Collaborating with the Newest Buyers in Patient Recruitment

By Jennifer Dinkel on Fri, May 11, 2012 | 3 min read

One of the most interesting parts of my job is speaking with potential customers about their upcoming or ongoing studies. With each conversation, I get the opportunity to learn more about their exciting developments and medical advancements, many of which are happening in BBK’s backyard of Boston. My colleagues and I talk to clinical teams from companies of all sizes, and though each team has their own questions and concerns, the underlying objective of each conversation is the same: how can we work together to achieve predictable, on-time enrollment for a given study (or franchise).

Topics: BBK Worldwide, Patient Recruitment, Cultural Adaptation, Social Media

Joan's Journal: What's In A Referral?

By Joan F. Bachenheimer on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 | 4 min read

Having played a significant role in recruiting patients to clinical trials for more years than I care to admit, I've learned a thing or two about how the medical community relates to the option of clinical trials for their patients. Here it goes:

Topics: BBK Worldwide, Patient Recruitment, Physician Referrals, Social Media, Site Selection

Relationship Building and Worldwide Reach in Patient Recruitment

By BBKWorldwide on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 | 4 min read

When reflecting on my 10 years with BBK, I often think about the many ways in which the clinical trial industry has changed and grown, and the many ways our company has grown as well. About eight years ago, the move to multinational trial implementation as a key recruitment methodology became undeniable, and BBK had a strategic decision to make.

Topics: BBK Worldwide, Patient Recruitment, Cultural Adaptation, Social Media, Technology

A New Generation of World Health Advocates

By Bonnie A. Brescia on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 | 3 min read

On April 7, 1945 the United Nations established the World Health Organization (WHO). Today we honor its 67 years of service to peoples everywhere. WHO has led us to so many advancements in health – from vaccines for polio and smallpox to elimination of infectious diseases such as yaws and onchocerciasis, diseases that most have never heard of despite their impact on millions of lives.

Topics: Disruptive Innovation, Cultural Adaptation, Patient Advocacy, Social Media

Patient Recruitment From the Patient's Perspective

By Aaron Fleishman on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 | 6 min read

Two weeks ago, I was putting a social media plan together for this year’s ExL Pharma conference. I researched the appropriate hashtags, found industry people who were attending the conference to follow, worked with Matt Stumm, our creative director, to create a pre-conference blog, and all. I checked the ExL Pharma website and saw that a woman whose website name is was going to present on patients using social media. “” I thought, "What the heck could this be all about? What a weird name for a website." Turns out the founder of is Jenni Prokopy, and she has created one of the most insightful online communities for women with chronic health issues.

Topics: Patient Advocacy, Social Media

BBK Worldwide and the ExL Pharma Conference Recap

By Matthew Stumm on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 | 3 min read

In true social media spirit, there was a lot of sharing and learning taking place at the 2012 Exl Pharma conference. Some key takeaways from the conference were immediate engagement with patients through text messaging, optimal ways to engage with patients through social media and patient retention tactics through reimbursements.

Topics: Patient Recruitment, Social Media, Mobile Strategies, ePatient

BBK Worldwide's Online Health Movement

By Aaron Fleishman on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 | 3 min read

"Should I get my Tweets or Facebook posts IRB-approved?" "What happens when patients Tweet about adverse events and mention the trials their participating in?" "How can we control conversations about our company or clinical trials on social media?" During a roundtable discussion at the 2012 CHI SCOPE conference, these questions and concerns came up.

Topics: Patient Advocacy, Social Media, Conferences

The Pulse on Multinational Studies – CW Weekly

By Bonnie A. Brescia on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 | 4 min read

It's that sentimental time of year. Many publications and broadcasts are focused on “the year in review” and all of the remarkable advances that took place during 2011—in technology, medicine and beyond. So let’s give “social media” its due by focusing on patients’ ever-expanding access to useful medical information from a new and trusted resource: their peers.

Global expansion of internet access and subsequent increases in online traffic continue to empower patients around the world who seek medical information. A remarkable 35% of the global population access the internet for health information at least weekly, according to the Edelman Health Barometer for 2011.

Topics: Patient Retention, Patient Recruitment, Social Media, Mobile Strategies

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