28 Jul ERDMAN E-News – GIS For Ambulatory Care Delivery
NEWS FOR DELIVERING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES
GIS for Ambulatory Care Delivery
Ryan Nestrick, ERDMAN, July 2016
As the health care marketplace for ambulatory care delivery continues to consolidate into larger integrated health systems of physicians, hospitals and payors, planning and developing is key to your successful system strategy. How are you going to develop an ambulatory care plan that will allow your system to excel in the continually evolving health reform environment?
Medical Tourism and Telemedicine: A New Frontier of an Old Business
Journal of Medical Internet Research, May 2016
When considering medical tourism trends in recent years, most think of people from the United States traveling to other regions or internationally to receive the best quality care available at the lowest cost. However, there is a newer trend emerging in which foreigners are traveling to the United States to reach the same objective.
A recent editorial in Journal of Medical Internet Research, a peer-reviewed academic journal, was authored by Texas A&M researchers to discuss this trend. As foreign economies strengthen, patients are willing and able to travel to the U.S. for care, with providers here creating services to accommodate their needs. The article discussed the Chinese Americans Physicians E-Hospital, which accommodates Chinese patients via an e-medicine platform using Chinese language, which can then transition to care being received in the United States. Many foreign patients are coming to the U.S. for oncological care, among other specialties. These services benefit U.S. providers by increasing fee-for-service inpatient care, which has high profit margins. However, this movement is not happening without significant challenges.
Regulatory structures and standards of care are inconsistent between countries, which can lead to legal questions and issues. Communication of risks is one example of a major issue with medical tourism to the U.S. Providers in all U.S. health organizations should be aware of this emerging market segment and the risks involved in providing these services.
St. Luke’s Expansion Wins DBIA Award of Merit
ERDMAN is pleased to announce one of our projects, the St. Luke’s Procedural & Surgical Care Expansion (MN), has earned a National Award of Merit in Healthcare from the Design Build Institute of America.