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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Technical landscape

  • Toby C. Samo, MD, FACP
  • 05/15/2014

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This is the fourth post in a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. Once they move from paper to electronic, healthcare organizations aren’t looking back. Both providers and patients are embracing technology as never before: Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption steadily rising. A recent whitepaper estimates continued improvements around the world. It estimates Australia to be among the leaders at a 78% adoption rate, while the United States has the highest projected growth rate to 62%. Patients are more receptive […]

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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Regulatory requirements

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This is the fourth post in a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. Governments play an important role in standardizing healthcare systems around the world. They regulate three primary areas: 1)      Reimbursement Governments regulate healthcare because it is a significant portion of the global economy. Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom spend about 8-11% of their Gross Domestic Products (GDPs) on health care. The United States outpaces all other countries by spending a whopping 17.9% of its GDP on health […]

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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Financial models

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This is the third post in a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. Healthcare costs are rising around the world. Financial pressure may be the most uniform challenge we face as a global healthcare community. Every country is trying to find ways to deliver better care at a lower cost. Reimbursement models differ by country Each country has a different way of funding health care. For example, Canada has a single-payer system. Physicians bill the national health insurance plan for […]

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This post is one of a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. What should we call it? There is a concept emerging in healthcare that – despite its universal nature – does not have a common, global name. Called “population health management” in the United States, it’s an approach many healthcare organizations are taking to improve outcomes for groups of patients in their community. In Canada, people often call it “chronic disease management.” Others may refer to it as community […]

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Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical challenges

  • Toby C. Samo, MD, FACP
  • 04/17/2014

There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare challenges we’ll ever face. Listening to clients in Australia, Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, I believe many of these issues are universal. This post is the first of a five-part series that explores the clinical, population health, financial, regulatory and technical challenges we share as a global healthcare community. Caring for more patients than ever before Worldwide healthcare providers are seeing more patients than ever before. In part, because we’re living longer. In developed nations, there has been a huge increase in life expectancy over the last 50 years, and experts believe the trend will continue. For example, U.S. citizens had a life expectancy of 68.2 years in 1950, which jumped to 76.6 years in 2000, […]