Sep 18, 2018

Drucker Institute’s Management top healthcare companies are revealed

Top 10
Catherine Sturman
5 min
Peter Drucker’s Drucker Institute has recently released its annual Management Top 250, where it looks at all co...

Peter Drucker’s Drucker Institute has recently released its annual Management Top 250, where it looks at all companies based on five areas of performance. Those areas Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Development, Innovation, Social Responsibility and Financial Strength.

We take a look at the top 10 healthcare companies which made the cut.

10. Amgen (62nd)

Committed to developing treatments for patient with long-term conditions in six key areas, cardiovascular disease, oncology, bone diseases, neuroscience, nephrology and inflammation, biotechnology company Amgen reached number 62 on the list.

Gaining a significant foothold in international markets since 1989, the company is present in over 100 countries and is a leader in biologics manufacturing. It remains the first biotech to receive the US Department of Commerce National Medal of Technology in 1994, and has sought to develop cutting-edge research capabilities through a number of initiatives and partnerships, as well as recent acquisitions to support its growing portfolio.

This year, the company has won a multitude of awards, and has been recognised as one of the best employers in the US, gaining 55.2 in customer satisfaction and 57.5 in employee engagement and development. A top-rated healthcare company overall, it has also been found to be one of the happiest companies in America by CareBliss.

9. Pfizer (57th, alongside Edwards Lifesciences)

With 25,000 clinical researchers under its umbrella, pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, has been a force to be reckoned with since the 19th century.

Since the start of the 21st century, the company has undergone a significant number of acquisitions to further expand its portfolio and position in the market, with manufacturing facilities spanning the UK and the US.

The company scored lower on customer satisfaction, but scored highly on innovation at 62.5.

8. Edwards Lifesciences

Partnering with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in areas such as structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, Edwards Lifesciences aims to support patients live longer, healthier lives.

Achieving higher levels of customer satisfaction at 65.0, the company spans the US, Asia and Europe and remains a leader in the development of heart valves.

7. Bristol Myers-Squibb (47th)

Developing much needed pharmaceuticals within oncology, cardiovascular, immunoscience and fibrosis conditions, Bristol Myers-Squibb has been ranked highly at 62.9 for its employee engagement and commitment to innovation (61.6) and social responsibility (69.5).

This year, the company has won a number of awards. Recognised as a Military Friendly Company and its efforts to ensure those with disabilities are supported, the business has been ranked as one of the best corporations in America dedicated to diversity and inclusion, as well as one of the top 2018 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women.

6. Merck (44th, tied with Oracle)

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016, Merck (also known as MSD) gained $40bn in revenue in 2017, and reached 293mn people through its programmes and partnerships in the same year. Tied with Oracle, the company’s core product categories include diabetes, cancer, vaccines and hospital acute care. Its research capabilities also analyse conditions such as cancer, HIV, HPV, hepatitis C, cardio-metabolic disease, antibiotic-resistant infection and Alzheimer's disease.

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Through recent findings, Merck gained some of the highest marks for Customer Satisfaction (65.9) and for its commitment within its Social Responsibility efforts, gaining top spot on the list.

5. Eli Lilly (42nd, tied with General Motors)

One of the first companies to develop Penicillin and distribute the Salk Polio vaccine globally, Eli Lilly has undertaken clinical research in over 55 countries. Housing facilities in eight, the business has expanded its foothold to market products in up to 120 countries.

Gaining top marks for its commitment to employee engagement and development (70.4) and its social responsibility efforts (64.6), the company remains keen to develop patient centered medicines for those with long-term conditions.

4. Medtronic (22nd, tied with HP)

Ranked as one of the most innovative healthcare companies, reaching 96.8, Medtronic works to research, design, manufacture, and sell instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Up to 62mn citizens utilise the company’s technologies, where the business has invested $1.5bn in research and development this year to promote innovation across its operations.

The bysbess has also recently announced its decision to join the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change, in a bid to accelerate the progress of women to gain senior positions.

3. Dow Chemical (12th, tied with Accenture)

Also achieving high marks across its commitment to driving innovation (84.4), employee engagement and development (63.4) and its social responsibility efforts (65.3), Dow Chemical extracts value from material, polymer, chemical and biological sciences to address many of the world's most challenging problems.

The need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure and increased agricultural productivity are all part of its agenda to deliver technology based solutions to a number of areas, from agriculture and automotive, to infrastructure and packaging.

2. Procter & Gamble (6th, tied with Microsoft)

Founded in the 19th century, US juggernaut Procter & Gamble (P&G) gained an impressive 80.2 for its financial strength in the market, as well as its commitment to promoting innovation across the business.

Operating in over 70 countries and housing some of the most trusted brands in the world, the company is committed to achieving its 2020 sustainability goals.

1. Johnson & Johnson (4th)

Consistently achieving high levels of customer satisfaction, whilst being committed to developing employees, ensuring innovation and retaining a strong focus on social responsibility, Johnson & Johnson was the highest-ranking healthcare company this year.

With a significant financial strength (70.4), the company has also been nominated as one of Fortune’s Change the World companies, where it has sought to provide essential education and training to healthcare professionals across the world through a number of programmes and initiatives, particularly in Asia, India and Africa.

The company has also been recognised as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities by the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

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The remaining top three companies overall were Amazon, Apple and Alphabet (Google).

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Dec 10, 2018

Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019

medical devices
Top 10
Catherine Sturman
6 min
healthcare innovations
We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

10. Telehealth

The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.  

9. Mobile technology

Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.

8. Artificial intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.

6. Health wearables

With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.

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5. Electronic health records tools

From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.

4. Healthcare transportation 

Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.

3. 3D Printing 

Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.

2. Genomics

As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.

Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.

1. Vertical integrations

As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical GroupHumana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.

Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.

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