7 Noteworthy Developments for Healthcare Innovation During 2011

Ron Hammerle and Jay H. Sanders, MD, of Health Resources, Ltd., cited "seven noteworthy developments for healthcare innovation in 2011" in the company’s monthly One Minute Report.

1. Kaiser Health News and NPR’s report of Walmart’s plans to "become the largest primary care provider in the United States" and Walmart’s public commitment to expanding its offerings of "healthy foods."

2. The announcement of a highly-flexible, soon-to-be-dispersed, $1 billion grant program for test marketing healthcare innovations, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

3. The catalytic role of the Affordable Care Act in forcing a reluctant industry to better address issues of access, cost, quality, safety, efficiency and consumer protection in the financing and delivery of health services.

4. Walgreen’s beginning transformation of its retail store design and its new commitment to expanding the role of pharmacies and pharmacists in the delivery of integrated health services.

5. Humana’s return to the delivery of clinical services through ambulatory care clinics, telehealth centers and its expanding relationship with Walmart.

6. The rapidly expanding use of mobile devices, cloud computing and telemedicine in healthcare.

7. The evolutionary expansion of internationally-known medical centers of excellence through trademark licensing agreements by the Mayo Clinic, a major Florida hospital acquisition by Johns Hopkins and the development of new, Caribbean-based, medical centers of excellence by Asian hospital operators.

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