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    Tinnitus basically means – unpleasant buzzing or ringing in one’s ears. But, despite being a bit annoying, it sounds harmless, right? In reality, tinnitus should be treated very seriously especially because it is not a disease per se; it is a symptom of an underlying condition. In some cases, it can suggest that there is a tumor on a vestibular nerve or in a brain tissue. When this unpleasant symptom occurs make sure to contact your doctor for further diagnostics. An increasing number of researches established a connection between blood pressure disturbances and tinnitus. Find out more about this condition, […]

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    Technology encompasses a vital portion of the healthcare lifecycle including diagnosis of disease, subsequent treatments and continuous monitoring. The medical technology sector is currently estimated to be around USD 4.9 billion and is poised to grow at Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17% (Source CII-Deloitte Report, Sep 2017). Hence, there is a great probability of its profound usage for overcoming healthcare gaps. It is observed that there is a huge dearth of healthcare resources and facilities in India- low ratio of number of available physicians to the ever-increasing population, shortage of hospital facilities compared to required capacity and low […]

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    With the current technological advances, we are endowed continuously with trendy yet functional gadgets and devices that could make our lives easier and more comfortable. From highly responsive smartphones to wireless communications, most of us are already enjoying these developments unknowingly. Since our technology encompasses almost every activity that we do, it would not be surprising that it even healthcare has been digitalized already. Digital health, as it is technically called, involves the use application of technology with health and health care. Since this new breed of technology is on the rise, it is worth noting that digital health may […]

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     How does FLEX engage with healthcare? At FLEX, we offer services that support a product at any point in its lifecycle, from engineering and prototyping to automating manufacturing. We support 12 different industries including healthcare, giving us a unique vantage point, and see them all evolving their businesses for the connected world we live in. Within healthcare, we’re focused on helping companies connect medical devices and turn the data that’s captured from those devices into actionable insights that can have a measurable impact. What are some of the problems with the current digital health landscape? When you look at the […]

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    Existing digital health products, if deployed comprehensively across the country, could save the US $7 billion a year in healthcare spending, according to a new report from IQVIA, which until yesterday was known as Quintiles/IMS Health. “For the first time we’ve sought to create a model that looks across five different patient population groups where there’s been a proven reduction in acute care utilization, typically hospitalization, when consumer mobile apps are used,” Murray Aitken, executive director of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, said in a conference call with press about the new report. “Diabetes prevention, diabetes care, asthma, […]

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    Pilots and IRBs are essential to digital health entrepreneurs attempting to build a clinically-validated product and scale it within a health system. But they are also a royal pain. Done wrong, they could spell the demise of your business. Having undergone a couple of IRBs for my digital health company Litesprite, I have developed some tips that can help you go about it successfully. Find research partners who have a good reputation and the skill to complete the IRB process for you When possible, find partners that don’t require funding. This preserves the objectivity of the analysis and results – not […]

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    When traveling, it’s easy to get lost in the experience. New sights and cultures pave way for new experiences and places to explore. It’s also the perfect way to relax and break away from your daily routine. But, traveling can also be a stressful experience. There are different time zones to navigate, jet lag, foreign food, and sleep deprivation. The lack of familiarity can often lead to a decreased physical wellbeing, increased levels of stress, and the potential to struggle with eating well. This can result in returning fatigued and feeling worse for wear despite being on a restorative restful […]

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    Medications are one of the most critical parts of treating countless injuries, illnesses, and chronic conditions. They are prescribed based on the best course of treatment for the patient’s particular situation, so it is essential that the patient is given the correct pharmaceutical in the correct way for optimum results. It is bad enough to think that a medical error gives the patient no positive change, but it is even worse when such an oversight causes a negative impact on the patient. For that reason, it is essential that everyone involved in patient care has foolproof systems and technologies for […]

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    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not yet reimburse for telehealth delivery of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP). What does this mean now and going forward? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will only reimburse its diabetes prevention program (DPP) when it’s delivered in-person (and will not reimburse for “virtual,” digital health versions of the DPP). Multiple media outlets reported that the ruling was because “self-reported weight loss is not reliable for the purposes of performance payment.” But that’s not the whole story. CMS has not fundamentally rejected remote monitoring technologies. Rather, it […]

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    Co-founder of digital support platform Tomo, Gus Booth-Clibborn discusses how technology is impacting mental health in the workplace and how digital tools can help improve employee mental health. The average person spends 90,000 hours, 26% of their waking lifetime, at work. In many offices, mental health and wellbeing is something to do outside of work hours and activities to support mental health are placed beyond the scope (and responsibility) of employers – for example early morning yoga sessions, therapy after work, exercise in a lunch break. However, employees do not stop having a mental health when they walk through the […]

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    Healthcare costs are rising globally and so are the patient’s expectations on their treatment roadmaps and its possible consequences. Therefore, there is a challenging proposition faced by today’s healthcare organizations. They have to repeatedly address battling conflicting priorities with the available resources and existing constraints.   Some of the challenges faced   include- – Delivering high quality healthcare services with minimal costs – Maintaining thorough patient safety – Addressing hospital security issues – Scaling up to latest technology innovations – Reducing medication errors – Encouraging retention of qualified and trained medical staff – Preventing outbreaks of any infectious/contagious diseases – Proactively […]

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    Technology in healthcare In the modern world, technology has proved to play a critical role in every industry and in all aspects of our lives. In the health care industry, technology helps improve and save countless lives due to its efficiency in operations. Medical technology hence sustains health around the globe in the various spheres of the field including biotechnology, development of modern medical devices and the management of health facilities. Complex technologies have since been developed to help increase the level of health care by most governments. The significant impact of technology on modern healthcare is evident from the […]

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    The MACRA program has been placed to give clinical providers the time to consider their options. However, since its implementation, the large number of changes has disconcerted majority of the industry and several of them remain confused as to what is required of them and what choices they should make to comply. And mostly, many are concerned about the readiness of their colleagues to make these choices. The deadline to start collecting performance data for the QPP (Quality Payment Program) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) was Monday, the 2nd of October. These clinicians opting to submit only ninety days of […]

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    Diabetes has always been at the forefront of technological advances in patient care. Testing patients to determine how well their diabetes is managed started with measuring the presence of sugar in the urine and gave way to measuring blood glucose by finger prick testing. According to the best endocrinologist in Dubai, these simple yet groundbreaking advances have been overshadowed by the development of incredibly intelligent devices to help patients with diabetes manage their condition. Measuring Blood Glucose One of the key features of improving the outcomes for patients with diabetes is ensuring that blood glucose levels are as near normal […]

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    The healthcare sector could be on the verge of a cybersecurity crisis. The findings of a study from Ponemon suggest that consumers have a misplaced confidence in the ability of healthcare providers to keep their personal information safe. Two-thirds said they trust providers to protect their data, while only a quarter trust credit card companies. In reality, healthcare organisations account for 34 per cent of all data breaches, while financial organisations account for only 4.8 per cent (IRTC Data Breach Report). Organisations that don’t take action to close the gap between reality and consumers’ expectations are risking significant damage to […]

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    A step-by-step guide on how providers can make a smooth transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement. Introduction to APMs At a time when the healthcare industry is adapting to a shift in reimbursement methodology from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, many hospitals find themselves in an unfamiliar position of maintaining the balance between delivering a high quality of service while reducing the total cost of care for their patients. For healthcare providers, this means integrating alternate payment models (APMs), specifically bundled payments, to improve the patient’s continuum of care. While some critics may see this as a potential threat to their […]

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    1. Check Your Hospital And Doctor Records Who hasn’t experienced some hassle obtaining a medical record? Whether it is to show old records to a new physician, to get immunization records for school, or to have the x-ray handy to show off to your friends, having access to your medical records just flat out makes sense. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as easy as it sounds but the growing acceptance of patient portals it is becoming easier to literally look up your records on your phone. Since your records are protected under HIPAA and are private, you will need a login […]