Archive for March, 2013



For Clinical Trials, Digital is the Way to Go

March 25th, 2013
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Review any drug’s development history: Clearly, the execution of clinical trials makes up the lion’s share of the timeline. To further complicate matters and extend development timelines, as more drugs are being developed on a global basis, it’s more difficult to keep a clinical trial on target with multiple sites around the world, site qualification visits, and record keeping. In fact, 80% of today’s clinical trials fail to meet one or more milestones. Fortunately, digital technologies – increasingly being adopted by contract research organizations (CROs) and larger biopharmaceutical companies – may offer a way around the limitations of today’s paper-based practices.
 
Recently, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. announced their plans to create a database of global clinical trial sites, which would streamline any participating trial’s significant paperwork requirements. The database would contain site and experimental infrastructure details, and good clinical practice GCP records. The partners will be presenting their progress at the Partnerships in Clinical Trials meeting in April.
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Designing for Women – Are They More Efficient Thinkers?

March 13th, 2013
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Scientists have puzzled over cognitive differences between men and women for at least 100 years. And the results of their work support the reality that should be on the minds of everyone working in healthcare; one size doesn’t fit all.
 
Researchers in Madrid and at UCLA recently tested men and women on cognitive tasks, including spatial reasoning, inductive reasoning, keeping track of tasks, and attention to numbers. Women, although they have smaller brains ­– and most importantly because of its role in memory, emotion and reason – a smaller hippocampus than men, ­­­were nonetheless better able to handle most of these tasks (except spatial), while showing less brain activity on an MRI. Thus, women require less neural material (and energy) to perform cognitive tasks on an equal level with men.
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And On the Digital Health Front…Influencers, Certification, Sensing & More

March 5th, 2013
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I originally shared this post as an announcement to the 15,000+ members of my Digital Health group on LinkedIn.
 
In this update:

     

  1. 15 Influencers Shaping Digital Health
  2. Happtique Mobile Health App Certification Program
  3. Making Sense of Sensors (Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on CHCF)
  4. X PRIZE’s Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE – Application Deadline
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