Collective Ambition in Healthcare and Higher Education

The notion of Collective Ambition, as presented in a recent HBR article, brings together a set of elements that, when combined, predict success for organizations, even when the going is tough. These ideas can be extended to healthcare and higher education at a time when both sectors are struggling around the world to cope with increasing demands for service yet at the same time fiscal restraint. (full article)

Scholarly Briefs on Healthcare from HBR – Kaplan, Porter, Herzlinger & Mintzberg

Harvard Business Review (September, October and November 2011) offers a range of solutions from activity based costing at individual patient level to advocacy for using tried and true solutions on a larger scale – each piece by leading contributors at Harvard Business School and McGill University provides useful suggestions but the reality of needing to redress the lack of physician education and ownership about healthcare systems from medical school through to consulting practice are not exposed. (full article)

Health Reconstruction after the Arab Spring – Libya: an emerging opportunity

As conflict subsides in the Arab Spring countries, reconstruction of healthcare provides one of the most powerful vehicles for new governments to establish their legitimacy to their people and the world community. Each country is different and will require different pathways and solutions but much has been learned over recent decades about managing the redevelopment of healthcare systems post-conflict. This brief overview describes some of the issues at hand in general and concludes with some personal reflection s about the healthcare situation in Libya. (full article)

Best Practices in Licensing International Medical Graduates

As doctors have increasingly moved around the world, the need to have robust systems for licensing international medical graduates (IMGs) has escalated. In many jurisdictions, governments struggle to deal with establishing processes that are realistic in terms of the development of medical education and professional standards in their country while at the same time assuring the public that IMGs are safe and competent. Examination of several national jurisdictions provides some insights about best practices for licensing IMGs. (full article)

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Are Healthcare Organizations Healthy?

Modern health care organizations need to consider how to become healthy organizations themselves. New work from McKinsey provides a useful set of thoughts about how organizations can achieve success in their core business as well be ‘healthy’ organizations internally. (full article)

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The Critical Role of Gap Analysis in Planning New Hospitals in Emerging Markets

In emerging economies, critical gaps in planning new hospitals are often overlooked, especially the availability of skilled high quality professional workforce. (full article)

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Governance in Healthcare – Linkages, Boundaries and the Problems between Corporate and Clinical Governance

The basics of governance within healthcare systems, especially the linkages and boundaries between corporate and clinical governance, are often ill understood inside health organizations. At times of significant turmoil and change in healthcare, one aspect of improved performance is clarification of the roles and responsibilities in the corporate and clinical governance arms of the institution and working with the major confounders of effective governance – people and customs (full article)

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New Leadership in Medicine

A new type of medical leader is needed in healthcare – professionals who can build the identity of their institution, create linkages internally and externally, interpret complexity and model ethical behavior. (full article)

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