The COVID-19 pandemic has put human resources under a huge challenge. Healthcare workers are facing mental health issues, burnout, discrimination, violence, issues with personal protection and safety, sexism, racism, shortage of resources and much more. Patients infected with COVID-19 are suffering from severe illness and helplessness. Normal citizens are facing a continuous fear of disease, social isolati

Management Matters

Recent paradigmatic shifts in society as a whole and healthcare in particular demand organisations to change how they approach, devise and implement their management strategies. In this context, people management is one of the priority areas, and a team of experts suggest a management model underpinning the New Health Staff 2030 context. Key Points Lately the environment for organisations, particularly

An overview of a physician’s journey and the impact of retirement and a presentation of an example of an anaesthetist who worked ten years in our radiology department after his retirement. Key PointsFernando Burchi retired after working 31 years as a hospital anaesthetist. Aged 62, he was ready to continue serving the wider medical community in a less demanding way. During the ten years of Fernando Burc

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A view from users’ and caregivers’ perspective E-mental health can play a role in the entire mental health care service, from data management to prevention, diagnostics, treatment, effect measurement and aftercare processes. There is a clear preference for blended care (face to face in combination with ICT-based therapy) for treatment interventions, selected carefully and adapted to the needs and the


An overview of the implementation and integration of an Enterprise Imaging Solution at Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis (CWZ), Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Image Credit: Javi Gomes Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis (CWZ) in Nijmegen is one of t

An overview of imaging policies that contribute to health inequity and solutions to ensure treatment decisions are free from bias and the radiology workforce is more diverse and equitable. Key Points Health Equity is defined as the absence of avoidable, unfair, or remediable differences among groups of people.Current imaging policies and practices contribute to health inequity and offer pathways to reduce

Staff wellbeing in a busy hospital responding to the pandemic can reap the rewards of positive relationships built over time, and embrace change by focusing on three pillars of care, protection and wellness for staff, aided by digitalisation and innovation. Key Points Response of healthcare workers in hospitals to a crisis is built on healthy engagement and relationships during times of peace.Agility, inn


During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers around the globe have risked their lives to provide care. A large number of these workers have been infected, and many have died. It is important to evaluate how healthcare workers could have been offered more protection and how their lives and wellbeing should have been at the forefront of healthcare’s response to the pandemic. HealthManagement.org spoke

An overview of the consequences of neglecting mental health and a case study of reorganisation of mental health service practices in Asti County, Italy. Key PointsMental health as a strategy of care for targeting inequalities as direct determinants of diseases.Reorganisation of the practices of mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Asti, Italy.Involvement of local communities to face the

Ethical consideration of Greatness and Limits of data-driven smart medicine “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.” Stephen Hawking, BBC, December 20

Despite recent progress, female labour participation in Pakistan stands at 25%. This is markedly lower than those of countries with similar gross national income per capita. While 80–85% of the students in medical colleges in Pakistan are girls, only 44% registered with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) are female. Why is this so, and what is behind this phenomenon of doctor brides? HealthMan

From surviving to thriving Human ability to adapt to change leads to surviving. Human ability to look for excellence leads to thriving. The current pandemic is revealing the limitations in the definition of health, in healthcare systems and shortage of healthcare providers. Simultaneously, it is showing the ability to adapt to changes, create capacity and use technology. The future ahead of us is the opp

With his main research belonging to marketing domain, Prof González-Jiménez’s academic interest in the last few years has expanded to applications of robotics in different sectors including healthcare. He talks with HealthManagement.org about the ‘human’ dimension of the robotics deployment in healthcare setting, covering issues such as perception and acceptance among people who encounter robots and

Winning Practices

Digital mental health services hold great potential for the future of mental healthcare provision; embedding the services in a stepped care model (with steps providing prevention or treatment of different intensities depending on the severity of the illness) and in a hybrid approach (integrating both virtual and in-person care) ensures that the services are accessible, flexible and adaptable. Key PointsDi

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