Innovations of today are the legacy of tomorrow The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of life and work. One of the its consequences has been the acceleration in numerous processes with innovative approaches to be able to face the cataclysmic rise in resource requirements for critically ill patients. Some examples are the emergence of novel approaches to immunization, or the unprecedented ri

Management Matters

A team of researchers from the Netherlands expand on their previous findings on issues accompanying the VBHC implementation, looking deeper into the success factors that help bring the VBHC concept to practice. Key PointsReported success factors for VBHC implementation are: ‘Value’ for the patient as the core purpose of careA responsible, well-balanced Multidisciplinary TeamA Vision and a PlanGood u

An overview of the lack of representation of women and other minoritised populations in healthcare and their relative absence from positions of leadership and power. Key PointsThe World Health Organization reports that women are overrepresented in the healthcare workforce but are absent at senior levels.The absence of women and other minoritised populations has long-term negative implications for healthca

In the first part of this article (Berger et al. 2021), we started by defining competency and then discussed burnout, competency acquisition and the link between competency and retention. We also did a comparison between Europe and the United States. This article will delve further into competency and why management should be interested in competency rather than ‘skills’. We will relate competency to qu


An overview of Agfa Healthcare’s Enterprise Imaging platform and the XERO® viewer and how it can be embedded in EHR/EMR/Portal and enable the creation of patient-centric longitudinal imaging records from across departments, systems and locations. This allows healthcare providers the ability to share content and discuss treatment strategies for optimum patient care. Key Points Enterprise imaging is a set

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Healthcare is known for its slow pace of change, but the pandemic has its own, much faster one. Leaders are compelled to deal with novel solutions, processes and skills. However, numerous gaps and discrepancies still exist and must be addressed. HealthManagement.org asked healthcare experts what has been the most challenging experience of introducing something new in their practice and why. Prof Ll

If there is a person who knows all about being at the forefront of health innovation, that would be Dr Rafael Grossmann. Since becoming the first surgeon in the world to use Google Glass during an operation, he has been an avid advocate of digital health technologies. HealthManagement.org talks to Dr Grossmann about the challenges of being a disruptor in healthcare and the prospects of embracing the inevita


The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm. In particular, the crisis has revealed different aspects of healthcare that need to change and improve. HealthManagement.org spoke to Sourabh Pagaria, Head of the Southern European business of Siemens Healthineers. He is also a thought leader on how Data, Artificial Intelligence and joint public-private approach can reshape the future of healthcare. In thi

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged countries to accelerate innovation and digitalisation in healthcare in order to find new ways to cope with the crisis. As we hopefully soon can lay the pandemic behind us and get back to a new normal, there is a window of opportunity to grab and build on digitalisation and innovation progress made during the pandemic which can lead to significant long-term benefits. Ke

Parenchyma-sparing liver surgery (PSLS) is becoming increasingly important as a salvage surgical therapy for patients with hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer. We report our experience with a medical app that allows to personalise a digital 3D model of the liver on which radiologists manually draw hepatic lesions as if using a digital “notepad”, thus summarising the full preoperative CT and/or MR


How Agfa’s SmartXR puts artificial intelligence in the technician’s hand to boost efficiency, consistency, safety and care in radiography. Key PointsSmartPositioning augments a live camera stream by projecting the image area and the AEC x-ray feedback sensor positions onto the patient’s body.SmartRotate uses deep learning to auto-rotate images to their standard orientation based on the image content.S

Implementing AI technologies in the healthcare setting has been a priority interest for many in the field, from clinicians to investors. EIT Health, being at the forefront of health innovation in Europe and bringing stakeholders together to advance the progress, has focussed on the topic within its Think Tank, aimed at facilitating AI-driven transformation in European healthcare. Key PointsAI is already

A report of the digital conference on Reset 2021, organised by HealthManagement.org with Alexandre Lourenço as the moderator and Prof Davide Caramella, Dr Rafael Grossmann, Christian Hay, John Nosta, Prof Robert Vander Stichele and Dr Rafael Vidal-Perez as panellists. Key PointsIn 2020, there were many lessons to learn from the pandemic experience, including inefficient planning and communication strategi

Winning Practices

Faced with the necessity to share information from the electronic patient record across different systems, a regional hospital in Belgium introduced a disruptive ‘only once’ approach to deploy a SNOMED CT coded patient summary and minimise the relevant burden on the clinical staff. Key PointsThe information from the electronic patient record has to be reused in different contexts, which requires exces

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