- The healthcare industry tackles the opioid crisis
Opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of death for US adults younger than 50. This is a phenomenon too big to solve by only one player – there is a role for everyone across the healthcare landscape, from prescribers, to payers, to the pharmaceutical industry, in order to reverse this trend.
- Social determinants come to the forefront
The US spends more on healthcare per capita per year than any other nation, but lags in outcomes. To improve health while saving money, the industry needs to expand the borders of healthcare. This means thinking beyond the four walls of the hospital and looking holistically at the full profile of a patient, beyond their specific health issue.
- Price transparency moves to the statehouse
With no clear legislative path for federal action on health reform, states are starting to take matters into their own hands. Over 30 states are now considering legislation that would directly control drug prices and shine a light on cost changes. It is important to watch what happens at the state level, as past state healthcare reform efforts have been brought to the national stage.
- Natural disasters create devastation that lasts long after the event passes
Natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires can wreak havoc on health systems, manufacturing supply chains, and financial operations both in the short and long-term. Health systems and pharmaceutical companies who conduct proactive scenario planning can increase the pace of recovery and avoid making premature decisions that could do harm in the long-term.
- Medicare Advantage swells in 2018
Medicare Advantage is projected to cover nearly 21 million people in 2018, a 5% increase over 2017, providing a new competitive opportunity for health insurers. However, many eligible consumers don’t know these plans exist, so insurers must work to raise awareness of options, and tailor those options to best meet patient needs.
- Health reform isn’t over, it’s just more complicated
While the chance to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a single piece of legislation may be dead, the Republican party will likely continue to pursue health reform in 2018 through a more fragmented approach. 2018 will likely bring continued efforts to reduce and cap federal Medicaid spending, expand access to lower-premium health insurance, loosen ACA consumer protections, soften the employer and individual mandates and repeal ACA taxes and fees.
- Securing the internet of things
Following a year marked by major, industry wide cybersecurity breaches and a 525% increase in medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities reported by the government, hospitals must take quick, decisive action to maintain data privacy, secure the thousands of connected medical devices on their networks and protect patients. Companies should treat cybersecurity incidents as a “non-natural” disaster, and invest more in planning, defensive measures and personnel.
UK making ventilators for corona affected people: How it is achieved?
Corona is also known as a novel coronavirus disease but it is no longer a new disease for any country. Almost all countries across the world are affected with this deadly virus and the number of victims are increasing day by day resulting in shortage of beds and rooms in hospitals restricting proper treatment for common people. As a solution UK is coming up with medical ventilators which can be a potent solution to give life to all COVID-19 victims, especially those who are seriously affected.
How do these ventilators work?
Those who are critically affected from COVID-19 get breathing trouble which restricts the flow of oxygen to their lungs. The ventilator designed by the British engineering firms assists people in easy breathing by supplying proper oxygen to their lungs and removing carbon-di-oxide.
The process of these ventilators sounds really simple but the mechanism included in it is a bit complex one.
Mechanism of medical ventilators:
Corona affected folks already suffer with weak lungs, hence the ventilators are designed keeping its pressure minimum to avoid further damage to the lungs. Also the amount of oxygen is controlled to its best effective level, as excess of oxygen may also harm weak lungs. Now with the increase in the numbers of affected folks the requirement of these kits are increasing day by day all across the world.
Production of Ventilator kit:
As the requirement of a ventilator kit is heavy hence production must be done on a large scale which is not nearly possible for British engineering firms to achieve all alone. As a solution, British government is lending a helping hand by seeking assistance from a wide range of manufacturers.
Hence, top manufacturers of this world, such as Rolls-Royce and JCB are also included in the discussion of ventilator kit manufacturing. Another potential contributor of this big challenge is TT Electronics, which is majorly responsible for the development of special coils and ultra-fine wound wire for radiation therapy equipment and surgical navigation devices.
Healthcare sector at its best with the advancements of IoT
Folks of present era are really careless towards their lifestyle, eating habits, and sleeping hours. This disrupted schedule is leading human being to an unhealthy life followed by several diseases. To bring a perfect health back to this hustling and bustling life of people, medical assistance is crucial. It is playing a great role in saving lives and bringing them back to a healthy routine.
Folks of present era are really careless towards their lifestyle, eating habits, and sleeping hours. This disrupted schedule is leading human being to an unhealthy life followed by several diseases. To bring a perfect health back to this hustling and bustling life of people, medical assistance is crucial. It is playing a great role in saving lives and bringing them back to a healthy routine. To enhance the medical sector, IoT and software development is really working hand on hand and the result is really amazing. In a number of ways IoT is transforming the medical sector and with each successive day it is coming up with a latest and upgraded medical technology.
Advancements brought by IoT in the medical sector:
- Emergency room:
Emergency rooms are required for all those folks who require immediate medical assistance but delay happens due to shortage of beds and rooms. IoT is contributing a great way in providing emergency room and reducing the wait time. With the help of IoT and software development, medical sector has come up with autobeds which has reduced the wait time to 50%.
- Remote health monitoring:
Few people are deprived of medical assistance because they are far away from the medical centers or not able to reach there due to some reasons. To give a permanent solution to this problem, IoT has got up with remote health monitoring in which medical science allows patients to detect their health condition without leaving their homes. In this advancement, IoT is backed up with electronics and telecommunication technologies. Mobile health tracking, store and forward technology, live video, etc. are the ways which enhances remote health monitoring and assisting medical sector to determine the health condition of a patient and serve with a proper solution remotely.
Other ways used by IoT for empowering medical sector are management software, drugs management, any many more. IoT is a booming technology and also it has a greatest contribution in the world of medical science to enhance it.
How to get a relief from the threat of corona virus?
Corona Virus, a major threat prevailing globally is raising a risk for a number of lives. Most of the countries are affected due to this deadly virus and is a huge number of people are affecting from this virus. A slight contact of folks with an affected person can influence others increasing infections worldwide.
Corona Virus, a major threat prevailing globally is raising a risk for a number of lives. Most of the countries are affected due to this deadly virus and is a huge number of people are affecting from this virus. A slight contact of folks with an affected person can influence others increasing infections worldwide. Due to this threat, healthcare institutions are undergoing a huge pressure, as they have to test each person suspected to be infected from corona virus. The virus is spreading at a great frequency but health centers with the equipment to detect this virus are least all over the globe which is increasing pressure over the health centers.
But for every problem there is a solution and technological advancement always comes up with better options. Artificial intelligence has got a solution for this problem also. Let’s get to know what solution technology has gifted to the world.
Solution for Corona virus detection:
The reason behind swift spread of corona virus is late detection of this virus. If our health department can detect the virus at an early stage and quarantine all those folks, then it can be controlled in a quickly.
This can be achieved with the help of artificial intelligence as per recent innovations and searches. The initiation has been taken by two Indian origin researchers, one from Australia and other from the United States of America. Both have led their teams in the development procedure of apps which can assist folks to detect presence of corona virus within their body using artificial intelligence.
As per the latest updates, an Australian AL digital health company has launched an app on 4th March 2020 which will assist healthcare centers to reach effected people really early by detecting the symptoms and giving an alert to folks about a complete health checkup.