What You Need To know about the Future of Healthcare - Techindia

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UNBEATABLE DOMAIN KNOWLEDGE

At Techindia, we take immense pride in offering superior, dependable and cost-effective services covering the whole spectrum of processes for the demanding healthcare industry. Our workforce comes with rich domain expertise and robust compliance norms keeping customer trust as an underlying constant in the way we approach and deliver work.

Since 2002, Techindia has strived hard to drive new and continuously higher levels of efficiency for our clients in the health care industry. Continuous training and knowledge upgrade are essential elements of our process and quality is our mainstay.

EMBRACE MHEALTH, OR GET LEFT BEHIND!

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mHealth, let’s acknowledge, is the latest buzzword in the Healthcare circles. If you are a healthcare provider and keen on increasing patient patronage, it’s time you took mobile technology seriously. Allow us to tell you why and how!

Nurturing patients through social channels is now becoming a reality. This has been a topic of intense discussions in many communities/ forums, including mainstream medical journals. In an age where life without technology is near impossible, patients and providers alike, continuously seek technological solutions to improve engagement. Mobile communication therefore, is the order of the day. Every industry worth its salt is adopting mobile technology, the whole nine yards. Let’s see how mobile technology actually paved way to mHealth, the latest trend in Healthcare. Let’s start with Patients, rather Patient groups. Let’s also consider the Patient support ecosystem. Online patient support groups team-up and serve unique purposes, most of which are way beyond reach/ access to the conventional ways of service fulfilment. Let’s admit that there are regulatory issues involved in this arena. However, authorities acknowledge that new regulatory frameworks need to be developed in the age of digital and mobile trials with considerations to technology and patient populations. Improving patient recruiting, retention and data collection should be the priorities for healthcare providers who look to leverage mobile technology.

Getting specific, mobile technologies have unique issues to address given the reach and acceptance by patients. Crowd-sourced clinical studies have been recognized as an emerging aspect of clinical research for years. Even funding for medical research has found its way to the end-users; patient groups in this case. Regardless of changes in the paradigm of conducting trials, patient safety always remain a priority of study designers and investigators. On a separate note, Corporate giants are paving the way too. Apple’s ResearchKit is a pioneering effort to accomplish many objectives. Its present offerings will not cure heart cancer. However, what it can do is to specifically increase awareness and enthusiasm of the public as well as the healthcare provider community to participate in clinical trials. ResearchKit’s present apps are primarily geared for wellness, with monitoring via smartphone sensors initially, but the satisfaction of participating in research and the sense of empowerment that participants will experience will pay huge dividends with regards to more disease-oriented research down the line. In addition, and not to be minimized, it will facilitate the adoption of mobile technology in general in the wellness and healthcare arenas.

Traditional clinical trial research is becoming financially unfeasible. The cost of clinical trials is discouraging both sponsors and healthcare enterprises from conducting traditional clinical trials. The cost of even a market-approved medical device trial for a new indication is several thousands of dollars. The cost of clinical research nurses and coordinators has become prohibitive for institutions except those most famous or endowed. Although most research today is sponsor-driven, research by physicians in smaller hospitals and organizations is cost-prohibitive. Mobile technology can potentially assist in this regard. Even clinical research organizations (CROs) are looking to decrease costs and improve efficiency. The cost reduction projected for each phase of a trial in multiple disease state areas with the use of mobile technologies has been estimated in a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services. The possible savings in across phases is estimated to be in the range of 0.4% to 1.7% according to a leading healthcare research reporter.

Mobile can improve trial safety and efficiencies in clinical workflow. With the collection of more data in real-time, the improved efficiencies produced with mobile technology might theoretically improve patient satisfaction, study subject retention, and the aforementioned cost to study sponsor and investigators.

PREVENTION GETS EASIER WITH TELEHEALTH.

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With a plethora of new technologies, drugs and devices for treatment and diagnosis out there it is really hard to decide what really works. We want to make sure we are healthy and disease free but with too many options we are not sure which ones to invest in.

It is easy to decide for conditions that don’t require frequent examinations as the cost of the method doesn’t make you worry about its affordability and you can try other options if the one you choose doesn’t give you the best results. Whereas, choosing treatments and drugs for conditions that require regular examinations can be quiet a challenge financially and may have a major effect on your health.

This is where telehealth comes to your rescue. You and your doctors can save precious time and money by analysing the results of real-time data to find out which treatments and drugs are working and which have no affect whatsoever.

Telehealth helps in making an informed choice where it is needed the most. Moreover the day is not far when you will have devices that can predict your body’s reaction to a drug or treatment by analysing your medical history against the chosen treatment. Telehealth is here to make lives easier, that is for sure, but we forget it is also here to save lives and to help us make better choices.

This kind of technology, and the data generated from it, will further make it easier for pharmaceuticals to provide personalised medicines that  have fewer side-effects and give better results. Access to this kind of data may have many implications but when used the right way, healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, and patients can all equally benefit from it.

TELEMEDICINE – THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Mobile Devices have brought about radical changes in a very short time. Businesses have embraced this digital connected era that has reshaped age-old practices across all industry sectors. Healthcare is no exception to this change. It is in fact one of the industries where not only the providers but the receivers of these digital services will largely benefit from this technology.

Telemedicine has made an entrance into healthcare at a time when it is most necessary. The ever increasing demand for better management, patient care and services in healthcare can be easily met with the help of Telemedicine. It is a great way to seamlessly manage Healthcare processes such as patient monitoring, recording data, accessing patient history, managing appointments among many others.

Mobility of devices has made it easier for patients to get in touch with their healthcare providers from anywhere. Despite the fact that youngsters are the majority who use mobile services today, the ease of access that this technology brings to healthcare will see more traction in the older generations who will widely benefit from it. According to a Forbes article, Fleshman noted a prediction that the “60-plus crowd” will be the fastest growing population for connected health. These are individuals who are not technology-averse [and] have the greatest mobility challenge in terms of getting to a doctor.”

The current state of adoption and financial benefits of Telemedicine were reported in a recent survey by Software Advice (Leventhal, 2015) which stated that 75 percent of patients not currently using telehealth visits would be interested in virtual visits for minor health conditions. A similar percentage said they would use a virtual visit in favor of an ER visit for a minor ailment. The report also notes that according to a study by the National Institutes of Health in 2013, “the average ER visit costs $2,168 – vastly more than the average telemedical visit, at $40 to $50.” The cost difference patients and easy access to doctors will be factors that will fuel the revolution of Telemedicine in Healthcare in the coming years.

REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT

We understand that Medical Billing and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) remain key business drivers for Healthcare providers. To this end, Techindia offers a comprehensive RCM outsourcing solution for IDTF’s, Hospitals and Physician groups that helps increase efficiency, betters patient-centric practices and drives profitability.

Whether your business needs a short-term customized RCM project or a long-term revenue cycle outsourcing, our RCM solutions offer credible results that are effectively able to merge people, processes, and technology. Our solutions are time-tested, robust and mature; we have several global customers who can testify our quality of service and delivery capability.

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TELEMEDICINE – THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Mobile Devices have brought about radical changes in a very short time. Businesses have embraced this digital connected era that has reshaped age-old practices across all industry sectors. Healthcare is no exception to this change. It is in fact one of the industries where not only the providers but the receivers of these digital services will largely benefit from this technology.

Telemedicine has made an entrance into healthcare at a time when it is most necessary. The ever increasing demand for better management, patient care and services in healthcare can be easily met with the help of Telemedicine. It is a great way to seamlessly manage Healthcare processes such as patient monitoring, recording data, accessing patient history, managing appointments among many others.

Mobility of devices has made it easier for patients to get in touch with their healthcare providers from anywhere. Despite the fact that youngsters are the majority who use mobile services today, the ease of access that this technology brings to healthcare will see more traction in the older generations who will widely benefit from it. According to a Forbes article, Fleshman noted a prediction that the “60-plus crowd” will be the fastest growing population for connected health. These are individuals who are not technology-averse [and] have the greatest mobility challenge in terms of getting to a doctor.”

The current state of adoption and financial benefits of Telemedicine were reported in a recent survey by Software Advice (Leventhal, 2015) which stated that 75 percent of patients not currently using telehealth visits would be interested in virtual visits for minor health conditions. A similar percentage said they would use a virtual visit in favor of an ER visit for a minor ailment. The report also notes that according to a study by the National Institutes of Health in 2013, “the average ER visit costs $2,168 – vastly more than the average telemedical visit, at $40 to $50.” The cost difference patients and easy access to doctors will be factors that will fuel the revolution of Telemedicine in Healthcare in the coming years.

DON’T SLEEP ON IT!

Women today juggle with many activities. Working women with a high demanding job to housewives can’t escape the stress that comes with their tasks. The pressures may be different but the stress is high regardless of what their day-to-day routines involve for both working and nonworking women. One of the things that is ignored and neglected the most, while making sure every tasks gets done, is sleep.

Women keep a track of everything but give very less thought to signs that could be signal for sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are especially prevalent during their postmenopausal years. Lack of sleep may not be a serious issue in most cases but when it starts affecting the daily functioning, relationships and the general sense of wellbeing it is best to get professional help.

Sleep Apnea is uncommon in young women but more common in postmenopausal women. This may be related to falling progesterone levels. Younger women who experience surgical menopause are also at increased risk of developing Sleep Apnea. Signs of Sleep Apnea include loud snoring during sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. It is important to remember that snoring can be a warning symptom of underlying sleep apnea and not a sign of ‘sound sleep’!

In the meanwhile women can take a few steps in their post menopausal yearsto avoid any serious sleep disorders and promote better sleep.

• Maintain a comfortable, safe environment in the bedroom; reduce disturbing noise and extreme temperature.
• Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
• Avoid staying in bed late in the morning to make up for sleep loss
• Get up early in the morning and maintain structure daily activity.
• Consider an afternoon nap at a regular time.
• Stay away from fatty, spicy foods that are likely to cause indigestion or heartburn.
• Seek medical advice if following these measures does not alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness.

CLINICAL TRIAL & RESEARCH

Increasing cost and revenue pressures are forcing the pharma industry to find ways to increase the efficiency and productivity of the R&D process to bring new molecules to the market faster.

TechIndia’s clinical trial and research division provides Analytical, Bioanalytical and Clinical Trial testing capabilities, along with process management, that enable pharmaceutical companies to swiftly reach those that need them with minimal cost and maximum safety. We partner with the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare-related industries to provide a wide range of essential services that assist in early molecular discovery. Our offering helps sponsors to restructure and focus more on core activities leaving us to handle other activities that are not core to discovery.

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