Hospital and health system executives tend to think about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in terms of dollars and cents – the value of the deal, transaction dollars, performance, and future projections. But one area that is equally important in hospital M&A transactions – according to new research conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) – is culture and communications.Read more
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Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the US, opened its doors in 1755 and built the nation’s first surgical amphitheater 50 years later. In the early 19th century, this surgical area on the hospital’s top floor offered state-of-the-art technology. Procedures were usually conducted in the mid-afternoon – ideally on cloudless days – to take full advantage of the large glass skylight high above the operating table.Read more
The shift from volume to value is happening all over health care, even in antibiotic development. A team of experts at Duke University released its Priority Antimicrobial Value and Entry (PAVE) proposal, which aims to assure a return-on-investment (ROI) for antibiotic developers. The proposal works by shifting the revenue of new antibiotics from the volume used to their value to treat high risk infections from multidrug-resistant bacteria.Read more
Successful public health campaigns often include a pithy slogan to help us remember the action we’re supposed to take. We teach kids to stop, drop, and roll if ever in a fire. Australia successfully battled skin cancer by asking its citizens to slip, slop, slap (slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat).Read more
It has been about six years since Atul Gawande, MD – a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher – profiled Jeffrey Brenner, MD, in an article in The New Yorker. Dr. Brenner used advanced analytics to identify patterns underlying health care utilization data, which he dubbed “hotspotting” It’s a term used by some police departments to identify high-crime areas.Read more
Researchers are finding some early successes in using digital health techniques to treat depression.
Depression is a global health problem: More than 300 million people struggle with clinical depression world-wide. Barriers to treatment for these patients include cost, time, stigma, and access. In many areas of behavioral health, the relationship between the patient and the therapist is seen as essential to effective care.Read more