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13Aug 2018

Network meta-analysis (NMA) is a type of meta-analysis that adds an additional variable to a meta-analysis, and instead of a simple summation of trials that have evaluated the same treatment, several different treatments are compared by statistical inference.1 NMA is also referred to as mixed treatments comparison or multiple treatments comparison meta-analysis.2,3,4 It was recognised […]

03Aug 2018

There are humungous quantities of data existing in healthcare; data from all kinds of sources, such as clinical, patient, payer, R&D, pharmacy as well as revolutionary technologies that are being quickly embraced, for e.g. data from wearable devices. According to a report by International Data Corporation (IDC), (1) the volume of healthcare data which was observed […]

24Jul 2018

Traditionally, systematic reviews are considered as the gold standard to inform clinical practice and policy decisions. However, systematic reviews are resource and time intensive. The time factor has been identified as a barrier to implementing results from evidence synthesis, as a result of an incongruence between the time required to produce a full systematic review […]

12Jul 2018

Heath Technology Assessment (HTA) is a scientific research area that makes informed clinical as well as policy decisions on the use of health technologies, which include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, procedures and other clinical, public health and organizational interventions. (1) Recently, ‘early HTA’ is progressively being promoted as a perspective to determine added value of […]

10Jul 2018

The concept of “Big Data” is #trending today, which is characterized by types of data sources with huge quantities, high speed and broad diversity of information. Healthcare industries are trying to apply Big Data analytics to reform data into a workable platform in order to generate information that would help making better and faster clinical […]

03Jul 2018

In recent years, patient-centric initiatives are becoming key factors among healthcare companies, as they are increasingly becoming aware of the fact that the key to growing business and improving customer health is to better focus on the needs and concerns of the patient, rather than attending to just the product approval. The objective behind patient-centric drug […]

18Jun 2018

The healthcare industry is challenged with administrative and regulatory intricacies that make achieving the healthcare objectives, such as better patient outcomes and reduced costs, difficult. Difficulties faced while improving patient outcomes are predominantly taxing, since health systems measure and report thousands of outcomes annually. (1) In addition, healthcare industry is saturated with the need for improved quality […]

12Jun 2018

Health care is undergoing remarkable change with the global delivery system transitioning to a value-based system from the fee-for-service approach, which has been in place for the past half century. It is predicted that, in this ever evolving business model, hospitals, health care systems, physician groups, and other health care providers will take on more […]

28May 2018

Traditionally, the pharmaceutical industry has always been dependent upon the ‘push’ strategy for successful market access for products. The drug approval process, involving submission of data on efficacy, safety, and tolerability to the regulatory agencies, used to be simple; which ended with the drug being marketed to the targeted physicians and dispensed by pharmacies post approval. Thus, this whole process involved a limited set of stakeholders, viz. physicians, regulatory agencies, and pharmacies.