Blockchain. What diverse reactions the mention of this technology gets both within and without the healthcare setting. There are those who are convinced that it’s going to transform not only healthcare but society as well. Others see it as a hyped-up technology beset with limitations which has nothing constructive to offer the healthcare sector – or, at least, for many years to come. The truth probably


Based on an Abbott-sponsored symposium “Diagnostics, Data and Integrated Clinical Care – From Insight to Action” presented at European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) congress, Cascais, Portugal, 27th September 2018.Introduction Pressure on healthcare systems continues to rise as the world’s population grows and lives longer; factors such as lifestyle and obesity also play a part, with

How can a clinical decision support system help to achieve measurably better healthcare outcomes? The Collaboratory” reflects the transformation through collaboration that Abbott wants to ignite by working in partnership with clients. Abbott supports healthcare organizations to overcome their challenges and materialize their future state vision, by breaking down the silos and barriers that exist today i

Affidea launches new digital tools in its network to improve patient experience and boost operations workflow. Affidea, the leading pan-European provider of advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care services, has announced the launch of two new applications to drive forward the digitisation of its operations and increase productivity and quality in imaging. Affidea will introduce for almost


Critical evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine Due to a reverence for scientific truth in an area of healthcare that is hazardously left uncontrolled, Professor Edzard Ernst left his position as chair of physical and rehabilitation medicine at the Medical Faculty of Vienna to become the world’s first chair in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). That was in 1993; for 25 years he h

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Reviewing performance for focused and effective learning A New Year represents a time to focus, regroup and set new professional targets. Corporate trainer, Michael Virardi, provides tips on getting the most out of reflection time. As we head into 2019, i’d like to share with you three of the most vital lessons I've learnt last year. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable I live on the small island o

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Blockchain technology is touted as being potentially revolutionary, but what’s the view for the healthcare sector? Known for being an industry that’s slow to adopt and adapt to new tech, could there be any value in Blockchain for healthcare? HealthManagement.org spoke to four Blockchain experts for their views. Kamales Lardi Managing Partner Lardi & Partner Consulting GmbH, President, Women In

Adoption of distributed ledger technology will benefit patients and providers Blockchain is more than just a technology that allows us to do what we already do better, faster and cheaper. This peer-to-peer new technology has the potential to create a more inclusive economy, where patients can benefit from health data ownership. One reason people don’t understand Blockchain is because we describe it ra

Blockchain revolutionises data security, research and monetisation Blockchain can provide the backbone for a health data infrastructure that enables patients to control and benefit financially from their health data. The power of health data The tsunami of personal data brought about by the digital revolution now extends far beyond consumer preferences, as monetised by Facebook, Google and the likes. As l

Incentivising patients with tokenomics of health data A cryptocurrency that represents the value of health information can motivate individuals to make their health data shareable to those who are willing to pay for it. Tokens are well established in the context of Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. It’s a digital asset that has a utility or a payment function. Very often, it’s a hybrid token

The Blockchain race in healthcare has yet to begin Supporters say it has everything to offer healthcare security and transparency, but what do practical, on-the-ground C-levels really think about Blockchain's potential today? While the technology trend-o-metre and cryptocurrency world at large set off fireworks of exciting talk and disruptive use cases with Blockchain, the healthcare industry, by contr

In 2019 we will embrace Blockchain and innovation as necessary support for the healthcare of our time. Blockchain can influence the design and implementation of new models by refining data security; provide more robust audit trail mechanisms required, eliminate medical imaging acquisitions repetition, reduce transaction costs, while allowing clinicians to access data easily, compare images, and provide pat

Discovering the potential of Blockchain development; pursuing advantages of creating decentralised architectures This article presents an abstract concept and predictive benefit of applying Blockchain technology in the healthcare ecosystem. Some current working use cases show the potential short-term benefits of Blockchain database replacement. Data sensitiveness by nature and by law prevents it to be s

Key areas where Blockchain has the potential to spark a revolution & increase quality while decreasing healthcare cost. Blockchain is an exciting new technology that promises to address many problems that exist within the current framework in radiology. We discuss three key areas where Blockchain can potentially spark a revolution and increase quality while decreasing healthcare cost. Blockchain

Permissioned blockchains for healthcare data sharing management In times of rising concerns about data privacy among services providers and consumers, the arrival of the new GDPR alongside cutting-edge technologies can help to better act and benefit the healthcare industry. Concepts like traceability, compliance, access control, and risk control and assessment have always been of utmost importance for t

An in-depth discussion of how Big Data Blockchain solutions address the complex data needs of the healthcare industry Big Data Blockchains are solving the industry’s security and scalability challenges and hold the potential to transform all facets of the healthcare industry: from decision support to patient empowerment to data sharing and operational improvement. The healthcare industry generates a

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The new role of hospitals and the triple aim challenge Rather than being an unaffordable luxury, automation can quickly deliver an impressive return on investment. The list of advanced technology and automation in healthcare is growing, from using Amazon Echoes to provide adult social care (paconsulting.com/our-experience/argenti-using-technology-to-drive-social-care-trans

A risk manager recently asked for guidance on the patient's responsibility in following up on the results of tests that have been ordered. In our response, we note that providers are responsible for reviewing and following up on the results of the tests they order. That responsibility typically includes ensuring that results that require involvement of patients or action on their part are communicated

Prevention, patient autonomy and use of digital goods A digital health coaching platform offers sustainable support of the elderly population to improve their mental, emotional and physical fitness. The German healthcare system is still one of the best in the world. Nevertheless, for many years the contribution of healthcare to society has still largely been interpreted through the framework of cost

Internet and people with mental disorders A “whole patient” can be a person with schizophrenia, who is also an internet user and searches for mental health information online. Between 2000–2018 the internet has grown by 1,052%, with about 4.2 billion people surfing the Web (internet World stats 2018). In Europe, about 81% of citizens use the internet at least once per week (Eurostat 2018). The n

Radiographers’ perceptions Research to evaluate radiographers’ perceptions about patient safety culture in Portuguese public and private imaging facilities found that overall perception is positive but the safety culture dimensions rating should guide culture development of safety culture improvement action plans. Patient safety is defined as the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people

SOLUS is developing a multimodal breast imaging system involving diffuse optics and ultrasound. The SOLUS project develops a novel multimodal system that significantly improves the characterisation of breast lesions. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is estimated that about one in eight women in Europe will develop breast cancer before the age of 85 (International Agency f

Cutting-edge therapy at a high price Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have transformed the treatment landscape of heart failure. As the number of implants continues to increase, clinicians will have to integrate dedicated programmes in their clinics and be actively involved in the care of patients on LVAD support. Heart failure is one of the most common cardiovascular conditions worldwide. T

Rwanda leading the way with life-saving drone tech Rwanda shows how rapidly-developing drone technology can improve healthcare infrastructure at a national scale. In late 2016, the Government of Rwanda entered a Public Private Partnership with automated logistics company Zipline to deliver blood and medical supplies, becoming the first country to deploy drones at national scale. Based out of Half Mo

The scientifically based forecast of more frequent devastating natural disasters is coming, and so is the need for a proactive attitude against the related risks. Hospitals and healthcare systems should get engaged in such activity. Scientific evidence of the relation between natural disasters and climate change It is becoming a constant in our daily life the call for attention from the media to climate-re

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(I expert, I question, I answer) Have you got something to say?Visit https://healthmanagement.org/blog/index or contact [email protected] Michael E. Ramsay Chairman - Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management Baylor University Medical Center, US. TOP QUOTE FROM ZOOM-ON-PROFILE Making healthcare delightful “The hospital should be the safest place for our patients and yet mi

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