Category: Healthcare

Digitizing Healthcare

The prevailing ecosystem is pushing both these numbers rapidly even more close to the 100% mark. Only 7 years prior (2009), the data stood at – under 10% hospitals and 17% physicians using electronic medical records systems. Even though the primary push to these numbers was triggered by government legislations – the impact on society and medical fraternity are the main benefits.

In India – technology has rapidly changed our lives over the last decade. We have seen one of the most rapid adoptions of mobile and internet, and prices are amongst the lowest in the world. Even people living below poverty line consider mobile phone as a ‘must have’ – believing it to be an equalizer. On the other hand, however – the patient consultation process for a doctor remains largely traditional (historic) – paper based. While all of us expect, and demand, banking, payments, tax filings, diverse information

Effective Communication in Healthcare

In a healthcare setting, effective communication between patients and healthcare professional is very important to provide great patient care and improve patient satisfaction. It encompasses the ability of healthcare professional to collect information in order to facilitate accurate diagnosis, appropriately counseling, therapeutic instructions, and establish caring relationships with patients.

Many medical professionals tend to overestimate their ability in communication which leads to patient dissatisfaction and complaints. Ineffective communication can lead to improper diagnosis and delayed or improper medical treatment.

Here are some tips for Effective Communication in Healthcare.

Use Clear, Simple Language At All Times

Medical professional should use simple language to talk with the patient which they understand and are comfortable with. Do not use complex medical language, it will lesser confidence of the patient.

Learn to Listen

Good communication requires good listening as well as talking. Carefully listen to your patient saying instead of moving quickly to another …

Reorganize the Health Care System

The first is a private method of financing, by means of using workers’ and corporations’ money as premiums for acquisition of private insurance, which provides medical care. The established order leaves far behind 47 million people without health insurance.

The second way, which is used by all developed countries of the world, is by taxing the workers for health care, which generates a pool of money, financing it through the budgets of the countries. The people of our country prefer private medical insurance and private health care. Getting accustomed, in the course of time to the existing system, our people reject all other proposals independent of their merits.

An analysis of the acting system of private health insurance shows that this in essence is a social method of distribution of collected premiums. The insurance companies collect premiums from all insured workers and spend a part of them for health care …

Quality Health for All

These programs are relevant because at least 48 million Americans have no medical insurance or are inadequately insured. But, there is “no free lunch.” So, while the country has substantial experience delivering medical services by way of Medicaid, there are substantial problems with geographic distribution of services, appropriate access, services documentation, quality assurance, data storage, data security, and services payment, to name a few. Additionally, there are significant challenges with financial accountability at all levels, and assuring reasonable ROI on time investment for providers willing to work with cumbersome, documentation-heavy government programs. As such, there is no current, reasonable, all-encompassing, universal extension of Medicaid/Medicare. And, there are insufficient broad support of existing, too briskly cobbled together, Affordable Care Act based programs.

We are very familiar with government-funded public facilities, programs, and resources available in some of the better-financed regions of the country. Even there, efficient utilization of services is often …

ESR Blood Test

The test helps in screening inflammatory conditions in the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. It can be useful in detecting conditions that are a cause of inflammation, such as autoimmune diseases, infections and some types of cancers. A physician may also order this test if an individual suffers from fever, has some type of arthritis, or experiences certain muscle problems.

How is an ESR Blood Test Performed?

As the name suggests, it’s a kind of blood test wherein a sample of blood is drawn from one of the veins of the body, normally those nestled near the elbow or the back of the hand. Post the collection of blood in a test tube, the sample is sent to the laboratory for testing and analysis. In the case of an ESR Blood Test for cancer, it’s quite possible that the patient may have to spare more blood …

Importance of Enzymes for Health

This in turn leads to reduced production of enzymes as the body needs nutrients to manufacture enzymes. A positive feedback circuit is created in which digestive function and nutrient absorption progressively declines.

Enzymes also play an integral role in the proper function of the immune system and are involved in the complement cascade, a component of the body’s non-specific defense mechanisms. Enzymes are also involved in the blood and coagulation system, cardiovascular function, kidney function, cognitive function, reproductive function, liver function and detoxification processes.

From observing the importance of enzymes in all body systems it is clear that the optimum enzyme levels must be maintained if good health is to be experienced.

If there is an insufficient supply of digestive enzymes, food will not be completely digested and large molecules enter the small intestine. In the presence of leaky gut syndrome these undigested food particles enter the bloodstream where they …

Quality In Health Care

The meaning of quality health care is not the same for all people. According to some patients, quality care is to consult a doctor, to get proper treatment from the staffs of a hospital and to have a physician who can spend much time with the patient. But all these things are secondary. Clinical quality of care is the most important thing because more lives can be saved by providing evidence-based and high quality care.

Yes, quality equals safety. The quality of care is to be improved by the health care providers because it can save more lives of the patients.

Outcome indicators and process indicators are the two ways of measuring quality of care. Timelines and baseline practices are measured by process indicators. Complication rates, mortality rates and infection rates are measured by outcome indicators.

These indicators can be looked at by the consumer to compare the hospitals. National …

Improve Mental Cognitive Abilities

The evidence is overwhelming that sustained inflammation is the driving force of many degenerative diseases. Chronic inflammation is centrally implicated in heart disease, cancer and chronic viral conditioning such as Alzheimer’s.

Nowhere is damage more telling than chronic inflammation in the brain. Parkinson’s disease is inflammation burning away zones in the brain. Alzheimer’s involves many breakdown processes with inflammation at the forefront of these failed neurological processes.

What then, is an effective program to control brain inflammation? Antioxidants like Vitamin C can block free radicals that often stoke inflammation. Vitamin C and E also have had some success against dementia in clinical trials further substantiating their anti-inflammatory properties. Acetyl-L-Carnitine helps the brain cells make the energy they need for repair and renewal while Ginkgo Biloba combined with Phospholipids will also enhance antioxidant action.

Cognizin™ Combats Mental Deterioration

Alpha GPC is a proven nutrient for individuals with mental deterioration related to …

Types of Mental Health Services

Those are all of extreme importance when it comes to mental health but the one service that seems to be forgotten is care management. A lot of people attribute care management services to individuals who are aging or who have chronic medical conditions. Although, care management can be very helpful for those issues, we also see a huge need for intense care management for individuals who have a chronic mental illness and cannot get access to any services. It is not a secret that severe and persistent mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and major depression can require intense care management and advocacy.

Just as a refresher, the duties of a mental health care manager include:

  • Acting as a connector between the individual and the community resources
  • Advocating on behalf of the individual so that he or she gain access to needed quality services
  • Overseeing the care of an individual

Advantages of a Walk in Clinic

A Clinic for Common Injuries

According to Shawn Evans, MD, an emergency medical physician, it’s common to see people go to the ER for after-hours care on minor injuries without realizing there is another option available.

A walk-in clinic is available for injuries that need immediate care but are not considered serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room. Most injuries that are treated at an urgent care center include minor burns, minor fractures, falls, accidents, infections, sprains, cuts, and common illnesses such as a cold or flu. Many clinics also provide diagnostic services that require the use of X-rays, and lab tests. A person should go to the emergency room or call 911 if their injury or illness is possibly life threatening or requires immediate attention, such as a serious head injury, or a possible heart attack or stroke.

More Flexible For Individual Needs

Accidents and illnesses …