The 30 Most Famous and Prestigious Hospitals in the World

Posted by admin on November 11, 2011

If looking for a master’s in healthcare administration or any degree, studying history is an important part. But when looking up the history of healthcare in the country or world, it can be a little short. However, there is far more to the industry than what exists today. Hospitals have been around for hundreds of years, and although the technology has vastly expanded, many of the original premises to them remain the same.

To give you a better idea, we have collected the 30 most famous and prestigious hospitals in the world. They include entries within our own borders to those across the sea and who have passed the test of time. So get ready to visit them all, at least in a virtual sense, in the below. [click to continue…]

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19 Healthcare IT Case Studies Worth Reading

Posted by admin on January 17, 2011

The world of healthcare poses unique challenges for IT professionals. There is confidential data to manage, and the volume of data is vast. There are multiple locations to support and virtually no downtime allowed for systems, since healthcare operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, the IT professionals who work in healthcare must stay on top of their game, ensuring that they’re providing the latest and greatest technology.

Reading case studies is a great way to stay abreast on the latest technology, and see what has worked for other healthcare organizations in the area of IT. We’ve combined 19 case studies we think you’ll enjoy.

  1. Developing an Enterprise Wide Data Warehouse for a Commercial Health Benefits Company: Data warehousing is big these days, and is a key to managing your company’s data for the purposes of data mining. This case study from Infosys gives a real life example.
  2. Infosys Integration and Collaboration Solution Helps Mercy Health Plans Enhance Customer Satisfaction: Another case from Infosys, this one details how they helped Mercy Health Plans improve customer service.
  3. MERS Helps Roseland Create a Culture of Patient Safety: This case study details the setup and implementation of an automated adverse event reporting system.
  4. DCH Health Systems Reduces costs, Denied Claims and A/R Days by Integrating Care Medic’s eFR: This case study covers how implementing a new software accounts receivable system improved the clinic’s financial performance.
  5. Embracing New Technology to Ensure High Quality Care: This case study looks at how Wayne Memorial Hospital saved money with a new asset tracking system.
  6. Care New England Reduces Costs with Document Management Technology: Review how implementing a new document management system has saved Care New England nearly $100,000 per year just on reports.
  7. Multi-Specialty Healthcare Network Achieves 20% Annual Laboratory Cost Savings Through Automation and Integrated Analytics: See how this company employed a front end automation solution along with new laboratory techniques to save money and increase efficiency in the lab.
  8. Healthcare Major Accelerates Time to Market By Nine Months Using Service Oriented Architecture: See how new architecture helped this company get to market faster and save money.
  9. Leveraging Service Oriented Architecture for Competitive Advantage: This company used Infosys to update their payor solution to increase efficiency and save money.
  10. Impact Analysis for a Multi-State Leading Healthcare Organization in the US: Infosys helps a healthcare company conduct an impact analysis in an automated fashion, saving time and money over performing the analysis manually.
  11. Automating Services and Contract Systems for a Healthcare Provider: See how Infosys helped a leading healthcare provider increase efficiency by automating services and contract systems.
  12. Electronic Health Records for the UK Government: See how changing health records to electronic format worked for the UK government.
  13. HIPAA Compliance for Pharmco Company: See how Infosys helped a drug company implement a system to satisfy HIPAA privacy act requirements.
  14. Developing a PHR Solution for a Health Insurer: Infosys helps an insurance company implement a PHR solution.
  15. Infosys: Aetna’s Trusted IT Partner for More Than a Decade: See how Aetna’s long term relationship with Infosys has been beneficial to the company.
  16. Infosys BPO Partners with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield: See how Infosys helped Blue Cross of New Jersey.
  17. Web Services Testing Enables Healthcare Organization to Cut Maintenance Costs: See how partnering with Infosys for web services testing helped a company to enhance their customer ordering system.
  18. Establishing a Testing Center of Excellence for a Commercial Health Benefits Company: See how a large benefits company improved stability by partnering with Infosys for a testing center.
  19. Portal Strategy and Technology Architecture for a Pharmacy Benefit Manager: See how a new portal and technology architecture helped one pharmacy benefits management company increase efficiency and save money.

By examining these and other case studies, you’re sure to be able to learn new ways to help your company become more efficient, provide better patient care, and likely save some money along the way, too.

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Top 50 Blogs About Alzheimer’s

Posted by Samantha Reno on November 29, 2010

Are you interested in finding answers to the difficulties and issues surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease? Begin your search with this list of the top 50 blogs about Alzheimer’s, which focuses on blogs written by children and spouses of sufferers, as well as blogs written for families and caregivers by attorneys, healthcare administrators and other caregivers. [click to continue…]

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17 Disease Control Experts Worth Following on Twitter

Posted by admin on October 19, 2010

Disease outbreaks are big news, but sometimes only in the areas that are most greatly affected. Those who are in the healthcare administration field, however, often want to be in the know about disease outbreaks and the methods used to control them even when they don’t affect areas near them. Here are 17 organizations and individuals with expertise in disease outbreaks and control that healthcare administrators will want to follow on Twitter.

  1. CDC Emergency: Follow news from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. This information is provided by their emergency preparedness and response group, so they will keep you up to date on disease outbreaks. The CDC is the foremost disease outbreak and research community in the United States. If there’s a US outbreak of anything going on, the CDC will keep you informed.
  2. NIH: The National Institute of Health is the nation’s premier government funded research agency. They provide lots of information on diseases, research and cures.
  3. NHS Swine Flu News: Get news on the H1N1 flu virus and outbreaks in the UK from this Twitter page. This page is helpful if you’re traveling to the UK during flu season.
  4. Swine Flu Breaking News: Keep up with information about H1N1 flu activity in the US with this Twitter page. This is one of the best swine flu outbreak reporters for the US. This one gets a lot of use during flu season.
  5. Swine Flu/Bird Flu: Keep up with worldwide news about Swine Flu and Bird Flu through this Twitter page.
  6. FDA Warning: This is one of many Twitter pages from the US Food and Drug Administration. This Twitter page alerts you to any warnings coming from the FDA. They alert you on disease outbreaks as well as food and drug warnings.
  7. TM Tracker: This tracker keeps you up to date on all flu outbreaks all over the world.This is a good outbreak tracker for travelers.
  8. Fighting Malaria: Keep up with malaria outbreaks and the fight to keep malaria under control with this Twitter page.
  9. Lyme Disease: Keep up to date on Lyme Disease, including areas of outbreak with this Twitter page. There are not a lot of Lyme Disease outbreaks, but the disease can be deadly if not treated in time. This is a very good monitor to follow during the summer, when ticks are plentiful.
  10. Outbreak Control: This Twitter page, along with its website, tracks disease outbreaks all over the world.
  11. Outbreak Alerts: This Twitter page tracks all sorts of viral outbreak alerts, primarily in the US.
  12. NPR Health: Keep up to date on all the latest health news, including disease outbreaks with tweets from National Public Radio Health.
  13. ABC Medical Unit: This is another great source of health news from ABC and Dr. Timothy Johnson. They keep a close watch on disease outbreaks in the US.
  14. Globe Health: This Twitter page comes from the health section of the Boston Globe. They report all sorts of up to the minute health news.
  15. World Health News: Keep up with health news from all over the world with this Twitter page. They monitor standard outbreaks like the flu as well as bigger and more dangerous outbreaks from remote parts of the world.
  16. Health News 4 U: This page follows the latest in health news and trends from all over the world.
  17. Breaking Health News: This organization follows the latest breaking health news from all over the world.

As flu season approaches, just keeping track of the H1N1 outbreaks this season can seem like a full time job. But, when you try to keep up with disease outbreaks from all over the world, and learn how they impact you and your local area as well as places you and your customers might be traveling, it can seem like an overwhelming task. But, these sites on Twitter should help you stay informed, whether you just need to know if there are swine flu outbreaks in your area, or if you need to keep up with breaking health news from all over the world.

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7 Ways to Earn More Money in the Healthcare Field

Posted by William Lim on May 6, 2010

Below is a list of 7 ways to make more money in the Healthcare Field.

Find an area of growing need and follow the trends.

Look to see what diseases and health issues are on the rise. Chances are if you find yourself in a practice that focuses on a particular issue that needs more attention, your services are more likely to be indispensable and your pay scale may skyrocket. Areas like diabetes and cancer are diseases are problems that have yet to be solved, so also consider fields that have room for growth as they strive for a cure.

  1. Specialize.

    Those that choose to become more specialized in their field will find they will able to demand more coin for their services. When the public is looking for an expert they turn to the people who can deal with their problem on very specific level. General practitioners often make less money than those of specialized counterparts.

  2. Go back to school.

    There is a lot to be said for furthering your education. As you learn more about your field and as your credentials become greater whether it be in form of a diploma or certification can only help your case making you a higher paid professional. Explore which programs are most pertinent to getting ahead or acquiring a better title within the practice.

  3. Look to Uncle Sam.

    As federal and local government looks to reform the health care industry, opportunities are bound to plentiful. If you do not mind working more in public forum you could find yourself in any number of industries with plenty of room for advancement since the roles in some of these newly created departments are not wholly established.

  4. Join a healthcare association.

    If you want to follow the latest breakthroughs in your profession it may make sense to join the group championing your specific cause. An association will only help your professional development, and can often lead to better job opportunities as you will like meet other professionals that share common interests and are more likely to help you succeed.

  5. Find a recruiter.

    Having access to a recruiter can be a huge asset, because they help you discreetly find a better paying position that matches your professional goals. A recruiter can find career advancement opportunities, without distracting you from your current role, which is a huge plus. Having options at your disposal will let you know your professional worth and can better your career.

  6. Have an updated resume in hand.

    Make sure your resume is always is up to date, because you never know when opportunity may knock. Those looking to fill a new job opening are going to want to know what contributions you have made currently, and what ambitions you have for the future. An outdated resume will make you come across as complacent or out of touch, so it is best to have formatted clearly and looking current.

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How to: Research the Record & Stats of Any Medical Clinic

Posted by admin on February 25, 2010

One of the best blessings in life that a man can get is that he should never have to visit a hospital; but there are more chances of you winning a jackpot lottery than you not having to visit a medical facility sooner or later in life. It’s unavoidable. And when that eventually happens you are placing your well-being in the hands of other people. Well-meaning and qualified no doubt, but the trepidation remains. So what do you do? One thing that most of us bank on to take us through unforeseen situations is medical insurance; the other thing to do which most of us may not be very particular about is researching the record and stats of a medical clinic or hospital.

If you or a family member is going to get admitted to a hospital you need to have an assurance that the medical facility is capable of treating you. Records maintained by a clinic are also of tremendous help in disseminating knowledge, enabling doctors to look up established treatment protocols and implement them. Proper and complete patient medical records help streamline and automate the work in a healthcare environment and reduce risks

The internet is a great resource for looking up records and stats of a hospital or medical facility. Hospitals maintain easy-to-navigate portals that you can browse through, you may be required to login before you can access patient records and other stats. Statistics, facts, and figures on a hospital’s site can give you a picture of how the organization functions. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a great resource for looking up hospital records. You can learn about the hospital’s financial performance, get an overview of facilities available, and browse through statistical highlights. You can actually create your own statistics on figures related to national estimate on use of hospitals by children; national level stats on mental health hospitalizations; state level statistics on all stays; and sundry other details on hospitals all over America.

Patient records in several hospitals and many medical centers are now stored on a centralized database in an electronic format. This has made it easy for all, patients as well as medical staff, to access the records. Several hospitals will also let you access the records online. Some hospitals will charge you a fee for accessing the records and may even deliver hard copies of the records to an address specified by you. If the hospitals still maintain a paper trail, you may have to first check whether the records are still available, submit a reason for perusing the information, and fill some forms.

There are many independent rating organizations that gather data on hospitals and clinics and present researched findings for you to refer. You can compare physicians based on their specialty and your need. Here is a federal government resource that lets you compare hospitals in your area.

Patient reviews on online forums are powerful pointers to a medical clinic’s record in treating patients. There are many forums where people meet to exchange experiences, ask questions, help with answers, and provide references. You can draw your own conclusions based on how forcefully a medical clinic is endorsed by members in a forum. Look up such forums for information on the records and statistics of a given medical clinic.

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