Editorial

Dear Reader, In a modern business context, one of the most distinctive features of information technology is the fact that it can add efficiency and value across an entire swathe of processes and specific operational disciplines.   Based on these trends, (E)Hospital and Healthcare IT Management have decided to resume their [email protected] Communications supplement, which appeared for the first time...

Management

AuthorWilliam LaFollette currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).   Six Sigma can reduce defects in services to unprecedented levels because of its strong emphasis on statistical analysis and measurement in design, manufacturing, and the entire area of patient-oriented activities. It is obvious applying Six Sigma has impacts to how well a busines

Nondelegable Role Author Chip Caldwell is president of Chip Caldwell & Associates, and is the Northern Florida Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives.   As a consultant and coach to senior leader teams, Black Belts, and physician leaders who are learning to use improvement approaches like lean and Six Sigma in healthcare, Chip Caldwell also takes on the role of translator

AuthorCatalina Ciolan is Project Director of the European Association of Healthcare IT Managers in Brussels, Belgium.   The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) is a process capability maturity model which helps in the definition and understanding of an organisation’s processes. Initially known as Humprey’s CMM (name given after IT guru Watts Humprey), it has been actively developed by the SEI (US D

Finance/Investment

Facing Hospitals Author Oliver Rong is Principal at the Competence Centre, “Pharmacy and Healthcare”, at Roland Berger Strategy, Berlin,Germany   The current position in Germany The Hospital Financing Law, KHG, of 1972 provided that investment in German hospitals would be allocated from public moneys (Section 4, Paragraph 1 of the KHG). The legislation established the principle of dual finan

Tom Jones is Director at TanJent Consultancy.   Taking decisions can be tough. Taking complex decisions is even tougher. Most eHealth decisions are probably at the tougher end of the complex. They can affect the performance of healthcare resources, impact patients, and are often linked to changes to clinical and working practices of highly trained, highly aware healthcare professionals. It can also...

IT

AuthorNeil A. Halpern is Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York.   Wireless technology offers a viable opportunity to make ICUs more mobile and introduces new possibilities for enhanced ICU manage

Focus:ICU

AuthorNeil A. Halpern is Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York.   Wireless technology offers a viable opportunity to make ICUs more mobile and introduces new possibilities for enhanced ICU manage

Profile

AuthorCaroline Hommez is Managing Editor of (E)Hospital, the Official Journal of the European Association of Hospital Managers in Brussels, Belgium.   ESI-Tecnalia was set up in 1993 as a non-profit technology foundation by the European Commission with the support of Spain’s provincial Basque Government. Its key mission is to contribute to the development of the Information Society and in


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