• Are Clinical Decision Support Systems Necessary? I am a Believer.

      A few months ago, I ruptured my plantar fasciitis. After wearing a boot for eight long weeks and receiving shock therapy, I was finally cleared to start working out again. I felt good and strong, so I wanted to continue my efforts while at a conference. Last week, I attempted my routine at the hotel gym, only to pull my gluteal muscle. Little...

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  • Key Performance Indicators and Metrics for ASCs to Measure Effectiveness of Billing Operations

    ASCs must track KPIs daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. ASC performance must be measured to keep your business and patients healthy. Financial benchmarks can help you monitor and improve your ASC's clinical and financial performance.   However, monitoring, analysing, and comparing ambulatory surgery center metrics to industry averages is the...

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  • Does the Law Favour the Public Procurement of Value?

    Conclusions of the Conference Held in Madrid on Value-Based Public Procurement   On June 6 th 2023, a conference was held on "The Public Sector Contracts Law: Does it favor value-based procurement?", organised by the Subdirectorate General for Public Procurement of the Madrid Health Service, with the collaboration of Impulsa Salud.   The rise...

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  • Patient Mediated Research - What is That?

    Patients have long been left out of the loop when it comes to controlling their medical information. Accordingly, Andaman7 intends to help patients regain control over their health data and enable secure interactions between patients and health actors (hospitals, doctors and public and private researchers). With its innovative patient-centric approach,...

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  • Cardiovascular Imaging in Special Patient Populations

    Cardiovascular disease remains a major worldwide public health problem and despite significant advances in diagnosis and treatment, coronary artery disease represents the leading cause of death in the developed world. In some specific patient populations, such as including subjects with asymptomatic CAD, diabetes mellitus, obesity, and kidney or...

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  • My Respect for Full-Time Staff Nurses

    My dear readers,   It is time again for thoughts from the island. May is particularly important to nurses as we celebrate Florence Nightingale's birthday on 12.05, International Nurses' Day.     I am very proud to belong to this community. To be part of this epic community is more than sharing professional views and skills. I cannot put...

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  • What Have We Learned from the Pandemic? Digital Leadership Competence of the Modern Leader

    The classic model of a boss, or someone in charge, focusing on command-control, using the style of rewarding or punishing subordinates, has generated an anachronistic experience in managing human capital while building an environment of psychological security, collaboration, and innovation.   These are currently fundamental in the healthcare space....

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  • Weighing the Benefits and Drawbacks of Remote Patient Monitoring

    Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is an emerging branch of monitoring technology that may soon upend how patients receive care, similar to how telehealth altered the path of the healthcare industry forever.   Technological advancements are entering the field of healthcare at a rapid pace, with a strong emphasis on remote technologies. Other examples...

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  • Larger Scale Data Management, Decision Support in Patient Care and Health Data Business Models

    Summary   Not only in the U.S., but also in Germany it is a fact that in the current economic situation of service providers, i.e. with the prevailing liquidity bottlenecks, the proof of the above thesis sounds tempting, i.e. a service provider participating in "data marketing".   Obtains valuable information for the treatment of its...

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  • Logistics Platform and Centralised Purchasing: Efficient Change in the Madrid Health Service

    The COVID-19 pandemic, following the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020, which elevated the health emergency to an international pandemic, and the rapid evolution of subsequent events on a national and international scale, required the adoption of immediate and effective measures to deal with this situation.  ...

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  • What Student Nurses Have To Go Through During Their Training

    My dear readers,   It is time again for nursing thoughts from the island. Before I begin, I hope you all had a great start to 2023. May this year be in some way kinder to nurses, midwives, doctors, and healthcare professionals. But we shall see....   This month, I want to share my thoughts with you about my experiences, which I gathered with...

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  • How to Find New Pathways to Support the Healthcare Workforce Based on The Clinical/Technical Tie

    In 1976, I became the first Vice President of Marketing for General Electric’s CT programme. This was of major importance to Jack Welch, my group executive. I started by talking to many luminary doctors interested in GE's approach to CT. The unanswered question was, "how do doctors decide between the manufacturers?” After several weeks of integrating...

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  • Being With Mover and Shaker Nurses in Bristol

    My dear readers,   Time is moving very fast, and we are coming to the end of another big, big year.   Last month I wrote about September, when I had the great chance to be in Iceland to attend the European Nurse Managers Congress, which, as I stated, was mind-blowing.   My October continued to be absolutely epic – BECAUSE great colleagues from...

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  • The Power of Nurses

    My dear readers,   It is time again for thoughts from the island.   I went to Iceland/Selfoss last month and attended the European Nurse Director Association (ENDA) congress. I am a board member of this great association. Therefore, I met my fellow board members, colleagues and friends in person after meeting each other on a monthly base...

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  • The Hologic SuperSonic™ MACH™ 40 Introduces Exceptional Image Quality and Practical Benefits

      Radiologist Dr Georgia Spear of NorthShore Medical Group   The Hologic’s SuperSonic™ MACH™ 40 Ultrasound System brings radiologists a new generation of ultrasound technology.   At times, mammographic findings turn out very subtle. Ultrasounds enhance the detection of these findings, thus improving the accuracy of diagnosis....

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  • Schadenfreude is not acceptable! How German Journalism Gets Me

    My dear readers,   It is time for thoughts from the island again. Before I share more, I hope you are all okay – despite the heat waves. As I said in my previous articles, what will be next? What else do we have to overcome, or is this our future - living and dealing with extreme situations, i.e. pandemics, war, climate chaos etc.?   This...

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  • Is Nursing Without a Mask Strange?

    Before I go on my annual leave, I thought I'd drop a line. Last week I did my first shift in a little private hospital in my hometown. When I arrived on the ward, I called in at the Sister's office. As I headed towards her door, I realised I was the only nurse wearing a mask. I was still in my civilian clothes, and as I said, my mask was...

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  • The Hologic SuperSonic™ MACH™ 40 Ultrasound System – Uses and Benefits

    Dr Amy Patel, Breast Radiologist and Medical Director, Breast Care Center, Liberty Hospital    The Hologic SuperSonic™ MACH™ 40 Ultrasound System improves diagnostic confidence because of lesion conspicuity and a wide expanse of shades of grey that is not found in other ultrasound units. It is very important to accurately know what one sees...

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  • Advocates, Let’s Make It Our Problem!

    I have lymphoma. Is that my problem or that of my physician? Or perhaps the problem of research and industry? It is indeed my problem and I need my physician badly. She can only do her work when good science is being done and when the healthcare industry provides her with the right treatments. There is a lot of work and cooperation that needs to happen,...

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  • Biopsy With the Hologic Brevera

    Dr. med. Bettina Wolfgarten, Specialist in radiology, Wolfgarten Radiology, Bonn Germany   Views and opinions expressed here in by third parties alone and do not necessarily reflect those of Hologic.   A biopsy with the Brevera is like the lights suddenly going on when you're driving in a tunnel. It makes a huge difference to actually...

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