Archive for February, 2014



What Can Healthcare Learn From Project Management?

February 26th, 2014
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David Scher’s post was originally published on The Digital Health Corner.

 

Traditionally, manufacturers have adopted project management more than physicians and other healthcare providers have. But health technology expert and physician David Scher identifies several ways in which project management can help providers and hospitals develop a more focused approach to improving patient outcomes. Collaborative outlooks and teams; a designated project manager overseeing planning, management and execution of patient care; a shared vision among all participants; use of technology as a tool (as opposed to a standalone solution); and controlling costs all are familiar topics to project managers. Scher believes these concepts should become familiar to healthcare managers, as well.

 

At Popper and Company, we believe in helping facilitate the convergence of healthcare with technology and other industries. Thus, we hope you will read David’s full post on The Digital Health Corner to learn more about his ideas.

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Apple Eyes Tesla—Transformative Power Play or Spoiled Fruit?

February 21st, 2014
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The headline leapt from the San Francisco media and spread to websites and blogs worldwide: Will Apple Computer buy electronic car maker Tesla? The answer to that question is cloudy. There are a lot of rumors swirling about the two companies, Tesla founder Elon Musk is involved in a multitude of projects, and the alleged meeting took place more than a year ago.
 
Perhaps the more important question is—why would Apple and Tesla be interested in one another? They’re two great companies that could probably do something fantastic together, but they’re in very different industries. While that hasn’t stopped Apple before, the company hasn’t previously acquired for innovation – rather, it has usually developed from within.
 
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A Meeting of Minds on the Value of Healthcare IT

February 19th, 2014
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As healthcare providers face challenges from empowered patients, the increasing impact of the internet and mobile technology on patient care, and more outcomes-focused regulatory requirements, the role of information technology in healthcare has never been more important. To both gain more perspective and to help align Popper and Company’s strategies with the latest advances and issues, I will be attending the annual HIMSS14 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando starting next week.
 
At Popper and Company, we’ve helped guide our clients around a wide range of healthcare IT issues, ranging from mobile health, to patient engagement, to establishing the value of healthcare IT—all “hot topics” at this year’s HIMSS meeting. I expect that some of the issues we’ve discussed in the past will be part of this year’s conference, namely:
 
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Technology versus the Elephants in the Medical Examination Room

February 13th, 2014
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David Scher’s post was originally published on The Digital Health Corner.
 
While technology is lauded for improving communication in many areas, including healthcare, there are still at least five issues that patients and even doctors find themselves uncomfortable discussing face to face. In his post “Five Elephants in the Exam Room: Can Technology Help?,” David Scher points out how new apps, Internet innovations and other electronic advances can help patients and doctors talk about issues like sexual function, alternative treatments, and advanced directives for end of life care. Digital tools may even help doctors become more accepting of the online world.
 
At Popper and Company, we believe in helping facilitate the convergence of healthcare with technology and other industries. We hope you will read David’s full post on The Digital Health Corner to gain another perspective on this convergence.

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CVS Kicks the Habit, with Implications for Consumer-Centered Healthcare

February 10th, 2014
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CVS/Pharmacy’s recent announcement that it will cease selling tobacco products in all its stores by October 1 made headlines nationwide. The decision underscores the growing power of the consumer in healthcare, while raising questions about the sale of other products that have an impact on public health.
 
In its announcement and in an article in JAMA, CVS emphasized the need to make smoking less socially acceptable. The number of smokers in the U.S. has declined drastically in 50 years, from 42% to 18% of the population, which still leaves 42 million active smokers, costing $132 billion in direct medical costs and another $157 billion in lost productivity. In addition, the irony of pharmacies selling products to promote health while also selling tobacco products was not lost on the authors (or the company, according to its announcement).
 
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