The Keys to Pharma’s AI Success Include ‘Disruptive Collaborations’ and a Willingness to Innovate and Iterate

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Wed, Jan 24, 2018

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

Of all of the marketplace dynamics and advances currently posing a threat to pharma’s traditional methods and models, artificial intelligence and advanced data science are causing their fair share of consternation. I recently addressed this issue with my colleague John Piccone, a ZS principal and advanced data science expert who previously led IBM Watson Health’s life sciences offerings, and he succinctly stated the commercial transformation challenge that lies ahead: “Pharma’s role is going to change from educating people to educating algorithms.” How can pharma get there? What steps can companies start taking now to adapt? John has some ideas.


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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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Healthcare’s Misalignment Means Missed Opportunities for All Stakeholders

Posted by Pratap Khedkar on Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Bill Coyle co-authored this blog post with Pratap Khedkar.

The wheels of a car in need of an alignment point in different directions and effectively begin working against each other. As a result, the vehicle works inefficiently, which negatively impacts the driver’s experience and increases the financial pain he feels at the pump. If the problem is ignored for too long, his ability to safely operate the vehicle can become compromised. And when the car is operating at a high speed, the misaligned tires could have devastating consequences, making steering difficult and potentially leading to a crash.


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