Those among you marketing medical devices, does your salesforce have iPads for electronic demos yet?
Today’s guest, Joe Doyle, the Interactive Director at HCB Health, an Austin-based healthcare ad agency, helped introduce a detailing app for a very grateful client.
He joins #MedDevice to shares how the app was developed and how the client can measure its ROI.
Joe Hage: Thanks for joining us, Joe. You were telling me @HCBHealth has developed an iPad app for detailing. Tell us about it.
“Control” here being hand work. These are amazing tacticians, and need control. We show them how they remain in control with this app.
Joe Hage: What is the distinction between the app and the device? Help us understand.
Joe Doyle: The app is for one of the largest eye surgery products. The main difference between app and machine is really just the machine.
Joe Hage: The app would never be used with a patient, correct? This is just to demo?
Joe Doyle: Yes, this is just for “test drives.” It’s only distributed to the client’s saleforce.
Joe Hage: Therefore, the app did not require FDA consideration …
Joe Doyle: Correct. You know the #MedDevice industry. All experiences get sufficient legal reviews. We update older apps to keep up with new info.
Joe Hage: Right, because you have to ensure the app fairly represents the #MedDevice’s capability. I’d love to see the app. This is a competitive advantage so you can’t share?
Joe Doyle: Yes, but eye surgeons love video. Are you familiar with Eyetube?
Joe Hage: I hadn’t seen that before. I imagine there are similar sites for most medical categories.
Joe Doyle: We found that eye surgeons in particular love to see other case studies and video fits the bill. It’s familiar to these surgeons.
Joe Hage: Very interesting and, yes, I can see how this would be a useful app for demonstrations.
How did the app come about?
Did the client ask for it? Did you conceive and pitch the idea?
Did you build or outsource?
Joe Doyle: Good questions. Our AD, @HCB_Amy and an AS brought about the idea of an app, and we all brainstormed on it. The client is always aware of new trends, and the Account Team does a great job keeping them on top of it.
Our #MedDevice Digital Team is all about the user experience. So we create the interaction and actual design and outsource special coding, like Objective-C.
We work with several development firms, but for this app we worked with BluePlate Software.
Joe Doyle: Absolutely.
Joe Doyle: The iPad came out in ’10, so it’s still in it’s infancy. But already the APIs from SaaS, like Salesforce and Eloqua are so advanced that they can pass data reports on app usage.
Now sales managers will know what information is most popular and what was sent to physicians right from the app itself. It allows teams to adjust with popular content.
Joe Hage: Do you have a sense what percent of #MedDevice co’s are developing apps to help their sales forces demonstrate the products?
Joe Doyle: I’m not sure on actual numbers, but I can tell you I hear “we need an app” quite a bit. I see the #MedDevice apps becoming even smarter.
I can imagine a #MedDevice app that might use a new type of sensor in a clinical setting, like measuring blood oxygen. Giving them more than just a detailing, but rather giving the physician something useful to enhance brand perception beyond the sale.
Joe Hage: … which would certainly require FDA clearance!
Joe Doyle: Yes, now we’re talking more about an iPad as an actual#MedDevice.
Joe Doyle: The iPad is amazing for presenting, but there are many paths to choose – iPad sites, apps and more.
I would say weigh all your options and partner with someone who will bring you more than just an online PDF, but really dive deep into your #MedDevice to uncover hidden gems that mirror the advanced functionality of an iPad. It takes complete submersion and the content strategists love it.
Joe Hage: @HCB_Joe I’m thinkin’ about it …
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