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Smartphones and tablets are transforming the future of health care. Can we really trust them to save lives?
The average auto refractor--that clunky-looking device eye doctors use to pinpoint your prescription--weighs about 40 pounds, costs $10,000, and is virtually impossible to find in a rural village in the developing world. As a result, some half a billion people are living with vision problems, which make it tough to read and work.
An important part of managing a patient over a long period of time is communicating with the patient. Most follow up cases in medical practices have niche requirements and consequently patients have certain expectations from their physicians. Also a happy patient is a physician’s most powerful marketing asset. Practices should strive to provide for such patients by offering services which improve the quality of service they perceive, which in turn will increases their satisfaction.
Choosing which program to buy to run your medical practice has never been easy. Earlier , it was because there were very few programs available. Today, ironically, it is because there are too many ! Doctors are very confused as to which program they should buy – sometimes, too much choice can be as bad as too little !
India is embarking on an massive, arduous program aimed at addressing a simple problem with complex ramifications, a task that has implications for the rest of the world. India’s Unique Identification Project, also known as Aadhaar, (which means “the foundation”) is a large scale biometrics project.
Its goal is to issue identification numbers linked to the fingerprints and iris scans of every single person in India.
ResistanceMap is a web-based collection of tools that allow accessible, engaging, and interactive exploration of more than 50 antimicrobial surveillance indicators from North America and Europe.
Researchers, policymakers, and the public can use the Map to gain insight into the trends and magnitude of an unfolding public health crisis. To reach a wider audeince, visualizations may be reembedded on any blog or website.
Every hospital in India - private or public - may soon be bound to inform government on the number of cancer cases they treat.
The push is in the offing since the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended to the Union health ministry to make cancer a "notifiable disease".
At present, highly infectious diseases like plague, polio, H5N1 bird flu or the H1N1 swine flu figure in the list. Cancer will become the first non-communicable disease (NCD) to be bracketed in the same category.
Typically, a patient's record is just a folder with his details and probably a photograph on the front cover, coupled with sheets and sheets of data recording his previous visits.
While some of this data, especially prescriptions may be recorded in a hospital, can you imagine the long hard search that one endures to locate them when required. Also, this search by no means guarantees a consolidated view of a patient's information which would equip the doctor with a complete overview of the patient's health history.
There is a serious need for a system in place which can ensure this Information be available Timely, Efficiently and Sensibly. All of a Patient’s information must be available at a single point of contact.
Healthcare reform, the debt crisis and the continual regulatory changes that characterize the healthcare and life sciences industries have created certain shifts in the prospects of healthcare investments. This article briefly outlines 13 areas within healthcare in which private equity is still aggressively investing and several areas where things have slowed down.
As outlined in the current World Health Report, Health System Financing; The path to universal coverage, three fundamental and interrelated problems restrict countries from moving closer to universal coverage of health care:
1) the availability of resources;
2) an overreliance on direct payments, such as over-the-counter payments for medicines and fees for consultations and procedures, at the time people need care;
3) and the inefficient and inequitable use of resources.
The solution? Simple!: “Countries must raise sufficient funds, reduce the reliance on direct payments to finance services, and improve efficiency and equity.”
India has pitched for greater collaboration among South Asian countries in addressing health problems. Inaugurating the 4th Regional Meeting of South Asian Forum of Health Research in New Delhi, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad underlined the need to explore ways for strengthening collaboration by sharing innovative methods for tackling the problems. He said vector borne diseases, diarrhea diseases and other health problems are such areas where collaborative efforts are required to develop common solutions and their cross border implementation.
Today a lot of Doctors are waking up to using the computer, maybe to surf the net, or they own a website or better still have an EMR solution. Below are some tips to help you make your time spent on the PC better. These include some mundane ideas and thoughts and also some personal insights in what works best. So make your PC experience a good one, because it’s going to last you a life time.
The Indian government has decided not to put any restrictions on the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the pharmaceutical sector, but it is considering applying 'filters' to help preserve India's domestic drug industry.
A high-level meeting chaired by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday concluded that India will continue to allow 100% investment by overseas organisations in pharmaceutical operations "under the automatic route for greenfield investments".
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) today launched the Hospital Board of India aimed at giving the doctor community a say in formulation of major policies in the health sector. Speaking at the launch function here, IMA President Dr Vijay Aggarwal said since the government consulted organisations like CII, FICCI and some chosen corporate hospitals while framing the policies, the association felt the need for such a board. HBI, inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr S Vijay, would help the hospitals and doctors in preparing the medical standards and also providing uniform treatment, he said.
The logical first step to creating rich Databanks of Provider Information is to create identities for Providers in the electronic world. The simplest way to do this is to Create Websites for Doctors, Clinics and Hospitals. This may not necessarily be individual websites for practices which don’t want to invest in one, but can even be simple informative single web pages to fulfill the purpose of creating an identity for them aka http://www.about.me
Arogya World, a US based non-profit organization, announced today a major diabetes prevention mobile health (mHealth) commitment in India, during the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. This initiative, being implemented in association with Nokia, aims to reach one million consumers in rural and urban India over two years, and will raise awareness about diabetes and its prevention through text messages in multiple languages. One of the first nationwide diabetes mHealth initiatives in a developing country, this effort is supported by a consortium of prominent organizations from multiple sectors in India and the US, including Emory University, Synovate, Biocon, LifeScan, Inc., and Aetna.
A telemedicine company brings $1 virtual checkups to poor countries.
There aren't too many doctors in the village of Hari Ke Kalan, in the Punjab region of northern India. But for $1, residents who bicycle to a new health clinic can get an appointment with a physician appearing on a large-screen television and beamed in over broadband Internet.
The clinic, built by a startup called Healthpoint Services, is one of a network of eight "e-health points" that the for-profit company has built in India as part of a growing effort by entrepreneurs to capitalize on the rapid expansion of cellular and broadband access in the poorest parts of the world. With successes such as text-message-based mobile payments taking off in some countries, many experts see medicine as the next major application of technology in poor nations.
Brain drain continues to cripple India's medical sector. According to the Medical Council of India (MCI), till July 27, 2011, as many as 767 doctors may have left India for foreign shores.
These are all doctors who asked the MCI to issue them Good Standing Certificates (GSC) — a mandatory requirement for doctors going to work in hospitals abroad. The MCI issued 1,264 GSCs in 2010, 1,386 GSCs in 2009 and 1,002 in 2008.
Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "GSCs give us a rough estimate of the doctors migrating to other countries. However, it does not reflect the absolute number. No centralized data is maintained for doctors and nurses migrating to other countries."
Medical industry in India is proud to have adopted the latest medical equipments in every specialization and has achieved tremendous results in terms of rapid and effective treatment. The benefits that the Indian IT sector has made in the global village the past 15 years, are now being extended to the Indian Healthcare industry too!
Taking advantage of these some clinics are transforming into “technoclinics” by smartly using technology and software in their practice. Dr. Ankit Khanna (MDS) at Pune, who uses a Blackberry to track his online appointments says, “Advances in technology have definitely changed today’s scenario in the dental practice. Earlier for root canal treatments, X-rays taken were on a thin film which gave information only about pathology and cavity. But with the Digital X-ray, it is now possible to know the bone density, height, thickness along with the conventional pathological details and cavity of the teeth.
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