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Opinion

Obama Reform Resuscitates Healthcare Leaders to Fix Core Systems

Healthcare leaders in the US have agreed to meet in California at the end of September at The Next Generation Healthcare Summit

There has been much speculation over the recent months on Obama's new healthcare reform. Media coverage across the globe has detailed both negative and positive opinions, and yet the arguments in the US appear to be escalating. Recent protests against the new President have caused concern to the White House, but where should Obama go from here?

The healthcare system in America is in need of addressing, but it appears that whichever direction Obama takes, criticism is not far behind. It seems to be a case of management versus leadership and in light of this, Healthcare leaders in the US have agreed to meet in California at the end of September at The Next Generation Healthcare Summit, to discuss the future of their businesses and the healthcare system.

Impresarios such as Dr. Divya Shroff - Associate Chief of Staff - Informatics, for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Phillip Smith - CMIO of Adventist, Bill Ferra - CMIO & VP of Medical Technology for UPMC, Dr. William Bria - CMIO for Shriners Hospital, and Sunmay Mukhopadhyay - CIO for the LA County Department of Health Services, have all confirmed attendance amongst 50 other Healthcare visionaries from across the country.

As healthcare costs continue to rise, health providers are feeling a sharp sense of urgency in deploying information technology to lower costs, reduce medical errors, enhance outcomes and spur efficiency in this crumbling industry. It is obviously not going to solve all the problems facing the Obama Administration at the moment. But if the Healthcare sector can start working at its core, by reducing errors and creating a much more efficient system, a reformation may be able to take place. The question is, will it be too late for Obama?

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.