This Isn’t a Strategy to Lower Drug Costs Either

January 14, 2019

According to a 2015 CDC report, 1 in 10 Americans can’t afford their medications. Since then the problem has gotten worse. Brand-name oral prescription drugs rose more than 9 percent a year from 2008 and 2016. The annual cost of injectable drugs rose more than 15 percent over the same period. After the Bristol-Myers Calgen…

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Why is Scientific Evidence Important?

March 21, 2018

Evidence from scientifically sound research studies is important because it lets us make decisions based on “what works.”The lack of evidence has real-world business consequences. No business person would run a company without an accounting system and cash register. It’s how business, large or small, measures success. But, when it comes to health and wellness, we’re…

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How to Avoid “Evidence-Based Cynicism” in Health Innovation

January 4, 2018

Late Friday, December 15th, the Washington Post reported a story detailing seven terms the CDC (and likely other health agency) should avoid in budget documents. Shortly after the news broke, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the new CDC Director reached out to concerned staff via an all agency e-mail. The e-mail explained the terms were in fact,…

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When New Trump ‘Policies’ Denigrate Your Startup’s Purpose

December 19, 2017

ProofPilot is an online platform to design, launch and participate in research studies that determine what works to improve human health and wellness. These techniques the randomized controlled trial, longitudinal outcome study, and programmatic evaluation are essential to identify “evidence-based” practices, programs, treatments campaigns. “Evidence-based” means that these initiatives have reasonable and verifiable proof they…

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Why is “Evidence-Based” Such a Controversial Term?

December 17, 2017

According to the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is prohibiting the CDC from using several words or phrases in future budget documents. Banning the words “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity,” and “vulnerable.” is being met with widespread outrage (as it, of course, should be). Likewise, public health researchers, like their associates at the EPA are enraged that…

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5 Questions a Survey Can’t Answer, but ProofPilot Can

January 23, 2017

Way back in the olden days, to run a survey, you hired a survey research firm like Gallup, Nielsen or Harris. Now, with tools like SurveyMonkey, anyone can launch a survey across the web. Today there’s a survey measuring every opinion, topic, experience and issue imaginable. But, if your questions fall into one of these…

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What the 21st Century Cures Act means for digital health & innovation

January 6, 2017

After three years in the making, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law in mid-December. The pharmaceutical industry and some patient advocacy groups herald the legislation for reducing the layers of bureaucracy through which drugs must pass in order to be approved. It enables drugs to get to market faster. More funding,…

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Is the Tech Industry the Trojan Horse for Gay Rights Around the World?

December 19, 2016

In the US, over the past decade, LGBT rights has progressed dramatically. However, progress in other parts of the world has been slow. Today, while the United Nations blocked an attempt by anti-LGBT countries in Africa to end the post of UN Independent Expert to monitor violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals, the vote was…

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Researchers Should Heed The Warnings of the 2016 Election

November 9, 2016

It’s not just polling error. Election results show a diverse set of the US public thinks that traditional experts and thought leaders are disconnected a dead wrong. The health and social policy research community should view this as a warning, and change quickly, or risk research results being ignored by the very people they should…

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Why It’s Easier To Get People To Vote Than To Participate In Research

November 7, 2016

During the 2012 election, 40% of eligible Americans didn’t vote. That’s far worse than in countries as diverse as Sweden, New Zealand, the UK, Mexico and Turkey. The reasons are eerily similar to why people don’t participate in research studies — while most people agree that participating in research studies is important, very few actually do so.…

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