Vital Signs: How Medtech Companies Can Heal the Aches and Pains of Modern Healthcare Systems

Posted by Will Randall on November 15, 2018

Hospital spending has grown 15% and patient admissions are up 20% since 2009. Despite some efficiency gains, the provider financial deficit is large and growing, and patients are waiting longer than ever before for treatment in a system stretched to capacity. Sound familiar?


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Oil Changes and Knee Replacements: Healthcare’s Shift to Lower-Cost Care

Posted by Prateek Harsh on November 5, 2018

As the final speaker of the day shared his closing thoughts at Becker’s ASC Annual Meeting, held Oct. 18-20 in Chicago, one thing was clearer to me than ever before: Healthcare delivery is finally starting to operate like a “business” similar to what you’d typically expect with most other industries in a free-market model. And ASCs—ambulatory surgery centers—come closest to the free-market model in healthcare. Consumers often are paying a big chunk out of pocket for their treatment and, as a result, shop around for the best price and quality. Similarly, providers are competing to drive efficiency while maintaining costs. With the help of these forces, ASCs are ripe for growth. 


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Medtech Companies Need to be Solutions-Oriented, not Product-Driven

Posted by Rohan Agni on October 18, 2018

The vice president of supply chain at a top IDN system recently told me, “In medtech, there is no evidence-based information whatsoever that one manufacturer is better than another. Take CRM, for example. There are three top players, but there’s no evidence that any one pacemaker is better than the others."


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What Do IDNs Care About? We Have the Data

Posted by Joe Stevens on July 19, 2018

Paul Darling co-authored this blog post with Joe Stevens.

Physicians continue to trade in the keys to their private practices in exchange for employee badges within large provider systems. Integrated delivery networks have become major players in healthcare delivery, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies are working hard to tailor their commercial approaches to suit these increasingly complex and diverse stakeholders, which is proving to be quite the challenge. As one industry executive recently told me, “If you know one IDN, you know one IDN.”


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The IDN Partnership Manifesto

Posted by Yuta Ito on June 21, 2018

Jonathan Freaney co-wrote this blog post with Yuta Ito. 

“Nothing happens until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change.” 

The CEO of Atrium Health, Eugene Woods, opened the 2018 Healthcare Transformation Summit, held June 7-8 in Austin, Texas, with this quote along with examples of the transformation initiatives that Atrium was undertaking. While change is happening at a different pace across the U.S. and taking form in many ways, there was an air of consensus that partnership and collaboration with suppliers outside of their traditional “swim lanes” will hold the key to a successful and agile transformation. At the conference, we learned how these partnerships are taking shape and making a remarkable impact on the health systems and the patients they serve.


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