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New Audiocast: Asklepios--Hospital of the Future

New Audiocast: Asklepios--Hospital of the Future

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As I've traveled the world, I've come to appreciate the fact that some of the most innovative work in healthcare information technology is happening outside of the Unitied States.  One such example is the Asklepios Hospital near Hamburg, Germany.  In this month's edition of my audiocast series, "House Calls for Healthcare Professionals" we visit with an administrator and a clinician at the Asklepios Hospital to find out more about what they've done and why the hospital has been designated a "hospital of the future".  We also hear from representatives of Microsoft and Intel who partnered wth Asklepios in the design of their contemporary healthcare IT infrastructure and applications.  I hope you enjoy the show.

Bill Crounse, MD    Healthcare Industry Director    Microsoft Corporation

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Asklepios hospital in Germany: Hospital of the future
This program is also available in MP3 for download.

In February 2005, the Asklepios Group, a privately held clinic and hospital system operating in Germany, opened a brand new facility: the Asklepios Hospital Barmbek in Hamburg. The new hospital combines architectural, organizational and information technology-related innovations. It’s been called a reference center for a "hospital of the future." Hospital executives say the new facility is based on the tradition of the past and the medicine of the future. The Asklepious Future Hospital initiative was initiated by the Asklepios Group in cooperation with Microsoft and Intel.

Panel guests:

Dr. Tobias Kaltenbach, CEO, Asklepios Clinics, is responsible for the company's operative business units in West Germany, including information technology (IT) and facility management. He received his degree in engineering management from the University of Hamburg and his doctorate in management from the University of Cologne with a thesis on "quality management in hospitals."

Dr. Siegbert Faiss, Chief Physician, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, has also worked as Senior Physician and Consultant at the Department of Gastroenterology at the University Hospital Benjamin Franklin in Berlin. Dr. Faiss received his degree in medicine from the University of Ulm in Donau, Germany.

Sharad Gandhi, Director, Digital Health Group - Intel EMEA, is responsible for strategy, business, sales and marketing for Intel’s success in Health care. He holds graduate degrees in Physics from Bombay University and in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Neil Jordan
, Senior Director, Microsoft Worldwide Health Industry, is responsible for formulating and executing on Microsoft’s worldwide strategy for delivering value across the healthcare provider institutions in the global health market, from the latest high-tech urban hospitals to rural clinics in developing countries.

Additional resources: downloads

Grand Opening Announcement (76.3 KB Word file)
"Hospital of the Future" Showroom (5.85 MB Portable Document file)
Asklepios intern newsletter – Barmbek Special (2.66 MB Portable Document file)
eHealth Interoperability Platform brochure (2.41 MB Portable Document file)

  • One of the advantages of other countries is that their small size and national health systems tends to enable them to create ehealth in more of a standardized way.  I found this on IBM's intranet, regarding a subsidiary who is creating a standardized ehealth portal for Denmark.  In America with no national health system we just see multiple e health providers all wanting a piece of the 8 million dollar ehealth pie. The <a href="http://personalpediatrics.blogspot.com/2006/10/global-healthcare-stands-at-crossroads.html" > Personal Pediatrics</a> administrative support system is an example of a niche healthcare company that provides pediatricians an ehealth portal that enables doc's to drop the bottom out of their office overhead, fire most of their outdated and unnecessary staff and reap the benefits of providing a customer service culture in their practices rather than our current "patient culture."  ( Meaning they only do what insurers will pay for.)  Natalie MD Hodge St. Louis Personal Pediatrics Affiliate House Call Pediatrician

  • heyy there is a greek god named ASKLEPIOS

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