How IT can improve the healthcare sector

Within the field of healthcare, information technology (IT) has a large potential to save costs. IT can transcend the traditional ways of cost-cutting when it is used to develop new capabilities. See below for a couple of examples.

The market dynamics in healthcare force many hospitals and other healthcare facilities to renew their care propositions. The marketplace allows patients to choose their healthcare provider, and empowers insurance companies to prod healthcare facilities to optimize. Healthcare providers are no longer public organizations, and many of them are struggling with the change into market­driven companies.

Management aims for cost reduction to keep the organization financially viable, but the forced optimizations cause trouble with the staff. Processes such as diagnosis, treatment, and red tape are now dictated by the insurance company. Employees are uncertain about the future of their organization, and many are worried about their position within the team of care professionals.

Within the field of healthcare, information technology (IT) has a large potential to save costs. IT can transcend the traditional ways of cost-cutting when it is used to develop new capabilities. Managers gain control over the risk that comes with economizing so that they can reduce costs while maintaining the quality of patient care.

The healthcare industry in 2016 - Using IT to adapt to forced changes

Healthcare facilities face the challenge of delivering more patient care with a smaller budget. The leading experiment is an open market with a free choice for the healthcare consumer. Besides changes in strategies, structure, and culture, a major success factor will be the use of new IT solutions.

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Effective news updates at the VU Medical Center

This case describes how colleagues and staff on the department of AOZ, VU Medical Centre stay informed through a narrowcasting system and the mobile app.

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