Welcome Marañón has written his name in gold letters in the history of football in Asia. Andalusian striker Ceres Negros rose AFC Cup all-time top scorer – continental competition equivalent to the Europa League – after scoring a double for Bali United in one of the few matches in Asian competition that were not affected by the coronavirus crisis.Marañón, about to turn five years without interruption in Ceres Negros, current champion of the Philippine First Division, reached 35 goals in the AFC Cup beating, among others, the Singaporean Aleksandar Duric, the Iraqi Amjad Radhi or the Brazilian Rico, all with more than 30 annotations. The Andalusian striker arrived in the Philippines endorsed by Carli De Murga in 2015 and since then has become one of the most outstanding players in Southeast Asia. “I can’t explain how happy I am! I can only say that the hard work is worth it,” said Bienve Marañón, who took the opportunity to thank Leo Rey Yanson, president of Ceres Negros; His trainer, Risto Vidakovic –Ex from Betis, Cádiz or Écija Balompié-, and all the club staff. The Andalusian also had words for the aforementioned De Murga, who was in Spain recovering from an injury when he met Bienve in Bilbao and offered to join what was then his team.With two wins and a draw in the first three days of the group stage, Ceres Negros leads his group in the AFC Cup with a three point advantage over Than Quang Ninh, Bienve being the tournament’s top scorer with five scores. The Philippine team to which the central defender Manuel Herrera ‘Súper’ also belongs is facing the start of the Philippines Football League, which is scheduled to start next week and has not been affected by the coronavirus crisis so far.
I am sitting in the airport in Kansas City, having spent the last 24 hours at the National Rural Health Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference. In attendance were vendors and executives from critical access hospitals across the country. Critical access hospitals are designated as such as they have less than 25 beds and are the only inpatient care center within a radius of 35 miles. They represent almost a quarter of all hospitals in the US. I came to Kansas City to talk with the people running these facilities to understand their pain points and get a sense of how they view technology. Following numerous discussions, I decided to dig a bit deeper into the state of software and technology across the healthcare space through the eyes of a venture capital investor.As I continue to speak with a number of expansion stage healthcare IT businesses, I have become increasingly intrigued by the state of technology adoption throughout the healthcare industry. Representing $2.5 trillion in spending per year in the US, the healthcare industry is also one of the fastest growing segments of the market. In 2005, healthcare spending was 16% of GDP and is projected to be nearly 20% by 2019. With this growth and large outlays, one might think that providers, hospitals and payers (insurance companies) would be yearning for technologies that would make the system more efficient and allow them to save money.Adoption of technology throughout the healthcare ecosystem, however, has been shallow at best. Most doctors’ offices are still packed with multi-colored, manila folders. Many hospitals rely on interfaces from the 1980s, using MUMPS. Insurers still send millions of paper claims and rely on uncertain data.We seem to be at an inflection point now though. The government has come out swinging with the HITECH Act, healthcare reform and compliance initiatives relating to HIPAA. The once staid healthcare industry is being forced to rapidly change. How will it react? What companies will be successful at creating competitive advantage and becoming market leaders? Stay tuned next week for provider technologies that are changing the playing field!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis