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Winner

HS Online

by AbbVie with support from Biosector 2, a Syneos Health™ Company


Summary of work

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is chronic skin condition which results in painful lesions, nodules and boils around the armpits and groin. Though it is estimated to impact 1% of the global population, the HS community experiences low diagnosis rates and extraordinary delays in care.

AbbVie created the first ever global campaign to help drive awareness of HS in patients and HCPs so more people receive a timely diagnosis and learn more about how they can best manage their condition. There was so little content available online that we decided our initial approach was to provide educational content (including patient testimonials). In partnership with a patient advocacy group and KOLs AbbVie developed content such as tips on wound care, lifestyle, smoking cessation and weight management; assisting both diagnosed and undiagnosed patients. We also developed an interactive assessment tool to allow people to check whether their symptoms could be HS. Users could take their results, alongside consultation tips, with them to their doctor, enabling them to have a more informed conversation.

HS Online has been localised in 43 countries and, as of June 2018, has reached over 2 million people worldwide.

Judges' comments

HS Online had a big, global reach, with the website being available in many different national versions thanks to support from local affiliates. It was put together with very strong execution and good depth of insights into the condition and the patient experience. This was made possible because of a consistent use of patient feedback and a continual learning approach.


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Key dates

Entry deadline 29 August 2019
Extended entry deadline 5 September 2019*
*additional fee applies
Judging day 26 September 2019
Company/Team Interviews 9 October 2019
PMEA Event 27 November 2019