Healthcare Magazine

This Healthcare Magazine is the source for a plethora of unique Healthcare articles. Several notable figures in the medical industry, from top med schools and hospitals are featured in the Medical Sciences section, with their expert knowledge of the field.

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Healthcare Governance

Time for a revamp

Corporate governance structures across businesses are witnessing a sea change with hierarchies and egos being sacrificed for efficiencies This change has been abetted by factors such as globalisation and growing consumer awareness Organisations have realised the need to change and their leaders are working towards creating governing structures that...

HealthCare Management

Role of Governance

Patient Safety & Quality

In any complex organisation it is the roleand the responsibilityof the leadership to set standards for performance This responsibility is especially important if healthcare organisations are to succeed both clinically and financially The governing body as representatives of the community must support processes for patient safety to be monitored and...

Transparency in Healthcare

Seeing is Believing

Government and healthcare leaders around the world recognise that transparency is critical to the sustainability of health systems in the future The presumption is that when consumers are armed with accurate information and informed choices providers will improve the quality of care they deliver government and other reimbursers can reward quality a...

McHealthcare

Delivering Consumer-Driven Healthcare

As industrialised societies pursue solutions for providing costeffective healthcare services to their larger and older populations consumerism is emerging as a new force with the potential to reshape the industry and its economics Whether in the context of a fully public fully private or a hybrid healthcare system consumerism is now a global phenom...

What can the Operating Room Learn from the Cockpit?

The cascade of interest in patient safety has prompted several experienced healthcare providers to look to other professions for clues as to how to be safe in dangerous situations The nuclear power industry the submarine service and commercial aviation all represent high reliability systems that have posted enviable safety records Not surprisingly

Communication, Challenges and Opportunities During Handoffs

In medical care a handoff also known as signout or endofshift report refers to information about a patient that is transferred by one professional or a team to another The primary objective of a handoff is to provide accurate information about a patients care treatment and services current condition and any recent or anticipated

NICE

Making the Best Use of Healthcare Resources

Along with the expected complexities of working in and on behalf of a rapidly changing health system it has been an interesting year in the evolution of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellences NICE work programme The NHS is constantly striving to make tactical and strategic alterations to its structure in order to adapt and to operat...

Communication, Challenges and Opportunities During Handoffs

In medical care a handoff also known as signout or endofshift report refers to information about a patient that is transferred by one professional or a team to another The primary objective of a handoff is to provide accurate information about a patients care treatment and services current condition and any recent or anticipated

Medical Sciences

Treating Lung Cancer

Immunotherapeutic strategies

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the world In in the US alone there were an estimated deaths in patients suffering from lung cancer including to never smokers These numbers clearly demonstrate that despite progress in the treatment of this disease over the past two decades there are still few longterm survivors only about of

Truth in Ethics, Truth in Science - Different?

Is truth in ethics different from truth in science A way of understanding the question is this Is the notion of truth in ethics different from the notion of truth in science The answer to the question is then straightforward no In my opinion shared by many but not all thinkers there is just one notion of truth and it is the same in all fields In sa...

Surgical Speciality

Surgical Response to Mass Casualty Incidents

The Israeli Experience

The frequency of recorded Mass Casualty Incidents MCIs has increased over the past years with almost billion people being affected by disasters during the past years alone Approximately half of all natural disasters occur in Asia even though it comprises only of the total world area In the second half of the last century approximately of all d

Surgical Skills Simulation

Effect on quality and safety

To give patients the best possible care healthcare providers need to combine the three Ss These are the best Systems the best Science and the best Skills The outline of this is seen in figure Best Science incorporates concepts such as evidencebased care the use of randomised control trial data metaanalyses cochrane collaborations the development t...

Surgical PACS

Design and implementation

Model Guided Therapy MGT is a methodology complementing Image Guided Therapy IGT with additional vital patientspecific data It brings patient treatment closer to achieving more precise diagnosis more accurate assessment of prognosis and a more individualised planning execution and validation of a specific therapy MGT in

Surgical PACS

Design and implementation

Model Guided Therapy MGT is a methodology complementing Image Guided Therapy IGT with additional vital patientspecific data It brings patient treatment closer to achieving more precise diagnosis more accurate assessment of prognosis and a more individualised planning execution and validation of a specific therapy MGT in its simplest instantiatio...

Diagnostics

Digital Radiography

Efficiency With Automated System Movements

There are numerous factors that drive a radiology department to adopt digital imaging technology The use of the Picture Archiving and Communications System PACS and hospital managements need to optimise operating costs for higher efficiency are only two examples

Technology, Equipment Devices

Small is Beautiful

Nanotechnology for medical devices

Many of us might know Isaac Asimovs science fiction novel Fantastic voyage from Here a submarine has been scaled down to the size of a microbe and including a miniaturised crew has been injected into the blood stream of a scientist These scientists were able to successfully remove a blood clot in the brain of a famous physicist and by

Facilities Operations

Healthcare Design

The need for consumer-driven research

The pivotal role of healthcare design in the improvement of healthcare delivery has become widely accepted under the rubric of evidencebased design However there is a need for consumerdriven comprehensive programming methodology applicable to healthcare design projects in Asia and the United States

Desperately Seeking Safety

Creating integrated surgical/imaging environments that do less harm

The challenge of creating safer healthcare environments Health care is plagued by an insurmountable abundance of medical errors It is estimated that over preventable deaths occur each year in the US hospitals alone This is equal in magnitude to a jumbo jet liner crashing every three days with no

Information Technology

Commoditising Healthcare IT

The Next Wave

Healthcare and Information Technology IT have been linked for decades Some of the earliest uses of IT in healthcare were for the creation of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systemssuch as MYCIN and CADEUSin the s These early implementations were heavily influenced by mathematics Their implementation was labourintensive as they utilised bes

Applying Path Innovation

Seeking revolutionary HIT

No country in the world spends more of its GDP on healthcare than the US Compared to other countries in the Asia Pacific region the US spends anywhere from to more and when compared to other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD countries it spends to more Figure Yet according to a report published by the California Health...

Broadband Medical Network in Asia Pacific

The AsiaPacific Advanced Network APAN is a network communication system that can transmit realtime highquality moving digital video DV images over Internet Protocol IP We are now able to use international submarine fiberoptic cable networks in the Asia Pacific region for broadband transmission The distribution of medical information by means of DV...

EMR in a Large Healthcare Organisation

Development and Implementation

Every healthcare organisation always tries to deliver better services for its customers Information Technology IT can be a representative tool for enhancement of healthcare services The scope of IT can be a simple one to more complex one However in case of medical healthcare system any application of IT has to have the fundamental philosophy of pat...

RFID in Healthcare

Enabling patient safety

In the Dutch Ministry of Health Welfare and Sport initiated a project with RFID in healthcare Capgemini Geodan Intel and Oracle implemented three applications at the Academic Medical Center AMC in Amsterdam The applications were based on the use of active and passive RFID tags The Geodan Movida platform managed all identification location and othe...

RFID in Healthcare

The Indian healthcare sector is evolving In this scenario how has RFID been received by the healthcare providers RFID is generating significant interest in the marketplace because of its robust application capabilities RFID is helping hundreds of healthcare facilities across UK US and Germany to improve overall safety and operational efficiency...