Digital Technologies to Boost Patient Compliance

Around the globe, technology and the digital age are changing the way we live, communicate and conduct business.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans play online computer and video games. Fewer and fewer young adults read hard copies of newspapers and magazines. And as health issues such as diabetes, asthma and depression grow in prevalence, digital technology is increasingly being used by—and for—patients to influence health outcomes.

Already, 33 percent of Americans use social media and online sites to research health issues. Some experts predict that up to 21 percent of medicine will be practised via the internet or smart phones. The result? Incredible potential to ensure patient compliance with drug therapies.

Already, the pharmaceutical industry is responding to the possibilities with a range of strategies. From video games that award points for complying with disease management programmes to phone apps that help track blood sugar levels, technology is increasingly being designed to increase adherence, support patient therapy and influence health decisions.

Yet while technology races ahead, the regulatory environment remains unknown, creating hesitancy and caution on the part of the industry so eager to take up the digital age challenge.

In Digital Technologies to Boost Patient Compliance, FirstWord examines the regulatory questions surrounding the industry’s increasing use of apps, online monitoring, stand-alone devices and other technology to increase patient compliance. The 41-page dossier reports on a range of new technologies from smart phones and video games to smart pill packaging and social media. Timely, up-to-date and based on extensive research and interviews with industry insiders, the report offers big pharma critical information and insights into why digital technology can work for patient compliance—and how to use it.

The report offers insights into:

  • Why patient compliance is so critical
  • How digital and communication technologies can be used to ensure adherence to treatment

Key features

  • Information on the latest uses of phone apps, smart pills and packaging, video games and social media
  • A phone app case study
  • Key charts and graphs outlining current usage of digital and information technology
  • Insights into how the industry is using technology, as well as their outcomes

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Publication date:
 September, 2010
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From the experts

Instead of the occasional 10 to 30 minutes that patients have with doctors today, mobile technology enables continuous communication whereby patients are sending emails and text messages to their doctor. The doctor is no longer a lone practitioner in his or her office but the conductor of a healthcare orchestra involving many other people in the process.” Peter Wagemann, vice-president of mHealth Initiative

Patients monitoring their own health and being compliant to their treatments and recommended lifestyle choices is very relevant and could improve the efficiency of the whole healthcare system.
Rob Halkes of Van Spaendonck Management Consultants

Content Highlights

  • Executive Summary
  • Patients gaining power
  • Compliance
    > Effects of non-compliance
    > Reasons for non-compliance
    > How to tackle non-compliance
  • Mobile technology
    > Mobile technology for increasing compliance
    > Apps for compliance
    > Mobile phone apps from pharma
    > Case Study: Betaferon App
    > Regulatory challenges
  • Games for compliance
    > Regulatory challenges
  • Case studies of games for increasing compliance
  • Smart pills and packaging
  • Social media
    > Social media and compliance
    > Pharma and social media
    > Regulatory situation
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index