pharma

By Jonah Comstock 11:44 am April 7, 2014
Patients want pharmaceutical companies to reach out to them through more digital channels, and to offer more value-add services, according to a new survey from Accenture of 2,000 American adults who are taking one or more medications and have a household income of $25,000 or more. "Providing personalized and value-add services in support of the products they sell is common across almost every...
By Jonah Comstock 07:59 am March 5, 2014
While increasing collaboration between payers and providers was a major theme at HIMSS in Orlando last week, one other major stakeholder has been quite a bit harder to find in conversations about big data, ACOs, and digital health. As Forbes columnist David Shaywitz wrote yesterday, pharma has been noticeably hesitant to jump into the fray. At Merck however, a dedicated innovation group called...
By Jonah Comstock 03:35 am January 21, 2014
A new report from IMS Health on the use of social media by pharmaceutical companies finds that among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies, half don't engage with consumers and patients through social media. But of those that do, IMS found that Johnson & Johnson emerged as a clear leader. It scored a 70 on IMS's Social Media Engagement Index. The next highest score, from GlaxoSmithkline, was...
By Jonah Comstock 08:34 am July 1, 2013
A mobile app released last year by Pfizer. A staggering 90 percent of chronic patients in the US would accept a mobile app prescription from their physician, as opposed to only 66 percent willing to accept a prescription of medication, according to a recent survey from health communications firm Digitas Health. Digitas presented preliminary research findings at a recent event in London, PMLiVE...
By Neil Versel 02:08 pm April 24, 2013
Treato, an Israeli company that scours thousands of social media sites to glean patient insights about pharmaceuticals and treatments, has landed $14.5 million in new capital. OrbiMed Israel Partners and New Leaf Venture Partners led the round of funding, which also included previous investors Reed Elsevier Ventures and Western Technology Investments, the company says. Treato, of Yehud, Israel,...
By Brian Dolan 04:02 am April 23, 2013
Google's former Chief Health Strategist Roni Zeiger MD and Gilles Frydman, founder of the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR), announced the launch of Smart Patients, a new online community for cancer patients and caregivers, at the TEDMED event in Washington DC last week. "What we are primarily trying to do is help cancer patients and caregivers learn more effectively from each other...
By Brian Dolan 03:00 am October 30, 2012
Waltham, Massachusetts-based QuantiaMD, which offers a mobile and online physician community and collaboration platform, raised a $12 million round of funding from return backer Fuse Capital. The company plans to use the funds for building out its platform's capabilities and better meet the needs of payers, health systems, and others who leverage QuantiaMD to engage with physicians. It will also...
By Brian Dolan 02:41 am September 20, 2012
Princeton, New Jersey-based Tigerlabs announced the launch of a new healthcare IT accelerator, called Tigerlabs Health, which is located in the heart of Big Pharma in central New Jersey. The program will include mentors from leading pharma companies and likely other healthcare organizations, too. While there have been an increasing number of health accelerators launching in recent years,...
By Brian Dolan 04:23 am August 30, 2012
Every year Inc. Magazine publishes a list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. While the publication's method has its drawbacks, the resulting list is much more concrete than many of the subjective lists of top companies, apps, or products floating around. Inc. ranks companies by percent growth in revenue over the course of the past few years. What's more Inc. publishes...
By Brian Dolan 05:50 am December 21, 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers has published a report over the weekend that examines ways by which the healthcare industry might "squeeze" more cost savings our of the system. As you might imagine connected health solutions are a consistent theme throughout much of the report. Here's how it breaks down: Telecommunications service providers: PwC notes that big telecom companies including Verizon, AT&T...