It seems as if news about another hospital laying off workers — or worse, closing — hits the news every day; at last count, 21 hospitals stopped treating patients in 2016. Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, including some of the largest, laid off thousands of employees. In November 2016 alone, 13 providers eliminated more than 1,000 jobs.
The driver for most of the progress in human civilization has been technology. This is also the case in the medical world. It is technology that has paved the way for the scientific research that has lead to the development of medicine and treatment that has saved millions of lives.
An analogous challenge exists when using predictive analytics with healthcare data. Healthcare data can often seem quite stubborn, like Katherina. One of the main features of healthcare data that needs to be “tamed” is the “skew” of the data. In this article, we describe two types of skewness: the statistical skew, which impacts data analysis, and the operational skew, which impacts operational processes.
The Affordable Care Act and other reforms have been driving healthcare administrators to look for new ways to reduce costs, which can be a challenge while still preserving the quality of care. One of the key cost-efficiency measures that the healthcare industry tends to overlook is supply chain management. Billions of dollars are lost annually due to waste, poor inventory control, and inefficient delivery.
Putting the injured worker first is key to the “advocacy-based claims model,” which puts the worker at the center of all activity. “It focuses on improving the injured worker’s experience. Until now, most employers have focused on corporate outcomes. Goals such as cutting costs and reducing days lost. But experts now say focusing on the worker can improve all outcomes.”
Running a healthcare facility can be complicated and at times, overwhelming. Health administrators are a lot like choreographers tasked with creating perfect harmony between the movements of doctors, nurses, patients, insurance companies, and more recently, with the rise of vocational training such as online medical transcription courses, clerical workers — medical billers and transcriptionists; and that’s just the people. Consider how the layout, location, quality and condition of a facility can impact the delicate state of balance which clinics and hospitals strive for.
In a study conducted by MarketsandMarkets, they discovered that the healthcare industry is set to increase their spending on the cloud-based services by nearly $9.5 billion in 2020. Why is this? Because health practitioners manage a huge amount of data particularly in the financial, operational, human resources, and back office department.
Ransomware in IT healthcare environments continues to be an unholy menace to the day-to-day operations of hospitals. I’ve spoken with healthcare groups not just in the UK, but around the world, who have been hit at very large scales, effectively suspending all frontline digital operations in healthcare environments. It’s terrifying to consider the potential real-world physical impacts to patients when doctors and nurses are all of a sudden unable to review charts or tests in order to provide urgent care.
Cardiac Monitoring & Cardiac Rhythm Management Market is Expected to Reach $32,216 Million, Globally, by 2022January 9, 2017 No Comments
Global cardiac monitoring & cardiac rhythm management market is expected to reach $32,216 million by 2022 from $19,397 million in 2015, growing at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2016 to 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Defibrillators are estimated to generate the highest revenue among all segments during the forecast period, owing to increasing adoption of technologically advanced defibrillators, growing demand for quality medical care, high incidences of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), across the globe.
Thanks to the latest health care technologies, more people are living longer, healthier and happier lives. This is a trend that is continuing to affect more people’s lives around the world as the latest online, mobile and smart technologies continue to improve. Below are some of the ways technology continues to change the health sector.
Workers’ compensation is essentially a collection of interrelated actions taken by the employer, payer, provider and injured worker in the service of the injured worker’s recovery and return to work. Putting the injured worker at the center of this activity is critical and discussed in the previous article in this series, Five Best Practices to Ensure the Injured Worker Comes First. But what is the best way to achieve our objective of getting injured workers rapidly back on track? What processes, tools and systems do we put in place? What problems should we focus on?
With so many different technology solutions now available, and new options being released every week, it can be tough for healthcare administrators, department heads, and other facility managers to keep up with the available IT that helps to improve healthcare, increase efficiency, and cut costs. As well, with lots of different vendors out there competing for your business (all of which typically have various types of services, price plans, and guarantees on offer), the decisions get even harder.
Big data offers access to previously raw or hidden data that can be used to discover valuable insights that increase preventable care, enhance patient engagement and improve patient quality of life. According to Forbes magazine, big data offers the solutions that health care organizations need as they continue to shift to value-based, patient-based models of proactive care. Big data provides health care executives with actionable insights for creating more efficient operations and effective systems.
Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting companies around the world, and the healthcare industry is no exception. With databases of private health data full of personal information, a hospital system with anything from lists of BLS certification to transplant waiting lists is a treasure trove for malicious hackers and spyware. We’ve seen multiple examples lately of what can happen when hackers take over, potentially costing healthcare organizations thousands of dollars and leading to the release of thousands or millions of pieces of confidential information.
Clinical trials are an integral part of the process of bringing new drugs and treatments to market. Even so, the vast majority of clinical trials fail for one reason or another. For example, more than 80 percent of clinical trials never actually get past the patient recruitment phase; challenges in matching eligible patients to appropriate trials or attracting enough interest often mean that a trial never even gets off the ground.
Medical imaging informatics involves usage of digital technology to capture medical images, facilitating data analysis to record and correlate observations, and draws conclusions that play a vital role in the diagnosis of medical problems. The implementation of electronic health records (EHR) in the healthcare industry increases the demand for medical imaging to exchange medical images in the various departments of healthcare settings.
Over the past three decades, medical imaging technology has transformed health care. Through techniques such as CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans, doctors can detect disease earlier and optimize patient outcomes. Apart from detecting a disease in its early stage, doctors can use medical imaging to establish if a therapy is effective. The technology makes invasive diagnostic procedures including exploratory surgery, cardiac catheterization, or angiography unnecessary.
The internet has changed the way we live our lives. We shop online, we date online, we research online, we read e-books, we order food online, and yes, we even study online. Ease and convenience are a big factor in our choices to do all of these things. We’re all so connected now with everything around us that the world seems to be a much smaller place. The internet, and its ever growing reach, has certainly revolutionized the way people study.
A new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “Healthcare IT (HCIT) Market by Product, End User, and Geography—Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014–2022”, projects that the world market for HCIT solutions & services was $125 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach $297 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 13.2% from 2016 to 2022. Healthcare provider solutions dominated the market in 2015 and projected to capture over two-thirds share by 2022. North America led the global Healthcare IT market in 2015, and is expected to maintain its position throughout the study period.
Telemedicine is becoming quite popular for many people. Some are still wary of using video conferencing to see a doctor. These no-touch visits are a lifesaver, especially for those that live in rural areas or don’t have a way to the doctor. A recent poll of hospital executives found that more than 90 percent state that they are in the process of implementing such programs.
With more techno-progress in the health sector every day, hackers haven’t left any chance to gobble data from this industry as well. Digitized records have become quite easy to steal. Privacy has become an illusion. Identity theft and record corrosion have become frequent, that too on a global scale. The data hacked in Germany gets used in the USA and so on (the horrors it has caused). Every time you visit a doctor’s office, hospital or an institute, your medical records are updated. With each entry, the probability of data leaks spikes to 1 in 50,000. Can you imagine the amount of data gobbling that can happen among the world population?
It is undeniable that the internet has had a huge impact on many different industries in the world of today. One of the biggest industries which the internet and technology has significantly changed for the better is healthcare. The healthcare industry of today largely relies on the internet in a lot of ways in order to provide the type of care that patients have become to expect. The internet has benefitted both patients and healthcare professionals; it has increased the standard of care and made it easier for healthcare professionals to deliver it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic conditions account for about three quarters of all American deaths, and 86 percent of all health care costs. Managing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and others is a costly epidemic, and one that doctors are continually trying to find new ways to deal with.
Radiologic Associates of Middletown Uses EZCall to Create Fair and Balanced Schedules and Optimize its WorkforceAugust 9, 2016 No Comments
Radiologists are now confident that call and assignments are fair and that radiology facilities and patients are well served with EZCall.
The Risks Are Too Great to learn how automated scheduling technology can help your organization manage staff and mitigate risk.
The medical field has already benefited immensely from technological gains, and there is much more to come. The healthcare system is slowly starting to take advantage of technology’s potential. IBM Watson Health is an example of cognitive healthcare, where Watson uses cognitive computing and data analysis to help clinicians. Steps are already being taken to connect doctors to the data people collect with the apps at their fingertips. Certain e-health devices and tablet apps have been developed specifically to diagnosis certain conditions and ailments.
Health care has changed a lot over the last few decades, but one thing that will never change is the need for access. While technology has increased the quality of health care exponentially, access to that care still remains a big problem for many people in the U.S.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the number of health care professionals has increased steadily for more than six decades, and today, more than 11 percent of the entire U.S. population works in health care. As the population expands, the need for health care professionals will continue to grow ― particularly professionals experienced with management, administration, and technology.
Healthcare providers face an operational paradox — scarce resources are both overbooked and underutilized at the same time. The result? Long patient waiting times, frustrated patients and unhappy nurses. With the growing demand for healthcare and not so promising supply of staff, there’s only one way to deal with it: Do more with less.