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  • Robert Musterer
    Seems Everyone Is Building Clinical Data Repositories, Now How Are We Going To Use Them?: Whether you call it a clinical data repository (CDR) or a clinical data warehouse (CDW); it seems everyone (oh, all right - at least a lot of companies) are either building, or planning to build one. Most of these companies have grand notions of bringing together data from a wide variety of sources to be able to glean new insights. However the big unanswered questions are; just how are these insights to be gleaned, and who will be doing the searching to glean these insights? Read more
     February 19,2015 by Robert Musterer
  • Robert Musterer
    How Many Strikes Can One Support Request Gather?: The other day I had the dubious pleasure of having the hard drive on my laptop fail. I was fortunate enough that I got a warning message letting me know that something was amiss and had the presence of mind to double check to make sure that I had a backup of everything of concern. In addition to that, I take advantage of one of the cloud based services for email and provision of desktop software. Read more
     January 16,2015 by Robert Musterer
  • Cathy Roberson
    It’s All in the Package: The package is one of the most important components in cold chain shipping. According to the 2014 Pharmaceutical Commerce Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook, cold chain logistics spending was estimated at $8.4 billion globally. Of this amount, about a third, approximately $2.8 billion, is spent on packaging and instrumentation such as insulated boxes, blankets, active temperature-control shipping containers and various temperature sensors and recorders. Read more
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  • Martin Robinson
    Performance Improvement through Appraisal: Appraisals are often a nerve-wracking business for both the person being appraised and the appraiser. A sense of dread and foreboding can be commonplace. This latest article in the series about Achieving Organisational Excellence deals with appraising staff and how to get the most out of this activity. Read more
     December 9,2014 by Martin Robinson
  • Martin Robinson
    Supporting Managers in Times of Change: In today’s business environment dealing with change is an essential survival skill. Even if the staff of an organisation perceive a change to be positive, if the transition is not handled well it can have an undesirable effect on morale and performance. Read more
     September 24,2014 by Martin Robinson
  • Jonas Boström
    Don’t Push That Single (Placebo) Target!: Is pharma looking at target selection in the wrong way? Is the prevailing one drug, one target ideal just an illusion? In this column, Jonas Boström compares this drug discovery methodology to the placebo buttons in pedestrian crossings, as they give merely the illusion of control. Read more
     September 29,2014 by Jonas Boström
  • Ram Balani
    ICD-10 Medical Coding - Healthcare’s Y2K?: It’s official, ICD-10 is coming your way come October 1st, 2015, really! No Postponement, no delays, no nothing… the game’s a foot in eight months if one is to believe the recent February 11th US Congressional Energy and Healthcare Subcommittee meeting held in Washington, DC. The imminent shift from ICD-9 healthcare coding to ICD-10 in the US, a late adopter to the WHO standards could cause major shock even seismic waves. Despite assurances from key stakeholders they’re ready, one merely needs to recall the ( not-so) grand opening of Healthcare.Gov! Industry advisors are predicting the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in the US to be more disruptive to healthcare industry eco-system than Y2K was to the IT industry. The impact on revenue cycle management processes ALONE will be significant and perhaps even chaotic at first. The seismic waves headed our way will affect the entire healthcare life cycle that includes providers, coders, clearinghouses, payers like CMS (Medicare) and of vendors. Throw in the onset of outcomes or value based healthcare from the current for-fee of services practice and it’s clear to see we may be headed for a ‘perfect storm’. Read more
  • Ram Balani
    Mobile Medical Apps & US FDA Regulatory Oversight: A Thin Red Line?: US FDA's regulatory & safety monitoring oversight is being “tugged and pulled” to places it’s never been before with the advent of mobile medical apps, healthcare delivery using IOS or Android, the cloud, etc So how does all these fit into the US FDA medical devices regulatory realm? Ram Balani examines what existing regulation might mean for these new applications. Read more
     March 5,2014 by Ram Balani
  • Eric Langer
    Biopharma Suppliers’ Budgets Increase: Bellwether for Better Times: Biopharmaceutical companies have weathered a rough recession, layoffs, and budget trimmings. These cutbacks have affected their vendors as well. In BioPlan Associates’ 8th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, we surveyed 352 biotherapeutic manufacturers, and 180 of their vendors, in 32 countries. The substantial budget cuts at vendors that started in 2008 have begun to turn around. We measured 10 budget areas for vendors to this industry. Sales budgets, the only area that did not take a downturn, continued to increase, this year, by an average of 5% globally. Read more
     December 15,2011 by Eric Langer
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