Today is Rare Disease Day. Launched by EURORDIS and its Council of National Alliances in 2008, this annual event has grown to include a record-breaking 84 countries from around the world that have come together to raise awareness among the general public and decision makers about rare disease and its impact on the lives of patients.
BBK Worldwide is excited to participate in Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s annual SCOPE Summit for Clinical Ops Executives. Taking place February 24-26th in Orlando, FL, SCOPE will offer in depth discussions focused on issues related to each aspect of clinical trial planning and management, including: data integration, feasibility, site selection and management, patient engagement, recruitment and retention, mobile tech, project management, forecasting, quality (QbD) in trial conduct, risk-based monitoring, post-marketing studies, and pharmacovigilance.
This week's blog comes from our friend Christel Aprigliano of thepefectd.com. Thank you for contributing!
As the mHealth trend continues upward, a new surge of wearables are making waves in healthcare. Perhaps most significantly is the opportunity to use wearables to help the growing baby boomers population manage their health. Consider that there are roughly 76.4 million boomers today, many of whom are closer to 70 years old than 55. While wearables will impact all types of care, the affect these innovative devices will have on older populations, and the medical professionals treating them, should not be underestimated.
Today is World Cancer Day. Eighteen months ago, my dear friend Sarah Montgomery died of colon cancer and I posted the original “I Hate Cancer” blog. I still miss Sarah very much, but she was only one of many people I mentioned in that post. Since then, my friend died from her metastatic brain cancer, my aunt died from adenocarcinoma, and every one of my friends then in treatment for breast cancer has survived and is doing very well. One even gave birth to her third child.
According to industry estimates reported by research2guidance, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a healthcare app this year, and by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded at least one mobile health app. While patient engagement is key to the overall success of the mHealth movement, the vital role physician engagement plays must not be overlooked.
We’re pleased to announce the availability of our latest eBook – mHealth: A New Era in Patient Engagement. One of today’s hottest industry buzz words, the idea behind the book was to cut through the hype and offer useful advice and practical considerations relating to mHealth as it affects those of us working in clinical trials.
mHealth is rapidly becoming much more than popular fitness and wellness apps – it's fueling new levels of patient engagement. Wearables have the potential to significantly help patients suffering from a multitude of health concerns and in turn, better inform physicians and share critical physiological data at a level never before achieved.
Accounting for more than $2.3 billion in major deals last year, mHealth remains one of the hottest trends in healthcare. With thousands of health and wellness apps on the market – from calorie counters to disease management apps that better connect the patient and physician, there are a few key tips we believe will best engage patients and ensure consistent usage over time.
This year’s Consumer Electronics (CES) show, which took place January 6 – 9 in Las Vegas, highlighted some of the latest and greatest in up-and-coming healthcare technology. The following is a recap of just a few of our favorites coming out of the show.