Hospital-physician alignment arrangements are becoming an increasingly sought-after integration model as health organizations are redesigning their approaches to care in the pay-for-performance environment.
Medical device firms' success in the future will depend on how successfully their customers manage patients and costs. Venders are trying to transform into partners instead of just sellers. Medtronic’s CEO, for example, wants to become a top medtech solutions partner. What does a Kaiser Permanente executive think of that lofty goal? “Medtronic’s reluctance to release pacemaker data to patients does not align with our values,” said Chief Medical Information Officer and Assistant Medical Director John Mattison.
Advanced medical devices are more often the solution when it comes to health-care costs, helping people live longer, preventing hospitalizations and absenteeism, and keeping patients out of nursing homes.
"Implementing ultrasound DICOM structured reporting tools yields a significant improvement in dictation times over conventional reporting methods, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting. Using DICOM structured reports from ultrasound systems significantly reduces dictation time, representing potential time savings of nearly seven days a year for the institution, said presenter Dr. Steven Horii from the University of Pennsylvania Health System."