How the Right RWE Platform Serves Up the Ingredients for Innovation

Posted by ZS Editors on Tue, Sep 04, 2018

Many pharmaceutical companies have realized the benefits of moving from standalone real-world data (RWD) projects to full-fledged, cross-functional real-world evidence (RWE) capabilities to drive everything from their R&D programs to their commercial teams’ efforts to demonstrate value—and technology is central to their success. “Real-world evidence is essentially extracting intelligence out of real-world data, and now that we have the right technology, scalable cloud storage and tremendous processing power, we’re actually able to sift through big data to find those insights,” says Abhay Jha, a principal at ZS and the business technology lead in the firm’s R&D excellence practice.  


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Is AI in Pharma Ready to Move From Hype to Hope?

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Thu, Jan 11, 2018

This is the first post in a three-part series on artificial intelligence in healthcare. 

We encounter artificial intelligence platforms outside of healthcare on a regular basis, like when we ask Siri a question or view Netflix’s list of suggested films. However, within healthcare, and in the pharmaceutical industry specifically, AI has yet to live up to that level of success. In the near future, will AI become embedded in pharma R&D? Will it enable treatment decisions to be more automated—and more accurate? I recently called my colleague John Piccone, a ZS principal and advanced data science expert who previously led IBM Watson Health’s life sciences offerings, to discuss AI’s use both within pharma and throughout the healthcare ecosystem.


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The State of the Union Between Pharma and Tech

Posted by Vickye Jain on Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Sandeep Varma and Raghav Sharma co-wrote this blog post with Vickye Jain.

Pharmaceutical companies have a reputation for lagging behind other industries when it comes to technology, but that reputation now seems unwarranted in many respects. As technology professionals who work with pharmaceutical clients, we feel an obligation not only to share how pharma is innovating, but also to bring those innovations back to pharma. At two recent industry events, the Strata Data Conference in Singapore and the Spark Summit in Ireland, we learned a great deal from the presentations that we attended, and almost just as much from the audience’s reaction to our own presentations. Here are our top three takeaways from these conferences:


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