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Patient Centricity in Pharma – $5k Prize

Posted on July 19, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I know these two terms could be seen as somewhat at odds. Pharma hasn’t always been the most patient centric industry. Sure, their drugs have helped out millions of patients, but there are also plenty of examples where pharma hasn’t acted in the best interest of patients.

With this as background, it’s interesting to see this $5000 prize being offered on Innocentive for “Increasing Patient Centricity of the Pharma Industry.” The topics they suggest are: eHealth, social media, data utilization and new models to commercialize therapies. The overview of the challenge says:

Focused proposals are required describing how the pharmaceutical industry can respond to increasing demand for healthcare solutions that are better integrated with the needs and values of increasingly well informed customers (patients). Proposals should be impactful and implementable.

I must admit that I haven’t thought about this question very much. The first thing that comes to mind for me with Pharma is medication compliance. I also have thought quite a bit about the Pharma – EHR relationship. I think Pharma also has to be really careful with social media because of the laws. However, they can do a lot of listening. I wonder what opportunities are available there.

I guess that’s why I love to see these type of prize challenges. It gets you thinking about things you hadn’t thought about before.

Do you have any ideas for making Pharma more patient centric?

The Epic EMR Giant Challenge, EHR Alternatives, EMR Go-Live Tweets, and Patient-Centric Health

Posted on June 10, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As I mentioned on EMR and HIPAA today, I’ve decided to trade off posts between this site and EMR and HIPAA each Sunday. On one site I’ll do a post looking at various EMR and Healthcare IT related tweets. On the other site, Katie will be taking a look around the various Healthcare Scene blogs to highlight some of the important posts that people might have missed.

This will be the first round up of EMR related tweets on EMR and EHR. I hope you enjoy the posts. It’s always fun and interesting to see what people are saying and hopefully I provide some valuable commentary alongside the tweets.


While this article has a catchy headline (Anything with Epic in it’s headline seems to do well), I was disappointed by the article. Any discussion of Epic’s dominance that revolves around a discussion of interoperability as this article does is really missing the target. I’m not sure how the author of this article missed that even different Epic installs can’t share information. Epic has done very well at a lot of things, but interoperability is not one of them.


I don’t agree completely with The Nerdy Nurse. You can still get paid without using an EMR. ARRA hasn’t drastically changed that situation. Although, down the road that might become the case.


If you are an EHR lover, you’ll love the Live Tweeting that John Showalter did of his EHR Go Live. I love the transparency and the energy he has. Another great John in the healthcare IT space. I should start a Healthcare IT John’s list.


I’m not sure anyone would argue that Epic is a patient-centric platform. I’d be interested to hear someone who’d like to give it a try.