AI & Clinical Trials: Poised for Disruption

Posted by Arun Shastri on Wed, Sep 11, 2019

This blog post is the third in a series on the impact that AI will have on different business aspects of pharma.

We always tell our clients to start small with AI. As Pratap Khedkar shared in my first interview, it’s important to start with clear, specific use cases. For some aspects of the business, it may take some time to carefully consider what these specific use cases are and what opportunities AI can create. Clinical trials present no such difficulties. The opportunities to improve efficiencies are numerous and clear, and AI has begun to make an impact. The industry is aware of the inefficiencies that abound in clinical trial design and execution and is eager to solve them.


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Innovation Is Healthcare’s New Normal

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Fri, Aug 02, 2019

Sometimes it’s hard to keep in mind that healthcare was once considered a stodgy, conservative industry—at least by outsiders. Advances in care development and delivery happened, but the healthcare experience was generally the same as it had been decades before, as were the business models leveraged across the healthcare landscape. We’d grown, maybe not comfortable with, but accepting of the status quo.


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AI Will Disrupt the Workforce. Does That Make Andrew Yang Right About UBI?

Posted by Arun Shastri on Thu, Aug 01, 2019

A businessman turned politician calls for insurance against job losses in a quickly changing America. His own experience in business pits him against an indifferent Washington, D.C., as he becomes the lone voice of a single issue. Eventually, he decides to run for president. Who is this man? Jacob Coxey.


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AI & Pharma: Start Small But Think Big

Posted by Arun Shastri on Wed, Jul 24, 2019

This blog post is the first in a series on the impact that AI will have on different business aspects of pharma.

AI has been here for many decades, but the buzz around this latest wave of AI is louder than any I can remember. You can find articles about AI in every publication and medium. These articles deal mostly with broad themes, rarely delving into how AI might be applied in our work lives. There are plenty of stories about self-driving cars and the latest human expert to be outwitted by an algorithm. But what about the unsexy business that most of us find ourselves in? How can we apply AI to improve customer interactions, maximize product launches, optimize clinical trial operations, or find patient insights?


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Launching Conversational AI: Six Keys to Success

Posted by Satish Jha on Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Vaibhav Bansal co-wrote this post with Satish Jha 

A witty, ever-reliable butler is a must-have for crime-fighting billionaires — just ask Bruce Wayne. The closest thing that Tony Stark has to a butler is his AI assistant Jarvis, with its alert, intelligent and unaffected responses to Ironman’s perpetual snark.

While we are still years away from creating a chat bot as sophisticated as Jarvis, the recent advancements in NLP, (natural language processing, the technology that powers chat bots,) have been very encouraging. Someday, we believe these AI agents will become so advanced that they allay the common belief that AI can’t be as perceptive or intuitive as humans. Though such a future is a few decades away, conversational AI is already solving countless problems and driving better engagement and experience.


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