Dealing with Drug Abuse in the Workplace

                   Drug Abuse in the Workplace

It’s important to respect the privacy of your employees but so it is to see if any of their behaviors is affecting the performance or relationships at work. Drug abuse in the workplace is a serious issue and employers and HR managers are often incompetent to handle it well. Also, until drug abuse poses evident impacts on the work of employees, management often chooses to ignore it. However, it’s important to realize that even a single employee with drug related problem can be a serious threat to the work performance and efficiency of the entire team. Identifying the signs and dealing with the problem of drug abuse in the workplace could be a challenging task. The management must take immediate action as soon as it detects signs of drug abuse but the task isn’t as easy as it sounds and involves a number of complicated steps.

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Applications of Internet of Things in Healthcare Industry

Internet of Things
                          Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to bring revolutionary changes to a number of industries, including healthcare industry. The technology has already impacted the industry in significant ways and experts are working to turn more possibilities into reality. So far Internet of Things has mainly assisted in improving care with telemonitoring and remote monitoring applications. Additionally, some initiatives have also been taken in the field of tracking and maintenance of healthcare assets. However, this could be considered just the beginning and to make the use of IoT omnipresent in the healthcare industry more efforts are required. Researchers are working on more advanced approaches to use IoT for digital transformation of healthcare. Take a look at how IoT can make significant impacts on the healthcare industry:

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Major Challenges of Big Data Analytics in Healthcare Industry

Big Data Analytics
                          Big Data Analytics

Undoubtedly, big data analytics has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry but it also comes with its own unique challenges. The industry is still coping with collecting large amounts of data, converting them into electronic health records (EHR) and deducing meaningful insights from them. Integrating these data-driven insights into operational procedures can help healthcare organizations reap great many benefits. Advantages of big data analytics include higher patient and staff satisfaction rates, lower costs, healthier patients and many more. However, achieving this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Big data analytics is a complex process that requires collection, sorting, analyzing and presentation of data and all of this must be in compliance with the regulations. Let’s have a look at the top challenges which the healthcare organizations face while implementing an effective big data analytics program.

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Opioid Crisis in the Healthcare Industry – Strategies to Make a Positive Impact

Opioid Crisis
                                Opioid Crisis

The healthcare industry of the United States is facing a major issue – the opioid crisis. Opioid abuse is now a growing public health concern that is resulting in many opioid related deaths. Over the past decade, hospitals have also noted a prominent rise in the opioid-related visits. The epidemic is evident across multiple delivery points and the industry is still struggling to find an effective solution. The current scenario calls for quick implementation of the right strategies in association with improved health plans. Studies suggest that Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and latest health plans are increasingly attempting to leverage data driven and evidence based approaches to change the behavioral patterns of patients. The healthcare industry is also counting on advancing technologies for support to control the opioid epidemic. Curbing opioid crisis needs a collaborated effort of all the sections of the healthcare industry including the government and various communities. However, healthcare leaders are also thinking of ways to address the issue in their respective organizations for immediate effect.

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Best Practices for Developing a Successful Mobile Medical App

Mobile Medical App
                         Mobile Medical App

Mobile medical app serve both patients and physicians in dealing with various health conditions. Be it for monitoring chronic diseases or for informing about care decisions, the marketplace for medical apps is encountering a steep rise in demand. Also, the developers are introducing innovative technologies in the apps to help increase healthcare efficiency. According to the reports of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about 1.7 billion smartphone and tablet users are using medical apps in 2018. Surveys also suggest that majority of the users are of the opinion that medical apps improve the quality of life, and this implies that the usage will increase in future. However, with increasing usage, the security concerns are also rising as it is crucial to maintain the privacy and safety of health information. Let’s take a look at the best practices that should be kept in mind while developing mobile medical apps.

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How Data Analytics Can Revolutionize the Healthcare Industry?

 Data Analytics in Healthcare
                  Data Analytics in Healthcare

Data analytics in Healthcare can prove to be a boon for hospitals and health systems, if used the right way. In addition to focusing on facts, understanding the analytics discoveries can benefit healthcare institutions greatly by improving the management and quality of care. In the process of providing healthcare, institutions collect and store a large amount of patient data that includesinformation of admission, diagnosis, treatment and discharge. Analyzing such data can lead to improved care. Big data is taking every industry by storm and healthcare is no exception. Although a number of organizations have already begun making use of the big data, others need to implement the right infrastructure to generate useful insights. Let’s have a look at how the healthcare organizations can turn big data into strategic assets to deal more effectively with the ongoing challenges, improve operational efficiency and increase profitability.

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7 Useful Tips to Prepare for a Food Safety Audit

Food Safety Audit
                          Food Safety Audit

Food safety is an important concern in food industry. And, if you work in a food processing facility, you always need to be audit ready. With time, food audits have become more and more rigorous and frequent. There are different types of inspections for which it’s important that you have appropriate systems in place. At times, food audits can be overwhelming and challenging as there are numerous regulations and requests which become difficult to comply with. However being prepared for a food safety audit gives you an edge and helps you gain a good audit score which contributes to the business success.

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Impact of Social Media on Healthcare

Impact of Social Media on Healthcare
        Impact of Social Media on Healthcare

Social media has a profound impact on every aspect of our lives be it communication, travel or healthcare. Every industry is making use of social media, in some way or other and healthcare is no exception. Mobile phones and applications play a crucial role in our lives by allowing people to research symptoms, medications, doctors etc. Social media has become a major tool for sharing healthcare related information, including opinions on different therapies, reviews about doctors, people’s experiences with illness and many more. Internet provides plethora of health related information at our fingertips and many of that information is consumed through social media.

Impact of Social Media on Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers are significantly benefitted by the social media. It helps them not only in social networking but also in patient education and information sharing. A number of practitioners have claimed that social media usage has helped them in their career advancement and staying updated about the latest findings and information. However, there are a few hindrances in this aspect too which include time requirements, employer backlash, fear of saying something wrong, and being unversed with the technology. Still social media is perceived as a tool for getting low-cost health information and as an opportunity to reach out to relevant communities. Some of the providers have also claimed that social media helps them improve the quality of healthcare. However, for healthcare providers too, social media is not risk free. Indulgence in social media should be in compliance with HIPAA regulations. Also, there could be legal as well as ethical issues for the usage of social media by healthcare providers.

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Ensuring Vendor Compliance for Healthcare Organizations

Vendor Compliance for Healthcare Organizations
Vendor Compliance for Healthcare                        Organizations

Providing good healthcare services requires a good coordination among a number of people and organization that work together to maintain the quality as well as compliance in the services. No healthcare organization can work alone, be it a hospital, clinic, long-term care company or a dental practice, and it has to rely on vendors or third parties for its functioning. However for every healthcare organization, it is important to know and monitor the company it is partnering or working with to ensure that compliance and quality are being maintained. With time the federal and state regulations are growing more and more complex which is also increasing the risk of regulatory violations. This calls for a heightened need of ensuring vendor compliance for healthcare organizations.

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Writing Effective SOPs for Pharmaceuticals

SOPs for Pharmaceuticals
                  SOPs for Pharmaceuticals

A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is defined as a written instruction that elaborates how a task should be performed including when, by whom and where. SOP plays a crucial role in ensuring consistent quality in the pharmaceutical products and best practices in the pharmaceutical unit. It also plays a major role in risk mitigation and therefore proper implementation of SOP is essential. Creating and maintaining SOPs could be a complex task. And, most of the SOPs are quite complicated to read and follow on a daily basis. They mostly contain too much of details and instructions which often increases the risk of errors. Writing effective SOPs for pharmaceuticals is all about documenting the right amount of details that help in carrying out a quality procedure without causing confusions. Many companies write SOPs that emphasize “how” but do not essentially cover “why.”

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