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Will These Megatrends & Innovations Shape Pharma & Healthcare?


IP Blog | Dave Melin | February 23, 2014

BioBlogWeeklyThis week we explore new ideas in the medical world, including patient-centered medical homes and the potentially dubious future of the American Rx salesperson.

2014: End of the Road for the American Rx Salesperson?

“2014 may shape up as the year that the dying breed known as the “pharmaceutical salesperson” really begins its slow walk into extinction. The one-two punches of Obamacare, as well as the rapid rise of the “private employer health exchanges” could spell the end of this career designation, once and for all. Here’s why…”

Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation With Payment Reform: Patient Experience Outcomes

A new study examines the “changes in patient experience across key domains” of patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) with payment reform. Results indicate that a significant number of patients were more satisfied with their care after the intervention.

The Active Patient: Faces of Change

How can patients most effectively advocate for change? And how can the connective power of internet services like Change.org affect the process? Pharmexec explores some advocacy case studies — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

An Enhanced Health Information Exchange Manages Costs and Improves Care

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, the authors (from Aetna) argue that without moving towards more integrated Health Information Exchanges (HIE), “it will be difficult moving to a more value-based and outcomes-based system.” They offer a proposal for how to improve the informational infrastructure behind electronic health records (EHR).

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