A New Old Idea, on Real Natural Health

Natural health is not an alternative health care system. It has been around for thousands of years. Modern medicine has been around for about 100 years. God is the creator of all, there is no question that man cannot improve on the original creation, although man thinks he can. If man thinks he can improve on it, then we really have an inferior God, and I think not. What does real natural health mean? The creation model is all that was here before man and has not been altered by man. We really could call that organic. Getting real health is not about eating grass and drinking weird beverages. That can be all good for you, but it likely will not repair any real root issues.

That means all of modern mankind has been trying to do something with health care, but have been chasing symptoms and not finding root issues. Man has made medicine that chases that symptom and creates more side effects than the symptom they were after. Something is seriously wrong with this concept.

After years of looking at this and studying God’s Word and His creation in nature, I am finally convinced of all of the foregoing as an absolute. I get asked all of the time, can you prove all of this? If you mean prove it by man’s standard and science, then I would say no, because that is the wrong standard. If you mean can I prove it in nature, I will say absolutely yes. All of nature is screaming it. If you just look at a leaf off of a tree as an example, it is a really interesting creation.

Leaves do not just fall off a tree randomly. There is a creative process they go through. They have cells in them that are called “abscission” cells. They have the same root as the word scissors, meaning they are designed or created, like scissors, to make a cut; Cutting the leaf a little at a time until it falls off or gets blown off because it has been cut at the stem. The tree has to get rid of excess baggage and become dormant for the winter. There are a number of other reasons they come off I will not take the time to go into. But when a leaf comes off of the tree, it goes to the ground in a forest of trees to start the rotting process to become fertilizer for the ground to enrich the soil to grow more and stronger roots and bark and more, all has a purpose. All of this process has a purpose in God’s Kingdom. This is also a way that God lets us know about things or events of our life, good and bad. All will fall to the ground to become rich soil to keep us growing and ultimately become what God created us to be.

If you really study this whole process from a creation perspective and not an evolutional process, you will start to see a creative design. It is the only true conclusion that can come from this type of study. There are always those who will argue with the tree and all of creation. Arguing with a tree or any creation is not very smart from my perspective and experience.

Man was created in a similar way, with a very exact process of operation. Every cell in the human body has a function that has to do with life on earth. The human body has only one goal, that is to stay alive and do what it was created for. With that in mind, the body always handles the acute issue first that threatens the life of the body. As an example It will always try to deal with bleeding first so the body can live.
In extreme cold weather, it will slow the blood flow down in all of the extremities in an attempt to keep the core of the body functioning or alive even losing the limbs in the process.

The point of all of this is attempting to repair the human body by disassociating the heart from the rest of the body will never be good for the life of the body. In other words, you can do nothing with the heart without considering the rest of the body. There are cells that communicate with each other from head to toe in order to keep the highest priorities in order. You cannot treat an organ by itself. I know the science world will argue with all of this from their standard of care. The body is in perfect balance and order when it is put back to how God created it and this is very doable.

Change the paradigm to how the creation works and it opens many doors and starts to make perfect sense because all of creation makes sense. Man making chemical drugs and attempting to force the body to do what it was not created for never will make sense. This system only makes a lot of money for a lot of people. The main issue is you cannot patent anything in natural creation so manmade chemicals are sometimes put together saying it all came from natural ingredients and it in the real sense has not.

Modern Health Care in the Age of the Internet and Social Medicine

Are we are all “medical citizens,” embedded as potential or actual patients, with our physicians, insurer’s, pharmaceutical companies, government bodies and others in a system of societal, moral and organizational stakeholders?

Today, with the advent of the Internet, High Speed Bandwidth, Social Media, Support Groups and Self Care Protocols, patients for the first time in the history of medicine have the ability to alter the outcome of disease and illness for themselves, family members, friends and significant others.

This essay attempts to address a most compelling issue of our time. Are medical self-help groups and self-care methods helpful or are they challenges to the delivery of traditional medical care? How do they differ and what consequences arise from this debate?

Also, how has the advent of the Internet and Social media transformed the landscape of medicine? What limitations may exist in this new era of information technology and social communication? And to what degree do they challenge traditional care models? Can a patient or their advocate become more of an expert on their own medical conditions than their own physicians? The answer to this question is a resounding yes, if the patient uses all the tools now available to them.

Various published estimates unanimously indicate that hundreds of thousands of patients die and millions more are injured by medical procedures gone wrong, medication errors or their side effects and by medications improperly prescribed or not taken as directed by patients. And it is not just the infirm that suffer, but their families, their loved one’s, friends and employer’s who must suffer with the grief and change of lifestyle that so often comes with these mistakes.

Furthermore, on May 8, 2013 National Center for Policy Analysis, in a release, stated that first diagnosis error rates are increasing at an alarming rate:

• An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed, which exceeds drug errors, and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which receive considerably more attention.

• One report found that 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes were life threatening or had resulted in death or permanent disability.

• Another study estimated that fatal diagnostic errors in United States intensive care units equal the number of breast cancer deaths each year — 40,500.

Therefore, second opinions are often necessary precautions, as are third opinions when the first two differ. In fact, Medicare and insurers often pay for third opinions under these circumstances as it saves them billions in the long run.

Prudence dictates that the “medical citizen” must beware of these pitfalls, as their lives may depend on it.

Also, with patient reviews and rating systems available right on our own smartphones, we must question whether or not physician decision making is being compromised as well. For instance, a surgeon knows that his or her treatment decisions can possibly either result in either saving a life or ending it resulting in damning social media judgements, whether legitimate or not, which can then hurt their medical practices? Does this introduce a bias that may alter or cloud a doctor’s judgement? There is no data to provide an answer as of yet.

So, are doctors becoming more risk adverse as a result of this new landscape? Physicians are now being compensated more and more based on better outcomes, lower costs, reduced re-admission rates and other variables – not staff friendliness or less waiting room times which many doctor review sites measure.

Often 5 star rating systems get few patient reviews despite the fact that the average doctor has some 2,000 patient charts (most healthy) and while it is human nature to complain when we don’t get the outcome we want, consumers are less likely to praise a positive experience because we naturally expect top service and thus neglect to post a positive patient review yet are rather far more likely to post a negative review to retaliate against the provider. So patient reviews are not a very good or objective source of fair and balanced overall rating of a doctor’s performance.

How can this dilemma be resolved especially when a surgeon does everything perfectly but the patient becomes a victim of medication errors, poor nursing compliance with medical orders or perhaps contracts a hospital born infection, or some other adverse event out of the doctor’s control even if the doctor’s work is excellent? Nevertheless these doctor review sites often blame the physician. So Patients need better tools to make judgements about their own healthcare whether it be which plan to select or which treatment option to go with given a choice.

If a patient does utilize a rating site, they should make sure it is a government site based on huge amounts of data or a private site wherein doctors nominate other doctors for their excellence and would use these “doctor’s doctors” to provide care for their very own friends and loved ones.

Doctor reviews by other sites using stupid criteria like waiting room times, friendliness of staff, waiting room decor and other questions that have nothing to do with best outcomes accomplish nothing but make money for their operators.

In modern day, it is not unusual for patients to challenge doctors when it comes to illness and disease. After all, according to Tejal Gandhi, MD, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, “Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year, at a cost of over a trillion dollars a year””.

Self-help groups and self-care probably date back to the dawn of civilization when people lived cooperatively in tribal settings. These groups dealt with all life issues related to the survival and political stability of the group. The dawn of medical ethics probably dates back some 2300 years with the publication of the Hippocratic Oath.

But now the game has dramatically changed due to major technological advances in medicine and with the great advances of the Internet now being the primary source of medical information for medical consumers. And with the explosion in social media, people have the ability to communicate and share information on a scale never before foreseen or imagined.

Add to this all the new stakeholders that have entered the fray such as insurance companies, employers, managed care organizations, Obamacare, biotech companies, governments and, of course, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare policy makers. The challenges faced by the medical citizen and social policy planners have never been so daunting.

Postmodern Medicine probably arose after the institution of Medicare in 1965 when Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson and third party payer insurance companies soon appeared thereafter. By the 1970’s the practice of medicine became the business of medicine and third party payment systems caused a surge in demand for services and the costs of healthcare delivery soared. Also, the debate over what is a disease and what is an illness now must be addressed in a sociological manner more than ever as it affects whether treatments are made available and what costs are covered by third party payers.

Self Help Groups are usually a group or set of people who all share or suffer from a similar malady which involves great personal cost and suffering for themselves and those who care for them.

Self-care is seemingly clear in meaning. We get a cut and we put a band aid on it. Have a headache, take an aspirin. But is it really so clear as pharmacy shelves that are now filled will medications that used to be available only by prescription and medical devices one can use for self-diagnosis and self-care which measure bodily functions and vital signs such as blood sugar levels, blood pressure, pulse oxygenation, etc. have resulted in patients self diagnosing and treating themselves, often without medical advice. Defibrillators are now a fixture in most large organizations where non-medical designated company personnel are trained and authorized to shock a worker’s heart in addition to CPR.

Supplies such as instant blood clotting powder, specialized bandages, diabetic compression socks that were not previously available in pharmacies, are now commonplace. But many of these products may do as much harm as good, if not used properly.

Self-care at least in many of its versions, usually includes some connection with the health care system, teaching people when they need a professional, how to do a self-examination and care for a condition without medical supervision. e.g. Changing wound dressings and bandages without the presence of a home care aid.

And with the advent of new and off-label use of FDA approved medications, televisions are awash with commercials advertising new drugs and therapies which espouse incredible benefits such as Viagra, which resulted in a stampede of male patients running to their doctors demanding buckets of the stuff, making Viagra one of the most profitable elective medications ever.

Television ads by pharmaceutical companies now target the consumer directly in order to create demand for their products, which can only be prescribed by a physician, are commonplace as well. Also, in fine print and muffled high speed speech, pharmaceutical companies attempt in these ads to disclaim liability for the fact that the medications advertised directly to consumers may have side effects that could seriously mess a person up or even cause death, while at the same time they are trying to get consumers to ask their doctors for these medications. This is a radical change in the supply chain and distribution of new pharmaceutical products and protocols.

So, what is a medical citizen to do? Turn to the Internet of course for information and Social Media discourse. The Internet is after all now the primary source of health and medical information as well as social communication.

Today, with over a hundred million American’s online with their computers, tablets, cellphones, and smart watches along with highly specialized apps, finding support is like reading a menu in a Greek diner. If can be hard to choose wisely.

The problem in discerning useful and credible information from garbage in, garbage out, or from commercial sites looking to sell goods and services targeting specific users based upon searches performed by the user and transmitted to advertisers via cookies and Flash Player LSOs.

Most people probably do OK and, undoubtedly, are using this resource responsibly. These resources can improve and maybe extend patient’s lives and allow them to find communities of other’s suffering from the same malady as them and can assist health care outcomes and help contain health care costs to society. We are now entering the world of virtualization, telemedicine, doctor and hospital rating websites and long distance robotic surgery as well as even fields like quantum medicine which seems like it comes right out of a sci-fi novel.

Where this will lead us in the future remains to be seen and cannot definitively be addressed in this essay.

This also leaves us with the issue of contested illness. As opposed to a disease, like a clogged artery that must be repaired with a stent in a catheterization laboratory by an interventional cardiologist, or an infection that must be treated with antibiotics by a physician, many illnesses are unexplained by traditional medicine, as opposed to diseases which are clearly recognized by healthcare providers. Illnesses are often easily dismissed by formal medicine resulting in denial of treatment or refusal of insurers to pay.

But the collective description of the same array of similar symptoms occurring among many thousands of individuals communicating with each other using self-help groups can lead to a change of heart in the medical establishment. Not to mention diseases that carry a social stigma with them where the patient is blamed for their own symptoms, like obesity, even though there are in fact diseases that cause obesity or depression, addiction and a host of illnesses that have not as yet been classified as diseases and for which there is no biomedical solution.

Online support groups can and have brought these conditions to the forefront, as in the case of fibromyalgia which is now recognized as a treatable disease, but for a long time was a contested illness dismissed by professionals as people too lazy to work or just seeking pain medication. What is certain is that online support groups provide people with opportunities to exchange information with each other and become experts on their medical problems.

Internet self-help groups are cost free and very effective. People helping people. It is a simple concept, especially in the age where the nuclear family is nearly extinct in western society, so people now seek out extended families. But self-help groups which are self contained and autonomous in theory are still predisposed to traditional group problems such as rivalry within the groups, inappropriate members, etc. They are also targets of commercial interests, for example when a user who does not know how to surf anonymously gets hundreds of cookies on the device they are using and then they start to receive unwanted ads by commercial interests or worse, spam and theft of private information.

Self-Help groups offer other benefits such as “Improved coping with Chronic Illness and Life Transitions, Friendship and Belonging, Spiritual Renewal, Increased Political Activism, Enhancing Civil Society and Reduced Healthcare Resource Use” (Humphreys, Keith, Social Policy, Spring 97, Vol 27 Issue 3 Pages 2-5)

That said, “social movements that consider themselves omnipotent and omniscient are often dangerous”. (Humphreys, Keith, Social Policy, Spring 97, Vol 27 Issue 3 Page 5)

You can bring a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. Many people are too set in their ways, too judgmental and have ulterior motives which can corrupt or disrupt the best intentions of the many.

Many medical professionals feel that patients playing doctor carries potentially serious risks as patients are not doctors or trained medical professionals. On the other hand, many would argue the same about professionals and professional groups which previously enjoyed unquestioned stature and in many instances took offense to being questioned or challenged.

But for a patient with a complex disease possibly accompanied by other co-morbid conditions, The Internet affords them unlimited access to research the latest medical treatments, pharmaceuticals and lot of other research that their internist may not be aware of.

With heavy patient loads a physician does not have the time to spend researching all of the worlds medical literature on new FDA approved medications and procedures. After a doctor sees a patient, often they don’t give that person’s situation another thought as they have 30 more patients to see that day plus hospital rounds.

But for the sick, if they have reasonably good intelligence and most likely they have much more time on their hands to research their specific disease or diseases that have devastated their quality or life, ability to work or career advancement, relationships all of which suffer, it is a logical assumption that with enough time and perseverance, the patient can find better treatment modalities or better doctors that can relieve most of their symptoms or possibly cure them completely.

If a patient remains docile, asks no questions, fails to review complex bills which even medical auditors cannot understand the billing codes used, then the patient will likely not receive the best possible outcome.

This issue has been thoroughly researched by the Institute of Medicine and the data resoundingly shows that informed patients consistently have better medical outcomes than patients that suffer in silence. The data is irrefutable!

So common sense dictates that patients should be proactive and learn as much as they can about their diseases or illnesses and work collaboratively with their doctors as a team, the goal being better medical care. Often physicians resist this in which case, a change of doctor may be in the best interest of the patient.

For example, mortality related to cardiac catheterization and angiography are significant enough that patients should be informed of the risks of death or major complications from the procedure or that there is an alternative called computed tomography angiography which can replace conventional coronary angiography in appropriate patients and is half the cost of the traditional procedure which is very lucrative for interventional cardiologists whereas computed tomography angiography is not. It is also a non-invasive procedure which will benefit those eligible at much less risk and a lower cost as well.

I am now speaking from personal experience because my own father, who died on Jan 26, 2006, suffered from complications that arose after a cardiac catheterization and angiography procedure that was unnecessary. A year prior to my father’s passing he had a stent placed in his left descending coronary artery which went flawlessly. Because my father was retired and living in NY he would visit all of his doctors prior to making his annual trip to Florida where he spent the winters in the sun.

This procedure was elective because his cardiologist suggested that the stent be checked before the trip. I should have known better and stopped him, since I was a patient and medical consumer advocate and researched and published reports for consumers and researched diseases for medical professionals for a living. The name of my company at the time was “Health Reports” a service of Multimedia Solutions Inc. a NY company I founded but due to later disability had to stop.

I accompanied my father on all of his doctor visits and when he went to the hospital he for this ambulatory procedure he was fine and he drove his own car to the hospital anticipating go home the same day.

His Interventional Cardiologist that did the procedure afterward said the stent was in beautiful condition but something went wrong because after the procedure my fathers extremities started turning blue from cyanosis. The doctor of course denied any relationship between the two events that happened within hours of each other.

The only possible conclusion that I could draw was that the catheter wire chipped of a piece of calcified plaque and lodged most likely in his lung as an embolism as he developed severe respiratory distress immediately after the angiogram. Now that had to be the greatest coincidence ever or a terrible medical mistake.

So a routine preventive screening where I was going to drive my dad home the same day turned into a week in the hospital after which he was moved into a step down rehabilitation facility and was expected to recover and go home.

On the evening before he was supposed to go home to continue his recovery at home, I visited him with my daughter and immediately saw something was very wrong.

Since there was only one doctor on the floor for about 50 adult residents, I practically had to physically drag the doctor to his room where his only suggestion was that he go back to the hospital. It took the ambulance 30 minutes to arrive to take hime to a major trauma hospital that was literally only a couple of hundred yards from where he was. I could have wheeled him over to the ER faster.

He died around 2 a.m. the next morning. They said he died from mesothelioma. I knew that was impossible because I never even heard the man cough once in his life or present with any of the symptoms of mesothelioma and I was in business with him for many years as well as his son.

Then, recently, when I was hospitalized in a Florida hospital for severe low potassium which was easily resolved over a few days of IV potassium infusion, a cardiologist walked into my room and said he wanted to do an angiogram just before my discharge, to check my stent that I had done a year earlier and I knew was fine and it literally became an argument because I questioned his authority. He finally admitted that the risk of death or complication during a cardiac cateterization were not insignificant. I finally agreed to a non-invasive Cardiac Ultrasound which showed absolutely nothing wrong.

And it had no relationship to why I was even in the hospital. I was released later that day and when I saw my regular cardiologist in New York, he called the other doctor a name I would rather not repeat and told me I may have saved my own life by contesting this man who I never saw before or since.

The odd thing is I only know this because I am an experienced Medical Literature Researcher but disabled.

Because too often patients are not informed of other treatment options for what ever ails them or for that matter the risks associated with many procedure options, because their doctors are simply unaware or don’t care or want to make the most money. Today, hiring an expert medical literature researcher is not a bad idea. And even a personal Patient Advocate which is a growing field for which no professional certification is required is a good idea if you can afford it because if your flat on your back and not in control and perhaps don’t even have family to help you, a personal Patient Advocate can be a good idea.

This is the new reality of healthcare. Its hard to be a practicing physician these days because of the rate of innovation, the problems of being a businessman, dealing with regulatory bodies, covering your hospitalized patients, litigation, etc. Many doctor’s can’t deal with it and quit medicine. And its getting harder.

Common sense also dictates that there is no longer a monopoly on medical information in this new era of instant information and mass communication and that transparency like revolution is a good thing once in a while.

In conclusion, as this essay attempts to address whether or not medical self help groups and self care alternatives are positive adjuncts or harmful challenges to medical care and how they contrast with one another as well as what consequences arise from such analysis, we can conclude with certainty that since the advent of the polio vaccine which brought about a tidal wave of medical advances available to help physicians cure disease, we are now in a new and ever evolving era of unprecedented advances in medicine, information and transparent social communication.

The costs of medical research and care have as a result of these advances skyrocketed to the point that medical resources have to be used in a more cost effective manner. Also, the issue of rationing medical care is one that social policy makers must give great weight to in their deliberations going forward since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The issues are so complicated that consumers have a very difficult time making decisions as to how to best care for themselves and their families. Just picking a health plan can be a nightmare for families and professionals as different plans at different prices can work towards a families’ benefit or detriment depending on their socio-economic status, health history and lifestyles.

If these developments aren’t enough to contend with, the current power of the Internet as a source of both information and now also a powerful social medium in which people can connect with one another on a mass scale must be viewed as a benefit in a system that needs checks and balances due to the entry of so many stakeholders some of whom do not have the patient’s best interests at heart but instead are motivated by greed or are simply incompetent in their professions.

Self help groups, self care and the ability of a patient, or a loved one or an advocate to be involved in the management of illness and disease must work dynamically and cooperatively with their physicians, within this new medical landscape because the genie is now out of the bottle and we can’t look back but must look forward to a system of patients and caregivers working as a team towards the goal of healing and improving the quality of life of our citizens.

So what does the future hold. The last 30 years have seen an evolutionary leap more like one would likely see in a century or more. Now with new technologies such as 3-d copying and printing, and computer aided manufacturing and new medical fields like quantum medicine which uses the principles of quantum physics to better understand biology the future possibilities are mind boggling. The Civil war was only 152 years ago. Since then mankind has progressed from a way of life that sustained civilization for some 200,000 years at an astronomical rate. Can we absorb so much change so fast?

How Electronic Medical Record Systems Have Changed The Way Patient Information Is Stored

Technology has come quite a long way from where it was many years ago. It might seem unbelievable to the generation of today to think that 40 years ago, hospitals did not have computer systems in place to keep track of patient records and instead wrote everything down and stored information via filing cabinets. Some institutions used typewriters, but this method was still very time consuming.

The development of EMR systems has forever changed how patient information is stored and maintained. This type of technology allows for faster record keeping and also lets medical staff access records quicker and cuts down on patient wait times.

Every medical institution, such as hospitals, clinics, and private offices require a reliable system. As aforementioned, stocking and categorizing of documents that had been either handwritten or typed used to be the most common way of storing medical records. This method would create piles upon piles of papers being stored in large rolling filing cabinets.

The burden placed upon the medical team under these circumstances was immense because they had to search for medical files on a daily basis. Once the file folder was found, they then had to sift through all of the paperwork within the file in order to find the document needed. The medical staff was also responsible for maintaining the integrity of the files and keeping them safe from harm.

When records were kept in their physical forms, the risk of these sensitive files falling into the wrong hands was high. Sometimes medical documents became lost, stolen, or damaged in natural disasters without any backup measures having been put into place.

EMR systems changed all of this almost instantly. Paperless, computerized record keeping systems have redesigned the entire process of medical record keeping. All patient records are stored in the medical system via computer. These records are backed up a number of times in case a disaster where to happen or a breach in the system were to occur.

The incidence of medical errors have been distinctly decreased by using electronic means of keeping records. As we all know, human error happens all of the time but electronics don’t make mistakes. Electronic methods of record keeping are far more convenient and provide a high level of accuracy when it comes to storing patient data.

Medical records are important because they let the medical team know what occurred with you during your last appointment, surgery, or checkup. These records contain vital information about your health and well being. Imagine if your child was allergic to a medication and this info was noted in his or her records. You can be sure that the pharmacy and prescribing doctor would not issue this drug.

Medical records can save people’s lives and provide the medical staff with a clear history of your health. Electronic book keeping of these records ensures that your information is easy to access, kept safe, and let your doctor know everything he needs to know about your health history.

In this day and age, records can be shared (with your permission) electronically from one health professional to another. This can mean sending your electronic records within the same healthcare system or sending them to another country all from the push of a button.

In other words, electronic medical record systems have completely revamped how the medical system keeps patient records on file. These types are records can also be used in the legal system to either prove or disprove claims within the medical realm. Error free charting is important in this instance and electronic medical records can provide just that.

Skywriter MD is an innovative electronic medical record keeping company that was created to help medical providers regain time lost due to extensive charting and documenting of patient records. The company has honed and shaped a renowned software that collaborates with the medical facility staff and offers real-time communication with virtual scribes.

Medical Communications: Sharing Knowledge Towards Enabling Effective Healthcare Service Delivery

Medical communications is a general term for the development and production of materials that deal specifically with medicine or healthcare. Scientific and medical communication is essential for all scientific and pharmaceutical business wishing to share their data with the scientific community, healthcare professionals, patients or health authorities.

The need for medical communications in serving the healthcare sectors lies behind the fact of mixing scientific insights with relevant scientific data which are ethically Good Publication Practice (GPP2) guidelines approved. This will create awareness among different communities of healthcare providers along with clients. In addition to this, preparation of medical communication is based on the target audience, who will be the end user of the relevant documents.

Medical writers have expertise in writing, editing, and developing materials related to medicine and health. The tasks include gathering, organizing, interpreting and presenting information in a manner appropriate for the client. Professional medical communicators have communications expertise, awareness of ethical standards and healthcare knowledge. Materials prepared by them, in collaboration with public, private or NGO firms includes: Patient education brochures, News articles, Web content, Books, Journal articles and Education monographs. Besides this, some regulatory documents for submission in government agencies of different countries are also prepared. Preparation of literatures for product promotion, sales training and marketing materials for the pharmaceutical companies constitute vital role in medical communications.

Besides these, there are certain medical communications agencies which provide consultancy services to the pharmaceutical industry, advising them on maximizing the dissemination of the available clinical data and devising campaigns to help the drug gain a slice of the limelight in a crowded marketplace. As far as medical education is considered, the role of medical communication is to advice the company on how best to educate and inform its customers (i.e. doctors, nurses, hospital managers, pharmacists, patients) about the risks and benefits of the therapy using clinical and economic data. All materials must comply with best practice guidelines, as issued by regulatory authorities like European Medical Writers Association and the International society for Medical Publication Professionals.

Health Information and communication technology (HICT) has played key role in delivering the information in very rapid succession. The presence of computers in the examination room has already transformed the traditional patient-doctor relationship from dyadic to triadic. It is now an interaction between the patient, the doctor and the computer.

Searching the World Wide Web for healthcare information is second only to searching for sites related to sex, while multiple forms of social media, now increasingly mobile, are challenging the limits of healthcare providers’ professionalism. Nowadays, physician digital consultation network is gaining popularity along with the use of iPads and Skype are also in routine medical practice. Web based patient support groups, information sites and patient oriented health interventions are also few important medium of communication.

The Good Publication Practice (GPP2) guidelines is framed to maintain ethical practices and comply with current requirements when they contribute to the communication of medical research sponsored by companies. These guidelines apply to peer reviewed journal articles and presentations at scientific congresses.

Importance of Medical Equipment Innovation

With ongoing research and development in medical technologies, doctors are better equipped to treat the patients with a greater chance of cure.

Medical Research and Technology

Scientists are constantly testing out new equipment and procedures to shorten operation periods whilst boosting life span. Moreover, they are also trying out new drugs for better treatment and even cure of prevalent disease.

With the help of medical technology, scientists reached into cellular level of germs and their antibodies. We already know how the discovery of vaccines helped control malaria, MMR, polio and other such illnesses, saving thousands of lives worldwide. As per the World Health Organization, vaccines save 3 million lives each year.

Importance of Innovation in Medicine

The life cycle of a medical product ranges from 18-20 months. This is still better that many industries, such as Information technology, but improvements still need to be made. Also note that innovation isn’t just about improving the quality of care; it is also about maintaining and sustaining better healthcare systems.

And even while less than 10% of national health budget was apportioned to medical equipment innovation during the fiscal year of 2000-2008, advances in medical technology have decreased the prolonged hospital stays by 13%.

Moreover, huge cost savings have been recorded with the inception of outpatient care from in-patient care. Quality of life has improved over the period as well. Given the amount of ageing population and the current economic climate, medical cost saving was imperative.

For instance, Cataract surgery, which was previously a 3-5 day inpatient session, has now been reduced to a day care centre operation. Also, total knee replacements are proving to be better in terms of saving costs and locomotion of patients. And these are just a few examples we can find.

If we move further, chronic conditions such as arthritis and cataracts prevented patients from returning to their daily routines. With medical equipment innovation, the time taken to return back to their everyday lives has been significantly reduced. This also boosts the self-esteem of patients whose medical condition can hinder their physical independence.

In the long run, medical innovation not only creates healthier and happier people, but stronger economies as well. This is because healthier people can contribute more effectively to a country’s GDP.

Emerging Medical Equipment Technologies

Melanoma biopsies

Melanoma is a chronic form of skin cancer. Melanoma is extremely dangerous mole looking harmless on the outside until a surgical biopsy isn’t conducted. Now, dermatologists have come up with a portable tool, approved by FDA for analyzing tissue morphology. MelaFind optical scanner is now used to determine the need of biopsy.

Electronic Aspirin

People suffer from cluster headaches, migraines and other chronic head pains due to pain in a facial nerve bundle called sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG). A new tool has emerged for blocking out the SPG signals on their inception, being called the electronic aspirin.

Needle-Free Diabetes

Diabetes care is a severely painful process for the patient involving glucose testing, daily dosages of insulin and further risk of infection from excessive injection needles. Glucose monitors and insulin pumps have reduced the troublesome process to a certain extent. A biosensor is placed on the top layer of the human skin for signaling levels of sugar. This will do with away with the needle used to take blood samples.

Medical Scribe Services Offer Many Advantages To Medical Professionals

There are a lot of different types of opportunities that everybody will have regarding their medical treatments. There are many different types of doctors that provide treatment at many different levels. Medical scribe services are going to be able to help them to create the necessary documentation that they need to have.

There are many different types of medical terms that are used while making these reports. Every report is going to include different information about the patient. It is important to make sure that people have the proper information on their reports too.

There are many responsibilities of every medical professional that is involved in the care of a patient. They may have many specialists that are involved in their care. Everybody will need to know what is going on so that they are not prescribing a treatment that is going be harmful to the patient.

They do not want medications to react to other medications that are being taken. They also do not want to do any harm to them if they are being treated for an injury of some sort. Knowing what is going on with other treatments is going to be important.

There are many different types of things that are going to be used while people are undergoing treatment options. They have several different choices for treatments that are going to vary from patient to patient. When people have a medical issue, they are going to have a lot of stress that will go along with that too.

Every medical record is going to be a different length. Some people will have very large files, while other people will have small ones. The number of times that a person sees a doctor is going to vary too.
This is something that is going to be very important. Everybody will have something different that they need to consider. Patients need to know that they are being treated properly.

Every patient has something different that they will need to be treated for too. The services that are provided by medical scribe companies are going to vary. They may have to do a report on certain tests as well as for different appointments that may be on the same day.

Incorporating all of this information into one file is not always easy. There are many different types of things that are going to need to be put in these reports even if they do not seem important. There are a lot of things that are very important including the conditions in which they are living or the people that they are living with.

Physicians will notice different things at each appointment too. They need to make sure that they are noting everything that is of importance. They may not include the little things in these reports, but some of the little things that they may overlook could be important in the future.

Each service is going to come with a different charge. The length of the report and many other things will be taken into consideration. Every patient will have different information that is going to be included for each report.

Even when someone does not feel that their health record is of importance now, it is important to document everything. A problem that someone has now could affect the diagnosis of a problem that they have in the future. This is one reason why the person creating the document needs to know what they are doing while typing it up.

Medical scribe services are growing in popularity due to the increasing demand for electronic medical records in the medical field. They are used in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical facilities.

How To Choose A Hospital?

Getting proper medical considerations is the expectation of all people to achieve fitness and health. You certainly want a comfortable healing facility isn’t it? Like most people, good hospital facilities participate in the healing process of patients. Additionally, if you have health insurance, you should know the hospital or dispensaries where medical treatment will be carried out as a reference. Sometimes all that is written in the insurance regulation is not in accordance with what you imagine in actual fact. Make sure the hospital has facilities in accordance with what you expect.

You should consider this thing before choosing a hospital:

– Whether the hospital getting a positive response from many people in every age? What if compared with other healing facilities located in the same area?

– Whether the doctors who work at the hospital have considerable experience in dealing with patients? Choosing a hospital facility is an important choice. Tragically, not all hospitals have a facility which allows you to smile because you are not satisfied with the service.

The quality benchmarks of the hospital facilities can be controlled by the reputation of hospital workers and condition of equipment in general. A few hospital facilities offer a complete packet of centers of excellence whereas different hospital might just offer lower packets. I also found that treatment service programs and health protection programs also have established a healing center as a center of excellence by considering the criteria established by the hospital.

Whether the waiting room is a boring place? Or make your stress? The answer depends on what facilities can be obtained from the waiting room. So, if you’re in the waiting room of a hospital for awaiting the results of the doctor’s diagnosis, you can assess about the completeness of the system, and you can make it as one of the considerations of your satisfaction ratings. You can discover what the healing facility offers for adult or kid groups. There may be adult/kids play groups. You can also retrieve information and assessments from people concerning the hospital.

Do you require hospitalization? Before you take this important decision, remember this thing there are great and there are awful facilities. Good hospital provides adequate facilities for hospitalization. You can rest comfortably during the healing period without being distracted from the unnecessary commotion. Usually there are hospitalizations rooms with the different classes, and with the different cost of that have been adjusted. If you use the insurance, make sure the inpatient facility had been covered in your insurance, and make sure that you really require hospitalization.

Every year, a large number of health facilities in the world to undergo an audit of the hospital facilities, including doctors. The audit is conducted to ensure technical and non technical functions of the hospital complies with the standards that have been set. Of course, this is a positive program because with this audit, the hospital can provide the maximum service to the society. Shockingly, no healing facility is perfect, but in the end you must choose one, which is best for you.

Other tips for choosing a good hospital for you are based on the type of disease that you are suffering. For example, public hospitals have a wider range than the specialist hospitals, such as cardiovascular hospital, lung hospital, or child hospital. Most specialists get to be specialists in light of the fact that they need to help those patients in need of healing. At the point when done appropriately, patient satisfaction survey is a vital procedure that helps heal centers and their specialists guarantee reliability, brilliant patient treatment. As a patient, you can also provide input to the hospital by completing the form satisfaction survey, it will provide objective feedback to improve services. There are various hospitals with varying costs, but make sure you choose a hospital that is appropriate to your need.