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Innovate the hospital with IT to energize Healthcare

Healthcare always gets a lot of attention since it has a direct impact on our personal life style and wellbeing. Present times are no different. However, much of the discussion is usually about the availability of healthcare to various demographic slices of the community and its associated funding model over time. You don't hear much about the need to improve the overall patient experience across the service provider eco-system, which includes the physician’s office, offsite ancillary services, the home, the mobile device with the hospital at its nerve center. Baldur Johnsen, Director of Global Business Development and Alliances, Applications and Business Services, HP Enterprise Services will be addressing these very issues in a 6-part webinar series (see Page 9 of the article) where he provided more details on current trends driving the transformation of healthcare management.


So, how did I come to know about this series of webinars? The HP Industry Edge Health and Life Sciences Digital Hospital Special Edition has an article titled "The digital hospital solution" Transforming the way healthcare is managed by Johnsen where he shares several interesting points that represent the current state of the healthcare industry.


For example, did you know:


  • Per the Organization for Economic co-operation and Development, the real cost of healthcare has increased 70% on average for member countries since 1990.
  • Avoidable medical mistakes reportedly kill nearly 200,000 people per year in United States alone.
  • Treatment of serious illnesses requires the active coordination of a team of more than 100 health professionals in treatment and another 90 in recovery.
  • Per the Permanente Journal, Summer 2008, nurses may only get to spend 19% of a typical shift actually providing direct care to patients.
  • World Health Organization estimates overall inefficiencies in the healthcare system waste as much as 20% to 40% of available budgets.
  • In the United States, hospital services represent 48% of healthcare spending, making them prime targets for innovation.

Johnsen goes on to discuss that healthcare has lagged behind other industries in using IT to better coordinate activities and keep all resources – human and machine – productive.


I see an opportunity here where the healthcare industry is poised for growth with IT playing a significant role in its evolution. Here is why:


We get so involved with our daily lives that our own personal healthcare tends to take a backseat and become an afterthought at best. How many New Year’s resolutions to exercise have been broken in a matter of weeks? Days? Hours? Perhaps, the state of the healthcare industry is symptomatic of our behavioral patterns as humans!


How can the healthcare industry pause to take care of its own health through the HP Digital hospital?


Attend this webinar series to find out.


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Nadhan | ‎11-13-2012 01:37 PM

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