Patient retention and protocol adherence are critical KPIs when it comes to ensuring the success of clinical trials. Losing even one patient from a trial is very costly, and a high dropout rate can put the entire trial at risk. This is why patient engagement is such a hot topic in clinical trials today. There are a number of clinical trial software applications that are being used to improve patient engagement. While it is possible to build engaging technology, the real engagement for the patient comes from the staff at the investigator’s site.
The Scope Summit was held on February 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami and attracted a record 1200+ attendees. It brought together the leading senior-level industry representatives and provided a great platform for networking, in-depth discussions and insightful keynotes.
My focus was in the area of advancing clinical research with technology and innovation. One of the most interesting talks was by Craig Lipset, Head of Clinical Innovation at Pfizer, who applied the concept of Gartner’s Hype Cycle to clinical trial technologies.
DataArt’s Healthcare & Life Sciences practice had a strong showing at the 7th annual mHealth Summit that took place on November 8-11, 2015 in Washington, DC. A great place to explore health innovations, industry insights and trends, mHealth drew thousands of industry executives. DataArt’s exhibition booth sparked a vivid interest among attendees as the team showcased several of our our mHealth apps.
At the heart of everything we do at DataArt is our vision of creating tailor-made solutions for the specific requirements and business demands of our customers. For our healthcare & life sciences practice this often means serving the special needs of a particular segment of the population, whether it is a particular demographic or a group of patients with specific health conditions. Our thinking is shaped by research into these needs, the intricacies of health conditions and dedicated to overcoming the challenges patients may face in managing their condition. We keep our focus patient centric by turning these insights into quality user experience.
The health care industry is evolving, driven by policy changes, societal shifts and technological advances. Health care policy experts, government officials, health care trade associations and C-level executives from hospitals and health care systems gathered on the 20th of October at the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow Conference 2015 in Washington to examine the challenges facing the industry, and to discuss how health care must change to face the future.
One insightful speaker was Dr. Elizabeth McNally, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Genetic Medicine. She talked of the promise and challenge of precision medicine – using high-throughput sequencing to decipher mountains of genetic information quickly and at a lower cost than before and tailoring of medical treatment to the individual genetic characteristics of each patient. Although some hospitals have established footholds, particularly in cancer, they are discovering many complexities of such targeted approaches including logistics, ethics and high costs.