May 17, 2020

Aetna's Earnings Boost Points to their Happy and Healthy Future

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Written by Alyssa Clark Aetnas Earnings Boost Points to their Happy and Healthy Future With second-quarter earnings just being tallied, everyone is an...

Written by Alyssa Clark


Aetna’s Earnings Boost Points to their Happy and Healthy Future

With second-quarter earnings just being tallied, everyone is anxiously awaiting to see who continues to climb to the top of the ladder in the healthcare world, and who is dropping down the ever-slippery slope. Aetna’s second-quarter numbers do more than point to their healthy totals and obviously positive future ahead— they show just how much this company’s commitment to patient care and well-being has truly paid off.

Jumping 17 percent in the second-quarter, health care provider Aetna has stunned consumers and industry competition by coming out as an overall, triple threat. With dedication, compassion and education, Aetna has made a name for itself as the company to be on the lookout for as our medical industry becomes more and more competitive as time goes on.  This health insurer collected revenue and other gains from its recent purchase of Coventry Health Care, another industry health insurance agency.

Now climbing to peak position within the second-quarter, and daunting its surrounding insurance competition, Aetna has become the one contender to watch out for as the hunt for the prime position as the favorite of the consumer becomes more and more cutthroat.

One extension of Aetna’s in particular, the Hartford, Conn., branch said it earned $536 million in three months as of June 30th of the year. One of Aetna’s branches earned more than other health insurers entire quarter total, and it is this kind of astronomical leap in financial success that has other insurance companies shaking in their respective boots. Not only demonstrating one-quarter’s earning potential, but this new total has show the ability that Aetna has to ever-increase and push their inherent potential.

With the totals from last year’s second quarter being $457.6 million, an almost $100 million increase was accrued in just one year alone. In such tough economic times, consumers and other healthcare industry professionals alike are awe-struck by what this kind of recorded number could mean for Aetna’s future.

Comparing the original share cost of $1.40 of last year’s second-quarter, to this year’s $1.49 per share cost, the proof is in the pudding in terms of which medical insurer you should be investing your money into when the time comes.

Aetna’s future is not only bright— it’s brilliant. Analysts are predicting that the company’s share price will average out to be about $1.40 per share for this year, and that the company will gross a total of $11.9 billion in revenue by next quarter alone.

If we start to talk about 2013 on the other hand, the numbers begin to shock you even more. Researchers say that by 2013, industry executives, consumers and other healthcare insurers can expect Aetna’s share price to jump to $5.80 and $5.90 per share, which is even higher than the previous estimate which was $5.70 and $5.85 per share.

These kind of numbers speak to the amount of potential this company maintains, and for Aetna, the demand to be the best is tangible and everyone there is carrying it around with them, all the way to the bank. 


About the Author

Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global

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Jun 11, 2021

How UiPath robots are helping with the NHS backlog

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UiPath software robots are helping clinicians at Dublin's Mater Hospital save valuable time

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hospitals to have logistical nightmares, as backlogs of surgeries built up as a result of cancellations. The BMJ has estimated it will take the UK's National Health Service (NHS) a year and a half to recover

However software robots can help, by automating computer-based processes such as replenishing inventory, managing patient bookings, and digitising patient files. Mark O’Connor, Public Sector Director for Ireland at UiPath, tells us how they deployed robots at Mater Hospital in Dublin, saving clinicians valuable time. 

When Did Mater Hospital implement the software robots - was it specifically to address the challenges of the pandemic? 
The need for automation at Mater Hospital pre-existed the pandemic but it was the onset of COVID-19 that got the team to turn to the technology and start introducing software robots into the workflow of doctors and nurses. 

The pandemic placed an increased administrative strain on the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) department at Mater Hospital in Dublin. To combat the problem and ensure that nurses could spend more time with their patients and less time on admin, the IPC deployed its first software robots in March 2020. 

The IPC at Mater plans to continue using robots to manage data around drug resistant microbes such as MRSA once the COVID-19 crisis subsides. 

What tasks do they perform? 
In the IPC at Mater Hospital, software robots have taken the task of reporting COVID-19 test results. Pre-automation, the process created during the 2003 SARS outbreak required a clinician to log into the laboratory system, extract a disease code and then manually enter the results into a data platform. This was hugely time consuming, taking up to three hours of a nurse’s day. 

UiPath software robots are now responsible for this task. They process the data in a fraction of the time, distributing patient results in minutes and consequently freeing up to 18 hours of each IPC nurse’s time each week, and up to 936 hours over the course of a year. As a result, the healthcare professionals can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on repetitive tasks and admin work. 

Is there any possibility of error with software robots, compared to humans? 
By nature, humans are prone to make mistakes, especially when working under pressure, under strict deadlines and while handling a large volume of data while performing repetitive tasks.  

Once taught the process, software robots, on the other hand, will follow the same steps every time without the risk of the inevitable human error. Simply speaking, robots can perform data-intensive tasks more quickly and accurately than humans can. 

Which members of staff benefit the most, and what can they do with the time saved? 
In the case of Mater Hospital, the IPC unit has adopted a robot for every nurse approach. This means that every nurse in the department has access to a robot to help reduce the burden of their admin work. Rather than spending time entering test results, they can focus on the work that requires their human ingenuity, empathy and skill – taking care of their patients. 

In other sectors, the story is no different. Every job will have some repetitive nature to it. Whether that be a finance department processing thousands of invoices a day or simply having to send one daily email. If a task is repetitive and data-intensive, the chances are that a software robot can help. Just like with the nurses in the IPC, these employees can then focus on handling exceptions and on work that requires decision making or creativity - the work that people enjoy doing. 

How can software robots most benefit healthcare providers both during a pandemic and beyond? 
When the COVID-19 outbreak hit, software robots were deployed to lessen the administrative strain healthcare professionals were facing and give them more time to care for an increased number of patients. With hospitals around the world at capacity, every moment with a patient counted. 

Now, the NHS and other healthcare providers face a huge backlog of routine surgeries and procedures following cancellations during the pandemic. In the UK alone, 5 million people are waiting for treatment and it’s estimated that this could cause 6,400 excess deaths by the end of next year if the problem isn’t rectified.

Many healthcare organisations have now acquired the skills needed to deploy automation, therefore it will be easier for them to build more robots to respond to the backlog going forwards. Software robots that had been processing registrations at COVID test sites, for example, could now be taught how to schedule procedures, process patient details or even manage procurement and recruitment to help streamline the processes associated with the backlog. The possibilities are vast. 

The technology, however, should not be considered a short-term, tactical and reactive solution that can be deployed in times of crisis. Automation has the power to solve systematic problems that healthcare providers face year-round. Hospital managers should consider the wider challenge of dealing with endless repetitive work that saps the energy of professionals and turns attention away from patient care and discuss how investing in a long-term automation project could help alleviate these issues. 

How widely adopted is this technology in healthcare at the moment?
Automation was being used in healthcare around the world before the pandemic, but the COVID-19 outbreak has certainly accelerated the trend.  

Automation’s reach is wide. From the NHS Shared Business Service in the UK to the Cleveland Clinic in the US and healthcare organisations in the likes of Norway, India and Canada, we see a huge range of healthcare providers deploying automation technology. 

Many healthcare providers, however, are still in the early stages of their journeys or are just discovering automation’s potential because of the pandemic. I expect to see the deployment of software robots in healthcare grow over the coming years as its benefits continue to be realised globally. 

How do you see this technology evolving in the future? 
If one thing is certain, it’s that the technology will continue to evolve and grow over time – and I believe there will come a point in time when all processes that can be automated, will be automated. This is known as the fully automated enterprise. 

By joining all automation projects into one enterprise-wide effort, the healthcare industry can tap into the full benefits of the technology. This will involve software robots becoming increasingly intelligent in order to reach and improve more processes. Integrating the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into automation, for example, will allow providers to reach non-rule-based processes too. 

We are already seeing steps towards this being taken by NHS Shared Business Service, for example. The organisation, which provides non-clinical services to around two-thirds of all NHS provider trusts and every clinical commissioning organisation in the UK, is working to create an entire eco-system of robots. It believes that no automation should be looked at in isolation, but rather the technology should stretch across departments and functions. As such, inefficiencies in the care pathway can be significantly reduced, saving healthcare providers a substantial amount of time and money. 

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