Digital health innovators harness patient influencers to reach patients with chronic, complex and rare diseases
BOSTON, May 16, 2017 – WEGO Health, a network of more than 100,000 patient leaders, today announced it has partnered with CureClick to make patient influencers available through the CureClick clinical trial recruiting platform. Under the partnership, the two companies will leverage their combined expertise in crowdsourced patient recruitment to reduce the time, costs and friction associated with clinical trial enrollment.
At more than 100,000 members, WEGO Health has the world's largest network of vetted patient leaders, many of whom can now be hired on demand through the WEGO Health Experts platform. CureClick's crowdsharing platform increases trial awareness and accelerates recruitment by enabling patient influencers to easily find and disseminate patient-driven content through their social channels.
The partnership enables CureClick to bolster its reach by connecting with a broad network of patient leaders across virtually every health condition, including chronic, complex and rare diseases. It enables WEGO Health and its members to benefit from the outreach, recruiting and tracking services pioneered by CureClick.
"WEGO Health and CureClick have a shared vision to transform healthcare," said Jack Barrette, WEGO Health founder and CEO. "Together, we have a stronger foundation to eliminate the barriers to clinical trial recruitment and connect the healthcare industry with highly-skilled patient experts."
The partnership addresses one of the most difficult challenges facing pharmaceutical companies throughout the drug development and approval process. According to a Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) report, two-thirds of clinical trial recruitment sites do not meet the enrollment goals for a given trial. Additionally, at thirty-two percent of trial budgets, patient recruitment is the largest single driver of recruitment costs, according to a study on clinical operations by Cutting Edge Information.
"Joining forces with WEGO Health greatly enhances our ability to drive quality patient referrals at scale," said Fabio Gratton, CureClick CEO and co-founder. "Quickly and affordably recruiting the right patients for the right trials is one of our industry's largest pain points, and this partnership solves it."
CureClick is a privately held digital health company that uses the world's first proprietary crowdsourcing platform to enlist patient leaders to educate the public about the value of clinical research, disseminate patient-friendly information with their social networks, build awareness of specific sponsor trials, and facilitate the process for identifying and enrolling suitable participants. For more information, visit www.cureclick.com.
WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills and insights of patient leaders. They are the world's largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. WEGO Health's network collaborates with startups, life sciences companies, non-profits, agencies, government and all types of organizations across healthcare. WEGO Health offers enterprise and on-demand solutions that allow organizations to leverage patient experience and expertise in the design, development and promotion of their products and services.