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Prescription Guidelines for Doctors In Maharashtra calls for much needed Standardization

Prescription Guidelines for Doctors In Maharashtra calls for much needed Standardization | Healthcare in India |

The medical council and healthcare government bodies on Friday released guidelines for doctors to write prescriptions. The sweeping guidelines are a welcome relief and will help reduce errors. Also they give a push to using technology to better comply with these standards and improve overall patient care.

The new guidelines include more information about the prescribing doctor, prescribed drugs and also patient information. Important parameters like the patients’ weight and age will help pharmacists also catch any errors at their end.

Prescription rules prepared by the Indian FDA on the basis of the Drug & Cosmetics Act suggest a uniform format, and advise writing or printing Drug Names in capital letters and also generic names of drugs as much as possible.

Using prescription software with basic patient information and pre-entered drug database will increase the doctor’s productivity in preparing such prescriptions and minimize errors during writing.

Here  is the first look at the actual printed guidelines as shared with Doctors

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Docs use WhatsApp to save heart patients

Docs use WhatsApp to save heart patients | Healthcare in India |

Doctors at KEM Hospital have turned to the most ubiquitous personal technology - the smartphone - to speed up diagnosis of patients with suspected heart complications. 

They have started using the popular smartphone messenger 'WhatsApp' to send pictures of patients' electrocardiograms (ECG) to each other for a quick review, saving time spent on reaching the emergency ward and checking the actual report. 

The approach enables them to begin the treatment of a person who has suffered a heart attack within the crucial golden hour, the period when emergency care is most likely to be successful. Delay in proper diagnosis and treatment during this period results in amajority of cardiac fatalities. 

In fact, over 60 per cent of patients who have suffered a heart attack reach the hospital way beyond the golden hour, the average being about five hours. So every moment they spend waiting for the doctor to arrive and study their ECG increases the risks. 

"The moment a patient walks in here complaining of chest pain or any other related problem, a specialist takes out an ECG and sends the image to the doctors on hand," said Dr Prafulla Kerkar, head of KEM's cardiology department. "We, in fact, have a WhatsApp group where the experts in our department are signed in." 

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Healthcare woes: India has 1 govt hospital bed for 879 people

Healthcare woes: India has 1 govt hospital bed for 879 people | Healthcare in India |

India has one government hospital bed for 879 people on average, a ratio that starts looking nearly 10 times as bad in a state like Bihar, but improves dramatically in Manipur.

Andhra Pradesh, where every tenth Indian student of medicine studies, has a government hospital bed for every 2,230 people. 

The estimates for January 1, 2013 were given to Lok Sabha by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday. As per the goals of the 12th Plan, India needs another 5,96,589 hospital beds to reach the target of 500 beds per 10,00,000 people. 

This goal is far below the world average of 30 hospital beds per 10,000 population, but above the World Health Organisation recommendation of 1.9 beds per 1,000 population.

The report of the high level expert group of the Planning Commission headed by Dr K S Reddy which was released in 2011 noted that of the 1.37 million hospital beds available in the country, 8,33,000 were in the private sector. India spends a little over 4 per cent of its GDP on healthcare, but the bulk of it comprises pocket expenditure.

Azad said that public health is a state subject. Under the National Rural Health Mission, the central government provides financial support to states to strengthen their health systems including new constructions and upgradation of public health facilities based on the requirement. Central government has decided to open eight new AIIMSes, and to upgrade 19 medical colleges and institutions to provide tertiery healthcare services that would add about 11,390 additional beds.

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Top 5 Cardiac Care Hospitals in India

Top 5 Cardiac Care Hospitals in India | Healthcare in India |

Heart diseases are one of the leading causes of death in India. 80 per cent of the Indian population succumbs to a heart problem. If you are running helter-skelter for the best heart hospitals in India, ‘check-in’ either of these top cardiac care hospitals in India.

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Online Profile Management for Oncologists

An understanding of Online Profile Management for Oncologists, with an Indian perspective. 

Covers Digitally Aware Patients and Social Networks, The Need for Online Profile Management, an understanding of Local Reputation vs Global Reputation, Tips for How to do it while avoiding the traps and describing techniques for Maximizing Online Exposure for Oncologists 

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