The Future of Hospital Operations Looks like "Air Traffic Control"
By Mohan Giridharadas
Explosion of data volumes. Interoperability of systems. Large servers in the
sky that can analyze enormous amounts of data, compute complex algorithms in
real time, and communicate in microseconds. Mobile communication through
devices that patients, providers and staff all carry all the time. What does
this all mean for hospital operations? Based on working with dozens of
hospitals and conversations with 100+ others, we think the near future of
hospital operations is quite exciting. Call it what you will - "Hospital
2.0," "No Waiting Rooms," "Hospital Operations Center" - the basic building
blocks to enable the future of hospital operations are already here.
Today, two major shifts are putting pressure on hospitals to rethink how they
deliver care: (a) increased demand for care fr... (more)
Wearable Medical Devices to Drive Global Wireless Health Market till 2023
Recent estimations show that an astounding 1.8 million people across the
world will be using wireless remote monitoring devices by 2017. Many of these
users will be those suffering from chronic diseases. To put that into
perspective, consider this: about 75% of all healthcare expenditure worldwide
is spent on patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes,
asthma, and Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular problems. Grappling with these
issues, the healthcare industry has attempted to increase the integr... (more)
Enabling patient-doctor trust goes a long way in a provider's ability to
provide care. Trust is also critical for enabling network connections that
are safe, to help secure health networks.
The healthcare industry is scrambling to shore up defenses as cyberattacks
and breaches increase. The rapid adoption of electronic health
records/electronic medical records (EHR/EMR) has created an attractive
opportunity for cyber criminals. Ponemon Research recently reported that
breach costs are $363 for each stolen healthcare record, and that is the
highest across all vertical markets.
While there has been much ado about interoperability, there are still no real
solutions, same as last year and the year before that. The large EHR vendors
who continue to dominate the market still maintain that interoperability is
all but solved, still can't connect EHRs across the continuum causing
frustration by providers and a disservice to patients. The ONC pays lip
service to the problem, but that is about it. It is time for the healthcare
industry to consider alternatives like middleware which has been proven in
other industries such as finance, retail and hospitality.
The competitive landscape of the global cloud computing market in the
healthcare industry is crowded due to the presence of a large number of
players. The large number of participants has led to the fragmented nature of
the market. Some of the major players operating in the global cloud computing
market in the healthcare industry are Cisco Systems Inc., Carestream Health
Inc., Carecloud Corp., AGFA Healthcare, IBM Corp., Cleardata Networks, Merge
Healthcare Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., and Oracle Corp.
"The high level of customization required by various healthcare organiza... (more)
Have You Upgraded Your Body to Version 2.0?
The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our
physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change
rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of
the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is
automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected"
In her session at @ThingsExpo, Lisa Calkins, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus
Consulting, will discuss the impact of wearables, IoT and predictive
analytics on h... (more)