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I was struck by a press announcement of the United States Food and Drug Administration of 23 May 2017: ‘FDA approves first cancer treatment for any solid tumour with a specific genetic feature’   This is good news. Because it means that the knowledge that science has given us many years ago now is accepted by the regulator for the first time. Cancer... Read more

We asked healthcare service providers what they'll need to succeed. Some of the answers will surprise you.I recently had the honor of giving the key note speech at the Healthcare Business International Conference 2017, where 570 healthcare industry CEOs from 50 countries gathered to share their perspectives on what to expect in healthcare over the next... Read more

Healthcare without IT is unthinkable these days, as it plays an increasingly important role in many work processes. This trend is set to continue, and medical equipment and IT will be linked even more closely in the future. Intelligent technology investment strategies will therefore need to be more holistic to be effective going forward.   Besides... Read more

I am writing this blog on a train to Manchester, conscious that I have already missed the Editor's deadline by a few days. I am not sure why, but my chosen title has been more challenging than I expected.   At first I wondered about using my Dad's experience of being a stroke patient as my starting point for a diatribe on 'Do Patients Matter?' It would... Read more

  I’ve come to the conclusion that many physicians within our ranks are often missing pages, even volumes, when it comes to the leadership skills fundamental to our roles as senior leaders. We are pleased to accept invitations to join management teams and boards of directors. Our excitement, however, is usually fleeting. Our pride and enthusiasm are... Read more

“Good morning Mr. Smith. Good to see you, how are you doing? You’re looking for a new car? That’s good news. We decided that it’s going to be a Ford Focus, ST, 2.0 Eco-boost, 184 KW, 6-gear. Let’s see in our stock if there is a possibility for you to choose the colour—otherwise it will be a red one."Does this conversation look strange to you? I hope... Read more

HealthManagement.org is pleased to introduce the new Editor-in-Chief for EXEC, Ms. Ann Marie O'Grady. O’Grady is Chief Executive of Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin, a specialist hospital for older people encompassing services that include rehabilitation, respite care, sheltered housing, day-care services and residential care. It is a not-for-profit independent... Read more

AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which gradually interferes with the immune system and makes a person more prone to infection and tumours, was first recognised in 1981. Since then, it has led to the deaths of more than 25 million people. According to the United Nations Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic2013 , an estimated 33 million people... Read more

Poliomyelitis The lowest annual polio prevalence seen to date was in 2016, with 37 reported cases, so this disease may well be next to be eradicated. The following world regions have been declared polio-free: The Americas (1994); Indo-West Pacific region (1997); Europe (1998); Western Pacific region, including China (2000); and Southeast Asia region (2014),... Read more

The wife of a hospitalised friend called me one Saturday morning in tears. Gary had been diagnosed two weeks earlier with early-stage bladder cancer and underwent cystoscopic surgery. The catheter was removed a few days later then was put back in because of urinary retention. His urologist removed the catheter, again, on a Thursday afternoon. By Friday... Read more


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