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Presentation at the US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum (Dec 5-7, 2011, Atlanta, GA). Dr. Abdulla M. Abdulla, Clinical Professor of Medicine and former Chief of Cardiology, presented at the panel ...

Presentation at the US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum (Dec 5-7, 2011, Atlanta, GA). Dr. Abdulla M. Abdulla, Clinical Professor of Medicine and former Chief of Cardiology, presented at the panel titled, "Building the Healthcare Sector through Innovation and Technology".

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    Business Forum: Building the Healthcare Sector - Abdulla Business Forum: Building the Healthcare Sector - Abdulla Presentation Transcript

    • Building the Healthcare Sector through Innovation & Technology
    • Healthcare at the Precipice
      • Lifestyle choices of modern society has increased the incidence of obesity and associated diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and vascular disease. Renal and heart failure are becoming progressively more rampant.
      • The cost of new diagnostic and therapeutic technology is rising so steeply that the economic growth of most countries is unable to keep pace with a growing and sicker population
    • Healthcare at the Precipice
      • Yesterday’s healthcare model is too expensive and is begging restructuring via innovation
      • Congruently, physicians are getting frustrated and a shortage of specialists is looming in the USA as they face more reimbursement cuts
      • We must find a way to increase the reach of specialists so that they can provide remote consultation at the point of care
    • Healthcare at the Precipice
      • Priorities within the limits of finite resources & evidence-based guidelines must be determined & implemented by the Specialists
      • Unbiased Evidence-based Decision making and advise is not a form of “rationing”.
      • It is based on solid data and may avert an inevitable “famine” of healthcare if we in Healthcare are not proactive.
    • Telemedicine using the MacGuyver* Approach * = MacGuyver was a TV Series that ran bewteen 1985 and 1992 Telemedicine is the component that allows Specialists to remotely interview patients and to discuss care with the Healthcare provider at the remote facility
    • Telemedicine Components
      • Articulating wall mount Flat panel TV Stand Cost = $50
      • Flat panel 32" Class / LED / 1080p / 60Hz / HDTV Cost = $629.99
      • Logitech - Revue with Google TV Cost = $99
      • TV cam for Logitech Review Cost = $149.99
    • Telemedicine Components
      • Skype Account = Free
      • A fast broadband internet connection means smooth video calls Cost = ~$70 - $100/month
      • Total Initial Hardware Cost, including labor = Less than $1200 + Less than $100/month for High Speed Internet Connection per point of care such as the Emergency room
    • Further Leveraging the Internet
      • Use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) to generate and exchange patient clinical information. The system must be:
      • Pure browser based with use of Cloud Technology
      • Intuitive and easy to use. Relatively inexpensive. ONC-ATCB certified for Meaningful use
      • Powerful integrated logic so as to dispense with restrictive templates
      • Use of clinical diagnoses that are coupled to ICD-9 /ICD-10 billing codes. Billing codes alone do not provide sufficient & specific information about a disease state
      • Ability to scan documents and images for subsequent review
      • Secure messaging for exchange of information
    • Further Leveraging the Internet
      • Provide Online Education/Training with use of GoToMeeting or alternative web conferencing software at around $50/month. Facilitate Live Interaction with multiple Healthcare providers in different locations
      • Use websites to provide patients and healthcare providers with educational information. Also, allow them to review previously recorded lectures
      • Allow access to online textbooks and online electronic review articles to promote the practice of evidence-based medicine ( UpToDate .com )
    • Solutions?
      • Coronary artery stenting
      • Rotational atherectomy (PTCRA)
      • Conservative medical therapy on the basis of Evidence based medicine