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Googling disease symptoms the new form of diagnosis

Googling disease symptoms the new form of diagnosis | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Feeling edgy or upset for no apparent reason, you Google your symptoms. It turns out to be nothing serious and your fears are unfounded. More than 60 percent of Americans get their health information online, and a majority of those decide whether to see a doctor based on what they find, a study reveals.”Wow, this is an era of self-diagnosis,” thought Arizona State University psychologist Virginia Kwan, learning that statistic. How might information accessed online affect individual health decisions?


Kwan and colleagues found that the way information is presented-specifically, the order in which symptoms are listed-makes a significant difference, the journal Psychological Science reported. “People irrationally infer more meanings from a ‘streak’”- an uninterrupted series whether of high rolls of the dice or disease symptoms of consecutively reported symptoms. If they check off more symptoms in a row, the research found, “they perceive a higher personal risk of having that illness,” said Kwan, according to a university statement.The findings could prove useful for public health education, Kwan said: “With certain types of illnesses, people tend to seek medical attention at the latest stage.” Meanwhile, “People also go to doctors asking all the time about illnesses that are very rare,” added Kwan.

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Success story of a doctor who turned an entrepreneur

Success story of a doctor who turned an entrepreneur | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
Winner of this year's TiEcon award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Dr P Srinivasan, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre.

 

There are many who run from pillar to post for a bottle of rare blood at least once in their lifetime. Helping people in such distress is a doctor in Chennai. Giving blood free of cost to the needy is his life's motto.

 

Winner of this year's TiEcon award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Dr P Srinivasan, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre.

 

He started Jeevan Blood Bank with the sole intention of giving uncontaminated blood to those in dire need. He has also started a not-for-profit public stem cell bank, again to offer it free for the needy.

Here is the story of Jeevan Blood Bank.

 

Journey of a doctor

 

I had decided that I would work only in India, as in the early 70's when I studied medicine in the Government Medical College, all I spent was Rs 1,200 for my entire medical education.

I feel I used public money to study medicine and hence I had a responsibility to the public. I started working on 1 January 1981 in a 100-bed hospital in Chennai.

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Swasthya Slate : Now, a tablet that’s also a mini lab for doctors

A tablet computer that works as a diagnostic tool for multiple activities like conduct ECG, measure heart rate, test quality of water and also take body temperature.

 

Swasthya Slate ( Health Tablet) - a first-of-its-kind diagnostic tool - created by a US-returned Indian biomedical engineer Kanav Kahol will not only perform all these tasks but will also test blood pressure and blood sugar on the spot.

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The Hindu : Sci-Tech : Travails in medical imaging of bulky patients

The Hindu : Sci-Tech : Travails in medical imaging of bulky patients | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Keen observation and analysis of case sheets of patients proved rewarding for Dr Raul Uppot, a young radiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in Boston, U.S. He realised that a tiny fraction of patients are denied medical imaging facilities simply because they are bulky. Radiologists could not provide optimum image quality and accurate diagnoses in their cases.

 

Dr. Uppot and his co-workers reviewed the radiology reports filed between 1989 and 2003 labelled as “limited by body habitus” meaning limited in quality due to the patient's size. They found that over the 15-year period, the percentage of such reports nearly doubled from 0.10 in 1989 to 0.19 in 2003. It correlated strongly with the increase in obesity in Massachusetts State from 9 per cent in 1991 to 16 per cent in 2001.

 

He presented the study at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA-2004). RSNA appreciated his paper and awarded him the 2004 Research Fellow Trainee Prize of $ 1,000.

 

Dr Uppot observed that in the 15-year-old retrospective study of radiological exams at MGH, the diagnostic information of 0.15 per cent of the five million studies was limited by the body weight of patients. They did not include patients whose examinations were cancelled because they could not fit on the table.

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Healthcare and corruption in Uttar Pradesh

The Indian government has invested £1.2bn to kick start rural healthcare in its most populous northern state, Uttar Pradesh. Much of that money has now disappeared, and the programme is blighted by corruption and murder.

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India calls for joint approach to counter common health problems in South Asia

India calls for joint approach to counter common health problems in South Asia | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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.

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India Marks a Milestone for Child Health

India Marks a Milestone for Child Health | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
This Friday will mark a full year since the last case of wild poliovirus was detected in India. This is a huge milestone in the history of global health.
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Tweaks to make your PC experience better as a Doctor

Tweaks to make your PC experience better as a Doctor | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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.

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Healthcare cost up 22 times in rural areas, shows study - Health - DNA

Healthcare cost up 22 times in rural areas, shows study - Health - DNA | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
The cost of health care has gone up by 22 times in rural areas over the last seven years, a study said Wednesday.
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India will scrutinise foreign investment in pharma | InPharm

India will scrutinise foreign investment in pharma | InPharm | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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".

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IMA launches Hospital Board of India, IBN Live News

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.

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Digital Identities for Providers and Provider Information Sources

Digital Identities for Providers and Provider Information Sources | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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

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Arogya World Launches New Diabetes Prevention mHealth Program in India with Nokia Life Tools Arogya World: Changing the Course of Chronic Disease

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.

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Medical Websites : Smart Health Care IT

Medical Websites : Smart Health Care IT | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Websites for Doctors helps doctors, clinics and hospitals attract more patients and interact with peers via a Smart, Professional and Patient friendly Website. Its the First Step to Using Technology to benefit Health Care. As part of this concept, Medical Websites are Designed By Design Professionals which are supervised by Health Care Experts who add Medical Web Applications and Tools to sites depending on the set goals.

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Why Doctors Should Have Their Own Website

Why Doctors Should Have Their Own Website | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

A lot of doctors feel it's unethical for doctors to have a website because they feel it is a form of advertising . They feel that a website is a cheap gimmick, and respectable doctors do not need to stoop to such low levels in order to solicit patients - after all, there is a difference between doctors who are professionals and stores, which are out to sell their goods ! They feel it is below their dignity to put up a website ; and will actually look down upon other doctors who have an online presence.

 

My take on the matter is exactly the opposite. And in fact, I feel doctors who don't have websites are actually being unethical. Let's not forget that the word doctor is derived from the word docere , which means to teach ; and that one of the primary professional responsibilities of the doctor it to educate their patients, so that they can manage their diseases and take better care of their health. The medical profession is meant to educate laypeople , so that they can remain healthy and prevent illness .

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eHealth in India: Advancing on all levels

In healthcare, as in all other aspects of society, India is divided. Five hundred million people, that is 42% of the total population, live below the global poverty line (BPL) on less than 1.25 USD per day*. For them, the fact that 80% of the Indian healthcare sector is in private hands means “no access”. For India’s upper and middle classes, who account for roughly the same number of people who make up the population of the European Union, it means “world-class healthcare”. It is they who SIEMENS are addressing with their full-page diagnostic imaging advertisement in an onboard flight magazine. And it is they for whom eHealth is made. It is a fact I need to accept in order to free my mind for India’s digital healthcare revolution.

 

Listening to the keynote speeches delivered at eIndia, I am confused. Sangita Reddy, Executive Director of Apollo Hospital Group, for example, shares her experiences of developing and implementing a cloud-based hospital IT system that connects everybody with whom the hospital interacts – patients, suppliers, doctors, pharmacies and primary care, even a group hospital on Mauritius. Dr. Karanvir Singh, CIO of Dehli-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, says that their doctors already complete 50% of all medical records digitally –incentivized by the convenience of automatic discharge summaries and a dashboard for data analysis.

 

Is this India? I ask myself. The country that ranks 134 out of 158 in the Global Human Development Index?

 

Yes, it is.

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Planners concerned about data collection

Even as 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) is directed toward improving health indicators in India, policy planners have expressed concern over the long gaps between collecting data on health in contrast with information on economic indicators.

 

A committee on health has suggested more frequent data collection as is done with prices and employment numbers.

 

While wholesale or consumer price index data is collected weekly and monthly, maternal mortality information is collected every three years, that on malnourishment every five years, and morbidity every 10 years, by the National Sample Survey Organisation.

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Medicines sold in Mumbai without prescription-TV9

Medicines like viagra which affect health majorly in long run are sold without prescription at chemist shops...
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As Smartphones Get Smarter, You May Get Healthier: How mHealth Can Bring Cheaper Health Care To All

As Smartphones Get Smarter, You May Get Healthier: How mHealth Can Bring Cheaper Health Care To All | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
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.

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Features in Practice Websites which increase Patient Satisfaction

Features in Practice Websites which increase Patient Satisfaction | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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.

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Top 10 mistakes that Doctors make in choosing medical software

Top 10 mistakes that Doctors make in choosing medical software | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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 !

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How IT can facilitate Information Therapy?

How IT can facilitate Information Therapy? | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

The end customer in the business of Medicine needs information. Everyday technology adds new ways in which we store and share this information for many to use, reuse, improve and share some more.

 

In this day and age of the Internet, Mobile Phones and Social Media; Patients are empowered with the possibility of Real Time Communication, 24/7 Access to Information and Live Community Feedback.

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Information Therapy via Technology

The end customer in the business of Medicine needs information. Everyday technology adds new ways in which we store and share this information for many to use, reuse, improve and share some more.

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Millions in India to receive their first ID through a new biometric program

Millions in India to receive their first ID through a new biometric program | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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.

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ResistanceMap | The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

ResistanceMap | The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

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.

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