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Why Healthcare Organizations are Holding Back Innovation: Three Barriers to Healthcare Innovation

Healthcare, not only in the United States but also in most developed countries of the world is ailing and in desperate need for help. Although the industry has made some advancements in case of healthcare innovation over the past few years, the packaging and delivery of treatment are often inefficient, ineffective, and not customer-friendly. Currently, key challenges in the healthcare industry range from medical errors to the soaring healthcare costs. The US government has been spending billions of dollars annually to identify healthcare innovations that can overcome these hurdles. Despite this, several of these efforts sometimes fail, leading to heavy losses for investors.

In this blog, healthcare industry experts at Infiniti Research discuss three key barriers to healthcare innovation.

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Unaligned budgeting units

Hospitals are generally organized by clinical departments, care centers, and other ancillary departments each with their own budgets. As a result, it becomes difficult to align those budgets and department goals in such a manner that one innovation works for all budgets. These decentralized budgets often lead to limited investment in healthcare innovation projects which could ultimately benefit the patient throughout the entire care cycle. Experts at Infiniti suggests that a single, unified budget dedicated just to healthcare innovation could help address the problem of hospitals not taking advantage of innovative solutions.

Rigid annual operating budgets

The annual budget model that hospitals usually operate under makes it difficult to invest in recent technologies and other healthcare innovation. Furthermore, investing in healthcare innovation will likely reduce their available funds for the rest of the fiscal year. Unless the payback period from the new healthcare innovation investment is realized in the current year, hospitals tend to reject the proposal to buy new technology. To overcome this, players in the healthcare industry can consider moving toward a budget process wherein the healthcare organization allows each department to keep a certain portion of the savings it created from the ROI of the new technology for future year budgets.

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Separating operating- and capital-budget timelines and process

In many healthcare systems, technology hardware and perpetual software licenses are paid for with capital budgets. Whereas, annual subscription models commonly used by software as a service (SaaS) solutions are purchased with the operating budgets. So, the source of funding (capital or operating budget) rather than the functionality and performance of alternative solutions determines the purchases made. In order to overcome such healthcare innovation barriers, organizations should purchase new technology not based on whether it fits into capital or operating budgets, but by weighing the performance and ROI of each solution that they are considering.

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How the Evolving Healthcare Delivery Models are Changing the Care Delivery System

Delivering high-quality, accessible, and affordable care are some of the key challenges faced by healthcare systems globally. Healthcare delivery systems must be equipped to address these challenges via the evolving healthcare delivery models. This blog explores some of the new healthcare delivery models and how they are designed to meet the unique needs of complex patients, ensure consistent adoption of best clinical practices, gives greater emphasis on delivering care in the most efficient way, and the changing focus to outcomes rather than inputs.

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Proactive and intensive care for complex conditions

There has been a rapid rise in the number of people diagnosed with long term and complex conditions in the last decade. These conditions are driven by increasingly unhealthy lifestyles and ageing populations. Healthcare delivery systems must identify more proactive ways to manage these patients in the community as well as in their homes. For instance, there are healthcare delivery models in the US that provides holistic care for older patients with multiple long-term conditions through a one-stop-shop. Here, the patients have access to a range of specialists and expanded primary care. Such establishments have not only improved patient outcomes for older and poorer patients, but also reduced hospitalization rates, readmissions, and provided better care and outcomes.

Access to urgent medical care

One of the key challenges faced by every health care system is to avoid unnecessary admissions into their emergency departments. Our healthcare industry analysis in the UK and several other European countries suggest that easy access to high-quality primary care has a real impact on patients. For example, there was a reduction in emergency attendance in Central London with the introduction of general practitioner services seven days a week.

Local access to care for children

Several providers are adopting healthcare delivery models that involve redesigning local services for children to provide high-quality care supported by a network of specialists made available when children and their families most need it. A typical pediatric services model includes one inpatient unit per one million people. It is supported by a network of pediatric assessments units with a 14/7 access to high-quality primary children’s care services. These services include same-day telephone consultations for children with a primary care professional, a telephone hotline for these professionals to seek advice from a consultant pediatrician, and also outreach clinics to treat children with complex health needs and thereby avoid hospital referrals.

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Specialist centers of excellence

Healthcare delivery models in the form of specialist centers for stroke, cardiac arrest, cancer, and major trauma services are seen to phenomenally successful in the UK. The scale is also achieved through a chain or franchising across multiple sites. These specialist centers have shown immense progress in terms of ensuring adequate care and high-quality treatment to patients.

Community-based hospitals

The success of healthcare delivery models in the form of smaller hospitals requires creative thinking on the workforce along with a recognition that not every hospital has a full range of acute services. These establishments cater to the specific healthcare services such as emergency services or surgery, ensure shorter wait time and faster availability of treatment for patients.

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Top Trends Shaping the Asian Biopharma Industry

Some of the earlier events in Asia, such as China’s market access blockade, Japan’s spending controls, and deceleration in Southeast Asia and India have contributed towards a flat enthusiasm for the biopharmaceutical sector in Asia. However, certain recent trends have reignited the interest in biopharma in this region, with key implications for pharma executives.

Asia is popular for its dynamic markets and its rapid growth. Although over the past year the enthusiasm in the region for biopharma has been flat, several recent biopharma trends have turned the tables. This has brought about several market changes that make it essential for companies to reassess their strategy and go-to-market model. In this blog, biopharmaceutical industry experts at Infiniti Research discuss some of the recent biopharmaceutical industry trends in Asia and share perspectives on their implications for executives in biopharmaceutical companies.

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CDFA reforms in full stride in China

The recent China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) reforms are more optimistic fundamentals that aim to support industry growth through innovation. Over the past few years, the CDFA has made significant strides in terms of addressing critical gaps in the system. Furthermore, there have been several reforms published on the drug-registration policy. These policies have been designed to improve the registration process and to encourage companies in the biopharmaceutical industry to bring innovation to China. This includes therapies for addressing severe and rare diseases and fast tracking approval for therapies. As a result of these new drug approvals, a record number of approvals and new product launches were seen over the last couple of years. The biopharma industry in China is accelerating against the backdrop of the new CDFA reform.

Price reforms in Japan

The Japanese ministry of health made a proposal in 2017 to overhaul the current drug pricing regulations. This reform will affect both the new drug pricing and in market pricing revisions across all drug categories including off-patent long-listed products, patented prescription drugs, and generics. This includes changes such as narrowing price maintenance premium (PMP) for patented products. The PMP will now be applicable only to selected drugs and full premium will be awarded only to a subset of companies. The scope of the premium will be limited to innovative drugs and the amount of premium will be matched to a company’s contribution to R&D.

Emerging fund pools in Southeast Asia and China

In China, there has been an upward trend in the expansion of reimbursement of innovative drugs. Furthermore, companies in the biopharma industry in China have also started to experiment with new models to improve patients’ access to medicines. China remains an important growth engine for companies. With these biopharma trends and changing outlook in China, the country remains a highly lucrative market and an important growth engine for companies in the biopharma industry.

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Digital and advanced analytics in healthcare

Although big data and other digital technologies have been constant buzzwords in the biopharma industry in Asia, now we are seeing their gradual uptake by several companies in the sector. Governments in Asian countries like China and Japan have introduced policies to promote the application of such advanced biopharma trends. Furthermore, even physicians and medical reps, especially in Japan, have already shifted away from pharmaceutical sales reps as their primary information source and use digital channel as their primary source. In China, for instance, studies show that doctors spend over two hours of their working day on an average online and have switched from computers to smartphones to support many of their professional activities. Consequently, digitalization is going to be one of the key biopharma trends that are going to revolutionize Asia.

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Category Scan: Telehealth Services Market Innovations and Updates 2019

When it comes to the telehealth services market, our experts predict that the industry has reached a tipping point. Increasing consumer demand, technological advancements, and innovative research activities have reached a stage where the law of accelerating returns states that “technological advances will be exponential rather than linear.” Which basically means that with technology becoming increasingly effective, greater resources will have to be dedicated to furthering its reach and impact.

The article below scans the category for telehealth services in its entirety to help healthcare companies understand and stay abreast of the latest news, innovations, and market developments.

Telehealth Services: Recent Innovations and Market Updates 2019

Emerging innovations in the self-service arena

Technological innovations like artificial intelligence are gradually finding their way into telehealth services. The use of such tech trends in telehealth apps not only guides patients through a series of questions and collects data but are also capable of interpreting these user responses. This means that a tremendous amount of groundwork can be completed before the patient connects with the provider, making clinical interactions more efficient and focused.

Direct to consumer market has matured

Direct to consumer is one of the commercially successful telehealth services segments that has attracted the maximum health technology investment. A couple of telehealth services providers own a significant chunk of the market share in the direct to consumer market.  It encompasses several products and services and enables the highest level of quality and cost-effective healthcare for patients, irrespective of their geographic location. However, healthcare systems struggle to turn this form of technology into a profitable revenue stream as consumers have been slow to adopt this model. It attracts a new set of consumers who might not otherwise use medical services, thereby, driving costs up.

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Telemedicine kiosks to dispense prescription medication

Although the use of self-service kiosks in hospitals and clinics are becoming common, the use of kiosks to provide healthcare assistance outside hospital premises is a fairly new concept in healthcare. A company based out of the US recently launched telemedicine service kiosks that can dispense prescription medications. These kiosks are primarily aimed at patients with non-life threatening conditions like colds, rashes, and fever. The company claims that its HIPAA compliant telemedicine stations can be deployed in airports, hotels, colleges, and large private employers. Their telemedicine station is equipped with thermal imaging capability to detect body temperature and diagnose infections. It also helps in analyzing height, weight, and blood pressure. Each unit also includes a locked dispensary, which contains a number of the most commonly prescribed medications in the most commonly prescribed dosages, which can be prescribed at the end of a telehealth visit. Such innovative telehealth services will be highly useful in providing faster and easier healthcare access to patients.

Provider collaboration offering opportunities for growth

Provider collaboration could play a major role in enhancing communication between physicians, specialists, and nursing staff. Furthermore, it helps physicians to seek the expertise that they don’t possess. A classic example of this is the use of telestroke in the emergency room, a technology that was introduced in 2015 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. It provides neurologists immediate access to incoming stroke patients through emergency room video conferencing. There are a huge number of companies leveraging such telehealth services.

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Building telemedicine capabilities into new spaces

This is one of the most recent and interesting paradigms in the telehealth services market. It involves the idea that patients can be treated through telemedicine in the hospital, at home, in nursing homes, in physician’s offices, and other places. These types of telehealth services aim to promote the idea that rather than forcing patients in need of care to travel, they can be provided with care in the space that is most convenient to them. Equipping nursing homes and hospital rooms with technologies to facilitate this would enable a variety of practitioners to provide bedside care more conveniently. In this case, the transportation of patients can be avoided and practitioners can access more patients without disruption. In addition, the primary care provider, family, and friends located elsewhere could link into the video consultations.  This plays a major role in enhancing the communication between all parties involved in the patient’s care.

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Top 3 Digital Solutions for Preventive Health Care in 2019

Today, no one can dispute the fact that technology that has enabled all of us to live healthier and longer lives. From surgical robots to smart hospitals, digitization has become inevitable and is revolutionizing patient care in innovative and exciting ways. Healthcare and technology are becoming inextricably linked with new discoveries and innovations becoming the new norm in the industry.  Many health-related services and devices have been developed in recent years with the intention of improving the quality of life of everyone. This has resulted in the implementation of innovative digital solutions for better preventive health care delivery by many international healthcare companies. In this article, we have talked about some of the most useful digital solutions for preventive health care in detail to help you serve your customers with better healthcare services.

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The Medical Device Industry is Revamping Itself: Here’s Why!

The medical device industry is embarking on a new phase of change. In this blog, our industry experts discuss some of the key factors influencing transition in this sector.

The expectations of stakeholders in the medical device industry are changing over time. Patients expect superior service and care models, physicians require data from multiple sources to be brought together in one place, and payors seek lighter financial burdens and better real-world outcomes. Such mounting pressure is urging companies in the medical device industry to revamp their offerings and stand out in today’s increasingly crowded market.

The rapid technological growth rate in the medical device industry is undoubtedly the backbone of this sector. But not long ago, the industry was wrestling several challenges and struggling to implement and adopt advanced technologies. Some of the impediments leading up to this included the paucity of talent, incomprehensible technical complexities, constantly changing regulations, and limited leadership mind-share. In fact, just a decade ago, the integration of new and advanced technologies in the medical device industry was far behind when compared to other industries such as Telecom, Retail, and Automotive. The reality still remains that companies in the medical device industry still lag in tapping into customer and business model-led opportunities and adopting advanced technologies such as IoT, big data, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and robotics. With only a handful of key players in this sector building sizeable businesses by leveraging the available opportunities and the upsurging competition from non-traditional players such as start-ups, players in the medical device industry are in the dire need to revamp their strategies.

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Change in customer expectations

Earlier, the delivery of digital healthcare had limited reach, was of low quality, and highly expensive. However, modern healthcare consumers are tech-savvy and expect the digital intervention to transform their healthcare experience. This shift in consumer behavior has elevated the focus on patient-centric health care and has become a major driver for the adoption of advanced technologies among OEMs. Players in the medical device industry are focusing on personalized healthcare solutions and devices to gain a bigger slice of the market.Get More Info

Shift in business models

The modern day medical device industry is going through a tectonic shift in business models. The increased connectivity between devices, physicians, and consumers are inflating the demand for high quality, personalized, and patient-centric care. Today, the volume-based fee-for-service models in the medical device industry are shifting to new incentive models that focus on value-based metrics. Though traditionally the OEMs have been able to compete with conventional business models without much differentiation, a long-term strategy would necessitate OEMs to create innovative and sustainable business models that will result in efficient healthcare delivery, reduced costs, and improved medical outcomes.

There is a colossal amount of patient and healthcare data being generated each day. This spawns fundamental questions about patient privacy and safety. Albeit the incrementally, regulatory authorities are still evaluating out the implications of new technologies on patient security and care. In reality, apart from becoming heavy on the pockets for healthcare companies, data breaches also give rise to serious concerns regarding patient safety. Therefore, the need to strike a balance between advancements and protecting patient security and safety is, therefore, paramount.


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A Comprehensive Overview of the Healthcare Industry

Globally, healthcare is one of the most flourishing sectors. However, this does not mean that this sector is free of challenges. In the recent years, healthcare industry companies have been exposed to several predicaments including economic recession, increases in uninsured care and growing competition for outpatient services. Despite this, healthcare industry experts believe that there is ample scope of improvement in various healthcare industry segments. Hospitals wishing to increase their profitability and healthcare management can focus on two key areas — reducing costs and increasing reimbursement. Another important element involved in effective healthcare management is to keep up with the changing healthcare industry trends. This can not only help healthcare industry companies to be in line with the advancement in the field of medicine, but also improve their operational and service efficiency to provide better treatment and patient care. Furthermore, customer experience is now gradually becoming a key area of focus for many healthcare companies and clinics. This is aided by new approaches and technology that have the power to transform healthcare. Request Proposal

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Augmented reality in healthcare training

Augmented reality has been turning heads in the past couple of years and is all set to become one of the most revolutionary healthcare industry trends. In healthcare, this powerful tool finds the strongest application in medical training. This technology can help healthcare providers can see diagnoses and procedures right in front of them to learn new skills and expand their knowledge. Augmented reality can also help overcome the problem of shortage of trained professionals by training providers all at once. With such healthcare industry trends in place doctors would not have to spend more time reading studies to refine their skills, rather the information they need can simply appear in front of them as they seamlessly treat patients with the help of AR technologies.