Why aren’t doctors using digital therapeutics?

The digital therapeutics market is set to reach almost $1 billion by 2026 as wearables and apps continue to play an important role in enhancing healthcare. However, the adoption of these tools by healthcare professionals is comparatively low. Senior User Experience Consultant Stewart Anderson explains why.

In the digital age, the technology exists to better capture, analyze and share healthcare data to drive better patient outcomes, to improve their quality of life and ultimately to analyze aggregated, anonymized data to enhance our understanding of the disease and population-level outcomes.
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Rethinking electronic medical records

Imagine a world where medical records are never lost, doctors and hospitals are more efficient, and no matter where you are, your physician can access your notes at the click of a button. That’s the attractive promise of the electronic medical record (EMR).

Hospitals across the western world are buying into EMR systems. The prestigious Great Ormond Street Hospital in London has just embarked on a £50 million project to digitalise its paper records. Walk through the hospital corridors and you will spot banners with slogans such as ‘Future Proof’ and ‘We can do this,’ designed to assure doctors of the benefits of the new technology.
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Is your business really customer-centric? Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

Customers have an abundance of choice and businesses need to find a way to differentiate themselves from the crowd. Customer experience is quickly becoming those defining criteria.

Is your business really customer-centric? Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences
Is your business customer-centric? Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

While price and quality play a significant role in purchasing decisions, it is by no means the only consideration.

  • 65% of UK buyers say that customer experience helps them decide between buying options.
  • 54% of U.S. consumers say customer experience at most companies needs improvement.

Increasingly, customers are looking for highly-personalized service and products that are delivered in the exact form, and at the exact moment, they require it. Businesses that can anticipate these needs are often the ones that rise to the top. Most often, it is not the cheapest, but the most responsive companies, that win.

But what matters most to customers when it comes to customer experience? And how can you use technology to meet their expectations?

This article explores the key customer experience elements you need to address to become a truly customer-centric business and win more customers.
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Strategies for Efficient Clinical Supply Management and Forecasting

A proactive approach for effective clinical supply management is essential for reducing the risk of supply-related delays, stock-outs, and excess inventory. Utilizing simulations to performing “What If” scenario planning for demand forecasting is a powerful, insightful supply chain management tool, particularly for complex studies with multiple variables. However, forecasts are only as good as the models upon which they are built and the inputs provided.

Strategies for Efficient Clinical Supply Management and Forecasting
Strategies for Efficient Clinical Supply Management and Forecasting

This article explores how to drive excellence within the forecasting process and how to utilize forecasting throughout the clinical study to better plan clinical supply budgets and project timelines and to identify potential supply-related issues before they negatively impact your study.

Key takeaways include:

  • The importance of pre-study forecasting for initial demand planning and smoother site start-up
  • Critical data points that should be included in every forecast
  • How to plan for and manage mid-study changes and determine when reforecasting may be appropriate

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What Pharma and Biotech Companies Stand to Grain from Early Drug Development Failures

Learn How to Slash Your Spending by Failing Faster Pharma and biotech companies waste billions of dollars—and years of research—developing drugs that will never make it to market.

What Pharma and Biotech Companies Stand to Grain from Early Drug Development Failures
What Pharma and Biotech Companies Stand to Grain from Early Drug Development Failures

This article examines the skyrocketing cost of drug development and provides step-by-step guidance for executing a successful fail fast strategy. You’ll learn:

  • The top benefits of a fail-fast methodology
  • How to use technology to improve results
  • Simple tips for getting started

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Six Success Principles For Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Process

As companies face pressure to bring drugs to market quicker & at minimal cost, pharma & biotech companies are outsourcing parts of the drug development & manufacturing process. Outsourcing eliminates the need to maintain expensive in-house facilities & provides access to other technologies & expertise.

Six Success Principles For Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Process
Six Success Principles For Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Process

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Dilemmas and Digital Experience Solutions for Marketing Medical Devices

Getting the attention of busy physicians and hospital executives is more challenging than ever for medical device manufacturers across the globe. Doctors are busier and have less time to see patients, let alone talk to a sales representative. Successful medical device marketers have learned how to harness the power of digital to achieve their key objectives.

Dilemmas and Digital Experience Solutions for Marketing Medical Devices
Dilemmas and Digital Experience Solutions for Marketing Medical Devices

Read on this article and discover solutions to the most common challenges faced by medical device companies. You’ll learn how to:

  • Reach HCPs by meeting them on their terms
  • Scale education programs with digital events
  • Maintain strong distributor relationships through personalized content experiences
  • Understand HCP demographics by creating robust data profiles

Read on to discover the digital solutions that are solving common dilemmas in HCP and distributor education.
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Payment Accuracy Strategy and the American Value-Based Healthcare System

As the U.S. shifts to value-based care models, getting reimbursement claims accurate from the get-go becomes ever more important. Driving Payment Accuracy is of critical importance to many health plans. It’s important to understand how the market is evolving, how to take advantage of best practices, and how to avoid common pitfalls associated with some approaches.

 

Payment Accuracy Strategy and the American Value-Based Healthcare System
Payment Accuracy Strategy and the American Value-Based Healthcare System

This article provides an in-depth review of the top techniques making a positive impact in the market, and explains why other methodologies are proving less effective.

You’ll get recommendations on how to move forward with a cohesive strategy that results in savings and improved provider relationships.
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How Marketers Confront the Obstacles of Digital Customer Engagement

Based on responses from over 100 marketers worldwide, working at companies with at least 1,000 employees in various industries, the report overwhelmingly found that despite a desire by marketers to confront the obstacles of digital customer engagement, they still struggle with the basics.

How Marketers Confront the Obstacles of Digital Customer Engagement
How Marketers Confront the Obstacles of Digital Customer Engagement

Key findings include:

  • One-third of companies report poor data analytics as an issue
  • 84% of companies say the main purpose of their website is merely to act as a company brochure
  • 19% of respondents say websites are still not GDPR compliant
  • 71% of companies invest in paid social media for brand awareness as opposed to only 36% investing in SEO
  • 80% of respondents say content maintenance takes up the most time for web teams
  • 64% say well-targeted content is their biggest web optimization challenge

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Healthcare and Insurance News Headline Updated on 14 November 2019

The headline on 14 November 2019

More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. every year and more than 35,000 people die as a result of those infections, according to a new CDC report. Source: Biggest Threats and Data, 2019 AR Threats Report

A team of Penn Medicine researchers are using advanced data analytics to flag cancer patients at risk of short-term mortality to spur doctors to have a discussion about their treatment goals and end-of-life care preferences. Source: JAMA Network > Machine Learning Approaches to Predict 6-Month Mortality Among Patients With Cancer

What’s the key takeaway for payers and providers from the blowback to the news that Google and Ascension are partnering on data analytics? Transparency is crucial, experts tell Robert King. Source: Inc. > Google Made a Huge Mistake–and Now Project Nightingale Is a Scandal. It Didn’t Have to Be That Way

Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are set to launch a nationwide high-performance network, called Blue HPN, in 2021. Source: Health Leaders > BCBS TO LAUNCH BLUE HPN

In a recent study, doctors gave EHRs an “F” for usability. The American Medical Association says it’s a “national imperative” to fix the problem. Researchers surveyed 870 U.S. physicians about EHRs and asked them to rank system usability with a score of 0 to 100. The mean score was 45.9, which is in the “not acceptable” range or a grade of an ‘F’, the study said. Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings > The Association Between Perceived Electronic Health Record Usability and Professional Burnout Among US Physicians

When it comes to communication, it looks like the healthcare industry got stuck in a time warp. “Adoption of modern communication solutions has occurred in every other industry but healthcare,” said Brad Brooks, CEO and co-founder of TigerConnect, in a statement. Source: TigerConnect Surveys Confirm the Broken State of Communication in Healthcare

The headline on 13 November 2019

A new study says those grappling with life-or-death decisions — such as policy officers or healthcare workers — are most likely to suffer from lack of sleep. Source: Market Watch > These are the most sleep-deprived professions in America

Atrium Health and Novant Health joined Blue Cross NC’s value-based care program, Blue Premier. Source: Blue Cross NC, Atrium Health and Novant Health Sign Industry-Leading Blue Premier Agreements for Value-Based Care

After news broke about a health data partnership between Google and Ascension Health, sparking a federal investigation, the tech giant and health system released statements defending the project. Source: Google Cloud > Our partnership with Ascension

A team of Penn Medicine researchers are using advanced data analytics to flag cancer patients at risk of short-term mortality to spur doctors to have a discussion about their treatment goals and end-of-life care preferences. Source: JAMA Network Open > Machine Learning Approaches to Predict 6-Month Mortality Among Patients With Cancer

The NIH announced it is seeking public comments on draft policy for data management and sharing promote “effective and efficient data management and sharing” of the research it funds available to the public. Source: Federal Register > Request for Public Comments on a DRAFT NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental DRAFT Guidance

The headline on 12 November 2019

When it comes to moving into the sphere of healthcare, Ancestry isn’t just working to win over patients. The direct-to-consumer genealogy company wants to reach their doctors, too. Ancestry announced it has made a $1 million educational grant to UpToDate to independently develop information for healthcare providers to help them interpret and act on the results of genetic testing. Source: Wolters Kluwer > Ancestry Makes $1 Million Educational Grant to UpToDate to Develop Genetic Testing Information for Medical Providers

Some major questions about personal health record privacy are being asked after a deal between Google and Ascension health was revealed. Source: WSJ > Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

UnitedHealth Group has named Andrew Witty, CEO of Optum, as its new president, will oversee enterprise business strategy formulation, enterprise business development and partnerships and oversight of enterprise research and development and clinical capacities in addition to his responsibilities as Optum chief executive officer. Source: UnitedHealth Group > Sir Andrew Witty Named UnitedHealth Group President

The number of adolescents seeking medical care for mental health needs is growing, Kaiser Health News reports. Source: KHN > More Adolescents Seek Medical Care For Mental Health Issues

California Youth In Mental Health Crisis
California Youth In Mental Health Crisis

Highmark is seeing positive results in the first year of its outcomes-based contract with AstraZeneca for the respiratory medicine SYMBICORT. Source: HIGHMARK’S OUTCOMES-BASED CONTRACT FOR SYMBICORT® IMPROVES PATIENT OUTCOMES FOR ASTHMA, COPD

Hospital operator Promise Healthcare this week accused a unit of KPC Group of interfering with a deal to sell two of its hospitals, the WSJ reports. Source: WSJ > Promise Healthcare Accuses KPC of Interfering With Hospital Deal

Opioid-related malpractice claims pose real risks for doctors and physician practices, according to a new report. Source: Coverys > The Red Signal Report

Most doctors know all too much about student debt. A Minnesota college student thought he had come up with a unique way to pay off his debt until Krispy Creme doughnuts told him to shut down his reselling business. — Joanne Finnegan. Source: CBS News > Krispy Kreme tells student to stop donut reselling service in Minnesota

The headline on 11 November 2019

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has rebranded the organization, and that will mean some big changes at the HIMSS20 conference in March, officials say.

CMS said Friday that premiums and deductibles in Medicare Part B are set to rise slightly for 2020. Source: CMS.gov > 2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

Juul has announced that it will voluntarily stop selling its popular Mint e-cigarette flavor ahead of an expected ban on mint-flavored electronic cigarettes from the Trump administration. Source: CNBC > Juul halts sales of its popular mint flavor

In its second-quarter as a public company, Livongo Health reported strong financial and operational performance that surged past sales and profit expectations. Source: Livongo Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

The headline on 09 November 2019

CVS touts strong early performance of first HealthHUB stores. CVS Health saw a 10% profit boost year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018, thanks in part to Aetna’s financial performance. Source: Modern Healthcare > CVS’ first HealthHUBs driving more prescriptions, clinic visits

The headline on 07 November 2019

Novo bags rights to UBE’s preclinical NASH prospect. Novo Nordisk has picked up global rights to a preclinical nonalcoholic steatohepatitis candidate from UBE Industries. The deal gives Novo control of UD-014, a small-molecule inhibitor of semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase/vascular adhesion protein-1. Source: UBE INDUSTRIES > Novo Nordisk obtains an exclusive worldwide license to potential NASH candidate UD-014 from UBE Industries

Arkuda bags $44M to target progranulin and head off inherited dementia. Armed with $44 million from the likes of Atlas Venture and Pfizer Ventures, Arkuda Therapeutics is going after progranulin, a protein that plays a role in neuronal health and lysosomal function, to treat an inherited form of dementia. The company aims to push its lead program into the clinic in 2021. Source: Global Genes > Arkuda Therapeutics Raises $44 Million to Treat Rare Form of Dementia

ASH: UPenn’s CRISPR-edited immune cells prove safe in small cancer studies. Three years after tech billionaire Sean Parker’s Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy became the first research institution to launch a human trial of CRISPR-edited cells in cancer, the scientists running that trial are reporting that the therapy has been well tolerated by three patients. Source: EurekAlert > First-In-US trial of CRISPR-edited immune cells for cancer appears safe

Uber’s self-driving car that killed pedestrians at Arizona last year due to the software unable to detect and react to jaywalkers, according to reports released by US National Transportation Safety Board. Source: ETAuto.com > Driverless Uber software could not spot jaywalkers

Biogen and Samsung expand biosimilar deals to cover Lucentis, Eylea, and China. After a successful partnership with its biosimilar joint venture Samsung Bioepis, Biogen has decided to move into more drugs and markets. In an expanded deal, Biogen is putting down $100 million upfront for copycats to Novartis and Roche’s Lucentis, Regeneron and Bayer’s Eylea, and new rights for anti-TNF drugs in China. Source: Xconomy > Biogen Adds Two More Biosimilars in $100M Deal with Samsung Bioepis

Don’t wait up. FTC delays Novartis’ Sandoz deal with Aurobindo into 2020: report. Novartis’ $1 billion asset hive-off to Aurobindo Pharma likely won’t happen this year, and once again it’s antitrust worries holding up the transaction. Amid some unusual scrutiny for pharma’s 2019 deal-making, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking closer at a lawsuit Aurobindo faces. Source: ETMarkets News > Aurobindo’s buyout of Sandoz assets delayed on FTC query

Teva taps new CFO, hikes legal set-aside to more than $1B as opioid deal falters. In an offer aimed at settling the thousands of opioid lawsuits it faces, Teva has proposed an eye-popping $23 billion-plus deal with plaintiffs. So far, that offer hasn’t gained much traction, though, leaving the drugmaker with a legal overhang that now tops 10 figures. Source: The New York Times > Teva Pharm Says Opioid Settlement Will Not Derail Ability to Cut Debt

Simplifying Email Archive Migrations from On-Premises to Cloud Platform

Based on a Fireside Chat webcast on migration theory, practice and technology featuring Nick Cavalancia, Techvangelism, and Chris Clark, CEO Trusted Data Solutions.

Simplifying Email Archive Migrations from On-Premises to Cloud Platform
Simplifying Email Archive Migrations from On-Premises to Cloud Platform

If you need to migrate your email archive from on-premises to the cloud, wouldn’t it be great to have an EASY button to push. Presto! Archive migration is done.

Unfortunately for IT professionals, there is no EASY button. As the saying goes, it’s complicated.

That was a key takeaway from a recent Fireside Chat webcast featuring Nick Cavalancia of Techvangelism, and Chris Clark, CEO of Trusted Data Solutions. They have both done email archive migrations and based on their experience it is never easy. Clark was emphatic that if a consultant tells you it is going to be easy, you better get that in writing.

Diverse and sometimes archaic or corrupted data formats are things that make archive migration complicated. But the good news is that while it is never going to be easy, careful preparation and planning can help you achieve a Zen-like balance between effortlessness and disastrous.

“One would think you get a migration tool, you point it at the source data then you point it at the destination environment and press start,” explained Nick Cavalancia of Techvangelism. “In concept, it seems like that’s all it really should be. But there’s so much more that needs to be addressed before you select a tool.”

The webcast focused on what IT departments need to consider when they are first tasked with doing an email archive migration.
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Customizing Healthcare Communications for Men and Women To Maximize Engagement and Participation

Providers understand the importance of communicating with patients about gender-specific health risks and conditions. However, other less obvious differences in care expectations exist between the sexes. For example, a recent Intrado study found that male patients have a greater interest in receiving healthcare communications about bills and financial responsibilities than female patients.

Customizing Healthcare Communications for Men and Women To Maximize Engagement and Participation
Customizing Healthcare Communications for Men and Women To Maximize Engagement and Participation

A recent Intrado study found that female and male patients see greater value in different types of healthcare communications. To maximize engagement and participation in care, providers can customize automated communications beyond just addressing gender-specific health risks.

To maximize engagement and participation in healthcare, providers can customize experiences for men and women through automated notifications. Read Intrado’s new eBook for insights useful in aligning communications with patients’ preferences. Read on this article to learn more about customizing patient communications to satisfy both male and female patients.
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Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center to Improve Network Security and Performance

Ixia knows tests, how applications should perform, and security. We have deep knowledge concerning the challenges of maintaining a network solution that facilitates high-speed data moving through a network, along with the security and performance issues which inevitably arise. That is why we created the ATI Research Center, an elite group of top application and security researchers from around the globe. Their expertise spans software development, reverse engineering, vulnerability assessment and remediation, malware investigation, and intelligence gathering.

Ixia's Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center to Improve Network Security and Performance
Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Center to Improve Network Security and Performance

Managing a modern security architecture requires a wide range of in-depth skills and knowledge, which can be costly for IT teams to maintain. That’s where Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) Research Centre comes in. We build decades of threat intelligence into Ixia products such as ThreatARMOR and BreakingPoint to provide your network with the best protection against vulnerabilities and cyberattacks.

Imagine having deep expertise automatically built into your security architecture, including testing protocols, malware behavior, security evasion tactics, and more. That’s what the ATI Research Centre delivers. Read this article to learn how you can take advantage of our application and threat intelligence to increase your network security and performance.
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Era To Design Affordable Custom System-on-Chip (SoC)

There has never been a better time to build your custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). Despite the talk of Moore’s Law slowing and the cost of new chips rising, there are many opportunities to turn your design or your multi-chip controller into a small ASIC to lower costs and protect your intellectual property (IP).

Era To Design Affordable Custom System-on-Chip (SoC)
Era To Design Affordable Custom System-on-Chip (SoC)

Read on this article for a detailed look at the benefits and costs of introducing a custom system-on-chip (SoC) into your electronics system design.
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Top Network Related Cloud Deployment Mistakes To Avoid

With physical network infrastructure moving to the cloud, it’s easy to think that networks are instantly faster, more reliable, limitless, and cheap. This fallacy is one of the biggest drivers of cloud deployment mistakes. Learn how to avoid the top network-related cloud deployment mistakes.

Top Network Related Cloud Deployment Mistakes To Avoid
Top Network Related Cloud Deployment Mistakes To Avoid

“With lack of visibility into how cloud resources are utilized, it’s easy to make costly mistakes.”

The rapid expansion of cloud-deployed applications is one of the most obvious trends in enterprise technology. The pace of this expansion is no surprise either— cloud technology is laden with benefits and promises. Most often we hear about benefits like “faster,” “lower cost,” “at the speed of business,” “operational efficiency,” “high performance,” “scale rapidly,” and “improved ROI.”

Cloud technology can be complex though, especially when it comes to networking. It’s full of new concepts like VPCs, cloud interconnects, and multiple availability zones and regions. Combined with the rapid pace of deployment and lack of visibility into how cloud resources are being utilized, it’s easy to make costly mistakes.

In this article, we discuss five network-related cloud deployment mistakes that you might not be aware of, but that can negate cloud benefits you’re hoping to achieve. The good news is: There’s always an opportunity to learn from mistakes.

Topics discussed in this article include:

  • The risks and costs associated with redundant cloud-based services.
  • The importance of avoiding “hair-pin” traffic routing scenarios when configuring cloud services.
  • How to minimize costs by minimizing unnecessary inter-region traffic.
  • Understanding the network behavior of cloud services and taking advantage of basic optimization, configuration, and compression opportunities.
  • Recommendations for reducing Internet content delivery costs.

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