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Matt Garabrant June 9, 2014

We talk frequently about growth being harder to come by, and one of the greatest challenges is sifting through all the information sources to find the right intelligence to guide your strategy.

That’s why we've decided to merge two of our blogs geared toward folks in strategic planning and business development roles. As of today, The Pipeline will merge with The Growth Channel in order to streamline our updates on all things service line and growth strategy.

We hope this will simplify how you access relevant growth-related content. You'll still be able to access our entire archive of posts here, but going forward, you'll find our latest content at The Growth Channel.

Gain a competitive edge in the orthopedic market with joint camps

January 28, 2014

Samuel Gold, Technology Insights

A huge number of hospitals offer joint replacements because the aging population increases demand, there are few capital purchases needed, and reimbursement has been historically favorable. 

In fact, approximately two thirds of acute care hospitals in the United States performed joint replacements in 2012. Therefore, the level of competition for joint replacement volumes is very high and with the low barrier to entry into this business, competition continues to grow.

As hospitals seek to gain a competitive edge in this elective arena, they have directed their attention towards programmatic changes designed to improve the patient experience during each stage of a joint replacement surgery.

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RSNA 2012: A preview of major themes

November 26, 2012

Matthew Morrill and Christopher Pericak

Our research team reports live from the 2012 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America held in Chicago, Ill. We offer a preview of the major themes expected to emerge from the studies presented at this year's meeting.

The theme at the 2012 RSNA meeting is "Patients First," which seems straightforward at first glance. However, this year's presentations will reveal many surprises about how clinicians are achieving this principle.

Of the 13,162 abstracts submitted for consideration, RSNA coordinators accepted 5,246 for presentations. These studies coalesce into several sub-themes, all of which focus on helping providers appropriately and affordably use imaging to improve patient care.

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Diet and weight loss may not prevent fatal heart diseases in diabetics

November 20, 2012

Andrew Levette

In September 2012, the National Institutes of Health ended a large federal study (n=5,145) involving teams of researchers at 16 different U.S. centers intended to evaluate the extent to which diet and exercise reduce the chance of fatal heart diseases in diabetics. During the study, half of the patients underwent an intensive diet and exercise regimen while the other half only received general health information.

Using these groups, investigators involved with the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) research sought to extend findings from a Finnish study in which a rigorous diet and exercise program prevented or delayed the onset of type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese individuals with impaired glucose tolerance.

Instead, the Look AHEAD study was halted 11 years into the proposed 13 year trial. Authors concluded that the diet and exercise program resulting in weight loss did not decrease the chance of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes in people with chronic type 2 diabetes.

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Proton therapy made on an assembly line?

October 22, 2012

Chris Pericak and Dave Gaffin

A local news outlet in West Sussex, UK, recently released an article titled "New Factory to Produce Proton Therapy Systems", conjuring images of factory workers piecing widgets together in a systematic fashion that would make Henry Ford proud. 

A closer read, however, reveals that the article is referring to UK-based Tesla Engineering, which makes superconducting magnets that play a role in bringing new small-scale proton therapy models to market.  The construction of this new factory reflects a proton therapy supply chain that is readying itself for market proliferation of this technology.

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Where does single incision gallbladder surgery stand today?

October 9, 2012

Charlotte Tsui

Single incision surgery was first introduced in 2007 and has since been used for applications in the fields of urology, gynecology, and general surgery. Despite initial enthusiasm for single incision surgery, skepticism persists amidst constant concerns regarding technical difficulty and questionable clinical gains. Even for its most proven application, cholecystectomy, the clinical merits of single incision surgery remain elusive as new publications continue to raise questions about the relative advantages of the modality.

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Does bariatric surgery actually reduce health care costs?

August 22, 2012  | Comments (1)

Charlotte Tsui

Perhaps not. This was the answer that a group of researchers recently arrived at after studying a group of surgical and non-surgical weight loss patients from 12 Veterans Affairs medical centers.

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Maximizing your imaging equipment lifecycles

August 22, 2012

Matthew Morrill

While demographic trends are placing a larger burden on hospital resources, capital budgets continue to tighten in the wake of reform. Administrators may seek to control costs by extending the useful lives of clinical technology and equipment, which could save millions of dollars if done prudently and deliberately. However, hospital administrators must be cautious to find the balance between conserving capital and meeting the clinical standard of care by offering key innovations. Ultimately, administrators must balance several factors—such as cost of maintenance, downtime, and tradeoffs in technological advances—when making decisions to extend the lifecycles of their imaging equipment.

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