Digital engagement platforms, new sales calls, direct patient connect and commercial organization of the future are key elements critical to the new operating model
Mumbai, June 03, 2020: The healthcare eco-system today is in an unprecedented period with COVID-19 impacting all major stakeholders. According to a new article by Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), traditional channels of interaction between patients, prescribers, healthcare companies, and pharmacies have been disrupted. The article titled ‘Future of Work: Building the new commercial operating model’ outlines elements that healthcare companies need to consider while designing their future commercial operating model.
The article reflects on key innovative measures adopted by stakeholders during COVID-19, and the implications for healthcare companies as they adapt to these trends. Results of a BCG survey of 200 physicians indicate that 68% prescribers will curtail physical visits by sales representatives post the lockdown as issues of safety remain. With restricted access becoming the new normal, 70% prescribers are willing to continue engaging with healthcare companies through digital mediums and 60% prescribers are inclined to continue virtual interactions with salespersons. Healthcare companies also need to leverage the emerging trend of a rise in e-pharmacies and teleconsultation platforms, along with adoption of digital in internal processes.
BCG and IPA believe that the journey towards ‘Future of Work’ is defined through a maturity model across the four elements of digital engagement platforms, new sales call, direct patient connect and commercial org of the future. Healthcare companies can choose where to position themselves basis their strategy, prescriber preferences and investment willingness. For each choice, there are implications on the firm’s commercial operating model, with a focus required on building capabilities.
“COVID-19 has transformed the Indian pharma ecosystem by digitizing interactions across doctors, patients and pharma companies. This provides an opportunity for the leading companies to build the future commercial operating model. While digital will be the core of the new operating model, this article explores how companies can devise a differentiated strategy to engage doctors and drive better patient outcomes” said Rahul Guha, Managing Director and Partner; India Lead of BCG’s Healthcare Practice.
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