Pfizer has embarked on a digital transformation journey to strengthen its digital foundation, implement a new operating model, and drive innovative, digital solutions to achieve our mission of breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. This digital transformation has been years in the making and has accelerated over the last two years, and even more so in the last year, as a result of the pandemic.
Our Global Center for Digital Innovation in Thessaloniki, although launched only a year ago, is already playing a key role in implementing our Digital strategy and delivering patient-centric digital solutions. It is now a key component of our global digital operating model.
“Health care is a team sport.” That is how Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Lidia Fonseca, describes her reason for joining Pfizer in 2019, with the goal of transforming the way the company uses digital platforms and data to improve health outcomes and the experience of patients, providers and payers.
The April 2019 pilot launch of a wellness coach, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered patient engagement robot, available in USA, is one example of how Pfizer is providing useful tools to doctors and patients across all disease categories. The robot “talks” with patients about how they are feeling and helps answer questions they may have about their treatment. The platform then delivers data and insights to clinicians at a specialty pharmacy provider to help a patient’s caregivers initiate timely and appropriate outreach to the patient. The goal is to help better manage symptoms and address patient questions in real time.
Another Pfizer application, available in USA, aims to connect cancer patients with an oncology support system, enabling them to share information with caregivers, friends and family, and remember important information from doctors’ visits.
“Pfizer is starting to support patients, physicians and payers in a very different way than in the past,” says Fonseca. “We are learning about blind spots in patients’ journeys and working to use insights from data, as well as digital solutions, to deliver a more integrated experience. We want patients, their caregivers and health care providers to ‘sync’ in real time to meaningfully improve experiences and outcomes.”
Hackathons have been leveraged as an innovative tool to fuel the recruitment process in the global Center for Digital Innovation at Pfizer Thessaloniki. The main objective is to source hire new talents to develop innovative digital solutions and applications that can improve the quality of life of patients.
So far two hackathons have been organized by CDI resulting in 20 new hires. The 8 people that have been selected from this year’s Hackathon are all set to start their journey in Pfizer as Senior Associate Solution Engineers and Senior Associate Software Engineers as of July 2021.
During this year’s hackathon, all participants addressed the proposed challenges. They also had the opportunity to attend trainings so as to further improve their skills and capabilities on software engineering. Their individual projects were presented in a designated Committee for evaluation. After a series of interviews 8 candidates were selected to join Pfizer in July!
A diverse group of talented individuals, electrical and computer engineers and computer scientists participated in the 6th Pfizer Software and Cloud Engineering bootcamp. Participants attended an integrated training program focused on the domains of software engineering, object-oriented programing and JAVA fundamentals, front end development and cloud computing that lasted for 4 weeks.
The candidates had the unique opportunity to build new capabilities in cutting edge technologies, get introduced to the company and claim a seat in the Pfizer family.
18 candidates were selected and hired to fill the positions of Associate Solution Engineer, Digital Analyst, etc., so as to develop digital solutions that lead to breakthroughs that change patients' lives along with the larger group in the Center for Digital Innovation.
All of us in the Center for Digital Innovation are going to welcome them warmly in Pfizer during June.
The article focuses on the fact that 200 people will be recruited at Pfizer’s Hub in Thessaloniki, mentioning the visit of the American Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Elizabeth K. Lee, to Pfizer’s Hub in Thessaloniki.
The American Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Elizabeth K. Lee, visited today Pfizers Hub in Thessaloniki. Nico Gariboldi, Hub Site Leader, welcomed her. The US Consulate is closely monitoring US investments in Thessaloniki and it has repeatedly expressed its satisfaction for this particular investment, which promotes innovation in the critical health sector, opening up promising prospects.read more