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Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced that it has been awarded the 2013 Promising Healthcare IT Company of the Year by Frost and Sullivan.
Frost & Sullivan Singapore Excellence Awards recognise companies that have pushed the boundaries of excellence to rise above the competition and demonstrate outstanding performance in the Singapore market. The award positions Napier Healthcare as a rising star in the healthcare sector for consistently offering global standard solutions that improve the quality, safety and service delivery of patient care.
“Napier Healthcare is awarded for its excellent performance as a total solutions provider with solutions spanning tertiary, secondary and primary care to urban, rural and home care. Napier also emphasises on regulatory compliance to provide customers with global standard solutions,” said Natasha Gulati, Senior Industry Analyst, Asia Pacific Health Care Practice, Frost & Sullivan.
Established in the late 90s, Napier Healthcare employs more than 270 healthcare and technology professionals with deep domain expertise. The company’s IT solutions are collaboratively developed with extensive inputs from industry veterans, clinicians, medical authorities and patients to meet the needs of small, mid-sized, and large private and public sector hospitals. Together with leading IT companies including Microsoft, IBM and HP, Napier Healthcare provides technology, infrastructure implementation and service support along with extensive training. Headquartered in Singapore, Napier has presence in USA, India, Africa, and the Middle East.
“The award underscores our commitment to innovate and lead in healthcare management systems and solutions,” said Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier Healthcare. “Napier Healthcare is well positioned to drive technology adoption across the healthcare delivery value chain to benefit hospitals and patients. For example, the use of cloud and mobile platforms by Napier delivers significant value to the stakeholders of the healthcare industry.”
Oxford Optronix, the leading provider of advanced research instrumentation for the clinical medicine and life science industries, today announces the formal launch of its next-generation OxyLite™ Pro and OxyFlo™ Pro systems for tissue oxygenation and blood flow monitoring – delivering the most advanced tissue vitality monitoring platform on the market today. This latest release marks the third generation of the company’s OxyLite™ and OxyFlo™ brand systems, first launched in 1991. The OxyLite and OxyFlo systems are unique modular instruments that utilise fibre-optic micro-sensors to provide real-time measurements of local tissue oxygenation (ptiO2), tissue blood perfusion (blood flow) and tissue temperature.
These instruments, which are designed to be used either individually or ‘in-tandem’ for simultaneous measurements of tissue oxygenation, blood flow and temperature, are widely used across the globe in areas of biomedical research concerned with hypoxia and ischaemia. With oxygen sensors based on state-of-the-art optical fluorescence technology – pioneered at Oxford Optronix – OxyLite™ Pro is a two- or four-channel oxygen and temperature monitoring instrument that provides continuous, quantitative and high-sensitivity monitoring of oxygen availability to cells and tissue.
This touch-screen based system is remarkably easy to use and is specifically targeted at oxygen measurements in the physiological range, as well as under conditions of hypoxia, offering application in research areas including tumour oxygen monitoring/angiogenesis; cerebral oxygen monitoring in models of stroke and brain injury; vital organ and muscle tissue monitoring; flap monitoring; ophthalmology; wound healing, fMRI-validation techniques; and in-vitro dissolved oxygen monitoring in cell culture and bioreactors.
OxyFlo™ Pro is the company’s third-generation, two- or four-channel laser-Doppler tissue blood flow monitoring instrument. Oxford Optronix is a pioneer in the development of laser-Doppler based blood flow monitoring (LDF) technology and its latest touch-screen, high-performance system sets a new standard in sensitivity and ease of use. An ideal system for measuring changing tissue blood flow in acute experimental models, OxyFlo™ Pro offers applications in peripheral vascular disorders; cerebral perfusion monitoring in models of stroke and brain injury; tumour perfusion monitoring/angiogenesis; blood flow in free flaps and pedicle flaps; wound healing; and gastroenterology.
Commenting on the combined system, Dr Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng of University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children in Canada said: “In our studies on the response to gas inhalation in abdominal organs, OxyLite and OxyFlo allowed us to monitor tissue pO2 and perfusion response simultaneously in the liver and kidney. No other minimally invasive system could capture dynamic changes with such fine temporal resolution, and no other system could provide concurrent pO2 and perfusion measurement in multiple tissue regions. Oxford Optronix enabled us to understand the physiological phenomena underlying our magnetic resonance imaging measurements. It is truly a powerful, must-have technology.”
Andy Obeid PhD, CEO of Oxford Optronix added: “The release of our new OxyLite™ Pro and OxyFlo™ Pro systems is the culmination of 5 years of continued product development in this area for us.” He added: “We work closely with our customers to develop targeted solutions that offer unmatched sensitivity, stability and accuracy coupled with total ease-of-use. The introduction of our third-generation platform, enables us to continue providing the ‘gold-standard’ in tissue vitality monitoring that our customers have come to expect.”
You Are Global is a leading international health, expat, life and travel insurance broker and intermediary, based in Brazil. You Are Global works with leading private medical insurance providers and companies like IMG, Cigna, HCC, Now Health International and Allianz Worldwide Care. You Are Global caters specifically for expatriates, travelers and tourists, working, living and visiting Brazil. You Are Global has specific expertise working with Spanish speaking cultures around the world whilst also proving international health, medical, travel, expat and life insurance plan to the out bound travel market in Brazil.
It is this experience that has enabled ALC Health to stand out as an international medical insurer that is able to bring together a range of quality products supported by the highest level of service, at a very personal level and has long been seen as a preferred choice of international expatriates looking for a more personalised and caring approach to their healthcare needs. The company has always been and remains committed to ‘proactive client service and support’ achieved by building personal relationships with its brokers and direct clients, be it through regular broker meetings, newsletters or simply ‘hands on’ support when a policyholder requires help and advice during the claims process. Established in 2001, ALC Health offers a wide range of comprehensive yet flexible global healthcare insurance solutions, giving you exactly what you need and none of what you don’t.
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mHealth Alliance Board welcomes HP as Founding Partner
The mHealth Alliance today announced a two-year, $1 million aggregate donation from HP to help improve health care and health systems around the globe using mobile technology. The announcement was made at the opening of the mHealth Summit, a three-day event bringing together leaders from the global health and technology communities to explore ways mobile technology can increase the access, quality and efficiency of healthcare to communities in the U.S. and abroad.
The European Commission has set out its Digital Agenda, which includes measures to use technology to address rising healthcare costs and help member states to cope with their ageing populations. The action plan says the smart use of technology and the exploitation of information will help to address these and other challenges facing society, including climate change.
Dr. Adam Chee has several years of professional working experience in the IT industry before venturing into Health IT in 2002 where he specialized in Medical Imaging Informatics and related technologies before moving onto the wider spectrum of Healthcare Informatics. An active contributing member to several international Technology and Health IT initiatives, Adam runs binaryHealthCare, a social enterprise advocating Health ITas an enabler for “better patient care at lower cost” by raising the standards of health informatics through training, continuing education and providing a vendor neutral community for knowledge exchange and collaboration.
A recognized subject matter expert on the area of Health IT, Adam is an experienced conference speaker, adjunct faculty with institutes of higher learning (on health informatics) and serves on several Technical and Health Informatics committees. “Healthcare Informatics has not only become an integrated part of modern healthcare but has also propagated the entire industry into a new era of efficiency and it will continue to play avital rolein the quest of providing quality health services. The potential for Healthcare Informatics is colossal and the growth is right here in Asia Pacific.”
Please introduce yourself, your background and your current role within the healthcare information technology industry:
My training and background has predominantly been in the area of Information Technology and Healthcare Informatics and I am a lifelong learner who has never pause in the quest for knowledge in areas related to work and interest. I have worked across a broad spectrum of healthcare informatics in terms of perspective (from the healthcare provider to solution provider as well as consulting, research and education aspects etc) as well as the industry segments (from primary care informatics to CDSS, EMR, Tele-medicine and of course medical imaging informatics etc).
I am a firm believer and advocate on the importance of Health IT as an enabler for “better patient care at lower cost” and I take action through binaryHealthCare by raising the standards of health informatics through training, continuing education and providing a vendor neutral community / hub to enable knowledge exchange and collaboration. The work done though binaryHealthCare is important because if an adopter of healthcare informatics ‘don’t know what they don’t know’, then how can a successful implementation takes place? How can the clinicians and most importantly, the patients, benefit from the implementation?
What are the driving forces behind the demand for Healthcare Informatics in the Asia Pacific?
Asia Pacific is an extremely huge region so it is difficult to generalize the unique driving forces behind the demand for Healthcare Informatics but in general, it includes; -Medical tourism (patient safety and quality of care) -Rapid aging population (tele-health / remote and home monitoring) -Preventive care (public health, surveillance and containment) -Lack of qualified professionals (lured to work overseas or simply shortage of qualified professionals in rural area) -and of course, cost savings
How has the market place grown and developed in the last 5 years?
The health informatics industry in Asia has definitely undergone tremendous changes over the past 5 years, while the adoption rate varies tremendously throughout the region, it is clear that the industry in this region now process greater awareness and knowledge on the benefits that an effective health informatics implementation can bring to their healthcare enterprises as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. At the same time, the rising affluency in this region also means that the desirable solutions that was previously out of reach is now affordable.
Explain the emerging technologies that are redefining the delivery of healthcare today:
The introduction of new generation tablets, advances in unified communications and cloud computing will definitely redefine the rules and boundaries. Mobility is the key word here. The finer convergence of relevant industry Standards is also taking shape and this is important because the individual silos of data stored in disparate or extremely loosely coupled information systems needs to be consolidated in a structured and interoperable format that allows integrated care to take place so effective utilize of data for trending, profiling and most importantly, preventive measures can happen. The goal and focus in many developed countries has also shifted to the utilization of healthcare informatics in primary and community care as well as public health as opposed to diagnostic care - Prevention is better than cure.
How can international healthcare technology providers position themselves within the Asia Pacific and what business opportunities exist?
The pace of adoption for healthcare technology varies tremendously across the Asia Pacific region but it is evident from the increasing demands in this region that there exist an abundance of opportunities for providers of all ‘shapes and sizes’, it’s a matter of finding the right fit for both sides. The raising affluency and hunger for knowledge in this region is amazing and this is the right place to be for those truly passionate about utilizing technology to enable effective healthcare while lowering cost for patients. For international healthcare technology providers, it is important that they understand that the healthcare systems in Asia Pacific can vary dramatically and whatever ‘success formula’ that brought them to fame in their home country / region may very well be their Achilles heels in this region.
Do not operate out from an ivory tower, it is important to take the time and effort to understand the unique characteristics and culture of each country of interest and most importantly, the need to build trust and understand that the sales cycle can be very long. Demonstrate the commitment to show that they are not in for the short-term but rather, the willingness to form a true partnership with the healthcare enterprise in their journey towards healthcare technology adoption. E.g. what sort of support commitment are you offering? Are you establishing any R&D centers in the region?
Recently on linkedin.com it was asked “what are the major reasons that EMR/EHR implementations fail; what do you think?
It is important to first understand that healthcare systems differ from counties and workflow differs from healthcare enterprises (even within the same state/country). An EMR/EHR implementation will have a huge impact on workflow and it is important that this aspect is addressed properly; in addition, I cannot emphasis enough on the need for proper expectation management. Focusing on the important aspects will mitigate the chances of failure. I know it’s easier said than done but it is possible.
What do hospital providers want and what do they get?
The typical hospital provider really just wants to see a return of investment, this can range from operational efficiency, workflow improvement, lowering operating cost, manpower reduction and increase in patient safety and quality of care, the bottom line is, it must be money well spent. The good news is, hospital providers will (most of the time) get some form of value from health informatics projects but the bad news is, these value might not be proportional with the investment made, be it time, money and efforts. The success level really depends on the expectation management (was the project oversold?) and whether the projects are implemented properly. Half a crooked bridge serves no real valuable purpose at all.
Asia Pacific is a vast region of the world. How can information technology bridge the digital divide faced in rural healthcare service delivery, in countries like China?
For large regions where delivery of healthcare services in rural areas can be a challenge, the adoption of tele-medicine technologies can definitely help bridge the gap. However, it is more important to first have the approval and support by the government and ensure that any policies and regulations issues be ironed out. For example, how would the reimbursement model be since the coverage might span across provinces or even municipalities? Are the physicians accredited by the relevant medical councils in different provinces for medical practice? Technology can only serve as an enabler, the policies and regulations have to be in place before.
You are considered a Medical Imaging Informatics expert – can you give us a global overview of the sector and the key developments that will assist in better patient outcomes and a lower cost for the payer?
In medical imaging informatics (or healthcare informatics in general), it is not the latest or greatest technology that matters but rather, what benefits and value can be brought to the clinicians and more importantly, the patients. Always seek to understand the underlying paint-points and then develop the solution to address the needs by utilizing the most affordable technology that will deliver the greatest benefits. Remember, technology serves as an enabler and not as the end goal.