Diabetes Alert Day: Secrets from a Health Coach and Competitive Power Lifter!

March 22 kicks off ADA’s Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day “wake-up” call asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Alert Day kicks off ADA’s “Join the Million Challenge,” which runs through April 22 with the goal of rallying ONE MILLION people to take the Diabetes Risk Test.  

 In honor of Diabetes Alert Day, and my Dad who lived with Type 2 diabetes, I want to introduce Ginger Vieira, a health coach, writer, and diabetes expert at  www.Living-in-progress.com and author of her new book “Your Diabetes Science Experiment.” She’s lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease for 12 years. As an avid athlete, Ginger has set 15 records in drug-tested powerlifting with her best lifts being a 190 lb bench press, 265 lb squat, and a 308 lb deadlift.

I was introduced to Ginger by Loretta Jamar [@nurseloretta] because Ginger acted as a health coach to her teenage son struggling with his new diagnosis of diabetes.  He found Ginger’s YouTube videos much more interesting and helpful than the typical doctor or mommy “speak”!

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2010 Outlook: 10 Ways to Win With Patients and Improve DTC Efforts

[Full article: 2010 Outlook: Doom and Gloom For DTC? 10 Points for Winning with Patients, published in DTC Perspectives, December 2009]

Despite many gloomy predictions for DTC advertising and the pharma industry overall, there’s never been a better time for marketers to forward their brands and consumers’ lives with new thinking about what constitutes patient marketing in the 21st Century (DTC 21).  Ten prescriptions can help improve focus and strengthen DTC efforts in 2010.  Important media and technology trends are also “musts” to actively consider for those who want to bump impact and value.

  1. Adopt an updated definition for DTC that considers the full picture of how consumers will interpret and interact with a brand TODAY. This calls for attention beyond “big bang” marketing spends, and begs for identifying meaningful levers to drive education and growth. DTC is no longer just an awareness or acquisition vehicle to move “eyeballs” through a linear marketing funnel; it’s every influence and touch needed to bring new information and education, help convert, instill loyalty and inspire advocacy.  Continue reading

Why Pharma Needs to Pay Attention to Wikipedia

Guest Post by Eileen O’Brien (eiobri@yahoo.com and @EileenOBrien)

Eileen is passionate about using the web and social media to advance healthcare communications. (And she is currently looking for a new interactive job…)  Here’s why she believes that Pharma should pay attention to Wikipedia:

Whether you agree or disagree with the concept of Wikipedia and the accuracy of its information, it’s a huge player in the world of healthcare and deserves attention.

1)    Physicians and consumers use Wikipedia for health info

Nearly 50% of US physicians going online for professional purposes are visiting Wikipedia for medical information according to Manhattan Research. This is a significant increase over the 28% reported in 2008.

And 36% of US consumers searched for health info on Wikipedia according to Rodale’s DTC study.

Manhattan Research found Wikipedia is even more popular in Europe, with two-thirds of physicians online using the site as a medical resource monthly. It’s also a top health destination for European consumers: “And consumers want companies to take a role in making sure that Wikipedia content can be trusted – the majority of online European consumers expect that pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies monitor Wikipedia pages about their products.” Manhattan Research, Cybercitizen Health Europe v8.0  Continue reading

Can Healthcare Games Change The Game Of Healthcare?

Now that the Games for Health Conference is over, I’ve had a little time to reflect on possible implications for Pharma and Healthcare Marketing.

Please read my second guest blog at PharmaExec Blog for the Seven Key Implications I see for Pharma and Healthcare as we move into the “virtual” future of healthcare marketing. Implications range from prevention, diagnosis and awareness to adherence and training.

If you’re new to the concept of health games, based on the conference, health games seem to generally fall into six areas:   Continue reading

Games: The Next Frontier for Pharma

Wow! The Games for Health Conference has been very exciting–

It’s early days in health gaming,  but you can feel the momentum building and its potential to impact consumer health and behavior.

To read about day 1, here’s a guest blog I did today for PharmExec.  Also for tweeters: #G4H09

More to come…blog 2: potential thought starters for Pharma…