Navigation Links
Alere's Dr. Gordon Norman Highlights Challenges and Promising Solutions to U.S. Healthcare System to International Health Insurance Executives
Date:4/29/2009

- Dr. Gordon Norman presents overview of US healthcare industry problems and solutions to attendees at International Federation of Health Plans Meeting in Boston

- Noted universal recognition that U.S. gets among the worst value for its healthcare investment

- Emphasized greater coordination of personalized care can help America address and resolve today's healthcare challenges

MARIETTA, Ga., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Norman, M.D., executive vice president of Science and Innovation for Alere LLC, a leader in personal health support solutions, today presented insights into the U.S. health systems' challenges and offered promising solutions at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP). The London-based organization, representing leading global health insurers, met in Boston April 28 - 29.

Representing some of the world's leading health insurers, attendees are in the U.S. to gather information about worldwide health challenges and to discover and share insights into best practices from other countries. Healthcare executives attending represent countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Australia.

Norman noted that a key challenge in the coming decades will be addressing those health issues that are often undiagnosed and under-treated and that can easily spiral into high cost diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

"It's time to wake up and make significant changes to our approach in achieving better health," stated Norman. "Today's youth may be the first American generation to have lower longevity than their parents. What's more, our approach to healthcare is causing U.S. businesses to become less competitive as the health and wellness of human capital is not being adequately addressed."

Norman noted that aging baby boomers, as well as poor lifestyle choices increasingly prevalent among Americans, are only a few of the challenges facing the healthcare system. Poor care coordination, inadequate adherence to recognized clinical guidelines, greater health disparities between socio-economic groups and shortages of primary care physicians and nurses are also leading to lower levels of care and poorer outcomes.

"There is now universal recognition that the U.S. gets the worst value for its healthcare investment," said Norman. "What is equally troubling is that within a few short years, we may be unable to meet the healthcare needs of many of our sickest and neediest citizens."

According to Norman, Americans and the U.S. government appear to have a new sense of urgency with regards to reforming healthcare. He also noted that while it may take time to make changes, promising solutions are being implemented by many of the nation's health plans and employers.

Some of these changes include more effective and efficient management of chronic conditions, closely linking sites of care, expanding each person's care team and integrating technology with individual care plans. "We must also use personal health and electronic medical records to better connect people and providers, with a much greater emphasis on "person centric" healthcare models," said Norman.

For a copy of Norman's presentation or additional information, please contact Alere at alereinfo@alere.com.

Alere (www.alere.com) is a member of the Inverness Medical Innovations (www.invernessmedical.com) family of companies and represents the union of Alere Medical, ParadigmHealth and Matria Healthcare. Alere, a Latin verb, meaning "to care for" or "to support", offers the most patient-centered health management services available from a single provider in the industry. Alere(R) services provide health interventions that are designed for the entire lifespan from pre-cradle (high-risk pregnancy and NICU management) to end-of-life care (complex care) as well as the continuum of health from wellness (health and productivity programs) and prevention to total health management of the individual for those having various chronic illnesses.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Alere
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Tennessee Faith Leaders Call on Reps. Gordon & Blackburn to Co-sponsor Legislation to Protect Kids from Tobacco
2. Coalition America Announces Addition of Mollie Gordon Brown as Chief Strategy Officer
3. GordonsJewelers.com Introduces The Pink Collection in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
4. Gordon & Rees LLP Joins ArlenGroup-CIGNA Health Care Purchasing Consortium
5. Senator Gordon Smith Joins Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Pfizer to Honor a Community Caregiver
6. NCPA Endorses U.S. Senator Gordon Smith for Re-Election
7. University of Michigans Zell Lurie Institute Welcomes Erik Gordon as Associate Director
8. Gordon Trucking Begins Sleep Apnea Wellness Program with REM Medical Corporation
9. Gordon Binder & Weiss Vision Institute in San Diego Launches Innovative New Website
10. Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents: A Survival Manual for Parents of Difficult Children by Norman E. Hoffman, Ph.D.
11. Secretary Norman Y. Mineta Joins Lung Cancer Alliance Board of Directors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... To ... solutions to the healthcare industry, The University of Scranton is adding a Certificate ... path to a career in rapidly growing field of healthcare information. , ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... As the CDC relaxes its ... and their efforts to keep their households lice free. , According to a ... new policies that keep kids in the classroom despite the fact that they may ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... 30, 2016 , ... Shaolin Institute officially starts the annual ... intensive summer training camp starts on June 17th on Shaolin Institute Atlanta Campus. ... a fun and unique experience with an opportunity to learn KungFu martial arts ...
(Date:5/29/2016)... ... May 29, 2016 , ... Whole Health Supply is happy to announce ... clipper is available to the public. This is an unusual clipper because it opens ... average clipper. , Everything about this product is concentrated on ease of use, functionality ...
(Date:5/28/2016)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... May 28, 2016 , ... ... just need to drag and drop a preset onto their media," said Christina Austin ... from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily add stylish color grades to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... 2016 According to the 2016 ... driving ambulatory blood pressure monitoring system market growth. With ... ability to respond to different pressure rates, leading to ... to various cardiovascular disorders such as heart failure, stroke, ... are growing in prevalence each year. WHO estimates that ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... May 26, 2016 According to a ... Management Market - U.S. Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, ... in the U.S. was valued at US$ 5.89 Bn in ... 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 to reach US$ 7.99 Bn ... current and emerging needle free drug delivery devices and the ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... -- FDA 510(k) clearance covers Confocal ... urological and surgical applications Mauna Kea ... the multidisciplinary confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) platform, today ... with the 12 th 510(k) clearance from ... new FDA clearance covers Confocal Miniprobes indicated for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: