Posts Tagged ‘compliance’

JiboLet me begin by saying that I find Jibo (a little household robot/servant) to be cute, creepy, and provocative.

We’ve been fantasizing about robots for decades, and the connected internet of things joined to intelligent software make these little digital companions a future certainty. This type of device/platform isn’t a fanstasy. It’s inevitable.

The privacy issues make me cringe; though, in reality, this is only an evolutionary step from our existing world of smartphones and other connected devices.

So, what does this Wall*E-like platform do? Watch this video, and then let’s discuss one application that could be pretty significant – patient compliance with taking medications:

Now, imagine an older person – perhaps living alone – that needs to take one or more meds in sequence during the day. If Jibo is there, with a prescription schedule(s) programmed in, then it’s much easier to deliver friendly reminders.

Create digital bridges to wearables (such as Apple’s iWatch and other body-monitoring devices), and some really interesting possibilities open up. Tie this into glucose monitoring devices for diabetes, for instance, or into an on-board blood pressure monitoring device. Pharmacies could interface Jibo to one of those fancy digital pill-bottle caps that can send a signal when it’s time for another pill.

Now you have a (multi-functional and kinda friendly) companion that can talk to you and provide reminders.

Of course, there is the expanded possiblility of video medical consultation, since a device of this sort could both store and upload digitally-gathered body systems data. Jibo becomes the in-house medical information conduit.

Patient–Jibo–Cloud–Doctor. Connected.

The fact is, all of this is coming – we have the various tools and toys already in place for it. Something like a servant-robot could easily tie it all together from an interface point of view.

What do you think? Is Jibo potentially one of the new faces of medicine?

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Compliance training – it feels like a necessary evil. It doesn’t have the cachet of iPad rollouts or the intellectual stimulation of new product training.

But, like brushing your teeth, everyone’s gotta do it!

In discussions with a vendor/partner this week, we talked about the growing demand for reps to be credentialed (demonstrated training in certain areas important to, say, a medical facility/hospital) in order to get access. We discussed the pending Sunshine Act requirements, and various state requirements for training and disclosure.

As they say on Facebook, it’s complicated.

As I spend a couple of months talking with clients and vendors about what’s top of mind for pharma training, compliance is never far away. But the mix of internal vs. vendor-created solutions varies greatly, the relative responsibilities of compliance folks and (sales) training folks have some grey areas between the black and the white.

What is your company doing to improve compliance training? Who are great outside service providers? What questions do you have, or what challenges are you facing? I realize that on a public blog you may not be able to attach your name to a comment about internal stuff, but feel free to drop me an e-mail (stevew@impactiviti.com) or call me (973-947-7429) and let’s see if we can use our network to safely and anonymously share best practices and resources.

And, yes, that is my eye up there. It may be scarier-looking than Hurricane Irene!

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We take great pride at Impactiviti in lining up the best providers of training and marketing services – companies and people that are high-quality, proven, and recommended by our clients.

One of our partners does an exceptional job with training departments looking for help with Compliance/Certification Training. An array of courses (off-the-shelf eLearning, and customized) is available for various compliance needs; PDMA, PhRMA Code, HIPAA, MSL responsibilities, and more!

This partner also does a great job with other areas of eLearning/technical development.

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