Guest Editorial

I am a cancer patient. I have experience first-hand how society’s view on patients deals a massive blow to your own sense of self-worth. Friends stop calling you, or they call you way too much. Healthcare professionals are too stressed out to talk to you. To top it all, you are limited to doing absolutely nothing for several months, or even years. These things combined, together with the obvious physica...

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The new President of the European Association of Healthcare Managers (EAHM) says healthcare needs radically new thinking for necessary solutions to new challenges. Director of the Hospital Centre of Troyes in France, Blua was elected the new head at the 48th EAHM Ordinary General Assembly held at the congress. HealthManagement.org caught up with Blua to find out what his priorities are for healthcare m...

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HealthManagement spoke to Daniela Pedrini, a leading light in the International Federation of Health Engineering (IFHE) on the changes she wants to see taking shape in healthcare architecture in the years ahead. There are two phases, as it is stated in the Standing Orders of the (IFHE) during the 25th Congress just concluded in Brisbane, Australia. Now the Council has officialised my nomination as f...

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Point-of-View

With the shift toward value-based care, healthcare providers are focused on their most pressing challenges: improving the patient and staff experience; increasing diagnostic confidence; enabling greater efficiency and productivity; and facilitating data-driven practice management. The need to connect data and technology to enable precision healthcare and expand our understanding of disease and view of tra...

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“At Affidea, the scale of our operation gives us unique capabilities in AI, including rich data sets which we can use to drive forward innovations in patient care both internally and with our partners. We want to help create a future where healthcare professionals can devote their time to doing what they do best – delivering the best possible care for patients.” Giuseppe Recchi CEO, Affidea Th...

Hyperthermia can further enhance the therapeutic outcomes of radiation and chemotherapy, while keeping side effects at a minimum. A treatment method with many advantages. Hyperthermia is the intentional overheating for therapeutic purposes, either throughout the body or in individual organs. The method of directly and precisely targeting individual body regions with hyperthermia systems is referred to...

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With the clock clicking for fully entering a digital landscape that will benefit patient and provider, medical labs need to act fast. Baher Al Hakim, CEO of Medicus, an AI-based platform that converts data for effective health insights, spoke to HealthManagement.org about the whats, whys and, importantly, the hows. While the centrality of the patient has been on the agenda for years, this direction ha...

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Management Matters

Diabeter employs a leadership style which incorporates value into all its clinics. Prof. Henk-Jan Aanstoot explains how he keeps a motivated, coherent team and what his future plans are. Within Diabeter, we have developed a value-based healthcare (VBHC) model that transforms healthcare delivery by providing a combination of innovative technologies, patient-centric care delivery, and reimbursement o...

Findings from recent studies on compassion in the workplace, the business case for compassion and some practical tips on how to create a more compassionate workplace. If you work in the healthcare sector, you agree that compassion is fundamental to patient care. The majority of the people in healthcare work hard to offer compassionate care to their patients. Mid-Staffordshire Hospital in the UK is j...

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Second chances are not an option. Trainer, Michael Virardi, on how commitment and preparation are of prime importance when faced with game-changing career choices. It’s no secret to the people closest to me: I’m very ambitious. Ever since I can remember, as a young boy growing up in Cyprus and, later, working for our family business, I had a strong desire and determination to succeed; a desire to...

Cover Story: The Whole Patient

Clinical competence and limiting factors. In this short opinion piece, carer and consumer advisor Belinda MacLeod-Smith challenges us to consider crucial elements of whole patient care, and how they can be impacted by limiting factors. Caring for someone with ongoing, occasionally acute, health needs means I have a high level of interest when it comes to hospital-based services and the concept of ...

Patients are people when they leave the doctor´s office. They live a life, have jobs and families. Taking a whole person approach is the only way forward to face today´s and tomorrow´s healthcare challenges. Why is talking about the whole person relevant today in healthcare? Let’s start by highlighting some key facts: It is estimated that four non-communicable diseases, namely cardiovascular di...

If we want to implement the WHO definition of health, we need to build people-centred care and service systems that we will evaluate the patient as a whole. In 1948, the World Health Organization defined the concept of health as follows: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO 2018). This definition suggests we evaluate t...

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Person and family engagement (PFE) has been called the blockbuster drug of the 21st century. How can hospitals implement engagement so that patients and families are partners in patient safety? What if I told you there is a new medicine that could accelerate medical error prevention, improve outcomes, reduce readmissions and increase your patient satisfaction scores? Would you be interested? Now, wh...

Focusing on the issues and opportunities in quantifying patient engagement in pharma. It is an exciting time to be a member of the ‘patient economy’. For close to a decade pharma has worked relentlessly – sometimes seeming to run in circles – chasing the ‘perfect’ infrastructure to implement a company shift to a patient-centric focus. Now, whether the system is ‘C-level’, grassroots or t...

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High-quality patient information is crucial to the success of personalised care. Leadership from the management team is critical in embedding patient information throughout patient pathways. Why should healthcare managers make patient information a priority when there are so many other pressing items on the agenda? The answer is simple. Without access to high-quality, accessible health informatio...

World Health Innovation Summit (#WHIS) connects people and communities to improve their health and wellbeing (salutogenesis approach) while creating and sharing opportunities. Technology is an enabler and now we have the means to share knowledge worldwide in an instant. We can use these means to support people’s health and wellbeing while generating value. This brings opportunities and the World H...

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A new study reports on the impact of breast density legislation in the USA on awareness of breast density and conversations between doctors and women about screening. Almost 10 years after the first breast density notification law was passed in Connecticut in 2009, 36 states in the USA now have such legislation. Research commissioned by Are You Dense, Inc., and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc. set out to...

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Data-driven business models make up the medical and healthcare market in large parts, a trend reinforced by further technological developments and regulation. Care must be taken to avoid a situation where only a few players benefit. Who lives outside the GAMFANNAT economy (Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Alibaba, Tencent)? An increasing market capitalisation of approximately $5 tr...

With patient engagement there comes increasing responsibility – on the patient, their family and the provider. HealthManagement.org spoke to four leading patient advocates for their views on approaching patient engagement and the challenges that lie ahead. Dave deBronkart Patient Advocate, Speaker and Author e-Patient Dave USA [email protected], epatientdave.com @ePatientDave "Becoming e...

Understanding the 'whole patient' and how it could lead to better clinical outcomes and more positive patient experiences....

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Winning Practices

With the requirement that ISO 15189 imposes on medical laboratories, which approach can motivate personnel to embrace the assessment criteria? As an internationally-recognised benchmark for quality management systems and competence standards, medical laboratories are constantly under pressure to secure ISO15189 accreditation. But increasing stringency of the latest 2012 version of the standards model...

Big data and deep learning techniques are increasingly being applied to radiological problems, where they serve as powerful complements to traditional study designs. The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for more than 50 years and has recently found its way into medicine, particularly into the field of radiology. It is currently widely discussed in both scientific and non-scienti...

The potential impact of artificial intelligence in radiology is impressive; vendors and major academic centres are developing a wide array of artificial intelligence applications and neural networks to aid radiologists in clinical diagnosis and clinical decision support. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the trending topics in medicine and especially radiology in recent years. Research papers are p...

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A sonographer and a microbiologist working together to increase awareness of infection control in the ultrasound world. Over the past few years, these two Australians have published extensively in the field of infection control in medical ultrasound practice. Whilst Sue performs ultrasound scans in her role as a research sonographer, Jocelyne has a PhD in microbiology and is passionate about infection...

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US-elastography, introduced to clinical practice in the early 2000s, is today considered a useful additional tool to baseline ultrasound in different clinical fields. Several papers, as well as the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) and the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) have published guidelines reporting on clinical value,...

I-I-I Blog

Visit https://healthmanagement.org/blog/index or contact [email protected] HealthSkouts, Professor - Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium TOP QUOTE FROM BLOGMaking healthcare delightful “Being resilient, dealing with the unknown, with change, is exactly what will keep you and your company relevant and ‘young’.” See more at: https://iii.hm/or8 Editorial Board Member HealthMana...

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