[caption id="attachment_3026" align="alignleft" width="183"] Krzysztof Kęsek, Medical IT Project Consultant[/caption] Editor's Note:  Earlier this summer Carestream hosted a summit  for journalists and industry consultants at Zakopane University Hospital set in the beautiful Tatras mountains of Poland. The two day workshop focused on new imaging technology strategies being deployed in today's

[caption id="attachment_1433" align="alignleft" width="107"] David H. Foos, Clinical Applications Research, Carestream[/caption] Editor’s note:   UKRC opens today in Manchester, UK. The annual Congress of  The British Institute of Radiology, The Society and College of Radiographers, and The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, covers all aspects of diagnostic

[caption id="attachment_2657" align="alignleft" width="97"] Helen Titus, Marketing Director, Digital Capture Solutions, Carestream[/caption] It’s an exciting and challenging time to be in the medical profession. Change is happening fast. New treatments.  Competing reform priorities. Evolving technologies. Yet, a patient’s hopes, fears, and need for expert care remain constant—as

Editor’s Note:  Italy's largest gathering of radiology professionals, the SIRM 2012 Congress , begins today, June 1 in Torino, and runs through June 5.  Carestream's Italian Marketing Manager, Lucilla Mariani, offers a preview of the event. [caption id="attachment_2761" align="alignleft" width="186"] Lucilla Mariani, Marketing Manager, Carestream Italy[/caption] Q: What emerging technologies do

[caption id="attachment_2705" align="alignleft" width="129"] Hugues Trousseau, Marketing Manager, France & Belgium, Carestream[/caption] “Cloud” was the buzz of last week’s HIT Paris 2012. And show-goers found particular interest in Carestream’s Vue Cloud services. We demonstrated seamless access to patient data and integrated workflow across the continuum of care

[caption id="attachment_2181" align="alignleft" width="123"] Cristine Kao, Global Marketing Manager, Healthcare IT, Carestream[/caption] Last May I was interviewed by Imaging Economics for a story about healthcare trends driving “The Cloud’s Clout” and its application in diagnostic imaging. A year later and many of the issues challenging providers

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Boris Alvarez, project consultant, Medical Technology School, Universidad San Sebastián

Editor’s Note:  Boris Alvarez, project consultant for Medical Technology School, Universidad San Sebastián , in Santiago Chile, shared his thoughts with us on the difference between public and private healthcare, digital x-ray technology and the importance of continuing education and networking.

Q: Having lived in both the United States and Chile, can you give us a snapshot of the differences you see in planned healthcare reforms?

In my opinion, healthcare reforms in both countries address the need to achieve better access to care, especially for those more vulnerable citizens.

On one hand, the USA has been the most important country in the development of technologies for the whole world. This is increasing healthcare costs by transferring research costs to American patients. The US government expects to use strategies that reduce healthcare prices for the population with fewer alternatives to pay for it.

In contrast, the Chilean government is addressing healthcare access through a framework that allows public and private investment to give access to better technology to the people who can not afford it.

I think the biggest challenges for healthcare institutions are in their capacity to adapt to the new scenario. In the American case, institutions must be able to fit their cost structure in order to be more competitive. In the Chilean case, institutions must follow the technologic vanguard, in spite of the limitations in budget of the Chilean market.