What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn About Innovation from Startups, part 1.
What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn About Innovation from Startups, Part 1
by Hilary Weber, MBA June 9, 2014
Large, established organizations everywhere are struggling with innovation – but few face more hurdles more than healthcare organizations. The added challenges of regulatory issues, HIPAA compliance, EMR system integration, sky-rocketing costs, the need to increase transparency with consumers and other constituents, among other factors, make innovation in healthcare organizations nearly insurmountable (at least it can seem that way).
The company is currently raising capital for scaling its endeavor and has several pilot projects under way. The cost savings will be significant to hospitals in improved efficiency and patient flow. The system does not rely on remote scribes listening to dictated patient records and transcription, but has a very sophisticated voice processing engine and artificial intelligence to assist the healthcare provider instantly.
Each year, approximately 2 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number includes troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, for whom TBI is considered an invisible wound of war, one that has few successful treatments.
Scrimgeour works for the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine...
“We have nothing beyond ibuprofen for most TBIs,” said Dr. Angus Scrimgeour, who has been investigating the effects of low zinc diets on cell stress following a blast injury. “The adult brain does not self-repair from this kind of trauma.”
Operating Room of the Future at NY Presbyterian Hospital
New York Presbyterian Hospital has moved the bar upward, creating the “operating room” of the future. The technology in this new surgical suite allows for more efficient surgery with enhanced visualization using the latest endoscopic and imaging technologies. Physicians are a new breed, today they are required to know surgery, radiology..
Novel Drug Cocktail May Improve Clinical Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and has the lowest overall survival rate of all major cancers (~6%). With current treatment options being met with limited success it is anticipated that pancreatic cancer will move up to the second leading cause of cancer deaths by as early as 2015. Surgical removal of the tumor presents the best chance of survival, however only 15% of patients are eligible due to the late stage of diagnosis common with this disease. With very limited improvements in patient outcome over the last two decades there remains an enormous need for new therapies and treatment options.
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Tiny Ultrasound Camera Images Blood Vessel Interior in 3-D
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) have developed a prototype ultrasound camera capable of transmitting image data from within a blood vessel or a heart at 60 frames per second. The forward-looking 3-D images produced by the device will provide significantly more information than existing cross-sectional ultrasound.
“If you’re a doctor, you want to see what is going on inside the arteries and inside the heart, but most of the devices being used for this today provide only cross-sectional images. If you have an artery that is totally blocked, for example, you need a system that tells you what’s in front of you. You need to see the front, back and sidewalls altogether. That kind of information is basically not available at this time. Our device will allow doctors to see the whole volume that is in front of them within a blood vessel. This will give cardiologists the equivalent of a flashlight so they can see blockages ahead of them in occluded arteries. It has the potential for reducing the amount of surgery that must be done to clear these vessels.”
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