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Cisco Repeats in “2012 Best in KLAS Awards for Medical Equipment and Infrastructure”

July 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm PST

KLAS recently released its “2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure” reportand for second year in a row, Cisco’s wireless infrastructure, specifically the Cisco 7900 series phones earned the top spot in the industry.  As stated by KLAS, the Best in KLAS awards are based solely on the data from customers who provide feedback with the goal to ultimately improve healthcare through better technology. The awards recognize companies that offer excellent service and meet provider needs with product functionality. This report includes a total of 3,765 provider evaluations, including interviews with hospital and clinic executives, administrators, physicians, nurses, clinicians, directors, and managers interacting with healthcare equipment and infrastructure solutions.   Specific details on Cisco wireless products and infrastructure can be found in KLAS’s wireless infrastructure report.

Certainly this is very exciting news for Cisco, but I am even more excited about the fact that technology continues to improve quality of patient care and clinical workflows that ultimately enables a superior patient experience.   Wireless continues to be one of the key technologies that is truly transforming  the healthcare arena – whether it’s a doctor accessing patient records (in a secure manner) on his/her mobile device from any place -- any time or a smart pill ingested by a patient that is wirelessly dispensing the appropriate medication dosage based on patient vitals.  The graph below illustrates some of the key examples of patient care improvement that are being impacted by wireless technology. 

Examples of Patient Care Improvements

Source: KLAS

We can all have differing opinions on what is the most effective way of lowering cost within our healthcare system, but one undisputable fact is that technology continues to improve every aspect of the healthcare eco-system and I am really excited as to what awaits us in the next few years.  What do you think?

 

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The Service Provider Cure: Healing an Ailing Healthcare System

By Tine Christensen, Director of US Service Provider Practice, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

America’s healthcare system has been laid low with a scourge of acute symptoms. Spiraling costs, an epidemic of chronic diseases, and a spike in the senior demographic are all driving a mounting crisis. Throw in a gridlocked U.S. Congress and an unresolved regulatory climate, and a “miracle” cure seems a remote dream.

Lately, however, a healing light has been shining from a surprising source: service providers.

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Supreme Court Upholds the Healthcare Reform Act-What Do You Think?

The federal government will be allowed to tax people for failure to have health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional under the commerce clause but allowable under a taxing clause.

The landmark decisions end two years of legal uncertainty and vigorous barbecue and cocktail party debates.  The decision has wide-ranging implications that are yet to be fully understood.

 ”The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the ruling.

The 26 states that opposed it said that while Congress has the authority to regulate interstate commerce, it doesn’t have the power to require people to buy a product.

One area of the law that did see a significant restrict ion was the portion of the law relative to the expansion of Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for low-income and sick people. The ruling gives states some flexibility not to expand their Medicaid programs, without paying the same financial penalties that the law called for.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the law will cost the government about $938 billion over 10 years.  The CBO has also estimated that it will reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over a decade.

It is unlikely this will be the last we have heard of it.  Our politicians will still have more to say.  And barbecues and cocktail parties will not be left bereft of conversation this summer.

What do you think?

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Economic Development, Biotech and Research Come Together for Innovation at BIO 2012

If you missed BIO 2012, you missed a lot.  The public and private sector came together this week on Boston to examine innovation opportunities to promote economic growth through collaborative research and development projects.  The event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.  Boston was host to universities, researchers, state, local and federal government economic development representatives, clinicians and private industries.  This was science at its best at a truly global event.  Discussions around where the biotech industry is going and how pharma is changing took center stage most of the week.

A positive trend was noted in a special state of bioscience development report that analyzes state and national biotech employment patterns. Despite job losses in the U.S. private sector, it showed that US biotech industry actually added jobs between 2001 and 2010.  Throughout the week multiple conversations and meetings took place discussing how the ability to collaborate was a key element to attracting biotech projects.  Many countries visited the Cisco booth to discover what they needed to do to create an infrastructure to welcome biotech development. How can governments work together with biotech companies to produce and atmosphere that welcomes and fosters innovation?

 

 

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The New Rules of Patient Engagement

Last year Ernst & Young coined the term ‘Pharma 3.0’ describing an ecosystem where healthcare innovation shifts from being product centric to an outcomes focus.  This market transition has come as a result of the generally recognized lack of a sustainable model in global healthcare concurrent with rapid advancements in healthcare technology.  This paradigm shift has created multiple transitions in the healthcare market, including how products come to market and how corporate enterprises mobilize their resources.  It has also has opened the door for traditional biotech and pharm companies to invest in non-drug innovations like Smartphone Apps and offering services aimed at improving overall health outcomes through disease management and coordinated care.  This is happening at a time when patients are becoming more informed and more engaged with managing their healthcare decisions.

Speaking on a panel at BIO 2012 in Boston this week, Robert Prachar, senior vice president at Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc., stated that there is an abundance of information out there, but “The question becomes how we build decision-support systems that are patient- and physician-friendly rather than just whatever flows to the top in a Google search? Anyway you cut it, we are still in an employment-based health care system…If we start to deliver coordinated care that works, people will pay for that.”

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