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.
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.
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.”
FDA audit could be nerve-racking for medical device manufacturers if they are not well prepared. Over the last few years, medical device firms have encountered a significantly heightened number of inspections that resulted in increase in the number of citations. Although difficult, FDA audit is an important aspect of medical device industry. However, especially for startups, the first audit could be quite difficult to handle as the checklist of FDA could scare away the potential investors or customers, hindering the organization’s goal and efforts. Moreover, FDA sometimes announces their audit beforehand but the regulators may also turn up any time for inspection, without any notice. This implies, being a medical device manufacturer, you always need to be prepared for going through an FDA audit.
Getting accurate results in clinical trials depends on several factors and an important one among those is site selection. For executing a clinical trial successfully, it’s important to identify and work in an effective site that ensures that the patients are safe and the procedures are effective. While selecting a site for clinical trials, several things need to be considered like availability of suitable patients, experienced staff, track record with previous trials, diagnostic and therapeutic equipment available, geographic location etc. The sponsor needs to perform due diligence to make sure that the site meets all the requirements for the successful execution of a clinical trial. Budget of the trialalso needs careful consideration in site selection for clinical trials. Continue reading “Site Selection for Clinical Trials – Best Practices”
Continuing education programs refer to learning activities aimed at educating professionals and helping them advance their skills and knowledge regarding their field of work. The programs include webinars, seminars, formal lectures and many more. These are optional for certain professionals whereas for some these are required for maintaining certification or licensure. A continuing education credit (CEC) or continuing education unit (CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs. A CEU equals to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program. Training Doyens offers CEU approved webinars for various industries. By attending the webinars you can not only enhance your knowledge and skills but can also earn CEUs to establish yourself as a competent and expert professional. Training Doyens features webinars approved by SHRM, HRCI and IRS.
There are a number of good reasons why professionals from different industries are becoming more inclined towards Professional Certifications. Such certifications not only validate the skills and expertise of an individual but also help industries in defining and maintaining specific standards. Earning a professional certification takes you much ahead of competition and provides more credibility to you as a professional. Also, these programs help you in staying updated and informed about what’s going on in your industry. Many organizations offer professional certification programs and Training Doyens is one of them, featuring top notch certifications.
Membership Packages & Corporate Training in today’s era internet plays a very important role in, practically, every industry. Businesses are highly dependent upon internet based tools and services for operations, strategy formulation, and what not. Moreover, internet has also made professional learning more and more convenient and one such example is webinars.Webinars help you learn about the things relevant to your profession from a convenient location. All you need is a device with internet connectivity and you can enhance your professional capabilities to unimaginable extents. Training Doyens organizes insightful webinars related to multiple industries including, but on limited to, healthcare, banking, human resources and cross industry functions. Experts hailing from different industries present interactive sessions, where you can also discusses your thoughts and ideas. However, the ultimate aim is to enrich you with acumen and skills for shaping up effective business plans and strategies.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) mandates regulations governing the drug disposal of controlled drugs by the ultimate user (patient). The regulations do not prohibit the patient or family member from disposing of medications in their home. However, they expand the options for this disposal to include and encourage the use of authorized collectors which will include pharmacies, hospitals, clinics within pharmacies, certain manufacturers, distributors, and law enforcement agencies. All of these collection options are voluntary and the disposal regulation does not require the patient to utilize any of these methods for disposal of controlled substances.The agency has also revised the regulation recently and any method of drug disposal that was valid prior to the new regulation continues to be valid. Thus thenew regulation does not prohibit the patient (or family member within the household) from using current existing lawful methods for drug disposal.
Developing cost effective new drugs and therapies is a major challenge for life science industry. Drug development involves a number of phases among which the clinical trial management phase is the most complex one. It needs planning, execution and monitoring of clinical trials to obtain reliable study data for regulatory submissions. However, in the clinical trial management, one of the major costs owes to the clinical monitoring. Studies have revealed that conducting frequent monitoring visits to investigational sites and 100% source data verification (SDV)through traditional ways don’t always lead to high data quality. This calls for a smarter and better approach for more efficient study data monitoring. A number of monitoring approaches have evolved these days but the centralized monitoring has been proved to be the most effective approach for improving patient safety and data quality in a cost effective manner. Many regulatory bodies, including FDA, encourage the use of centralized monitoring.