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The Marketing Blind Spot

Solving For the Hidden Blind Spot in Healthcare Marketing: Putting All The Pieces Together


In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, data-driven decisions are the cornerstone of successful strategies, and marketers hold a vital role in shaping how life science products and services are perceived and utilized. Gleaned from data analysis, their insights wield the power to shape patient behavior, influence treatment preferences, and drive healthcare trends. However, a significant flaw has emerged within healthcare marketing—a blind spot that, until now, has remained largely unacknowledged. This blind spot lies in the fact that many healthcare marketers are inadvertently seeing only half of the market landscape, resulting in incomplete analyses that can lead to misguided strategies.

In the digital age, data is often hailed as the new gold, and nowhere is this truer than in healthcare. Marketers have access to an abundance of data points, ranging from prescription records (Rx) to medical claims (Mx), enabling them to map out patient journeys, identify trends, and make informed decisions. However, as valuable as this data may be, it can be likened to looking through a half-opened door—a view that is inherently limited and can distort the entire perspective.

This phenomenon occurs due to two primary reasons, both of which conspire to create a skewed perception of the healthcare market landscape.

1. The Lacking Coverage of Data:


In the article titled "Beyond the Surface: Understanding your Data Sources' Impact on Healthcare Marketing Strategies," the nuances of data capture and the implications they hold are explored. A key highlight of the article is the concept that in regard to data capture, “more is better," emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data collection and the role it plays in developing accurate insights for healthcare marketers.

The implications of missing data in healthcare marketing extend beyond underestimating market size. Coverage gaps can skew the entire process of identifying target audiences, potentially directing resources towards the wrong audience or failing to tap into hidden opportunities. Furthermore, the absence of comprehensive data can distort the perception of a campaign's performance, resulting in misleading outcomes. This phenomenon introduces the risk of both false positives, where apparent successes are overestimated due to incomplete data, and false negatives, wherein genuine achievements go unnoticed, ultimately compromising the accuracy of strategic decision-making.

2. The Single-Channel Focus Conundrum:


Imagine a vast puzzle representing the entirety of the healthcare market. Each data point, a piece of that puzzle, contributes to the overall picture. Yet, healthcare marketers often find themselves working with an incomplete puzzle. The data they possess, while rich in detail, lacks comprehensive coverage. This means they are seeing only a part of the puzzle, unable to discern the complete image.

Limiting focus to either prescription or medical claims data leads to an incomplete view of the market. This may result in slanted decisions, ranging from strategy all the way down to tactical targeting of audiences.  Imagine two diverging lines. Starting close together at the inception is your marketing analysis (data). Initially, the gap between them is acute. However, as you venture downstream to execution, that small gap between the lines expands. With each step, the divergence between perception and reality becomes more pronounced, casting a significant shadow on your decisions and outcomes.

Better data fuels better decisions


The solution to these issues lies with ensuring your data has the most complete capture available and embracing a more comprehensive approach by merging the worlds of prescription and medical claims data. The complete picture of the puzzle emerges only when we have all the pieces and they are connected.

In conclusion, the blind spot that has plagued healthcare marketers for too long is not an insurmountable challenge. By acknowledging the incomplete view they often possess—due to both lacking data coverage and single-channel focus—marketers can transcend the confines of their data silos. The true potential of healthcare data lies in its unity. When Rx and Mx data converge, the healthcare market landscape unfolds in all its complexity, offering marketers the insights they need to shape strategies that resonate with patients, healthcare providers, and the broader industry as a whole. The era of holistic healthcare marketing has arrived, and with it, the opportunity to see the complete picture, unobstructed by the limitations of fragmented data.

Eric Talbot Chief Strategy Officer

About the author

Eric Talbot

Eric Talbot is Chief Strategy Officer at MedFuse. His experience includes over two decades of working with healthcare companies in the US and around the world in markets such as Europe, Asia, and Australasia.
MedFuse enables data-driven decision-making by helping companies leverage the power of MedFuse’s real-world healthcare data and modern technology to succeed by reducing costs and increasing revenue while contributing to population health.

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