Healthcare & Life Sciences

Value Drivers | Article

Value Drivers | Article

In difficult economic times, corporations seek to improve their financial performance. One way to do this is to understand value creation. This is a technique that helps companies improve their product quality, financial performance, customer satisfaction or time to market.

Through the Looking Glass, Brightly? | Article

Through the Looking Glass, Brightly? | Article

We are at an interesting crossroads. The market is still tracking the promise of the ASPs although at a difference pace than we predicted earlier, adds Sanjay Katyal, senior director, marketing for PeopleSoft eCenter in Pleasanton, California.

Outsourcing Disease Management Services Helps Patients and Payers | Article

Outsourcing Disease Management Services Helps Patients and Payers | Article

In contrast to an ailment like diabetes or asthma, where there are significant numbers of patients and the prevalence of the ailment is quite high, Accordant Health Services focuses on complex, chronic diseases that require ongoing, specialized care whose patient population prevalence is low. Although Accordant currently handles disease management for approximately 10,400 patients across numerous health plans, this constitutes less than one percent prevalence among the total patient population of these health plans.

Just What the Doctor Ordered | Article

Just What the Doctor Ordered | Article

As healthcare professionals strive to focus on their core competencies and become more efficient and cost-effective, they turn to outsourcing as a solution. Buenaventura Medical Group (BMG), a 50-doctor, multi-specialty group with five locations and 100,000 patients, made that decision five years ago. In efforts to stay ahead of their competition, they realized that printing and mailing their patient statements was sorely in need of process improvement.

Revenues Determine Rating | Article

Revenues Determine Rating | Article

Revenues Determine Rating ASPs Have Their Own Top 10 List – David Letterman popularized the Top 10 list. Now the ASP world is mature enough to have its own. IDC, the Framingham, Massachusetts global market advisory firm, decided to compile this list, which ranks the ASP providers by revenue in calendar 2000. This is the first time IDC has prepared this list ranking the burgeoning ASP market. ASPs have finally reached a maturity level with meaningful revenues, explains Meredith Whalen, vice president, ASP and Internet services for IDC. IDC analysts attempted to put together this list last year but the revenue numbers were too insignificant to be relevant.

Plumbing a Cheaper Labor Pool | Article

Plumbing a Cheaper Labor Pool | Article

One of the big selling points of business process outsourcing is its ability to substitute cheaper resources for more expensive ones. Is this a myth or a reality? Can an internal shared services center do the job as well?

Benefits Cures | Article

Benefits Cures | Article

In 1995 Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. discovered a breakthrough in how to achieve its goals regarding human resources functions within the company. It happened as result of the company going through a merger and coming out of it not prepared to handle the volume of HR activity.

An ASP Plays Doctor with Database Health | Article

An ASP Plays Doctor with Database Health | Article

dbDoctor has reengineered the database monitoring process for Oracle and Sun Microsystems systems. ‘Databases touch each and every facet of your business. When they go down, all hell breaks loose and losses immediately start to accumulate,’ says Michael Misheff, vice president, sales and marketing, for dbDoctor.

HR Moves to Self-Serve | Article

HR Moves to Self-Serve | Article

SynHRgy HR Technologies, an HR outsourcing vendor in Houston, Texas, monitored the usage of its 500,000 participants last fall. Sixty-five percent of the enrollees used the Web or its interactive voice response (IVR) system in lieu of talking to a live representative, reports Kraig Koester, Midwest regional director for SynHRgy. He points out the outsourcing vendor’s 35 clients range from high tech companies who couldn’t live without their Palm Pilots to unionized heavy industry whose employees work with their hands not computers.

How to Get Ready for HIPAA | Article

How to Get Ready for HIPAA | Article

From the moment of his 1999 signature approving two-thirds of the proposed HIPAA regulations, President Clinton tossed the healthcare industry a hot potato. So now the industry is forced to start changing the way it was doing business.

Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge | Article

Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge | Article

Behind closed doors, discussions about the biggest challenge for both providers and payers in the healthcare industry are not about HIPAA compliance. It’s about how to be profitable. Given the numerous industry problems besetting companies, revenue has been drastically cut, and most have lost millions of dollars for several years in a row. The solution, as many are discovering, is for organizations to become more efficient. And the only way to accomplish that objective is to outsource non-core business processes and take advantage of outsourcers’ expertise and technological resources.

Digital Rights Management | Article

Digital Rights Management | Article

Born in August 1999, TrustData Solutions Corporation has already matured enough to take giant steps in the eSecurity arena. HIPAA experts agree TrustData’s solutions are probably the most advanced technology today for allowing companies to enable HIPAA compliance.

Wireless: To Be or Not To Be | Article

Wireless: To Be or Not To Be | Article

Wireless scares people, says Adam Braunstein, senior research analyst with the Robert Frances Group. The concept that you can get anything anywhere is easy to understand and sounds great, and what company wouldn’t want to give those capabilities to its staff and customers where appropriate? The problem is that the application is extremely difficult. There are several warring technologies out there, Braunstein explains, and the wireless carriers are having huge difficulties. Financial institutions and the healthcare industry are the early adopters of wireless technology. It’s also an ideal solution for a mobile sales force, traveling executives, field technicians, logistics and other processes. The media has touted the enormous benefits for companies to adopt this technology as an extension of access to the Internet while, at the same time, making a lot of noise about the immaturity of the technology and its failures in addressing business applications and user needs.

Fly Like an Eagle | Article

Fly Like an Eagle | Article

As human genome mapping starts to produce results and new drugs are developed to eradicate or control some of life’s most significant challenges, the spotlight will be on pharmaceutical companies. Time to market will drive their efforts. But the pharmaceutical industry is highly regulated, so their innovative development efforts will require tight management and control, along with certain levels of configuration management and maturity models (CMM). Outsourcers such as MERANT provide powerful solutions that will allow them to fly like eagles. Keith White, MERANT’s vice president and general manager, explains that 70% of development projects fail and 90% of them are over budget and behind schedule. The challenges are obvious for, as he points out, When you have to develop a product that has to fit in to a million different environments, the risks and time and resources required to get them deployed and to maintain and manage them is expensive.

Perspectives on HIPAA | White Paper

Perspectives on HIPAA | White Paper

This paper presents several perspectives on this vital issue, along with suggestions for implementing solutions to meet the demands of this legislation.

First Aid for HR | Article

First Aid for HR | Article

Johnson & Johnson is the largest and most diversified healthcare company in the world. It manufactures world-renowned health care products and provides related services to consumers and pharmaceutical markets, selling products in more than 175 countries. With more than 190 operating companies in 51 nations, the company has more than 99,000 employees worldwide. It’s a human resources migraine, to be sure!