Making DNA Analysis the Clinical SOP

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When my BRCA test came back negative, that wasn’t the only reason I felt lucky. I felt lucky that I knew my family history for breast cancer. Without that awareness, the idea of genetic testing wouldn’t have occurred to me or my doctor. I felt lucky that the BRCA test was financially accessible. It wasn’t always. I had chosen to …

How Austin Keeps Its Mojo

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In the past few months, you may have been scrolling through Facebook and seen an article ranking Austin, Texas as the #1 place to live in America for the third year in a row. Maybe as a proud fellow Austinite you shared it yourself. #HumbleBrag. The standings are based on U.S. News & World Report’s analysis of affordability, job prospects, and quality of life in 125 of America’s most populated cities. It’s hard to argue with measures like these. But as an Austin native who has seen a fair amount of change, I’ve decided to do some soul searching. Here are my top 3 reasons why I think Austin has kept its groove. #1 The …

Staff Takes: What’s So Great About Chicago?

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With our offices in Austin and Chicago, HCB has a special appreciation for cities with spirit and a soul. We’ve got several Austin or Chicago natives on our staff, but just as many HCB employees are transplants from the Midwest, East or West Coast. With both cities continually growing and making lists of “best places to live in the US,” it’s no surprise that residents are passionate about their hometown. So, what’s so great about living in a place like Austin or Chicago? Today we hear from our Chicago team…   We asked a handful of our Chicago employees: …

Making Medicine More Human via Artificial Intelligence – A Conversation with Eric Topol, MD

Making Medicine More Human via Artificial Intelligence – A Conversation with Eric Topol, MD

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Aside from fictional doctors like Marcus Welby, Noah Wylie’s John Carter and Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, relatively few physicians have become household names in the same way a celebrity would. And when they have, it hasn’t always been because of the great science they made available to the public (as is the case for the man who is arguably our most famous doctor – more on that below. There are even fewer doctors who can not only be credible to physicians and the public, but to be admired by both. The doctor who best fits that bill today is Eric Topol, author …

Why Living in Chicago Is Better Than Living on the Coast

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I have spent the majority of my life living and working on the West Coast, I have a slightly unique perspective on why working and living NOT on a coast has its perks. Interestingly, if you ask any Chicagoan or native of Illinois, they might argue Chicago is on a coast. This conclusion is likely based on the endless water activities happening on Lake Michigan and the electricity of the city during the summer months. I don’t think any Chicagoans are missing out on the coastal fun- in fact, they may have it better. The …

Staff Takes: What’s So Great About Austin?

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With our offices in Austin and Chicago, HCB has a special appreciation for cities with spirit and a soul. We’ve got several Austin or Chicago natives on our staff, but just as many HCB employees are transplants from the Midwest, East or West Coast. With both cities continually growing and making lists of “best places to live in the US,” it’s …

Staff Takes: Knowing My Genetic Makeup Allows Me to…

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We asked a handful of people within the agency to think about the topic of genetics and ancestry. Within the agency, we discuss and learn about emerging categories and trends such as genomics and the encompassing genetic testing, gene therapy and genetic medicine. But beyond our agency confines, we wanted to know our staff’s thoughts on the matter. See what some of our HCBers had to say about the subject below. Knowing my genetic makeup allows me to…    Knowing my genetic makeup allows me to… … have peace of mind about certain genetic conditions my family and I don’t have to worry about, but prompts me to ask …

How we Built a Healthcare Agency Headquartered in Austin, Texas, With 0% Funding and 100% Passion

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It was the day before 9/11 We all remember the frightening days of 9/11. It was an event in our country’s history that will forever be remembered. That time was also one of hard economic struggle as commerce seemed to come to a screeching halt. Here in Austin, the city was already in a recession after the bursting of the dot com bubble. Tech companies were shedding employees and subleasing office space as fast as they could. Planes crashing into buildings only made that scenario worse. …

Challenging Goliath: Creative, an Interview With Amy Hansen

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Recently, Francesco Lucarelli teamed up with eyeforpharma to write about being an underdog in our industry. The piece sparked conversation amongst the agency regarding how underdogs can fight goliaths in specific areas like digital, media and creative. We sat down with SVP Executive Creative Director Amy Hansen to talk through the age-old David vs. Goliath tale and how it relates to paid media within the medical advertising space.   What are the biggest advantages of being an underdog or upstart company working to break into a space owned by goliaths? The ability to be agile and move fast and take risks in ways that can be more difficult …

The Road to Expert: How to Become an Analytics Specialist

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Teachers often say it’s important to have a well-rounded education. Diversify your learning. You never know how the information you learn today will be applied in the future. Let’s be honest…teachers usually are right, but even my former math teachers would probably be shocked to learn that I work with numbers daily. I was never a math whiz, often sought extra help with algebra and geometry, and never dared to enroll in trigonometry. So, how did I stumble into an analytics job? I graduated with a double major in public relations and Spanish and then went on to get my master’s in public policy and administration. Math degree? Nope! Not even close. As a 24-year-old fresh out of grad school, I thought my career path would include nonprofit management, but life often takes twists and turns that we …

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