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Cardiac Patient Care: Challenges Faced by Caregivers

Statistics show that heart disease is the No. 1 cause for death in the world. It is ranked even higher than all types of cancers combined! In fact, a report by the American Heart Association indicated that it is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Also, direct and indirect costs accrued due to cardiovascular diseases add up to more than US $320.1 billion, this includes health expenditures and lost productivity.

Heart disease is often as difficult for the caregiver as it is for the patient to deal with. Caregivers need to constantly be on their toes as patients go through a range of emotions and display behavior that more often than not interferes with the healing process. Challenges that caregivers face include:

  • Lack of staff: Cardiac patients require a team with highly developed and constantly developing skills to provide immediate care when necessary and eventually help enable the patient towards self-management. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates a shortage of almost 4.3 million nurses, physicians and other health human resources worldwide in the coming decade. With the world growing older and the numbers of cardiac patients increasing (According to ‘The Atlantic’ Between 2010 and 2030, the population of senior citizens in America alone will increase by 75% and by 2050, an estimated 88.5 million people will be aged 65 and older) hospitals are in for a serious challenge!
  • Managing Mental/Behavioral inconsistencies: Cardiac diseases can trigger a whole lot of other concerns—depression being one of the main problems. With a cardiac patient, while physical recovery is definitely an immediate concern, it is very important to monitor mental health too. Mental issues can make the recovery process difficult as patients refuse to cooperate. Sometimes, even identifying the concern can be a task. As the symptoms might not be obvious, till it is too late. According to Barry Jacobs, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and director of Behavioral Sciences at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program, upto 33% of heart attack patients end up developing some degree of depression.

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However, quicker identification followed by counseling, consistent monitoring, on-time medication coupled with breathing exercises, meditation can be great stress relievers and help decrease behavioral problems.

  • Consistent Monitoring: The bigger the cardiac risk, the more important that the caregiver constantly be around the patient. Irregular heart rhythms and accompanying cardiac symptoms often come and go in an ephemeral manner and sometimes they can go completely undetected. Also, to understand the patient’s current vitals, give medication on time and also determine the cause of recurrent fainting, palpitations, unexplained stroke or atrial fibrillation, etc. if any, the caregiver needs to be around 24/7. This can be very challenging as fatigue can set in.
  • False alarms: Sometimes, fatigue can lead to a caregiver misinterpreting the patient’s behavior or vital stats, leading to unnecessary diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. On The flipside, a potential threat might get overlooked.

One way to ensure that the caregiver’s job is made easier is to employ technology such as workflow and training management tools, remote/mobile monitoring devices, etc. in all areas of care. It not only reduces the stress on caregivers, but also leads to effective monitoring and analysis of the collected data resulting in efficient diagnosis, care and quicker recovery.

How Wearable Technology is Transforming Healthcare?

 

Wearable technology is proving to be one of the biggest drivers in enhancing clinic/patient engagement processes and improving the clinical outcomes of persons afflicted with chronic illnesses. The rise of the IOT has been particularly significant in driving the development of connected and wearable devices that have made it possible to leverage the power of technology in digital health. Wearable tech makes it possible to integrate the management of clinical information management systems, allow remote patient monitoring, and improve access to critical data.

Through wearable tech, it is now possible to monitor and capture patient vital signs remotely enhancing the effectiveness of care delivery to patients, as they do not necessarily have to come in for checkups. Besides, wearable devices make it possible for the doctor to detect asymptomatic disease events early thus avoiding catastrophic outcomes. Through devices such as mobile apps, patients can send their clinical data wireless to their physicians making early detection and diagnosis possible at lower costs that conventional lab tests. Wearable tech makes remote management of chronic diseases including analysis of the effectiveness of treatments possible. Bioelectronics worn by the patient makes it possible for the doctor to collect data and customize, maintain, and configure treatments in ambulatory and ongoing care settings. Lastly, physicians now have access to more data than ever before through integrated clinical information portals that present patient data in one place. Through access to cloud systems, the costs of running systems are reduced through efficient streamlining of data and care settings.

The enhanced access to data and information through wearable technology not only enhances the quality of healthcare outcomes for patients but also, reduces the costs in time and money spent on health care.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB IN HEALTHCARE

The idea of a dream job may differ for individuals, but in the main, your dream job must be satisfying and create a fulfilling career for you. When you are part of the healthcare sector, it may seem difficult to land your dream job but keeping the following checklist in your mind can help increase the chances of landing that ‘perfect’ job:

Get Some Experience:

When you are pursuing a course in healthcare, you would take up many internships during the course to build up on your experience. While these internships definitely look pretty on your resume, this is also the time to learn practical skills you need on the job.

Ensure that you gain as much experience as possible during your course. World Health Organization, Mayo Clinic and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can offer invaluable internship experience. However, if you cannot land up something there, volunteer with a local hospital and don’t be shy of working for free to build your repertoire.

Expand your Job Search Horizon:

Even if you hold a specialized degree in specific discipline of healthcare, do not feel tied down to only one kind of job. Even for specialists, many job opportunities are available that need to be explored. Apart from applying in hospitals, you can consider applying for research jobs or even as a teaching assistant in a medical university.

Sign up as a Volunteer:

Signing up as a volunteer with the many non profit organizations can help you build experience that will come in handy while you search for your dream job. Most large non-profit healthcare organizations are willing to take up volunteers and train them in healthcare services.

Some of the organizations you could contact are the American Red Cross, World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Peace Corps and many more that you can find with a simple online search.

Create a Perfect Resume:

While landing your dream job in the healthcare industry can be an arduous task, having an impactful resume can make the process much easier. The purpose of a resume is to ensure that the recruiters call you for an interview, which is almost always the toughest part to crack when applying for any job. Sit down and spend some time examining your resume – Does it highlight your experience and expertise properly? Will the recruiter be impressed with only as much as a glance? Are there any typos or is the resume too long?

Remember, most recruiters only give few seconds to a resume and thus you need to make an impact with as few words as possible. Hiring a professional to help build your resume is a good option that can significantly boost your job search.

Healthcare is a dynamically growing industry and demands more and more skilled individuals to hop on-board. As a healthcare professional, countless opportunities await you, all you need to do is find your calling and follow our handy tips to land your dream job.

TELE-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES: IMPROVING QUALITY OF CARE

To improve quality of health and wellness, it is important to treat the person as a whole. Sometimes, in the process of treating physical illnesses/problems one forgets to pay attention to the most important facet of healthcare and treatment—the behavioral aspect. What we don’t realize is that ignoring mental health while diagnosing physical illnesses can lead to some terrible outcomes, both from money as well as the patient’s health perspective.

According to National Comorbidity Study, access to behavioral health treatment is limited. Apparently only 40% of the people with any behavioral disorder actually receive treatment. Out of this only 22% receive quality care from a mental health specialist. The remaining 12% receive care from a psychiatrist, which helps in the initial stages, but cannot really provide long-lasting solutions for intense behavioral disorders.

What we need is a strong link that provides the right all-round care. Access has been one of the main concerns when it comes to addressing behavioral discrepancies. With technology, especially in the healthcare sector now reaching new heights, people are finding it easier to connect and discuss their concerns. In fact, the concept of telehealth holds great promise in the advancement of mental health treatment.

Providing behavioral assessment via telephone, email, videoconferencing, etc. is now becoming an integral part and a well-known practice in the medical field. Telebehaviorial health, e-counseling, e-therapy, online therapy, cyber-counseling, or online counseling are enabling people to get the much needed help from psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, etc. from across the world. There are multiple reasons for this increasing acceptance and growth—it is convenient and enables one to get immediate treatment as soon as possible; insurance companies provide cover for the services; and people feel more comfortable discussing their behavioral concerns/issues via the above mentioned modes of communication as opposed to a face-to-face meeting.

A study indicated that these services significantly helped decrease hospitalization rates in rural areas with remote access. Another research paper showed that these services were extremely effective for low-income groups especially adults.

According to the “Top Health Industry Issues, 2016 report”, a lot of youngsters (72% aged between 18–44 years) are enthusiastic about using telehealth services. In fact, to address and encourage an environment of acceptance and well being, companies are prioritizing behavioral healthcare. As per a report by PWC, in October 2015 at the New York Stock Exchange, a CEO Mental Health Summit was convened to discuss strategies to support mental health awareness, acceptance, prevention and recovery in the workplace.

With demand for mental telehealth services growing, shortage of providers and the access being remote, this line of medicine is bound to continue its growth. More and more, doctors, payers, policymakers will look at this as a practical solution. While there definitely are a few legal and regulatory compliance’s that need to be worked with, this new technology will be the best way to connect general care with mental health specialists to improve the value and the quality of care provided.

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