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Embracing Change for Healthcare Transformation

Embracing Change for Health Care Transformation

With thousands flocking to Chicago for the annual ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, many were interested in learning more about the strategic initiatives, aimed at delivering ‘high value’ healthcare, manifesting here, there…suddenly everywhere.  Speaking to the increased recognition and velocity for change, Sabrina Rodak highlights six key themes that were no doubt ubiquitous at this moment of metamorphosis for healthcare, and more to the point, the hospital industry.

Building on a recent article in Health Affairs, “Decline In Utilization Rates Signals A Change In The Inpatient Business Model”, Rodak notes that keeping patients healthy through preventive and primary care services, and out of acute care facilities whenever possible via population health management is the new mandate. By focusing on care delivery in the right place at the right time with the right quality, cost, and access, leaders in this new era will transform the health of the system, as well as the nation.

In order to succeed, six fundamental requirements have been defined:

1. Culture. Hospital leaders need to focus on delivering value rather than only acute-care services.  Proponents believe that happy, engaged providers and employees have a more positive impact on patient experience, versus those that do not.

2. Physicians and care delivery. Hospitals will need a strong physician platform to reduce utilization and cost and improve value. In concert with local, affiliated physicians and allied health providers, hospitals and health systems are moving closer to this goal through a variety of care coordination innovations.

3. Communication and HIT. Hospitals need to develop health IT systems to communicate with providers across the care continuum and analyze data to increase value. And with the onset of stage 2 meaningful use, having the tools to define and eradicate potential conflict between patient expectations and evidence-based medicine becomes tantamount.

4. Facilities. Hospital leaders should consider investing in outpatient settings instead of building costly hospital facilities.

5. Contracts. Hospital leaders need to encourage payors to participate in value-based initiatives to support providers who are delivering value. Nimble, forward thinking organizations are exploring a variety of collaborative measures in order to jointly address care delivery innovation.

6. Transformation. Hospitals need to start preparing for a value-based care model now by eliminating clinical variation, reorganizing services and reducing costs.  Checking out the ACHE Congress Management Innovations and Circle of Life winners gives you a small sample of the transformations en route and poised to come.

While measured steps are being taken for positive outcomes, critics of the Health Affairs article argue that this is meaningless activity for those lacking health insurance, mired in sub-optimal social health circumstances and facing a dangerous precipice with potential changes in Medicaid funding. Right, wrong or indifferent, there is one consistent theme – the time is ripe for change.  And as the outgoing ACHE Chairman, Gayle Capozzalo, points out – we, as healthcare leaders, are no strangers to change.

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse PractitionerPhysician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates that stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website

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Given the demise of Steve Jobs’ personal health, what better way to perpetuate his lasting legacy?

Given the demise of Steve Jobs’ personal health, what better way to perpetuate his lasting legacy?

After reading the insightful commentary in Trickle Down Health or Health 2.0 Impressions  from John Moore at Chillmark Research, it got me thinking.  In reviewing the recent Healthcare 2.0 presentations, Moore concludes that these passionate innovators, while dedicated to making a difference, are still missing the mark.  Specifically, he states,

“Looking around at the Health 2.0 audience one sees a sea of almost exclusively upper, middle class professionals that are tapping away on their iPad, smartphone or laptop. When one sits back and thinks about the many demos seen, virtually all of them seem to be designed for this audience. Maybe the most disturbing part of the event was the on-stage interview with a mother of eight kids (she was white, middle age and clearly upper middle class) showing how her family is tapped into the quantified self movement with the various Apps they use to track their health and fitness. This is not representative of the broad swath of the American populace who are the ones that will drive our healthcare system off the proverbial cliff. It is that grandmother in Indiana who is caring for her diabetic, overweight husband, two grandchildren, a daughter suffering from an addiction and a son-in-law who is unemployed and has no health insurance that we need to talk to, have up on stage to tell us what they need to better manage their health and interaction with the healthcare system. “

What, are you asking, does this have to do with Steve Jobs?  With the recent launch of the Apple iPhone 4S, it is likely that the iPhone 3GS has met virtual extinction.  What better way to make use of this technology than to donate it to providers that are working with the very population identified above?  The National Association of Community Health Centers leaps to mind and there are, no doubt, many other deserving institutions.   With the development of  AT&T ForHealth, this carrier would be the perfect partner to successfully implement  this meaningful project.  While telehealth offers countless ways to improve health care delivery, the iPhone technology exists today – so what are we waiting for?

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website

Akin to the iPhone 4S/5 debacle, can the mobile healthcare market deliver?

Akin to the iPhone 4S/5 debacle, can the mobile healthcare market deliver?

While Apple was able to sidestep the delay of the iPhone 5 by presenting the new and improved 4S, will the mobile health market successfully bring the following forecasts to life?   According to MobiHealth News, the following list of predictions for the next five years of mobile health — including prognostications for both consumer and enterprise — begins with one that has already come to pass.

  • According to Manhattan Research, 81 percent of physicians will utilize smartphones by 2012 –  this level of adoption was reached in May 2011
  • Revenues from remote patient monitoring services that use mobile networks will rise to $1.9 billion globally by 2014 as noted by Juniper Research
  • Chillmark predicts that the rapid evolution of mobile devices, physician demand, and healthcare enterprises’ need to improve quality and efficiencies will send the mobile app market soaring to $1.7 billion in three years time
  • Voice over WiFi and RTLS (real-time location systems) will be joined by “medical body area networks” (MBANs), which utilize WiFi in mobile monitoring device, to catapult the WiFi market into the $1.3B range
  • The market for wearable devices will exceed 100 million units annually by 2016, as reported ABI Research
  • The global combined unit shipments of home-use digital blood-glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, weight scales, pulse oximeters and peak flow meters used in telehealth applications will grow to more than 1.6 million, according to a 2010 InMedica report
  • Wireless devices that monitor patients’ conditions and report the data to healthcare providers will show a 77 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that will create global revenues of $950 million by 2014, according to a 2009 report from ABI Research

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates stand head and shoulders above the competition.

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Are you ready for Health 2.0?

Are you ready for Health 2.0?

One of the most intriguing aspects of the evolving provider/patient relationship is how it will change as patients and providers participate more and more in what has been termed Health 2.0.

Health 2.0 is a term that is related to the term Web 2.0.  Web 1.0 describes what most of us do on the Internet: we search for information about a subject and then we read the documents that the search engine identifies for us. Web 2.0 describes how more and more of us are using tools like blogs, podcasts, video, online forums, Really Simple Syndication (RSS), social networks, Wikis, and other disruptive technologies to create user-generated content.  Health 2.0 describes how patients are using the Internet to take charge of their own health care, and how some pioneering providers are using the same tools to partner with their patients.

Intriguing to note that the Veteran Administration‘s use of VistA, a repository for storage and analysis of medical/pharmacy data coupled with an online social network linking patient/provider, has cut individual patient healthcare costs by a whopping 30 percent.  How, you ask?  Simply put, patients are more engaged, care is provided in a timely manner and unnecessary tests and procedures are avoided.

Ultimately, new collaborative technologies and connectivity tools foster a cooperative environment that allows organizations — and the people who work in them — to gain much greater control over many important healthcare factors.  In helping people work together to achieve better healthcare outcomes (i.e. healthier lifestyles), organizations reap the benefits of improved productivity.

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website

Does Labor Day represent the end – or the beginning?

Does Labor Day represent the end – or the beginning?

Typically, Labor Day is seen as the rite of passage from summer to fall.  Instead of mourning summer’s end, one should take advantage of  Labor Day parties to make new friends and grow your network!   The tips below make this easy.

Don’t try to immediately sell yourself. Rather, ask questions to gain information about the person you are talking to, and learn about their interests and passions. Find out what’s special about them and how your can serve and encourage them.

Wear something unique that stands out and makes it easy for others to ask questions and start a conversation. Pins, custom nametags and embroidered logos can pique someone’s curiosity and beg a question.

Be a giver! Plan to leave each person you talk to with something of value. This could be as small as a smile or as significant as a referral. Other ‘gifts’ might include: information to help them deal with an issue or situation they’re facing, a relevant, helpful article or book, or someone they should meet and get to know.

Avoid the challenge of trying to balance a plate and glass while you shake hands and talk with others. When you’re eating, focus on that, but when networking, give your full attention to the person you’re talking to.

Have a positive attitude about the event you’re attending. Let the host or organizer know how much you appreciate the hard work she or he put into making the event a success.

Do your best to let everyone you talk with feel important, special and valued. Offer sincere compliments and pay attention to what they have to say.

May your Labor Day celebrations lead to many sparkling relationship successes!

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website