May 17, 2020

Hospitals becoming more popular by increasing number of specialists

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Written by Heather Legg Any hospital wants to have the best - the best care, the best diagnostics, the best treatment and of course, the best doctors...

Written by Heather Legg


Any hospital wants to have the best - the best care, the best diagnostics, the best treatment and of course, the best doctors. Of course, the price must be right, too, as the hospital needs to pay the doctors.

Looking to get the best doctors for the best prices is a smart way for hospitals stick to budgets, but how to do this is the question.

Among the ways:

·         Hire specialists - Specialists bring in more revenue than primary care physicians, so it may be worth it to pay them a bit more as the hospital can benefit financially from having specialists on staff.

·         Hire primary care physicians with established practices - Primary care physicians with established practices can bring in a lot of patients, as well as have a wider word of mouth range.

·         Acquire the practice - Hospitals are acquiring practices more than ever these days. Buying an established practice can add a great deal to the reputation and financial success of a hospital.

·         Offer incentives along with base pay - If a hospital can offer an incentive program with compensation for meeting set criteria, the base pay can be a bit lower. As long as the goals and criteria are feasible and reachable, this is a pay plan that often works quite well for all involved.

·         Offer quality incentives as well as monetary - Working conditions, hours, and staff all have an impact on salary and desire to work somewhere. If you can offer strong benefits, great working conditions and less demanding hours, you may be able to hire the physician you want at the price you want. We are seeing a shift these days to employees in many fields accepting a lower salary for better working conditions and benefits, in other words, a good workplace promoting positive aspects is worth being factored in to salary negotiations.


The reputation of a hospital is all important.

Not all patients have the choice of where to go, but enough do to make a difference. With good doctors and strong practices, the medical reputation will speak for itself.

As long as budget stays within set goals, these factors can help secure the success of the hospital.


About the Author

Heather Legg writes on a variety of topics from health and lifestyle to family and Timothy Broas.

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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