turning elsewhere to make health care decisions. Continue reading »

Science vs. marketing?

guidelinesPOST SUMMARY: Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions, but why medications are prescribed should not be determined by pharma pressure on medical/scientific guidelines. Continue reading »