Posts Tagged ‘technology’



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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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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Investors May Back a Revolution, but It Takes the People to Start One

May 19th, 2011
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A recent article posted by Luke Timmerman of Xconomy.com paints a bleak picture for the state of biotech investment. He explains that the general public no longer views biotech as worthy of the almighty buzz factor, i.e., the magazine cover stories and TV morning shows so important to the elusive independent investor. He suggests that the biotechnology industry may never capture the public’s imagination again, a strong assertion considering the amazing things happening in genomic research, companion diagnostics, medical technology, telemedicine and other parts of the sector. But is the buzz factor the only thing that matters in an age of consumer empowerment? What about the equally powerful phenomenon of simply going viral?
 
In some ways Mr. Timmerman’s article, in which he speaks of investor excitement for TECHnology versus BIOTECHnology, may not present a fair comparison. Facebook and LinkedIn do not have an entity like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that sends years of data to the trashcan more frequently than it approves a product for use. Nor do many technologies reckon with the complex reimbursement issues faced by products utilized within the healthcare system.
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Staying Productive ­– Virtually

February 28th, 2011
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If you’ve ever missed a connection because of a delayed flight, or been stuck in traffic for hours, you understand one of my biggest pet peeves: inefficient use of time.
 
Because we – and our clients – are spread around the world, we use a variety of tools to keep us productive and efficient from virtually any location. These tools allow us to work remotely and sometimes they even eliminate the need for commuting or travel.
 
Some tools that we use include:

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