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Field-based medical teams have risen in importance for pharmaceutical companies as the influence of payers has increased and the access to providers has decreased. Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and Health Outcomes Liaisons (HOLs) are two of the principal functions that make up field medical teams, although field roles that serve the payer community have a variety of titles. While these two roles typically serve different external customers, both are seen as vital ways of educating providers and payers about an organization's products.
Best Practices, LLC conducted this benchmarking study to produce industry metrics on key aspects of activities for field-based medical teams, including time spent on key activities, value associated with activities, metrics that are seen as valuable for measuring effectiveness and how often field members visit external stakeholders. Leaders of field medical teams can use this study to compare their activities and performance measurement approaches with peer organizations.
This study provides segment perspectives on MSLs vs. HOLs, large and small companies as well as global vs. U.S.-only companies.
- Actual vs. Expected Time Allocation
- Showing the Value to Key Stakeholders
- Key Performance Indicators
- Visit Frequency
SAMPLE KEY METRICS
SAMPLE KEY FINDINGS
- MSL hours spent per week on nine key activities
- HOL hours spent per week on nine key activities
- Value of listed field medical team responsibilities for MSLs
- Value of listed field medical team responsibilities for HOLs
- Effectiveness of six qualitative metrics for evaluating field medical team members
- Effectiveness of seven quantitative metrics for evaluating field medical team members
- Frequency of thought leader visits per year for MSLs
- Frequency of thought leader visits per year for HOLs
Value vs. Time Spent on Activities: There are areas that MSL and HOL teams should consider spending more time on because of the associated high value.
- MSL teams have the opportunity to support two areas more:
-- Assisting with sales force / commercial team training: 57% of participants find this activity very valuable. However, MSLs spend only 2hrs. / week on sales force / commercial team training.
-- Congress support: 59% of participants find this activity very valuable. However, MSLs spend 3hrs. / week on congress support.
- HOL teams have the opportunity to increase time allocation on KOL management: While 56% of participants find this activity very valuable, HOLs spend 6.3 hrs / week on KOL management.
Best Practices, LLC engaged 23 leaders from 19 biopharmaceutical companies through a benchmarking survey.