Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide Looks to the Future

Parsippany, NJ, USA – 10 January, 2011:  As Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, the largest healthcare communications network, formally opens its doors for business, the company has released the results of a global survey of pharmaceutical executives identifying predictions for healthcare marketing communications in 2011. As might be expected, the survey revealed a continued shift toward digital communications, with 74% of respondents anticipating an increased spend on digital activities in the coming year. Other key survey findings include the changing role of the patient and a trend toward more customer segmentation. The survey, which interviewed pharmaceutical executives from 57 countries, all with responsibilities for marketing or communications, was conducted by FirstWord Pharma.

 “As the world’s largest and most extensive healthcare communications network, we are committed to anticipating changes within the healthcare industry, and enabling our clients to successfully navigate through a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Matt Giegerich, Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide.  “While the survey revealed what we expected it would about the growing role of digital technologies in healthcare, it is crucial to remember that technology in itself is not a panacea; it needs to be adopted and incorporated into our everyday behavior.” 

Anticipating the role digital communications will continue to have on healthcare communications, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide has published 202020 VISION, a digital-health report outlining 20 scenarios of what digitally driven healthcare might look like in 2020. 

“In our view, technology, particularly that which has driven social media, already has had a profound impact on the psychosocial context of health and healthcare,” said David Davenport-Firth, global brand strategy director and author of 202020 VISION.  “And this will continue at an accelerating pace up to and beyond 2020.”

For more information about Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide and to see the results of the global survey of pharmaceutical executives, visit www.ogilvychww.com.

To request a copy of 202020 VISION, please contact 202020@ogilvy.com.

For more information, contact:

Beth Paulino

Avra Goldstone Lorrimer
+44 (0)20 7108 6512


Notes to Editors:

About the Survey
The survey was conducted by FirstWord Pharma (www.firstwordpharma.com), a leading supplier of business intelligence solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, between the dates of December 13, 2010, and December 21, 2010. 264 pharmaceutical executives with responsibilities for marketing or communications participated in the survey.  Survey responses were received from 57 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, part of the Ogilvy & Mather network and a WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY, www.wpp.com) company, represents the largest assembly of creative talent in the world of healthcare communications with 64 offices across 33 countries. Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide provides marketing services including advertising and promotion, brand identity and development, global integration, direct-to-consumer, direct-to-patient, relationship marketing, digital/interactive services, managed care marketing, medical education, media planning and buying, scientific communications and publications, clinical trial recruitment, market research and analytics, strategic consulting and public affairs and relations. The organization houses individual Ogilvy CommonHealth and Ogilvy Healthworld brand identities in some markets and maintains numerous partnerships both within and outside the networks of the Ogilvy & Mather and WPP companies.

WPP is a world leader in communication services. Through its operating companies, WPP provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising; media investment management; information, insight and consultancy; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing. The company employs 135,000 people (including associates) in 2,400 offices in 107 countries. For more information, visit www.wpp.com.

Contact: Beth Paulino
Date: January 10, 2011
Office: Parsippany