Hospitals are havens for the sick, but some healthcare professionals say they are wasteful havens. One reason for a lot of the waste is poor healthcare technology, according to one of the managing partners of Evergreen Consulting Partners, Drew Madden. Madden has an industrial engineering degree with a medical focus from the University of Iowa. Drew is one of healthcare’s visionaries when it comes to electronic medical records. Electronic medical reports help patients get better care. And it helps doctors communicate with other professionals quickly and cost-effectively. Madden believes electronic record keeping can eliminate some of the $765 billion the healthcare industry wastes every year.
Madden thinks patient records can go where they go easier, and that will eliminate some of the expensive and sometimes unnecessary medical procedures. A National Academy of Medicine report brought out the fact that hospitals throw new drugs away because of poor record keeping. And nursing homes continue to throw reusable supplies and certain medications away for the same reason. The fact that some drug suppliers use inexpensive pharmaceutical mixtures to make expensive drugs, is a sore spot with healthcare watchdogs.
Amazon decided to get into the prescription delivery sector of the industry, because it’s a lucrative business, and the company can handle the demand. Drug retailers like CVS know arbitrary expiration dates on some drugs helps drive more business, but it also forces them to throw valuable drugs away. That kind of waste doesn’t help their bottom line. So electronic recording keeping can help solve part of that issue.
CVS wants to expand its reach in the healthcare industry by buying Aetna Insurance Company. Aetna specializes in healthcare insurance, so Madden’s electronic medical record concept will certainly be part of the cost savings both companies realize from the merger.
There are other issues to address in the healthcare industry, but hospitals and doctors tend to fight the changes that innovative healthcare technology is offering them. Who is going to pay for the technology is always an issue? And that usually means time and money needlessly disappear, according to Madden.
Healthcare industry critics say the industry has issues to face, and mental adjustments must take place in order to function effectively using current and future technology in every sector of the industry.
Penelope Kokkinides is the current Chief Administrative Officer at InnovaCare, an organization in the healthcare industry that focuses on providing health sustainable and cost-effective healthcare services in Puerto Rico. Her knowledge in healthcare programs has helped the entity to establish itself as a leading healthcare provider in the island despite competition from other organizations. Critical decision-making skills and previous experience at other healthcare facilities helps Kokkinides to offer leadership and vision that lacks in many Medicare organizations.
With the assistance of Dr. Rick Shinto, Kokkinides has been able to turnaround tables in Puerto Rico healthcare services. Through her visionary leadership, island residents can now access medical services at affordable rates than never before. What makes the programs more appealing to the community is that the quality of services offered can rival the best healthcare services offered in any part of the world. The programs implemented are geared towards a sustainable medical system that is cost-effective in long-run, thus eradicating the challenge of medical services in the territory.
It appears that the accomplishments of Penelope Kokkinides have not gone unnoticed at the upper echelons of the Federal government leading to a successful meeting at White House with President Donald Trump. On the agenda was the state of healthcare services in Puerto Rico where she proposed increased funding in Medicare Advantage. She also recommended that a policy that will fix the cuts in spending hence offering Puerto Rico residents the best healthcare services. During the meeting, Kokkinides continued to highlight the need for radical changes in Medicare Advantage Payments which will be geared towards stabilizing the situation at the island.
Currently, there is a job opening at InnovaCare for the position of Home Health Nurse. To qualify for the opening, one is required to be a graduate of a recognized institution of nursing and should be licensed by the States authorities. Other qualifications include two years working experience, innovative capability, independent judgment, and the ability to accept the perceptions and objectives of the entity.
The person who will secure the job will be expected to offer specialized nursing skills to the clients of the organization. The home health nurse will also be required to keep data regarding various patients visiting the institution. Besides, the selected candidate will be expected to adhere to the nursing procedures while at the same time offering services as recorded in the plan of care. The management may recommend other duties to the selected person.