Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

  • Adding Value to Savings in Healthcare Cost

    Galloping healthcare costs and growing deficit have been two major issues that kept the U.S Administration always on high alert. Critics have been holding it responsible for spending money for fighting complications instead of paying attention to coordination. They argue that for the sake of saving costs it has been wasting billions for reaching out to doctors to adopt digital health records.   On the Right Path, says the Government However, according to the official Administration, pioneer Accountable Care Organizations have started taking steps to improve Medicare patients’ health and lowering costs through improved care coordination. “The Affordable Care Act has saved money ...Read More »

  • Healthcare in the United States – The Infection picture

    There is no doubt that the inclusion of information technology into healthcare has been immensely beneficial and due to this, much of the concerns today are centered around appropriate use of new technologies in medical care, accessibility and coverage. However, while we are busy giving importance to these concerns, more pressing issues such as infection control become easily overlooked. A recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any period of time, one in twenty patients gets infected and this ultimately points to the fact that about 90,000 patients are dying every year in the United ...Read More »

  • Healthcare – Is Quality of Care at Stake?

    In a survey held by KPMG LLP the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm in 2012 among 200 healthcare professionals, many respondents had raised doubts about the sustainability of US healthcare in its current form. An American Health Association (AHA) estimate states that about “10% of Medicare revenue will be at risk in 2017.” Now, a new analysis by the RAND Corporation states that “conversion to EHR has failed to improve efficiency, patient care and arrest the rising healthcare costs,” reports the New York Times quoting this month’s edition of Health Affairs, an academic journal.   Causes  While AHA identifies new initiatives like ...Read More »

  • Retailing of Medical Care

    Are patients without access to a primary care doctor, increasingly visiting walk-in retail medical clinics for care? This question formed part of a recent study conducted by the Rand Corporation. Background Historically there has been an increase in “visits to retail clinics from 2007 to 2009, according to the study released in August 2012 by Rand Corporation” says Stephanie Stephens, California Healthline Regional Correspondent in an article. The study revealed that most of the patients sought care for limited to common acute ailments. The retail health market appears to have "tapped into patients’ needs," says Stephanie quoting study authors. With passing of ...Read More »

  • Are Hospital Business Models Built on a Shaky Rock?

    Do Hospitals today perceive their current business models on the metaphorical “burning platform”- a phrase coined by Daryl Conner, Organizational change Specialist?  Quoting from a recent press release issued by the Commonwealth Fund, this question was raised by Vince Kuriaitis JD, MBA, a renowned Healthcare Consultant in his article in e-caremanagement.com. Such an eventuality, according to him would force them to abandon the existing business models. With a mere 13 percent of hospitals reported participating or planning to participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) within a year, that is a clear possibility, says the Consultant. Vanishing Revenues “Across the U.S., hospitals ...Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – Data Transfer and Competition Forces

    The previous article touched upon the highlights of a study that holds the role of RHM in a positive frame alongside initiating some of the fallouts. This piece would dwell deep into some of the evident challenges. Data Transfer We talked about reimbursement issues but these are not the only ones that limit complete penetration of the system. More often than ever, RHM devices require transmission of huge amounts of data from patients to the health monitoring service center which in turn transfers the information to the office of the respective physician. The entire transmission process would require constant broadband access, ...Read More »

  • “Patients in the U.S. do not receive any exceptional care compared with other industrialized countries in Europe and Asia Pacific,” quoting from a recent study released by The Commonwealth Fund.  Author of this study, David Squires saysU.S. has a variable quality of healthcare. It is “better-than-average in cancer survival rates, average in-hospital mortality rates for heart attacks and stroke, and the worst in preventable deaths due to asthma and diabetes-related complications.” The basis of his analysis is data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other sources.       Major Causes Another Kaiser ...Read More »

  • “U.S health policy is at the crossroads. Will it be able to continue down the path of reform or move backward,” asks Jonathan Oberlander PhD., in a study recently published in the England Journal for Medicine (NEJM). “The U.S medical care is often characterized as a “non-system,” says the report.   Major Findings According to the study, “United States developed a patchwork of public and private coverage instead of a single insurance system organized by the government. Employer-sponsored private insurance emerged to cover working Americans and their families. Between 1987 and 2010, the uninsured population grew from 31 million (12.9% of the population) ...Read More »

  • The existing healthcare system in the UK, The National Health Service (NHS) today serves more than 60 million people in the country. Faced with allegations of poor management controls, administrative issues and scandals that have cast a shadow over its long term sustainability, it is reportedly making efforts to come out of its blues. According to recent newspaper reports the organization would start selling its brand name overseas; meaning its profit-making branches abroad would raise funds for patients back home.   Need Decisive Steps Earlier in July this year, recommendations by the Andrew Dilnot commission that looked into the cause of older people ...Read More »

  • The number of private practices in the U.S is on the decline, says a report published by the Washington Post recently. According to the report, community based physicians across the US have already started selling their independent practices to join large healthcare chains.  Quoting from a recent survey conducted by Accenture, a global management consultancy and technology service firm, the report states that the physicians joining these healthcare systems are slated to grow at five percent during the next three years.  The report by Accenture also predicts that “by 2013 the number of independent practices by physicians would fall to ...Read More »