Editorial

Is the healthcare bottom line en route to hitting rock bottom? Is the system bankrupt? Does the system still waste too much cash? Where is the real bottom line? Rising overheads, high staffing, supply and technology costs challenge current operating models. Are they outdated or are they becoming unsustainable? What could save the day? Adaptivity? Imagination? Innovation? Proactivity? Flexibility? Or all of

Spotlight

HealthManagement.org is proud to welcome on board Alexandre Lourenço as our new EXEC Editor-in-Chief. Lourenço serves as President of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers, Board and Executive Committee member of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM), Board Member of the European Health Management Association and Honorary Fellow of the Brazilian College of Health Executives. Add

Prof. Fiona Gilbert is a leading light in the field of breast imaging with her contribution to the field being marked with Honorary Membership at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago this December. Since her graduation from Glasgow University in 1978 she has built an illustrious career in the UK in multiple areas of clinical research and writing, breast screening, and lectu

Prof. Mamas A Mamas is a structural interventional cardiologist, treating patients with underlying coronary artery with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in both the elective and emergency setting and undertaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Interventions (TAVI). He is also the Associate Editor of Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions and leads a large research groups focussed around electronic he

Point-of-View

The healthcare industry is under transformation. An ageing population and the rise of noncommunicable diseases are driving an industry shift away from curing disease in the short term toward preventing and managing disease and promoting overall well-being in the long term. Across Europe, we see the same issues – underfunded and understaffed national health systems. The Need for Earlier, Faster and More

Summary: Noninvasive, continuous haemodynamic assessment in clinically proven quality made easy. Easy-to-use and reliable methods for a clinically valuable cardiovascular assessment have become inevitable at a time when cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death1 and postoperative complications causing long hospital stays are not the only facts placing significant economic burden on heal

Management Matters

As we approach the New Year, it is time for forecasts and predictions. This is not easy, as the healthcare landscape today is changing faster than ever, driven by technological advancements and accompanying social, financial and regulatory shifts. The Editors-in-Chief for HealthManagement.org shared their views on what to look out for in 2020 to ensure you stay ahead. Alexandre Lourenço Editor-in-C

Summary: A modern successful radiology department team needs top-flight professionals in everything from imaging to social media management. In the 90’s the term ‘Dream Team’ was used to name a Marvel Comics’ group of superheroes with different magical energies, surprising powers and marvellous skills. Today, most people associate the term Dream Team with the 1992 Olympics U.S. men's basket

Summary: Where do the computer sciences have the potential to reduce radiologist burnout, reduce costs and make workflow more efficient and what are the first steps in implementing the technology? In the long-term future, I think that computers will take over the work of image interpretation from humans, just as computers or machines have taken over so many tasks in our lives. The question is, how qu

Summary: With AI moving into radiology at lightning speed, international imaging and informatics societies have worked together to produce a paper on ethics guidance. The development of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology has prompted leading radiological societies in AI technology to issue a statement on a new ethical framework. The statement was authored by the European Society of Radiolog

Summary: Across the world, there is a workforce crisis impacting breast disease management that is partly attributed to a shortage of radiologists. In the UK, a new credentialling programme seeks to tackle this through training more clinicians to become breast treatment experts. A new three-year accreditation programme, launched by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and Association of Breast Clinicia

Summary: It should be the responsibility of leadership to promote a culture for innovation by questioning established cultures and liberating narrow mindsets. It is a harder to come to grips with organisational culture as opposed to, say, strategy or structure. This is because culture is a set of shared values, beliefs and assumptions which strongly influence behaviours, norms and the ways people int

Summary: Medical Professions Consultant, Annemiek Nooteboom, discusses how subtle changes in your body language can have a profound effect on interactions with healthcare colleagues throughout your career. What are the benefits of approachable leadership and what impact can this have on the hospital system? Approachable leadership is very effective because it will strengthen the bond with your staff and

Summary: A new health index proposed by the UK Government may be an effective way of collecting and acting upon abundant health data. It could also facilitate funding allocation to the most efficient initiatives, if devised and applied properly. As a nation, we do not lack health statistics. We collect hundreds of figures, from simple mortality statistics to complex indices of health deprivation. The probl

Summary: Instilling an attitude of resilience in healthcare staff allows them to meet their challenges and effectively recover from setbacks. Every healthcare provider has to face a number of stresses and difficult situations when providing daily care for patients. This puts members of the healthcare profession at risk of anxiety, depression, stress-related illnesses and even burnout. Nurses especial

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Summary: A new initiative, called ACS THRIVE (Transforming Healthcare Resources to Increase Value and Efficiency), was launched this summer to help hospitals and surgical practices improve patient outcomes while lowering the cost of delivering care. A collaboration between the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Harvard Business School's (HBS) Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness aims to improve

Summary: With the push to do more with less in healthcare, a majority of provider organisations are working with at least one firm to outsource some revenue cycle processes. A couple of years ago, I attended a revenue cycle leadership conference with about 300 attendees. Our hosts realised that we wouldn’t be able to cover every topic on the docket, so they let the attendees decide which topic on the li

Summary: A culture of safety not only protects the patient from harm but ensures an open, honest and high-quality healthcare system. W. Edward Deming dedicated much of his career studying and analysing various industries and found there are two general approaches to improving quality. In this case, improving patient safety and the quality of care. If the people and organisation focus on managing costs,

Summary: How can radiologists move towards a model of practice that uses resources and skills effectively and supports high-value care? A leading radiologist and population health scientist explains. Medical imaging technology has made tremendous advancements, enabling the accurate diagnosis of various diseases and conditions. In many instances, imaging is critical for diagnosis, determining appropriate m

Summary: The Danish model shows that, when Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) work, they can usher in innovation and solutions previously regarded as out of reach. While healthcare authorities in many countries are experiencing increasing demands and costs due to an ageing population and more patients with chronic diseases, they are, at the same time, in a kind of opposition to healthcare and pharma compa

Summary: No other industry that operates as inefficiently and ineffectively as healthcare has survived disruption in the 21st century. Why does medicine remain the exception and what forces are powerful enough to improve quality and bring costs under control? The United States spent an average of $10,209 on each citizen in 2017, the last year data were made available. The second highest-spending nation w

Summary: The future of global healthcare requires a shift towards a real-time, digital learning healthcare ecosystem, but how can we use patient data to achieve this goal? Healthcare data is seen by many as the ‘new goldmine,’ with many businesses in this field evaluated and sold at a significant value. Flatiron, the start-up acquired by Roche for 1.9 billion dollars, has utilised a specialised Onc

Summary: By combining digital transformation with the core VBHC initiatives, we can provide effective, patient-centred care for the future. The way the healthcare sector is currently organised is not financially sustainable. To provide qualitative, patient-centred and effective care in the future, a different mindset on valuing health outcomes is required. Usage of the right software in combination with V

An overview of healthcare industry revenue, growth and expenditures.

Winning Practices

Summary: In the drive for patient engagement, what benefits does cloud computing have over delivery formats of imaging records widely used today? Medical imaging is an important element of most healthcare processes and contributes to accurate disease diagnosis and treatment. Medical imaging technology is advancing and improving every day and new devices and techniques are possible. Thus, medical imaging u

Summary: EIT Health, a network organisation supported by the European Union, is addressing the impact technology is having on both healthcare employees and end user patients through innovative training that upskills the health workforce and improves patient care. EIT Health is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT) in 2016.

Summary: A medical communications expert looks at how industry’s relationship with the patient has changed over 25 years and what is necessary for successful future liaison. It is twenty-five years since I first started working in medical communications and with patient organisations. In 1995 there was no such thing as ‘patient-centred behaviours.' There was clinical research, some communication w

I-I-I Blog

(I expert, I question, I answer) Have you got something to say? Visit https://healthmanagement.org/blog/index or contact [email protected] Immanuel Azaad Moonesar President-AIB-MENA & Assistant Professor of Health Policy - Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dubai TOP QUOTE FROM THE BLOG: Addressing Overall Expenditures in the U.S. Healthcare “Cost containment is necessary to



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