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.
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.
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.
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.
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.