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Social Media Implementation Checklist

Social Media Implementation Checklist | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

Set goals first. If traffic, leads and sales are part of the goal, then gotta have the next focus be on content creation. Then, using social to share. Can't get much value out of social unless you're actively creating, publishing and sharing content. 


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Comes in handy, such a checklist!

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The implementation of a communications strategy in social media in healthcare need not stick with the drafting of a check list. There she is!

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Better Ways to Pay for Health Care - en - OECD

Better Ways to Pay for Health Care - en - OECD | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

Data and research on health including biotechnology, cancer, health care, health spending, health insurance, fitness, dementia, disability, obesity, smoking, genetics and mortality.,

 

Payers for health care are pursuing a variety of policies as part of broader efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of care. 
Payment reform is but one policy tool to improve health system performance that requires supportive measures in place such as policies with well-developed stakeholder involvement, information on quality, clear criteria for tariff setting, and embedding evaluation as part of the policy process.

Countries should not, however, underestimate the significant data challenges when looking at price setting processes. Data access and ways to overcome its fragmentation require well-developed infrastructures. Policy efforts highlight a trend towards aligning payer and provider incentives by using evidence-based clinical guidelines and outcomes to inform price setting.

There are signs of increasing policy focus on outcomes to inform price setting. These efforts could bring about system-wide effects of using evidence along with a patient-centred focus to improve health care delivery and performance in the long-run.

See also Here: http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Better-ways-to-pay-for-health-care-FOCUS.pdf?utm_source=&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_content=750322&utm_campaign=Health-Update-July-2016

 

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The payment model for healthcare is still very much a pay for intervention or for means to help you care for your health. Health outcomes however depend on an integrated whole of expertise, means, medication, therapeutic action and the lot.
If these do not add up in concert with each other to a sound outcome, why pay then for the sum of them? Integrated pay models of care drive payers to a position where they don't want to be: negotiation about the value of each (small) part of the whole of care without any view on the effect of it all.
Should we think "integrated care starts with the model of pay for care?"

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Get ready for exponential growth in telemedicine in 2017

Get ready for exponential growth in telemedicine in 2017 | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
As hospitals expand to serve patients at the national and international level, as payment models require more home care/wellness care and as consumers demand the same kind of convenience from healthcare that they get from other industries, telemedicine will expand and mature.
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#telemedicine is on its way now, but there are enough barriers that don't  make that development a smoothy one!

A well defined patient pathway, wise integration of intervention by different disciplines, accommodation for different stakeholders, are the kind of conditions to which an adequate development and implementation should adhere.

It is better to create a road map first than just try to install it.
See here for the core meaning of ehealth.

 

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Home Page Top Stories

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She was a mother in rural Ghana. She only wanted four children. But she had seven.

That's a story that Faustina Fynn-Nyame told at the Women Deliver conference this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fynn-Nyame works with the reproductive health care nonprofit Marie Stopes International. [...]

In the global health care sector, a number of drone delivery projects have been popping up — including one jointly funded by the United Nations Population Fund and the Dutch government. A group of public health experts, local health authorities and private-sector partners dreamed up the idea in 2014 when trying to figure out ways to improve access to contraception for women in the hardest-to-reach areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

Access to birth control, reproductive health information and other services for women of childbearing age is a massive problem in this region, where fewer than 20 percent of women use modern contraceptives. The World Health Organization estimates that 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop having children but lack access to reliable birth control methods.

Cue the drone. In late November of last year, an unmanned, automated machine with a wingspan of about 50 inches carried about 4.5 pounds of supplies like condoms and birth control pills, as well as life-saving drugs like oxytocin, which prevents hemorrhaging during childbirth, to parts of Ghana. [...]

 

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Health Tech is readily deployable in logistic areas of care. Still, it needs alignment with health care providers to accompany their actions to serve their patients with the new condition in logistics. Health care innovation is not a one off issue.

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Investing For a Sustainable Future. MIT SLOAN management review and BCG - report on sustainability of the industry gloabl research survey

Investing For a Sustainable Future. MIT SLOAN management review and BCG - report on sustainability of the industry gloabl research survey | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

The 2016 MIT SMR/BCG Sustainability Report finds investors’ concerns are being overlooked by execs.
Even in Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industry sustainability is key. Issue however is the way in which this strategy is communicated which could influence responses from investors who grow more and more to be keen on sustainability as a criterion for their investments!

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Sustainability gets higher relevance in investors' policy. This research from MIT/BCG points out the significance of this development for the health care industry.

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Enterprise Mobility Exchange 2016

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Here's the download to the full report covering the survey the Enterprise Mobility Exchange, conducted to provide you with what is driving the global market for enterprise mobility, across the entire spectrum of professionals who operate in the space.
Now in its third year, the Enterprise Mobility Report, compiled from responses to our annual survey with over 300 senior mobility practitioners, will keep you in-tune with the developments and trends that have occurred over the past year in relation to the technologies that comprise enterprise mobility, and where business priorities should lie moving into 2016 and beyond.

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This recent overview of enterpise mobility also give some data on mobile health services and specifically highlights the motivation to develop customer services in this perspective!

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This recent overview of enterpise mobility also give some data on mobile health services and specifically highlights the motivation to develop customer services in this perspective!

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White paper - Value-based healthcare: an update - The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest white paper looks at the latest developments in value-based healthcare.

After years of tight healthcare budgets in many OECD countries, healthcare spending is now starting to accelerate again. In the UK, where doctors are about to go on strike, the government is having to promise extra money to bolster emergency or even routine care as demand from an ageing population rises. It is not alone: in the past month Ireland and Canada have both announced plans to increase spending, as has the much poorer India. But with budgets still struggling to keep pace with demand for health, these countries need to be sure any increase in spending is not wasted.

In the latest of a series of reports on value-based healthcare, the Economist Intelligence Unit looks at how countries are working to ensure that spending on health is linked directly to the resulting health improvements, rather than to the volume of operations or doctor visits. For many developed countries that means stepping up the development of health technology assessment (HTA), which attempts to work out the cost-effectiveness of medicines, medical equipment, or treatment methods. These efforts are being echoed by smaller projects in developing markets, which are keen to improve their citizens' health without building up the costly healthcare infrastructure of the US or Europe.

Key developments highlighted in the report


  • The US has been rolling out bundled payment schemes on a voluntary basis in order to reduce the costs of Medicaid expansion. In January 2016, the first mandatory bundled payment programme will be rolled out to 75 regions.
  • France introduced a new cost-effectiveness focus into its HTA system in January 2014, while Germany and the UK are adjusting their HTA methodologies to make them broader and more transparent.
  • Japan is considering the introduction of economic evaluation for pharmaceuticals, with the next drug-price review in 2016 seen as a likely date for implementation.
  • China has abolished price controls for the majority of drugs, laying the groundwork for the introduction of HTA.
  • Bodies such as the international Decision Support Initiative are trying to spread the word about evidence-based healthcare in developing markets.

Despite these efforts, the implementation of value-based healthcare remains a work-in progress. Although the idea of linking health spending to outcomes is a simple one, both the underlying principles and the implementation mechanisms may be difficult to establish. Many countries are experimenting with different mechanisms, using pilot projects or tweaking their methods as problems arise. But the report emphasises that valuable lessons are emerging from these experiments, as the idea of value-based healthcare spreads worldwide.

The full report, entitled Value-based healthcare: an update, is available for free from: http://www.eiu.com/public/thankyou_download.aspx?activity=download&campaignid=VBHNov2015

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News about progress in development of Value Based Health Care from the Economist.

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Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems - New OECD report - OECD iLibrary

Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems - New OECD report - OECD iLibrary | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

The health systems we enjoy today, and expected medical advances in the future, will be difficult to finance from public resources without major reforms. Public health spending in OECD countries has grown rapidly over most of the last half century. These spending increases have contributed to important progress in population health: for example, life expectancy at birth has increased, rising on average by ten years since 1970. The challenge now is to sustain and enhance these achievements in a context of tight fiscal constraints in many countries combined with upward pressure on health spending from factors such as new technological advances and demographic changes. Finding policies that can make health spending more sustainable without compromising important achievements in access and quality requires effective co-operation between health and finance ministries. Sound governance and co-ordination mechanisms are therefore essential to ensure effective policy choices. Prepared by both public finance and health experts, this report provides a unique detailed overview of institutional frameworks for financing health care in OECD countries. One of the main features of this book is a comprehensive mapping of budgeting practices and governance structure in health across OECD countries.
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OECD newest report on sustainability of health systems.
IMO for all stakeholders.
Great overview! Inspiring tables, right discussions. See specific country overview, like France, UK and Netherlands.

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Medication Adherence Can Be a Good Measure of Health Plan Quality, AJMC Study Finds

Medication Adherence Can Be a Good Measure of Health Plan Quality, AJMC Study Finds | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
PLAINSBORO, N.J. (PRWEB) July 16, 2015 -- The link between getting patients to take medication correctly and keeping down healthcare costs is strong enough that adherence is being tied to reimbursement for healthcare providers. A study published recently in The American Journal of Managed Care examines connections at the health plan level between good plan-level adherence, lower rates of disease complications, and lower medical spending.
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Interesting finding AJMC: there's a relation between quality of care (plans) with adherence to medication. It's one of the mysterious ways how taking on'e medicines is influenced by the providers way of engagement and conduct. So more need for attention by those providers and in depth research. It has to start with understanding patients' concerns, as there are: concerns about their conditions, concerns about their providers and about the medication itself: a battle field to win trust! 

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"Corporate Reputation of the Medical Device Industry (4th edition) - Perspective of 463 Patient Groups

"Corporate Reputation of the Medical Device Industry (4th edition) - Perspective of 463 Patient Groups | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
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Great inspiring news to the health devices industry: PatientView's outcomes of the corporate reputation study amongst patient groups!

Best 5? Coloplast, Roche Diagnostics, Medtronic, St.Jude Medical and ConvaTec. Last, at 28th: GE Healthcare..Read to know why and how!

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Four Drivers of Successful Business Intelligence- Getting More Value from Data

Four Drivers of Successful Business Intelligence- Getting More Value from Data | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

White paper IMS: "Four Drivers of Successful Business
Intelligence - Getting More Value from Data"

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Not too often you find a good overview of the current implications of health data and big data for your institution of healthcare provision.

I think IMS gives here a fair one!

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The Top Trends for 2015

The Top Trends for 2015 | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

Healthcare is Headed Down a New Road with New Rules

The healthcare industry is entangled in a transitory phase in which therapeutics, products and services are sold into traditional care settings that are saturated and exhausted. At the same time, opportunities for new services and care, such as ambulatory, mobile, and home care, lack the appropriate level of maturity to provide robust revenue streams. The webinar examines the degree to which we can expect the impact to take hold and transpire over the upcoming year.


Preditctied trends for 2015 in healthcare:

  1. Increase in out of pocket spending and welness by consumers;
  2. E commerce giants enter ehalthcare..?
  3. Employers more agressive and Incentivize mHealth;
  4. Price Free fall for Medical Products
  5. Telecoms launch Home Health Platforms
  6. Rise of the Private Exchange market place
  7. Data breaches in Health Care Spark Action
  8. Rise of Articificial intelligence


Top trends: Pharma: Product as a service - Platform as a service - Data as a Service -

  • Beyond Oncology for Companion Diagnostics,
  • "Beyond the pill" for pharma,
  • Regenerative Medicine promise fuels investment
  • Orphan disease represent strong ROI
  • Oncology, diabetes and anti-inflammatory dominate investment
  • Global Innovation necessitate Supply Chain Innovation

Top trends Medical technology - Is your healthcare in your smartphone -

  • mHealth apps
  • smart wearables
  • vanishing devices
  • micro segementation
  • 3d/4d printing spurs customization
  • Brain interface devices
  • Top trends HCIT Is your health in the cloud?
  • Conquering the Cloud
  • End of Meaningful Use Incentives
  • Monetization for Chronic Disease Care Coordination
  • More Robust Payer IT services
  • Integrating telehealth with enterprise IT


See the link for downloadable presentation and stream of the webinar!

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Great insights of ongoing trends to health care! I guess it will be a year of intesifying trends and mutually influencing trends. The Overarching trends as I predicted it last year ( http://bit.ly/1icTOvZ ) "integration should be the trend of 2014", is obviously recognized!

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IBM Watson Analytics - Overview - United States

IBM Watson Analytics - Overview - United States | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

Watson Analytics now open for everyone see here (TheNextWeb) and try yourself here (IBM)  or find out more about WatsonAnalytics by IBM itself here !!

Enjoy.. however, to me? ...


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To me about WatsonAnalytics by IBM, now open to everyine to use for their businesses, only tells me that in the coming future, nearby, we'll have Watson medical descision making, open for everyone..

What would that do to the business of health?

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U.S. Healthcare For Seniors Ranked Poorly Compared To 10 Other Countries

U.S. Healthcare For Seniors Ranked Poorly Compared To 10 Other Countries | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, Kaiser Health News reported that "more hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year" (here). Kaiser wasn't the only troubling news that appeared recently for Americans who are 65 and older and rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage.  

In a report issued last week, The Commonwealth Fund found that the U.S. ranked poorly compared to 10 other countries on key indicators for those who are 65 and older. It’s an important and valuable comparison for 3 reasons.

  1. Seniors (65+) are relatively easy to isolate for comparative studies in all major populations.
  2. Seniors (65+) typically represent the highest healthcare needs and spending of a given population.
  3. It’s the only category where the U.S. system of Medicare coverage (for everyone 65 and older) can compare directly to other countries with “universal coverage.”

Like The Commonwealth Fund report earlier this year (U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared To 10 Other Countries), this new survey used 11 countries for their comparative analysis. The survey was conducted from March through May of this year and the number of respondents for each country is indicated in parentheses...(see orgiginal post)..

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the fact that older Americans (age 65+) said that cost was the primary reason for skipping medical care or treatment. This was significant because Medicare is often presumed to be free and universal health coverage for every American over the age of 65 [..].

The other big takeaway was the fact that older Americans had the highest prevalence of chronic conditions. The survey found that 87% of older Americans had at least one chronic health condition and 68% reported 2 or more chronic conditions. The next highest was Canada which reported 83% with at least one chronic condition and 56% with 2 or more. Whether this is the result of delayed healthcare or other socioeconomic factors is unknown and was also outside the scope of the survey.... For further reading see original post..!

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Great insights. Desiging and improving nations' systems of Health Care is not an easy task: we don't know to much of the specific interests of the several and different stakeholders, like patients payers, industry and health care providers! Leave alone that we don't know too much about their interests and inclination to work together! It can't be left to governments by themselves, leave alone to politicians! ;-)

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Medtech Companies Need to Transform While Times Are Still Good

Medtech Companies Need to Transform While Times Are Still Good | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
Times are still good for the medical technology sector. Most companies still have strong gross margins, healthy growth in sales, and high valuation multiples. But the health care industry is undergoing a period of significant change. Medtech companies can take six actions to manage this transition and position themselves for long-term success.

In the first few years of the 2000s—the golden age for medtech—sales grew by double digits. But sales growth has leveled off considerably in recent years and now hovers at around 4%. (See Exhibit 1.) There are many reasons for this, including the pressure to reduce health care costs, the increasing power of economic stakeholders in purchasing decisions, more consolidated and sophisticated health systems, new low-cost competitors, and the ubiquity of information with which to assess value. [...]
Times are still good for medtech—but the health care industry as a whole is undergoing a period of significant change. These changes could create a downward spiral for companies that cling tightly to business as usual. But those that build their capabilities and adapt their business models will find enormous opportunities to grow and thrive. In this report, we identify the major forces that are reshaping the industry and outline the transformative actions that medtech companies should take in response to them. We also describe how to manage such a transformational effort. By leveraging BCG’s proven transformation framework, medtech companies can improve their financial positions, close performance gaps, and establish a winning position.

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Times are still good for business in med tech.. for pharma and healthcare provision as well. But the large BUT is indeed health care as a whole is undergoing significant changes. When these (market) and system changes are not paralleled by internal changes in the health industry companies, I guess it will get tricky before 2020. See here how you can cope

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Vital Signs | Deloitte | Life Sciences and Health Care

Vital Signs | Deloitte | Life Sciences and Health Care | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
This report by the Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions identifies 7 markers of a strong healthcare system and explores how these can be used to transform healthcare delivery across Europe.

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PatientView - See here: http://www.patient-view.com/

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Pleased to be mentioned in this latest deloitte report on the state of Europe's healthcare systems

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6 Recent Digital Health Innovations to Watch- HIT Consultant

6 Recent Digital Health Innovations to Watch- HIT Consultant | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

Compiled a list of digital health innovations that have the potential to create greater change when it comes to the application and practice of healthcare.
At HIT Consultant, we are always thinking about how digital innovation is impacting healthcare. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of innovations that have the potential to create greater change when it comes to the application and practice of healthcare in our series: HIT Consultant’s Selected Six Digital Health Innovations.

1 GeNemo Search Engine ...the genomic search engine partially named after the fishy tale is already here. GeNemo—the “Ge” part stands for the word gene— is a Google-like search engine for functional genomics data that was created by University of California San Diego bioengineers and led by Professor Sheng Zhong. It’s arguably the first genomic search engine of its kind, designed to solve a very pressing and complex pain point for researchers: effectively searching functional genomic data from online data repositories. [..]
2 Google’s Cardboard Google Cardboard packs some serious capability inside of its paper-light frame for healthcare. In fact, it has already saved a baby’s life—a twin girl named Teegan—who was born with half a heart and one lung.

Dr. Juan Carlos Muniz, a pediatric cardiologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Miami, FL, used the device to make a 3D model of the little girl’s heart in preparation for the complex surgery to amend her life-threatening condition. In collaboration with an iPhone app called Sketchfab, the cardiac team was able to see Teegan’s heart in 3D from a variety of angles quite easily and elegantly with Cardboard. This allowed Dr. Redmond Burke, chief of cardiovascular surgery at NCH, and his team to carefully plan the complex procedure, including the safest and most effective points of incision.[..]
3. SkinTrack Smartwatch Turns Your Skin Into A Touchscreen

Students of the Future Inferences Group (FIG) at Carnegie Mellon University did apparently, as they have created just that with SkinTrack. It’s a system that uses embedded electrodes from a smartwatch band in conjunction with a ring on your finger, which generates an electric signal upon touching your arm. The approach even works when the skin is covered with clothing.

To be fair, this is not the first skin touchpad ever created, but the researchers at FIG think it’s certainly a more functional one.[...]

4. STAR—Surgical Robot...The Children’s National Medical Center and John Hopkins University recently tested a Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) during an experimental surgery on anesthetized pigs. The robot was only tasked with suturing during the procedure, but it was reported to have performed very well, having sewed more consistent than veteran doctors or other robotic assistants. [..]

5 DNA Thermometer... a thermometer 20,000 times smaller than a single human hair. How do you build a device that small? You can’t—but it turns out, you can create one out genetic material.

Researchers from the Laboratory of Biosensors and Nanomachines at the University of Montreal developed the tiny thermometer by creating various DNA structures than can fold and unfold at specifically defined temperatures.[..]

6. True North- IBM’s Fake Brain..

At IBM’s Lab in Australia, researcher Stefan Harrer and his colleagues are building a system that analyzes brain waves in the hopes of recognizing epileptic seizures.

The system uses a neural network to analyze the data, which mimics the systems of neurons within a person’s brain. This system is similar to the neural networks that recognize photos on Facebook. This neural network is running on an experimental IBM chip called True North.[..]

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I don't know how you experience these ever renewing lists of new technology for care applications. Fine that is, but then what?

Apart from thinking: "Let thousands of flowers bloom", I always heave a sigh: "Djee, I wished people would invest as much in redesigning care in collaboration to create coherent care paths for patients as in prompting new technology to care". Without intentional cooperation to implement new services all tech is useless to begin with..

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Healthcare, Medtech Companies Launch Medical Device Cybersecurity Task Force

A group of healthcare organizations and medtech companies have formally launched the Medical Device Cybersecurity Task Force.
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Needed so much now a collaboration of medical industry to secure devices from being intervened with! Necessary. Good luck!

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What Are 6 Do's And 5 Don'ts With Social Media For Healthcare?

What Are 6 Do's And 5 Don'ts With Social Media For Healthcare? | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
What Are 6 Do's And 5 Don'ts With Social Media For Healthcare? #HCSM #infographic SocialSpotlightMedia I look 4Ward to your feedback. Keep Digging for Worms! DR4WARD enjoys helping connect students and pros to learn about all forms of communication and creativity. He talks about, creates, and curates content on: Digital, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Social Media, Journalism, Higher Ed, Innovation, Creativity, and Design. Curated global resources can be found here: https://www.rebelmouse.com/dr4ward/ Find DR4WARD resources on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dr4ward/ Follow DR4WARD on Twitter: @DR4WARD

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INteresting view in social media and health

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Where are you on the healthcare analytics journey? | The Big Data Hub

Where are you on the healthcare analytics journey? | The Big Data Hub | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
From retrospective to predictive to prescriptive analytics, healthcare organizations are embarking on analytics journeys to enhance medical outcomes.

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Benchmark to your data analytics position!

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Looking Back At Today's Healthcare From The Future in 2050 - Video

Looking Back At Today's Healthcare From The Future in 2050 - Video | Health Care Business | Scoop.it

A lot of people ask me about the future of medicine and healthcare. What’s coming next, what about the future of radiology, genomics or health sensors. They ask me to make really sharp predictions. But instead of this, let’s do something else now. Let’s look back from 2050, and see what today’s healthcare included, what barbaric elements played an important role in today’s healthcare in the 2010s....

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Chane perspectives on heakthcare as it is now. Put your status quo in a different view and ask yourself: what are we doing?

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US News names Best Hospitals: 6 things to know

US News names Best Hospitals: 6 things to know | Health Care Business | Scoop.it
The leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reclaimed the top spot on the Honor Roll for 2015-16, and there is a tie for No. 3.


U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings, the 26th edition of its annual rankings. The following are six things to know about this year's rankings, including which organizations made the Honor Roll and landed in top spots for three major specialties.

1. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reclaimed the top spot on the Honor Roll this year, which is comprised of hospitals raking at or near the top in six or more specialties. Mass General was No. 2 on last year's Honor Roll.

2. Just 15 hospitals qualified for the Honor Roll this year by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties. That's down from 17 in 2014-15's rankings. They are as follows, in rank order:

1.   Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
2.   Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
3.   Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore) tie
3.   UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles) tie
5.   Cleveland Clinic
6.   Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)
7.   NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York City)
8.   UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)
9.   Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (Philadelphia)
10. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (St. Louis)
11. Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
12. NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City)
13. UPMC (Pittsburgh)
14. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
15. Stanford (Calif.) Hospital


3. U.S. News also ranks hospitals nationally in individual specialties. The following are the top three hospitals in three high-profile specialties.

Cancer care
1. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston)
2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York City)
3. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)

Cardiology & heart surgery
1. Cleveland Clinic
2. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
3. NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York City)

Orthopedics
1. Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City)
2. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
3. Cleveland Clinic

4. This year, 137 hospitals performed well enough in complex care to be nationally ranked in one of 16 specialties. Rankings for 12 of the specialties (cancer; cardiology & heart surgery; diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology & neurology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology) are based on reputation, patient survival, patient safety and care-related factors. The remaining four specialties (ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology) are based on reputation alone, pulled from the three latest annual physician surveys....

Read on at the site!

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Good news, knowing best hospitals. But we can see that quality rates of specific departments are better guides to select health services than overall hospital rate. Hosptals are challenged to do good in departments first ;-)

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Growth And Dispersion Of Accountable Care Organizations In 2015

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Growth And Dispersion Of Accountable Care Organizations In 2015 | The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere

David Muhlestein

March 31, 2015

In January, an additional 89 provider organizations joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) as accountable care organizations (ACOs). While this year’s new entrants are a smaller cohort than those that joined in 2013 and 2014, they represent a continuation of the expansion of the accountable care movement.

The recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of its goal to move 50 percent of Medicare payments to alternative payment models (including ACO-based arrangements) indicates the government’s strong backing of the model and, coupled with continuing endorsement of the approach from state Medicaid programs and commercial insurers, there is strong support for this care delivery approach to continue.

In an ACO, health care providers accept responsibility for the cost and quality of care for a defined population. Each ACO’s laudable goal is to achieve what Don Berwick has called the “triple aim” — to improve quality, increase patient satisfaction, and lower costs. The key to reaching those goals is to change how providers are paid, based on reaching certain cost and quality benchmarks. In effect, the objective is to change incentives so that it is in providers’ best interest to maximize health, rather than focus on increasing the volume of services rendered.

ACO Growth

Leavitt Partners has been actively tracking ACOs since 2010, maintaining a database that is updated regularly from publicly available information and personal and industry interviews. Over the past year, approximately 120 organizations have become ACOs in public and private programs, bringing the total to 744 since 2011 (Figure 1). The historical ACO growth data shown in Figure 1 are slightly different from our past estimates, as they are now based on the start date of the ACO’s contract, not on when the ACO was announced.

For example, the 89 ACOs announced in December 2014 are listed as beginning in January 2015, which is the start of their contract. Regardless of how many contracts an ACO is engaged in, both public and private, an ACO is counted only once. Note that some of the new Medicare Shared Savings Program participants already had commercial contracts, and are thus tracked beginning at the start of their first contract.

Figure 1. Total Public and Private Accountable Care Organizations, 2011 to January 2015 (See top)

Source: Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence

In addition to growth in the total number of ACOs, there has been continued growth in the number of people covered by ACO arrangements

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Great overview of a trend in US to shared savings in healthcare by Accountable Care Organisations!

I'm convinced these organisations will quickly turn to implementation of ehealth applications because fo the immanent strength to save costs and create more active self management by patients, two important sources for shared savings agreements!

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Very, insightful - I used these as background to the study of pharma's developments around "value added services" .. Will pharma have the competence to repositions itself as partner in health care rather than 'just' a supplier of drugs. 

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Approximately $6.5 billion in new funding flowed into the digital health space in 2014, more than double the previous year's haul of $2.9 billion, according to data from digital healthcare accelerator StartUp Health. But investors placed their bets on fewer companies. Only 459 companies received funding this year, a drop from the 590 who received investments in 2013.

The decrease in companies financed is one of the “signs of a maturing market,” StartUp Health says. Another sign may be the stage at which venture capitalists and firms are making investments in startups. According to StartUp Health's data, just over 25% of deals were in the seed capital stage, a very early stage in a company's development. That's the lowest percentage since 2010, and indicates that there are relatively fewer funded startup entrants in this year's cohort.

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Indeed, the health care market is structurally changing, also due to the volume compnay's entering the health care place from new perspectives: computers (e.g. Apple), Smartphones (e.g. Samsung) and IT - software (e.g. McKesson).
Current stakeholders will be disrupted as to their routines of approaching health care. Through the models of ehealth or digital health they can be guided to plan their disruption by themselves and create better health outcomes and save costs.

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OOP spending increases extend beyond consumers to impact hospitals, life sciences companies and health plans. What are the implications for these stakeholders?

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Hidden costs of health care: When governments all over the world tend to cut on costs of care because of the raising trends, consumers will run the risks of paying more for their care too. To all stakeholders insights into the drivers of costs of care is relevant. Politicians are challenged to look into it and make their choices of divide between stakeholders. Next step for them: how to regulate sustainable and affordable care by measures to development and improvement by means of:

  1. organisational and professional measures: redefining, restructuring;
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  3. creating sound practices of self management.
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