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AZ Announces TEDMED2014 Sponsorship

A healthier world does not come from medicine alone. Through innovative discoveries, new approaches to medicine and health, and thought-provoking dialogue with the brightest minds across a wide variety of sectors, we are able to make a consequential difference to the healthcare community as a whole. Sustaining this forward-thinking approach affects the lives of all populations in the healthcare ecosystem, from patients and caregivers to scientists, physicians, and the broader health system. This is why AstraZeneca is supporting TEDMED2014 as a Corporate Innovation Patron.

TEDMED1This year’s conference focuses on nine themes aimed at unlocking the imagination, many of which align with AstraZeneca’s vision and values. One of TEDMED’s themes, “Flat Out Amazing,” for example, explores the liberation that happens when we recognize the limits of our knowledge – those transformational moments when we realize that the more we know, the more we realize how little we know. Speakers will include Diana Nyad, who swam 110-miles from Havana to Key West at age 64, and Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the revolutionary blood diagnostics company Theranos.

Other relevant TEDMED topics are “Stealing Smart,” demonstrating how some of the best solutions to problems in health and medicine can come from other worlds than the domain where the problem originated, or the controversial issues in health and medicine that many people are reluctant to discuss publicly that will be tackled in “Don’t You Dare Talk About This.”

TEDMED also features The Hive, a community of startups and entrepreneurs powering transformation and innovation towards a healthier future. Selected from hundreds of applications and nominations, these inspiring leaders will be showcasing game-changing startups and the inspiring entrepreneurs that power them at TEDMED 2014 in both San Francisco and Washington, DC. This year, AstraZeneca will send a team of 10 leaders and representatives to attend the conference in Washington, D.C. or San Francisco, CA, and encourages all global employees to join virtually.

Follow the conversation in real-time on Twitter with #TEDMED and @TEDMED. Stay tuned to TEDMED’s YouTube channel over the coming month as they release videos of this year’s Talks.

TEDMED logoAbout TEDMED: TEDMED is the annual multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come together to explore the promise of technology and the potential of human achievement in health and medicine. Bringing together doctors, patients, policymakers, technologists, educators, students, media, researchers, innovators, and many others, TEDMED shares and celebrates the best of what the world has to offer in health and medicine.

TEDMED, LLC is an independent organization. The TED logo is used under an exclusive license from the nonprofit TED conference. For more information, please visit www.TEDMED.com.

AZ at the Cannes Lions Health Festival – Digital innovation, moving beyond the pill

By John McCarthy, VP, global commercial excellence, AstraZeneca

McCarthy, John 2012 (USLT Picture)

The first ever Cannes Lions Health Festival held in Cannes, France, June 13-14, brought together healthcare communicators and brands to discuss the sector’s current state and collaboratively forge into the future.

I presented a seminar, along with our partner DigitasLBi, on advances in digital technology that are revolutionizing the wellbeing of patients, and minimizing strain for health service providers. I spoke to how AstraZeneca’s unique patient-centric approach is enabled by rapid product prototyping, testing and learning – the DIG model.

DIG stands for Digital Innovation Group and is a collaboration between DigitasLBi and AstraZeneca. We’re a team with a broad range of skills taken from two very different industries. We came together to take on and solve some of the big challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, from improving the way healthcare professionals work, connect and learn, to finding new ways to put patients in the driver’s seat when it comes to decisions about their health and treatment options.

The DIG model is a completely different way of working and aims to create products and services that are sustainable and that make a real difference both to doctors and to patients. I know that as DIG delivers more results through the rest of this year, we’ll see physicians and patients benefiting from our work.

John McCarthy at Cannes

I shared with the audience at Cannes the three approaches that are fundamental to success in digital innovation:

  1. Be different. It’s real easy to say. But you’ve got to be in a space that’s uncomfortable, you’ve got to free yourselves from your organization. If you want a different result, you’d better be different from the beginning.
  2. Be humble. There is humility in creating a learning environment. You have to put aside what you know. You have to be willing to listen to somebody else that has a better insight, who is more in touch with the patient, the process, the physician.
  3. Be brave. We’re in an innovative space and we fail a lot. We’re focusing on some things that we think are pretty successful to date, but we could still fail. We have another 20-25 ideas that we’ve already put on the shelf. Failure is real and, if you are still thinking in the old way it can tear you down. Or it can make you stronger.

As we further our digital innovation, we know it requires us to think differently and move from selling products to creating services that are meaningful to patients and physicians, in other words, moving beyond the pill.

It was a tremendous experience to participate and present at this global conference, while proudly representing the innovative work that AstraZeneca and DigitasLBI are advancing. These initiatives speak to AstraZeneca’s values – we are committed to helping physicians with the demands in their practices and solving problems for patients. We must put patients first – they have to be at the center of what we do. If we do this, I’m confident our work can make a truly meaningful difference.

 

AZ and DigitasLBi present together at Cannes Lions Health Festival

AstraZeneca understands the importance of leveraging new technologies to improve business practices that better serve patients and doctors. This Friday, June 13, AstraZeneca teams up with global strategic partner DigitasLBi to deliver The New Creative Process: Revolutionising the Wellbeing of Patients & Doctors, a digital communication seminar at the Cannes Lions Health Festival.The first ever two-day event, held in Cannes, France as part of the Cannes Lions Festival, unites healthcare communicators and brands to discuss the sector’s current state and collaboratively forge a way to the future.

Advances in digital technology have created challenges for healthcare professionals and their patients. Doctors face ever increasing workloads and the bewildering amount of online information makes keeping up with the industry’s already-swift pace especially difficult. However, by harnessing these digital tools, healthcare professionals have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with patients and provide more efficient care. John McCarthy, Vice President of Global Commercial Excellence at AZ, and Ewen Sturgeon, Chief Executive of International at DigitasLBi, will reveal how AZ’s unique patient-centric approach is enabled by rapid product prototyping, testing and learning.

To follow the festival or join the conversation on Twitter, check out @Lions_Health, #CreativityInHealth and #LionsHealth.

AZ honors employees for volunteerism through Jefferson Awards for Public Service

AstraZeneca honors employees who are passionate about volunteerism every year through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a program that recognizes individuals for giving back to their communities. This year, AZ’s award selection committee identified eight individuals for the outstanding work they do in their communities. The AZ Steering Committee, made up of two members of the US Leadership Team, selected the Grand Winner, who will represent AZ at the National Ceremony June 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.  (L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.
(L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Please join us in celebrating this year’s AZ Jefferson Awards winners:

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Becky has a long history of volunteering with the University of Texas-Pan American, the Hope Family Health Center and Easter Seals. Thanks to her involvement, these organizations have the leadership, funding and medically trained personnel and volunteers they need to provide underserved populations with access to health care and support programs.

Diane Davis, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Diane founded Boat Kids, an event that coordinates a day out on the water for children with special needs and their families.  In addition, every year Diane organizes the AstraZeneca team of volunteers for Metropolitan Ministries Holidays of Hope Tent, which provides food, toys and holiday entertainment for more than 23,000 families.

Christopher Duncan, Executive District Sales Manager: Chris led his team’s volunteering efforts, helping people locally, nationally and internationally through organizations such as Project CURE, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Raiders’ Closet, Upper New York State Transplant, and the Young Life and Wyld Life.

James Gonzales, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: James helps children with special needs stay physically active through his volunteer work with St. Pius Special Needs Group, No Boundaries 4 Special Needs and Speak Up 4 Autism. James also volunteers for Aliviane, where he educates students about the dangers of abusing prescription medication.

Gil Peña, Senior Diabetes Sales Specialist: Gil volunteers for two organizations dedicated to helping fight the impact of diabetes on his community – Crusader Family Health Foundation and the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club.

Rose Pimpinella, Global Marketing Manager-MOVANTIK: Rose has helped the Lisa Diener Domestic Violence Foundation grow from a new foundation established in 2010 to a resource that has successfully raised almost $90,000 to benefit organizations and shelters that help women and communities overcome domestic violence.

Jayson Richert, Health System Manager: Jayson and his wife support March of Dimes, the organization that helped them when their twin daughters were born 12 weeks early. In addition to fundraising, they share their story as an ambassador family in memory of their daughter Lily, and out of gratitude for the advances in neonatal care that saved their daughter Olivia, who is now six.

Carol Stinson, Director, Science Affairs, US Corporate Affairs: Carol volunteers for Healing Art Works, a group that provides works of original art for patient spaces in hospitals and other care centers with the goal of facilitating emotional and physical healing. In addition to their annual project, this past year Carol also led “Butterflies for Boston” to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia was selected as the AstraZeneca Grand Winner and will attend the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June on behalf of AstraZeneca. There, she will be eligible to win a national award for employee volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Delawarean Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The awards are presented both locally and nationally to encourage volunteerism and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.

AstraZeneca congratulates these winners and thanks them for their ongoing commitment to community service.

AZ Leaders Host Patient Centricity Dinner Discussion

AstraZeneca’s Paul Hudson and Greg Keenan mingle with dinner guests.

AstraZeneca’s Paul Hudson and Greg Keenan mingle with dinner guests.

At AstraZeneca, patients are why we come to work every day.  We always seek to understand and reflect their needs.  And we pay close attention to the wider healthcare environment and continuously look for opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn from others across the industry who share a common goal of improving patient health.

On Monday, April 21 in Washington, D.C., AstraZeneca leaders – including Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America; Greg Keenan, Vice President of Medical Affairs and U.S. Head Medical Officer; and Rich Buckley, Vice President of North America Corporate Affairs – were joined by 20 leading experts and executives to explore the topic of patient centricity in an evolving healthcare environment.

The participants, who represented a broad range of stakeholders including businesses, nonprofit groups and media, shared their knowledge and perspectives on the state of patient care and how a patient centric approach can help drive quality healthcare.  Maggie Fox, senior writer on health issues for both NBCNews.com and TODAY.com, served as moderator for the discussion.

“As the healthcare landscape continues to change, the role of the patient in making healthcare decisions is transforming as well,” said Hudson.  “As the industry seeks ways to adapt, it is imperative that we work together to understand patients’ challenges and priorities so we can identify and deliver solutions that improve their experiences and outcomes.”

AstraZeneca’s Paul Hudson leads a dinner discussion with attendees about various patient centricity topics.

AstraZeneca’s Paul Hudson leads a dinner discussion with attendees about various patient centricity topics.

Topics addressed included the future of patient-centered care, the most impactful way the industry can be engaging patients moving forward, and where various stakeholders can be playing a larger role.  Participants agreed that aligning incentives in the healthcare system – so that providers are rewarded for quality of healthcare and great results – is important to ensure care is truly patient-centered.   Innovative ideas for getting patients more engaged in their care were also discussed, along with the need to truly understand first what matters to patients and then build treatment plans from there.

The dinner was part of a series of events coordinated by National Journal LIVE, a premier events business that convenes top leaders in the Washington, D.C. area for dialogue on how to solve the country’s biggest challenges.

 

Patient Assistance Explored In-Depth at CBI Annual Meeting

(L-R) Janice Monks, President and CEO, American Association of Service Coordinators; Leslie McGuire, AmeriCares Director of U.S. Medical Assistance; Jen McGovern, AstraZeneca Director of Patient Assistance programs

(L-R) Janice Monks, President and CEO, American Association of Service Coordinators; Leslie McGuire, Director of U.S. Medical Assistance, AmeriCares; Jen McGovern, Director of Patient Assistance Programs, AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca’s patient assistance programs have provided millions of people throughout the U.S. with free medicine for more than three decades.  These programs, however, cannot be successful without the support of partners such as AmeriCares, the American Association of Service Coordinators and other patient foundations and clinics that work tirelessly to ensure that the people they serve are aware of and utilizing the services and resources available to help them afford their medications.

On Friday, March 7, AstraZeneca’s director of patient assistance programs, Jen McGovern, along with President and CEO of the American Association of Service Coordinators Janice Monks and AmeriCares Director of U.S. Medical Assistance Leslie McGuire, participated in a panel discussion at CBI’s PAP 2014 annual meeting in Baltimore, Md. titled: Gaining Access to Medicines for Varying Patient Populations – Areas of Need for Patient Assistance Programs.  The panelists addressed topics critical to their organizations and to the continuity of patient assistance programs for the individuals they serve.

In 2013, AstraZeneca provided nearly $975 million in savings to more than 567,000 patients in the United States through its patient assistance programs.

In 2013, AstraZeneca provided nearly $975 million in savings to more than 567,000 patients in the United States through its patient assistance programs.

As the U.S. health system continues to evolve as a result of healthcare reform – from Medicaid expansion to the implementation of healthcare exchanges and other changes arising from the Affordable Care Act – those involved in patient assistance are working to evaluate how these changes are impacting their programs, and are looking for ways to address new challenges.   While the need for patient assistance remains, organizations and clinics must adapt.

In addition to the impact of healthcare reform on the organizations that offer and support patient assistance programs, the panelists also discussed changes and emerging trends among the specific patient populations they serve.  For example, organizations and clinics are starting to see more patients with coverage through Medicaid expansion or through the exchanges.   As a result, many of these patients (who have traditionally been unfamiliar with insurance processes) now need additional patient advocacy services to help them better understand their benefits, how to navigate through them, and where additional support services may be needed.

The panelists also discussed the synergies between their respective organizations and how they are working together to improve access to medication and care for patients, including by leveraging their networks to raise visibility around patient assistance programs so qualified participants nationwide can continue to take advantage of the benefits they deliver.

AstraZeneca Women Take Part in PA Conference for Women

PA Conf for WomenOn Friday, November 1, more than 60 women from AstraZeneca attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, a one-day professional and personal development event for women that features renowned speakers sharing inspirational stories and leading seminars on the issues that matter most to women. The event attracted more than 7,000 attendees from various organizations, locations and professions across the Philadelphia region and beyond.

AstraZeneca served as contributing sponsor for the conference, which was comprised of keynote sessions, workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities addressing a variety of topics including leadership, career advancement, personal development and branding, entrepreneurship, health and wellness and more.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the conference, themed “Power of Possibilities.” Former Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeline Albright delivered keynote remarks.  Other keynote speakers included Judge Glenda Hatchett, host and star of “Judge Hatchett;”  business and financial services industry expert Sallie Krawcheck; national political correspondent for the Washington Post, Karen Tumulty; and principal of Strawberry Mansion High School, Linda Cliatt-Wayman.

AstraZeneca’s U.S. Head of External Affairs Emily Denney participated in a panel discussion about driving social change through workplace initiatives, and shared examples of how AstraZeneca partners with nonprofit organizations and organizes corporate giving and volunteer efforts to make a positive impact in the community.   In addition, AstraZeneca Senior Director of Clinical Development Dr. Kathy Lampl spoke about managing the risks associated with childhood asthma.

Earlier this year, AstraZeneca was ranked among Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies, and named among the top 50 companies for female executives by The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).