Making DNA Analysis the Clinical SOP

August 19, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Innovation

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 forgo the test in the past because it was cost-prohibitive and not covered by my insurance; I had other financial priorities and obligations that felt more important at the time. I felt lucky that my job had exposed me to the utility of genotyping. It prepared me to have a more informed and productive conversation with my Ob/Gyn. I felt lucky to have a knowledgeable doctor who was able to walk me through my results and explain the implications of the additional routine testing available to me, given …

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

July 16, 2019Healthcare, Innovation, Listening, Uncategorized

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 of the recent bestseller, Deep Medicine: How artificial intelligence can make healthcare human again. To give some context …

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

June 20, 2019Culture, Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Listening

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. So, what did I do when I found out that the ad agency I worked for was closing shop? I negotiated a deal that allowed myself and two others to retain a small medical device client based in San Antonio. My …

The New Genetic Testing Frontier

May 28, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Innovation

Many years ago, a smart man from my first agency where I began a significant portion of my healthcare marketing career talked about the frontier of personalized medicine. The idea of personalized medicines giving targeted therapies to “cure” patients was a main driver of my desire to build my entire career in healthcare marketing. While I knew full well that I started a pathway of my career working with big pharma, where friends at parties would challenge how I could work for corporate entities with so many ethical challenges, I still knew that my pursuits in the industry would always think of the patients’ needs, first and foremost. I knew that everything I wanted to recommend to my clients would be prioritized through the …

Data and Analytics: Changing HCP Media

May 13, 2019Healthcare, Industry, Innovation, Marketing, Technology

We’ve heard a lot about disruption in the media world. All the disruption is the result of a proliferation of digital media tactics, big data and platforms. This disruption has mostly happened in the consumer media world, but over the last couple years, we’ve started to see major changes happening in the world of HCP media. Agencies and clients are finally starting to realize the benefit of using big data and digital platforms to achieve HCP marketing in a much more efficient and effective way. The disruption we are seeing is coming through two big changes: Utilizing targeting data to hyper-target to potential audiences Using campaign analytics to optimize campaigns for better outcomes Data Targeting: How …

Challenging Goliath – How Underdogs Stand A Fighting Chance

April 12, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Marketing

This article was originally published by Eye For Pharma on March 24th, 2019. https://social.eyeforpharma.com/column/challenging-goliath-how-underdogs-stand-fighting-chance   Big Pharma is a formidable beast, but upstarts have a few cards up their sleeve We all love an underdog story. Who isn’t moved by the passion, grit, and determination that drives an outsider to overcome near-impossible odds? Rudy, Rocky, Million Dollar Baby, Miracle – Hollywood has captured our hearts while cashing in on this timeless trope. When it comes to the biopharmaceutical arena, however, we sometimes look down upon the upstart rather than embrace its potential. Smaller companies and products often face the Herculean challenge of going up against the super-power, mega-sized pharma companies. Smaller budgets, operational teams, and fewer sales reps are viewed as insurmountable odds. Some of us over the years have been programmed to accept this as an immutable fact …

Digital is Hear. Are you Listening?

April 12, 2019Healthcare, Industry, Listening, Technology

An abridged version of this article appeared in the April issue of Healthcare Marketer’s Exchange http://hmexchange.com/archive/Foster_0419.pdf The healthcare industry and healthcare marketing have changed significantly in the last few years — greatly driven by digitally empowered patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals  engaging each other online in ever-increasing frequency and numbers. The industry is essentially trying to catch up …

An Arousing Insight Turned Anti-Tobacco Campaign

April 8, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Marketing

There are entire awareness weeks dedicated to educating young people about the health hazards of tobacco. By now, you would hope any teen could tell you that smoking and dipping is bad for you. But are the common tactics, like warning about mouth and lung cancer, seen in today’s anti-tobacco campaigns the most relevant way to get students to say no to tobacco? Why do some teens still choose to participate in something they know can harm them? According to a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 6 of every 100 high school students said they had used smokeless tobacco (dip) in the last 30 days. As an agency, we agreed that there’s more work to be done to highlight the dangers of tobacco, but through a more focused lens. That’s why we dedicated our pro …

Three Ways MedTech Can Personify & Embrace the Hero’s Journey

April 4, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Marketing

A few months ago, I introduced my five-year-old daughter to one of my all-time favorite childhood movies: the great ’80s classic, the Neverending Story. To this day, each scene still captivates me like it’s my first time watching it. Even though it’s such a uniquely magical film, it’s incredibly formulaic – tightly following each step of the classic “Hero’s Journey.” Concepted by Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey serves as the backbone of nearly every epic story or movie. It’s the blueprint for the ultimate human experience. As marketers, we should take careful note of this. Here’s the simple formula: a hero lives in an ordinary world but is called to adventure. If she refuses the call, she must meet a mentor who shows her the way. She crosses the threshold and finds herself facing the ultimate test. And after engaging in a life-altering …

HCB Health Appoints Amy Hansen as Executive Creative Director

April 4, 2019Healthcare, Industry, News

With award-winning healthcare experience, the creative veteran and former HCB Health creative director adds her unique vision and voice to the agency’s executive team. AUSTIN, Texas — April 4, 2019 — HCB Health, a leading independent U.S. healthcare advertising agency, announces Amy Hansen’s appointment as executive creative director, expanding her responsibilities and elevating her executive influence within the agency. Hansen previously held the position of creative director and remains a senior vice president of the company.   “Amy’s appointment is part of my vision to elevate and standardize our creative product with the HCB Creative …