Health systems in developed countries face a twofold challenge: ensuring financial sustainability and improving quality. Digital strategies and digital transformation can help health systems achieve both these objectives and unlock substantial value through lower spending and superior healthcare delivery. Rising costs, uneven quality Healthcare is claiming an ever-increasing share of national wealth. In recent years, […] Read More
There is nothing in American medicine that costs less than it did 26 years ago. Dr. Devi Shetty, a world renowned heart surgeon who owns and manages about 32 hospitals in India, says “The problem with Obamacare is that it is focused on finding the money to pay for what good healthcare costs; instead the […] Read More
Uber is changing my experience with taxis. I have used Co-op taxis for about 20 years. The wait was usually 10 to 30 minutes. The service was spotty. The dispatcher sometimes got it wrong. The cabs would show up and wait. Not the greatest experience. However, things have changed. Uber is a major threat to […] Read More
On June 24, 2014, the Government of Canada’s health minister, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, launched the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The Panel was charged with identifying the five most promising areas of innovation in Canada and internationally that have the potential to sustainably reduce growth in health spending while leading to improvements in the […] Read More
Fogo Island is an island of 2,800 individuals located just off the north east coast of Newfoundland. The ferry takes you from the mainland to Stag Harbour. For 400 years the economy of Fogo Island was centred on cod fishing. But overfishing resulted in the end of this industry. The economy was not robust or […] Read More
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STUCK WITH A BIG U.S. HOSPITAL BILL: Raymond Rupert MD. MBA. Rupert Case Management Inc.
THE PROBLEM: A number of Canadians end up in hospitals in the U.S. Many of them are either uninsured or under-insured. The result is that they end up stuck with a big hospital bill. The bills are a lesson in humility. One night in the ER results in a bill of $32,000. A fractured femur […] Read More
STEALTH SQUAD OF TECHIES FIXES HEALTHCARE: FIND OUT WHY AND HOW- Raymond Rupert MD. MBA. Rupert Case Management Inc.
When the US government put the Affordable Care Act into motion inviting Amercans to register at Healthcare.gov for the healthcare exchanges, they did not anticipate a massive disaster. President Obama and his team needed an immediate fix for this hi tech mess. They recruited Todd Park, former CTO of the US, and Mickey Dickerson who […] Read More
Health care is the world’s most information intensive industry. It is also plagued by uneven quality, frequent errors and rapidly accelerating costs. The logical conclusion is to computerize everything that doctors and nurses do. The evidence indicates that with computers care is better and safer. Unfortunately, our efforts at computerizing everything is not working. Many […] Read More
Dr Brenda Zimmerman is the director of the Health Industry Management Program (HIMP) at Schulich’s business school. The program just celebrated its tenth anniversary. Brenda is a very impressive academic leader who is training the next generation of Canada’s healthcare leaders. Her HIMP/MBA graduates are young, intelligent, energetic and committed to improving Canada’s healthcare system. […] Read More
The idea that the nerves conduct electrical impulses that create disease would be considered nonsense if it weren’t for the work of Kevin Tracey a neurosurgeon. Dr Tracey’s experiments on the inflammatory reflex have proven that there is a close and causal connection between nerve connections and the immune system. There are inflammatory diseases caused […] Read More
ACTIVIST PATIENTS ARE CHANGING HEALTHCARE FOR THE BETTER- by Dr. James Aw. Medical Director Medcan. National Post
Patients who question their doctors are changing the face of medicine – and physicians are embracing the shift Republish Reprint Dr. James Aw | March 11, 2014 11:58 AM ET Activist patients, those who take matters of their health into their own hands, are changing the medical landscape. Last week I was in California […] Read More
PRESS TO LISTEN TO AUDIO Listen to audio (MP3) The smartest people always seem to work somewhere else. So why can’t we invite them to work with us and help us to solve complex healthcare problems? This is what we do at Rupert Case Management (RCM). This is an advanced management practice called open […] Read More