What is happening abroad? We thought you might like to know...
Health Headlines - March 2010
It has been encouraging for us to see that the health sector is still investing through these economic times. And in some pockets, there is significant sector reform taking place.
Only a few weeks ago the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced a shakeup of his health funding system, and the United States continues to debate further changes to private health insurance. These announcements have indicated that many organisations and governments are taking the opportunity to be first movers rather than sitting back and watching the show.
With this in mind we felt it timely to share with you a few of the many exciting projects which we have been helping our peers around the globe with.
You may be surprised to hear that the New Zealand healthcare system, with all of its obvious ‘faults’, is seen by our peers as an innovator in a number of areas. So our international colleagues often look to us for advice. Recently, our team has provided advice on setting up a central healthcare system in a developing nation, and provided advice in the set up of a private hospital laboratory in Australia.
Listed below are a few more examples of how our NZ healthcare team has helped our peers in the global health sector:
- Developed a contact centre for chronic disease management (Australia)
- Implemented an information system in a hospital emergency department (Australia)
- Marketed healthcare evolution (Belgium)
- Benchmarked fee structure models related to Diagnostic Imaging (Canada)
- Business continuity for a health authority (Canada)
- Developed rehabilitation centre for children suffering from pulmonary conditions (Cyprus)
- Healthcare facility planning and construction (Denmark)
- Benchmarked competency models for the public sector (Portugal)
- Developed a national health account system (Romania)
- Assisted with moving a hospital (Spain)
- Scoped trends in medical tourism (US)
- Developed a technical assistance program for health information (US)
These examples clearly show that things are happening abroad, as they are in New Zealand. If you are interested in learning more about our international projects please talk to me or one of my colleagues.