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Virtual healthcare has to be understood and used for what it can offer

Among the many offshoots of the growth of technology; virtual healthcare is a very recent and important development. In simple language, virtual healthcare, a term easy enough to understand, is the use of technologies that enable remote consultation and monitoring of healthcare.Putting technologies to remote use has been in use for a while now, what with corporate entities carrying out conferences and virtual conferences at the push of a button. Virtual technology has also been in widespread use in areas like education and for monitoring remote workers in many organizations. Virtual healthcare can be seen as a natural extension of these uses of technology.Understanding the dynamics of virtual healthcareHealthcare analysts are quite upbeat about the growth prospects of virtual healthcare, making prognoses about its explosive potential growth, with estimates ranging from a size of well over $3 billion by 2022 to much rosier, nearly $14 billion for video consultation alone by 2018. While time will tell whether these forecasts will be fulfilled, we need to understand this tool and its prospects and pitfalls.When adapting virtual healthcare, patients and healthcare providers are likely to use virtual healthcare in these ways:ConsultationThis should rank as the most important element of virtual healthcare. Virtual healthcare itself would come to be of no use if it did not offer the patient the opportunity to interact with the patient remotely. Patients are likely to use technologies in the form of tablets, smartphones and other personal devices to consult physicians.Consultation is a very important component of virtual healthcare and it goes beyond just obtaining billing and other information that is usually a part of an Electronic Health Record (EHR). Virtual healthcare aids in direct, non-physical contact between the patient and the healthcare provider, which is what this medium primarily seeks to facilitate.This feature is all the more useful in situations where the patient may not be in a condition to travel to the healthcare provider or where patients with long-term ailments need to be monitored on a regular basis without having to visit the hospital. 150w, 300w, 768w, 800w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" width="512" height="268" />RecordsEHR could be another major component of virtual healthcare. Following the passage and implementation of Obamacare; the EHR has become a very important document for people seeking healthcare. Virtual healthcare can bring in a new dimension to EHR by enabling documentation and recording of important events in the physician-patient relationship.Drawbacks of virtual healthcareWhile there is no doubting the fact that virtual healthcare is set for major growth; it is important to understand its inadequacies. The most important disadvantage of virtual healthcare is that it is best suited only for noncritical healthcare situations. It may help patients with long term ailments, as mentioned above, but can help only when the patient has reached a stage where all treatments are done and only resuscitation or convalescence is needed. For a patient requiring immediate attention in an emergency, virtual healthcare is not likely to be very effective. Thus, a patient seeking medical information or advice for a viral infection is far more suited for virtual healthcare than a patient in need of CPR.The uses to which virtual healthcare can be put are limited, at least at this stage of its development. When this technology advances enough to be able to offer healthcare in all situations and for all kinds of ailments; it will become a more effective medium. Till then, virtual healthcare has to be understood and used for what it can offer.See More

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Good Documentation Practices Relating to USP

Good Documentation Practices (GDP) is a quintessential part of regulated manufacturing and laboratory environments. GDP has to be adhered to in the regulated industries because it is the only truly authentic method of ensuring that documents are audited and accounted for. GDP is also essential to keep track of and maintain control at all stages of the process and the product. GDP is thus a core requirement of a thoroughly developed Quality System. US Pharmacopeia (USP) has laid out a series of GDP’s. One of the major new updates is contained in the newly proposed USP-NF General Chapter <1029>.Basis for GDP in USPGDP for USP is also formulated on the same principle and rationale on which any GDP is built: proper, accurate and comprehensive records are the backbone to proper documentation, which is the basis for all major and minor procedures and operation.GDP for USP has guidelines in the General Chapter 1029. These guidelines are given with the intention of helping build a foundation for the Quality Systems, apart from also ensuring the integrity and control of documents.These GDP’s are meant for use in the production and control of the following:Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)Medical devicesExcipientsPharmaceutical productsDietary supplementsFood ingredientsThe General Chapter explains the justification for putting in place Good Documentation Practices in USP and helps the user evaluate and construct GMP activities.In what areas are GDP’s listed out in Chapter 1029?GDP’s for USP are mentioned in relation to electronic and paper records, which include reports, raw data, protocol, and procedures concerning analytical data and manufacturing controls, and has recommendations on the kind of information that should be recorded for different kinds of documents that require GMP. A prominent amendment brought into the new chapter 1029 is that there is no longer a distinction between instructions and records, and all records and instructions are broadly merged into “records”.Some broad requirements of GDP as set out in Chapter 1029USP Good Documentation Practices spell out a number of principles. Some of these include:There should be clarity, accuracy, conciseness and legality of recordsEvery time an action is performed, there should be a documentationAnyone dealing with documents should not backdate or postdate any actionThe initial of the person who carried out a change should attest her initials and offer an explanation whenever an amendment is madeElectronic or manual records should go by the following GDP’s:Any data entry should be traced back to the person who did the entryShorthand notations are not allowedControls should be put in place to ensure integrity of the recordWhen a thermal paper is used, a verified copy of its accuracy should be retained, and the user should initial it with the dateSee More

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7 YouTube Healthcare Videos Worth Watching - "Laughter is the Best Medicine"!

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 5:17pm 0 Comments

If you still think YouTube is just for those durned kids, you're really missing out. We at FierceHealthcare have decided to present seven of our favorite healthcare videos, with topics ranging from the serious (a critique of U.S. public health efforts in controlling H1N1) to the purely silly (an anesthesiologist singing about his duty to "sit and listen to the beep.")

For their creativity, educational value and pure passion, we hereby deem these videos Fierce! Have fun checking them… Continue

Obama Lashes Back at Insurance Industry Over Opposition to Health Plan

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 6:41pm 0 Comments

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WASHINGTON — President Obama mounted a frontal assault on the insurance industry on Saturday, accusing it of using “deceptive and dishonest ads” to derail his health care legislation and threatening to strip the industry of its longstanding exemption from federalantitrust laws.

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Some Tandberg Holders Reject Cisco Offer -

Posted on October 15, 2009 at 2:05pm 0 Comments

Shareholders representing 24% of the shares in Tandberg rejected Cisco's recent $3 billion offer for the video-conferencing equipment maker, fuelling hopes that the U.S.-based company might raise its bid.

Senate panel backs healthcare reform

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 8:44pm 0 Comments

By John Whitesides and Donna Smith John Whitesides And Donna Smith – 34 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key U.S. Senate committee endorsed a sweeping healthcare overhaul on Tuesday, gaining the support of an influential Republican and delivering President Barack Obama a victory on his top domestic priority.

The Democratic-controlled Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on a 14-9 vote, with Senator Olympia Snowe becoming the first Republican in Congress to back a… Continue

"Meaningful" Progress Toward Electronic Health Information Exchange

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 12:22pm 0 Comments

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

I recently reported on our announcement of State Health Information Technology Grants and grants to establish Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers, as authorized under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act).

Today I want to discuss the… Continue

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At 2:46pm on September 10, 2009, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed said…
Peace to you and yours

Thanks for accepting my invite & collaborating
Kindly let me know what is your specialty and interest areas so that we could explore some synergy

Take care

At 6:55pm on July 23, 2009, CC-Conrad Clyburn-MedForeSight said…

Ref: updates photo. I have just updated mine. This is how it works. Go to settings on the "Your Page" tab at top. Click browse under "Photos". Navigate to the new photo you want on your hardrive. Click open. It will uploafd your new photo when you click save on the "My Settings" page. Let me know if this works.


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