Dan Horsey

Dan Horsey

Dan joins the Marketing team at Medable. Previously, Dan was a Content Manager at Signant Health and a Marketing Manager at IQVIA. He got his start in healthcare marketing in 2014, working with Pharmacy Benefits Managers in the managed Medicare and Medicaid spaces, and has been writing in healthcare capacities for over 10 years. Dan has extensive experience in creating both long and short forms of content across a wide variety of mediums. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from West Chester University in 2009. In his spare time, Dan composes music as a hobby and plays guitar for a Philadelphia based hardcore band.

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The First Step is Education: Medable’s Jennifer McNary nominated by Reuters for Her Work in Rare Disease Advocacy

By Dan Horsey on Dec 21, 2020 10:31:17 AM

“The reason the Master Class is happening is because advocates like myself were not given a roadmap when our children were diagnosed with rare diseases,” states Jennifer McNary, Rare Disease Advocate. She’s flanked virtually, by her peers and fellow patient advocates for Reuter’s Events 2020 Pharma awards.

Jennifer, alongside three other nominees, is being honored for her work in furthering patient advocacy. Jennifer supports the Patients Rising Master Class she mentions as a faculty member, which is facilitated by fellow Reuters nominee, Lilly Stairs, and is simply a part of her everyday work in furthering the education that exists for patients who suddenly find themselves at the tail end of a rare disease diagnosis.

For Jennifer, and many advocates like her, proper education is the first step in creating a roadmap towards treatment. “Really, the key is that when you have success, instead of keeping that to yourself, share it.”

Thankfully, Jennifer has been instrumental in creating roadmaps for rare diseases for years, most notably with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  In fact, her work as the Director of Outreach and Advocacy at a Massachusetts based non-profit foundation is the reason for what was the largest FDA advisory committee hearing in history for DMD.

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Jennifer’s end goal? Better access to treatment and greater speed to cures.

“Approved doesn’t mean accessible,” Jennifer says. “There are so many disparities around who can participate in a trial. When my son was in a trial we were flying back and forth across the country every week for blood work.”

Thankfully, Jennifer acknowledges that those days are starting to change. Companies across the globe, such as Medable, where Jennifer chairs the Patient Advisory Council for 2020, are helping to bridge the gap between patients and trials. Home measurements, remote assessments and other technologies greatly increase access to trials that were previously only available to a select few.

Recently, advancements in DMD treatment have given advocates like her hope.  Yet, she acknowledges there is still much work to be done, not only in DMD, but in rare diseases with little to no treatment plans.  

“My hope for all the rare disease community is that we continue enhance flexibility at companies like ours, enhance education, and be prepared to provide access and reimbursement for these kinds of therapies,” Jennifer notes, “So that when someone is born with a rare disease in five years there’s a pre-established treatment plan to help them.”

To learn more about the Master Class, please visit the Patients Rising Now website here

 

About Jenn:

Jenn McNary is a trusted voice in the rare disease community, as a mother, public speaker and fierce advocate. Her work in the rare disease space as a thought leader earned her the Ryan’s Quest Ryan’s Hero award in 2013, a nomination for the Global Genes Champion of Hope award in 2014, and the prestigious 2017 Meyer- Whalley instrument of change award. Formerly as the director of outreach and advocacy at a Massachusetts based non-profit foundation, she was responsible for the organization of the largest FDA advisory committee hearing in history, with over 1000 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) advocates, families, clinicians and researchers in attendance.

Topics: life sciences DMD rare diseases
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Medable named “Life Sciences Innovation Champion” in the 2020 Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge

By Dan Horsey on Dec 17, 2020 12:48:07 PM

Medable is proud to announce we have been named “Life Sciences Innovation Champion” in the 2020 Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge. Accenture has recognized Innovation Champions since 2016, by inviting healthtech startups across the globe to demonstrate how they can bridge the gap between startups and life science companies to put innovation at the heart of their business and patents. This year, they invited life science startups to showcase their businesses and answer:

“How can we transform the patient experience prior, during or after care (at-home, outside of clinics)?”

Accenture selected Medable as Life Sciences Innovation Champion for the 2020 Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge for providing patients with an integrated digital and physical experience during clinical trials, allowing them to access clinical care sites and clinical trial teams from their mobile phones.

At Medable, we believe that healthcare works best when it’s designed to improve the lives of patients everywhere. Thus, we’re excited, humbled, and grateful to be recognized as a leading company that’s working to simplify clinical trials through decentralization, while providing greater access to patients across the globe. 

Our own Tyler Pugsley, VP of Life Science at Medable expresses our commitment to improving the clinical trial experience:

“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge. Clinical innovation is only possible through the great contributions of patients. This recognition from Accenture allows us to further improve the patient experience so that any person, anywhere, can participate in a clinical trial.”

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The Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge also showcases the breadth of advances happening every day across the life science ecosystem and recognizes more than just the hard work of Medable. It also honors the work of every startup in life sciences and the greater healthcare industry who has brought and inventive patient solutions to our market. This is especially true in 2020, as the industry works tirelessly to react and adapt to a world faced with new challenges and adversity as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re also proud that so many of our peers have taken new and novel approaches towards solving the issues that continue to afflict our industry. So, if you have a moment, please take a second to recognize the following companies!

  • Cardiolyse, a cloud electrocardiogram (ECG) & heart rate variability (HRV) analytics platform that enables real-time remote heart health monitoring, providing plain-language personalized reports, detection and up to two months data-based prognosis on dangerous heart events;
  • Donisi, a global company at the forefront of contact-free health monitoring that works to change lives without changing lifestyles;
  • Particle Health, which is helping healthcare companies by offering simple, secure access to vital medical data by breaking down data silos that stunt innovation; and
  • Sidekick Health, which operates a patient-centric digital care platform driven by gamification and is scalable across a wide range of chronic illnesses.
Topics: decentralized trials DCT life sciences Innovation