Customer Centricity in Medical Affairs Needs Human-centric Artificial Intelligence

Pharmaceut Med. 2021 Jan;35(1):21-29. doi: 10.1007/s40290-020-00378-1. Epub 2021 Jan 19.


The evolution of healthcare, together with the changing behaviour of healthcare professionals, means that medical affairs functions of pharmaceutical organisations are constantly reinventing themselves. The emergence of digital ways of working, expedited by the COVID-19 pandemic, means that pharmaceutical-healthcare relationships are evolving to operate in an increasingly virtual world. The value of the pharmaceutical medical affairs function is dependent on understanding customers' needs and providing the right knowledge at the right time to physicians. This requires a human-centric artificial intelligence (AI) approach for medical affairs, which allows the function to query internal and external data sets in a conversational format and receive timely, accurate and concise intelligence on their customers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • COVID-19 / therapy*
  • Communication
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / economics
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / standards
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Information Management / economics
  • Information Management / organization & administration*
  • Information Management / standards
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • SARS-CoV-2