Sep 25, 2014

TOP 10: Best USA Health Care Companies to Work For

Top 10
Hospital Leadership
4 min
The Mayo Clinic is based in Rochester, Minnesota, and employs approximately 61,000 people.
From providing top quality employee care

From providing top quality employee care to extensive benefits such as on-site farmers markets, these are the top 10 best health care companies to work for.

10. Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, Massachusetts

A 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital is one of the more distinguished hospitals in the country. The hospital has been recognized as a leader in LGBT healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Perks: The hospital offers new employees 29 days of PTO or 33 days after seven years of employment, backup child care services, subsidized and discounted fitness center memberships and a 50-percent discount for public transportation.

9. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center – Los Angeles, California

With more than 4,000 employees, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center dedicates each floor of the hospital to a particular specialty with its own satellite pharmacy and resident physician sleep rooms. 

Perks: The hospital offers childcare resources at five different locations, a pension plan and several retirement plan options.

8. Providence Health & Services Northwest Region – Renton, Washington

Through its Promise Stories campaign, which invites employees to share personal work stories, Providence maintains a close bond with its over 4,000 employees.

Perks: Providence Health’s LifeBalance Program offers employees robust health and wellness programs, as well as discounts for various companies and services.

7. Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Clinic is ranked No. 4 in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The clinic’s employees have access to numerous resources such as the Center for Online Medical Education and Training. The system also has a children’s academy that provides early childhood education.

Perks: Cleveland Clinic focuses on wellness by offering yoga sessions in the mornings and evenings, running and walking groups and fitness challenges.

6. Cerner – Kansas City, Missouri

One of the nation’s largest electronic medical record providers, Cerner employs more than 14,000 associates around the world. Diversity and inclusion are at the company’s core and it has received numerous awards for this very reason.

Perks: Associates receive 15 percent Cerner stock and a 401(k) plan with a company match. The Healthe at Cerner program gives associates access to Healthe on-site clinics, pharmacies and fitness centers. Tuition reimbursement and adoption assistance are also available.

5. UnitedHealth Group – Minneapolis, Minnesota

UnitedHealth Group is one of the largest companies in the United States based on revenue. For four years in a row, it has earned a top ranking in Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.”

Perks: UnitedHealth Group offers an employee stock purchase plan and 401(k) plan. To support local communities, the company also matches employee donations to community charities of their choice.

4. Kaiser Permanente – Oakland, California

Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest nonprofit health systems and plans in the United States, employing 190,000 individuals who serve more than 9 million people every year. In 2007, Kaiser launched “Healthy Workforce” to help employees make health conscious decisions and continues to improve the lives of not only patients, but employees, as well.

Perks: Kaiser offers a comprehensive benefits package along with an online health recipe database. The nonprofit also holds farmer’s markets at a number of facilities.

3. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Memphis, Tennessee

As one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, St. Jude’s employs more than 3,600 individuals.

Perks: The hospital offers a seasonal on-site farmer’s market, access to a free wellness facility and a travel office that handles employees’ personal and business travel needs.

2. Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic employs approximately 61,000 people who serve more than 1 million people from around 150 countries annually. The organization has made it onto Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 11 consecutive years.

Perks: Mayo Clinic offers employees a pension plan, 401(k) options and financial assistance for relocation expenses in addition to numerous insurance plans.

1. Humana – Louisville, Kentucky

Humana earned a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index in 2014, which recognized the company for policies and practices encouraging workplace diversity and inclusion. The company also participates in initiatives for veterans and military families.

Perks: Humana not only offers 401(k), overtime pay, personal health coaching and jury duty pay, but it also extends an employee charity matching program.

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Dec 10, 2018

Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019

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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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