Recovering from disaster: The industry reflects on the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on healthcare delivery and e-health records
National Reports—New Orleans officials recently announced that they believe the city has reached half of its previous population prior to Hurricane Katrina. Some of the city's hospitals have not reopened, and many doctors and allied health professionals have not returned to the city.
The healthcare industry, both nationally and globally, has just scratched the surface of possible uses for telemedicine with potential efficiency enhancements on the horizon as well as a future where homes would have "health security systems," according to some leaders in telemedicine.
NATIONAL REPORTS—Medical tourism is a fast-growing movement in which American consumers are choosing to travel outside the country for a variety of healthcare procedures and treatments.
Healthcare executives face an uphill struggle to reduce costs, grow revenues within a shifting payment landscape and ensure that patients receive quality, life-saving care. A tough assignment, especially when a critical shortage of workers sabotages those efforts.
New payment methods clear a path for better management
PHCS President and CEO Joe Driscoll takes on healthcare's Big 3 with a proprietary PPO network.
Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Dr. Valerie Beckles, a pediatrician and medical director for Aetna's Southeast Region, graduated from medical school in Jamaica then trained in London and Nassau, Bahamas, before practicing in Texas and transitioning into administration in recent years. Her broad background has allowed her to bring perspective to patient care and the diversity issues that arise in healthcare today.
A national health system recognized that its internal process was not improving