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Processed EHR text can be used to develop CDS tools Read more: Processed EHR text can be used to develop Clinical decision support tools with automated text processing

Posted: May 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm


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Free text in electronic health records, with the help of natural language processing (NLP) technology, can be used to create accurate clinical decision support (CDS) tools, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

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Why mHealth hasn’t created an Instagram (yet)

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Read about why a Qualcomm Life executive says mobile health doesn’t yet have an Instagram, and why it eventually will.

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Microsoft Lync Pilot Aids AstraZeneca Sales Rep, Researcher Collaboration – Health Care IT – News & Reviews – eWeek.com – eWeek Mobile

Posted: April 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm


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Biopharmaceutical vendor AstraZeneca has launched a unified communications pilot using Microsoft Lync to improve collaboration among pharmaceutical sales reps, doctors and researchers.
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American Diabetes Association to provide millions of website users medication monitoring service using Quintiles’ Digital Patient Unit –

Posted: April 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm


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 Quintiles and the American Diabetes Association announced a strategic agreement in which Quintiles’ Digital Patient Unit will provide the Association’s millions of website users access to Quintiles’ medication monitoring service.

 

The Association’s constituents who opt in for the service will receive free safety checks of their medications to identify potential interactions and other risk factors, which are already provided to the 2.5 million registered users of Quintiles’ http://www.MediGuard.org. Registrants will also be eligible to participate in select direct-to-patient programs to benefit their medical conditions and advance global diabetes patient care.

 

The Association’s constituents may opt in to this service from the Association’s website http://www.Diabetes.org

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Oracle acquire cloud based clinical operations and analytics vendor ClearTrial

Posted: April 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm


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On March 29, 2012, Oracle announced that it has agreed to acquire ClearTrial, a leading provider of cloud-based Clinical Trial Operations and analytics products that make the planning, sourcing, and tracking of clinical projects and financial performance…

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Can “Clinical Data Integration on the Cloud” be a reality?

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm


 

The story I am about to tell is almost 8 years old. I was managing software services delivery for a global pharmaceutical company from India. This was a very strategic account and the breadth of services covered diverse systems and geographies. It is very common that staff from the customer organization visit our delivery centers (offsite locations) to perform process audits, governance reviews and to meet people in their extended organizations.

During one such visit a senior executive noticed that two of my colleagues, sitting next to each other, supported their system (two different implementations of the same software) across two different geographies. They happened to have the name of the systems they support, pinned to a board at their desks. The executive wanted us to take a picture of the two cubicles and email to him. We were quite surprised at the request. Before moving on to speak to other people he asked a couple of questions and realized the guys were sharing each other’s experiences and leveraging the lessons learnt from one deployment for the other geography.  It turned out that this does not happen in their organization, in fact their internal teams hardly communicate as they are part of different business units and geographies

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Predictive Analytics for Patient Adherence

Posted: March 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm


The New Medicine Service (NMS) offered by Engalnd’s  NHS community pharmacies came into effect since 1st October 2011. NMS is a patient adherene service and focuses on patients with long term conditions that have been prescribed new medicines.

It is hoped that NMS will lead to the following outcomes:

  • improve medicines adherence
  • increase patient engagement with their condition and medicines, which will support them in making decisions about their treatment and self management
  • reduce medicines wastage
  • reduce hospital admissions due to adverse events associated with medicines
  • increase reporting of medicine adverse reactions by pharmacists and patients
  • positive patient assessments
  • provide evidence base on the effectiveness of the service
  • enable the development of outcome and/or quality measures for community pharmacy

But the Service since launch has seen severe criticism from pharmacists’ over several issues, especially how the pharmacist is re-imbursed for the providing the service which also involved patient counselling.

The answer perhaps can be found by applying predictive analytics to identify patients who are more likely to deviate or other likely to exhibit non-compliance in adhering to the prescription.

Express Scripts has developed a set of proprietary computer models that predict, up to a year in advance, which patients are at risk of not following through on their prescribed drug therapy. details

FICO an analytics service provider also provides medication adherence ranking based on predictive analytics details

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Patient Adherence Investments by Pharma Companies Current Scenario

Posted: February 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm


Source: Data Sneak Peek: Groups Involved in Patient Adherence Teams

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Pharma looks to mobile strategies to effectively reach prescribers | mHIMSS

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Companies on the forward edge are putting a heavy emphasis on digital in their commercial models — but how can mobile technologies assist pharmaceutical and biotech firms in this transition?   Tablets to support the sales force – While sales forces are shrinking, they still play a vital role in educating prescribers on new medications. The pharma industry, taking the lead of companies like GSK, is starting to incent sales reps based on quality of service versus amount of sales (read more here in the WSJ). One of the tools that is helping deliver better service is the tablet. Reps with an iPad can deliver more interactive and engaging product information, capture signatures for compliance and make the most of a few quick minutes with a doctor in the time it would take a laptop to boot up.   Online and mobile drug sampling programs – Companies now have the ability to leverage PDMA-compliant mobile apps and websites that allow physicians to request free product samples that they can distribute to their patients to gauge efficacy and assist with adherence. Because the Internet never sleeps, physicians can do this no matter what shifts they are working, independent of time zone or location, 24 hours a day.   Direct-to-HCP mobile advertising – It used to be that most online and mobile advertisements for drugs were placed only in industry magazines, blogs and online communities geared toward healthcare professionals and general consumer websites. We see this changing, with emergence of mobile networks focused on healthcare such as Tomorrow Networks, which is comprised of more than 50 medical apps. Pharma companies can now buy ad placements in mobile apps made exclusively for physicians and other healthcare professionals. A physician can be looking up treatment information at the point of care and see an ad for a medication that is relevant to their patient’s ailment. That’s incredibly powerful for the physician and advantageous for the advertiser.   mDetails – Physicians want to learn about the best drugs and treatments for their patients. mDetails are multimedia mobile product presentations that provide information about drugs in a way that allows physicians to absorb detailed information at their own pace — and in their own time. Because mDetails are distributed on smartphones – it lets physicians fit pharma product education into ‘found time’ at any point during their day that’s convenient for them.   By employing a multi-channel approach and by helping healthcare professionals do their jobs better instead of just selling to them, pharmaceutical companies can reach their target audiences and develop deeper value-based relationships. The aforementioned examples are just a few of the ways that pharmaceutical companies can leverage the ever-growing mobile channel; there are many more evolving every day.
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British Government launches Government Cloud Store with 257 Cloud Computing Suppliers

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UK Government launches G-Cloud store with 257 cloud computing suppliers. Offering the public sector around 1,700 cloud computing services for year-long contracts. The G-Cloud initiative, dubbed CloudStore, aims to bring a broader range of cloud computing suppliers to the government market and increase the flexibility in procurement contracts
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SOCIAL CRM and its Impact on Pharmaceutical Industry

Posted: February 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm


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privacy controlled social networking to connect patients with caregivers

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Privacy controlled & safe social network for Healthcare launched by Jonathan Schwartz, Ex-CEO Sun Microsystems. The networks available at http://www.carezone.com  Connects Caregivers With family members and allows health-care workers share information about aging or ill parents, spouses and children
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Is Life Sciences the New Frontier for Analytics?

Posted: February 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm


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pharmaceuticals Researchers say pharmaceutical and other life sciences companies are ramping up their uses of analytics…
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Internet on any Display Device, or internet on TV at low cost can it transform Healthcare or Clinical Research

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The invention of an internet set top box has nothing to do with healthcare or  clinical trial at first look. But if HP and other companies are capable of delivering the research, then internet on any display device could change the way clinical trial is practiced at-least beginning with EDC. Yes I agree it is bit far fetched wild thought, but why not. It can also perhaps bring some transformation into patient waiting rooms in hospitals. HP’s invention along with Microsoft Kinect for PC is capable of bringing some big changes to healthcare  practice, mostly notably in TeleHealth.

If nothing else it would atleast bring internet to the masses much faster and cheaper than Android, 3G, and LTE, WiMax all put together, for the simple reason that most of the households that are capable of benefiting from the internet has access to TV as well. atleast in India

Take a look at news coverage “ HP India Research Labs brings Internet TV for the masses with the help of a TV set top box that cost less than $150″ news by Times of India

HP Labs has recently came out with what they call as “Internet TV Set Top Box for the masses” the product is called  Vayu Internet Device or VInD. HP Labs India has created the product which was reviewed by Times of India News paper. The solution enables people to receive internet content on even the most basic TV sets and manage all screen operations using basic TV remotes.

More About HP Labs Vayu Experience Platform

The HP product offers the following solutions,

Task Genie: This is a store of  apps, Yes apple has tons of them , but how many of them are useful , and several of those apps are me too products. Before anyone shouts shoot him let me tell you I have an iPhone4 loaded with 319 apps, I don’t think any one can beat that, and yet I don’t use almost 300 of them at-least once in a month, despite the fact that except one or 2 games most  other are serious apps. Yes I agree among the 300 are several apps which are me too copy cat apps which offers same function, like contact management and duplicate remover, SMS apps, chat solutions. The point is more the apps the better is not true, its the quality that matters that’s were Android fails

Web Tuner: This allows the user to create web categories, such as say News or Tech or Nature, and within each he can have the particular websites he is most interested in

Libraries: allows users to store photos, videos, music and documents in the set-top box’s hard disk. Users can tag and share them with others who have similar set-top boxes.

Contacts and Whiteboard: Users can create and store a contacts list. They can share content or have a video-conference with others who have similar set-top boxes.

Pairing with mobile phone: The set-top box can be paired with mobile phones. So, if it is paired with the user’s phone,he  can send messages to his  TV

Sensor: VInD comes with a built-in Zigbee sensor network. VInD detects the motion and sends an alert to the paired phone.

Keyboard and mouse: Vayu, which uses aLinux  operating system, can also be used as a regular PC, with a keyboard and mouse with a browser and with the TV acting as the monitor. It can be a wired or a wireless keyboard and mouse. This is were I think ViND can bring some advantage in clinical research space, every clinical trial monitoring room has  a TV

Tech Specs#: VInD has 1 GB of built-in RAM, 8GB of flash memory and the ability to add an additional 300 GB hard-disk. It comes with built-in Zigbee sensor network, USB ports, Wi-Fi, ethernet and Bluetooth 2.1 and infrared connectivity. It connects to the TV via HDMI and regular AV channel ports. It also supports GPRS, 3G and HSDPA through the use of a USB modem. It has in-built microphone and speakers and a display

Microsoft has released the Kinect for PC. It was reported that Microsoft is keen to see kinect taking an active part in Healthcare industry. Doctors are using Kinect to help stroke patients regain movement full St0ry Here. Then later there was news that Microsoft and Asus have built a laptop with Kinect motion-sensing technology.

Of-course HP is not the first to come out with this kind of  technology,

 most of the existing expensive solutions are not  comprehensive and too focused on living room with limited or no net browsing capability.

iChip Technolgies has announced their solution called @Box which claimed to bring internet to any display device including even the office projector. @Box is smaller than palm and would be sold in standard package with a key board, track ball, power adaptor and a cable to connect to the TV and would cost less than $100

iChip Technologies which was based in India was later acquired by Techfarm Ventures US-based incubator and early stage investor in technology companies. Gordon Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of Techfarm, is also the CEO and Co-founder of Personal Web (PW) Systems, a company incorporated in the US.

Techfarm Ventures had earlier invested in PortalPlayer, which went in for an IPO in 2004, and subsequently got bought out by nVIDIA in January 2007. Techfarm has earlier incubated more than a dozen companies such as the first Ethernet chip and graphics controller

Neuros Technology produces a similar product that works on Ubuntu platform called Neuros LINK, which seems to be more closer to the HP solution

Logitech and Google has released Revue a solution based on Android

Apple is talking about Apple TV for sometime

UK based Telecom operator Vodafone has launched Webbox a product that seems to draw power from Vodafones EDGE/GSM/3G network using Opera Mini Browser

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“The Banks Can Do It, Why Can’t Hospitals?”

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In other words, computing in the banking industry is perfected, so why can’t healthcare get its act together? (Irrespective of the sea change of difference between simple financial data and incredibly complex medical data.) …
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One Way to Teach Your Boss About Social Media

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Do you want your boss to realize the full potential of social media? Yesterday on Pixels & Pills we talked about John Mack’s observation that very few senior executives attend digital pharma conferences.
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Oracle Unveils Oracle® Health Sciences Omics Data Bank as Part of Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center

Posted: January 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm


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Oracle Exadata gets into Personlized Medicine & Bioinformatics space dressed as Oracle® Health Sciences Omics Data Bank.    Oracle Health Sciences today announced availability of Oracle® Health Sciences Omics Data Bank, a molecular data model, which is part of Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center.   The new data model provides integration and analysis of cross-platform omics data to support translational research. Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center runs on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, delivering the extreme performance required for querying vast data sets.
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Drug Reps Soften Their Sales Pitches, as pharma learns from Disney

Posted: January 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm


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Drug makers are now asking their sales representatives to switch from making forceful, tightly scripted sales pitches to acting more like a resource supporting physicians’ treatment.
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Indian Government’s new dose of strong medicine to bring cheers to Foreign Pharma CEOs who cut their teeth by struggling to convince Indian pharma to change sales practices

Posted: December 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm


Good news for all Foreign CEOs of Global Pharma’s who left India after learning that, in India drug sales are driven by Freebies, and no one would listen to their advice to mend sales practices and unethical marketing practices.

Indian Government issues a strong dose of medicine . The new norms to hold pharma MDs, CEOs responsible for offering freebies to doc.

Under new guidelines drug firms will be barred from offering freebies to doctors — free travel tickets, hotel stay, gifts and hospitality, and the like. If any drug firm is found violating these guidelines, the responsibility would lie squarely with the MD and CEO of the respective company.

Further, the drug firms concerned may be prohibited from using brand names of competitive products in their promotional activities trying to claim superiority for its products.

The new guidelines would also prohibit drug firms to get doctors to endorse their products both online and offline

 

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Law of the land can help or destroy the Pharmacovigilance system

Posted: March 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm


U.S. Supreme Court, ruling allows shareholders to sue Pharma and biotechnology companies for failing to report adverse drug events/ dangerous side effects.

Maker of homeopathic remedies Matrixx Initiatives, was sued by investors once it came to know their marketed nasal spray linked to a string of instances in which people using the treatment lost their sense of smell. The adverse events were reported back to the company by several medical professionals and patients, but never amounted to a statistically significant group. Matrixx argued it wasn’t responsible for reporting scattered and unreliable anecdotal evidence of adverse events. But the supremed court said No

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-22/drugmaker-investor-lawsuits-backed-by-u-s-supreme-court-4-.html

 

Compare that to the Indian Law System

Madras High Court in India allowed a stay on immediate withdrawal of drugs banned  due to Severe Side Effects. The  pediatric doses of pain reliever nimesulide and anti-cold medicine phenylpropanolamine banned in  market due to harmful side effects, Indian Drugs Manufacturers Association & Confederation of Indian Pharmaceutical Industries put revenue loss to industry above safety of patients & managed to get a reversal of the ban.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/hc-stayimmediate-withdrawalbanned-drugs/429458/

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