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  • U.S. Medical Practices – Dealing with the Regulation Overload

    Today’s healthcare environment demands a lot from physicians. They are supposed to meet the ever growing challenges of their profession without losing sight of the objective i.e., patient care. However, a major portion of their time is wasted away in chasing clinical labs for reports, generating reports, maintaining insurance papers and performing billing tasks.   “Healthcare is experiencing a major overhaul, and practices face the brunt of the changes,” laments analysts. What are these changes, how these can be implemented and still manage the day-to-day demands of running a practice is a major issue before physicians, says amednews.com in a recent article ...Read More »

  • Collaborations, Partnerships and the Evolving Healthcare IT

    Information Technology and telecommunications are two major forces responsible for transformation of care delivery. Emerging technologies offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage to healthcare technology firms helping them develop evidence based medical practices. Today it is possible to remotely diagnose, monitor patient medical records and treat patients. Technology firms from time to time retool their thinking to improve their bottom line. Result - high speed/high tech. healthcare solutions that promise improved quality of care. Yes, we are talking about collaborations and partnership ventures by healthcare organizations. Retooling of strategies Bloomberg Businessweek news portal has carried one such story in ...Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – Data Transfer and Competition Forces

    The previous article touched upon the highlights of a study that holds the role of RHM in a positive frame alongside initiating some of the fallouts. This piece would dwell deep into some of the evident challenges. Data Transfer We talked about reimbursement issues but these are not the only ones that limit complete penetration of the system. More often than ever, RHM devices require transmission of huge amounts of data from patients to the health monitoring service center which in turn transfers the information to the office of the respective physician. The entire transmission process would require constant broadband access, ...Read More »

  • In continuation to the previous piece on informatics in medical research, there are certain qualitative differences that exist between the United Kingdom and the United States when it comes to the approaches taken by these two countries in health informatics. The creation of the Research Capability Programme has been one of the most significant developments in the United Kingdom. Overview An example of a research initiative in the United Kingdom that entails complete usage of the national electronic health record system is the UK Biobank. This is a medical research project which aims at studying the implications of environment, lifestyle and ...Read More »

  • After understanding the funding scenario in the United States, let’s now walk through the current trend in the United Kingdom. Home to the world famous Sangers Institute, the coveted Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council (MRC), the United Kingdom Holds the aspect of research at the highest regard. However, ‘funding’ portrays a sorry state of affairs across the country. The Funding Picture The United Kingdom receives national level funding from two primary sources: the highly sought after Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). A particular report on medical research by Sir David Cooksey led ...Read More »

  • If you’ve spent your time in a biomedical laboratory working on different projects, then you would have learned to plan your experiments according to the funding that’s available to the lab. This can be a real buzz kill at times. People might tell you that a quantitative PCR is the best way to quantify your DNA but you might still be doing the age old Northern Blot analysis for reasons beyond uncommon understanding. As a continuation to the previous piece let’s now examine the existing funding situation for current biomedical research. The views outlined in the subsequent paragraphs are ...Read More »

  • The role of informatics/ information technology in the field of medical and clinical research is becoming increasingly predominant thanks to the ever-continuing need to provide due diligence to the penetration in automation. Let’s take a look at the role played by informatics in medical and biomedical research today. BIOINFORMATICS Bioinformatics has become the future of Life Science research. There’s no field within the arena of Biomedical research that functions without Biotechnology. Let’s look at the famous Human Genome project. The millions of nucleotide bases present within us couldn’t have been possibly sequenced so accurately and made available for mutational studies and the ...Read More »

  • Sameer Aryal, an intern at A-STAR, Singapore, who obtained his Undergraduate degree from a college in Massachusetts, shrugs the ‘Insurance’ question off and states: “A lot of people in the U.S do not want to be insured. There is no place in the U.S laws for imposition of any kind on its people. The Obama government is doing everything in its power to ensure that people understand the importance of insurance, but whether it will reach them, cannot be answered right away.” After having understood some of the factors of the current healthcare crisis in the U.S, it’s time ...Read More »

  • Ask people what they like the most in “reforms”, the most likely answer is insurance coverage. PPACA has been able to reform several aspects of the insurance industry and public health insurance programs, expanding insurance access to over 30 million Americans, says government sources.  The U.S. Health Administration estimates that the number of uninsured citizens will reduce to 8 per cent by 2016. Yet the public perception about healthcare reforms is divided. There are physicians who are not in favor of this reform but do not hide the fact that a change is very much needed.   From the Patient’s Perspective Caught in ...Read More »

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR) is said to be the “heart and soul of telemedicine” because of application advantages in outpatient health monitoring. Today, hospitals and clinics are on the path of adopting e-health apps. Patient centered approach and control over the cost of care are often discussed and debated by healthcare experts. It appears that the policy of the federal government to spread use of telehealth practices seem to have started paying off.   How They Saved Millions On the revenue side, things are expected to look better for telehealth from 2014. According to a recent research report from Juniper Research named Mobile ...Read More »