Monthly Archives: May 2011
Social Media updates, checking emails and sharing/ viewing photographs are the top activities of Indians on the Web.
- The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has developed hypoxia responsive promoters of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.The study provides a whole cell assay to monitor M. tuberculosis promoter activity and would find use in the screening of compounds that inhibit these promoters.
- Delhi University, South Campus, New Delhi has developed anti-tubercular drug targets relating to identification of the role of protein tyrosine phosphates (MptpA and MptpB) in the pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
- Entomology Research Institute, Chennai, has developed a process for isolation of fraction from Adhatoda vasica leaves for anti-mycobacterial activity with no side effects. The novel compounds vasicine acetate and 2-acetylbenzylamine showed good anti-tubercular properties against M tuberculosis and their effect is comparable with standard drugs for curing TB, the note said.
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, has developed a copolymer compound — Styrene Maleic Anhydride (SMA) –used as male contraceptive. Phase I and phase II clinical trials have completed and restricted phase III clinical trial is underway. The institute also developed a process preparing the same injectable copolymer SMA.
- University of Kolkata has developed an anti-neoplastic compound and process for its preparation. The invention provides a novel anti-neoplastic compound and obtained from the skin extract of the Indian snake head fish, Channa striatus, locally known as shol fish. It also provides a process for the isolation of a novel anti-neoplastic agent useful for therapeutic application in neoplasia and as a biomedical research probe/tool.
Electronic Medical Records hold a lot of promise. When used well, EMRs decrease drug errors, streamline work flow, assist in clinical decisions and allow efficient accounting. At the same time, EMRs chosen without proper thought and assessment can cause long term pains. The really restrictive EMRs won’t even let you shift medical data elsewhere and healthcare providers maybe stuck with outdated EMRs soon after buying them.
EMR failures are most often a cause of one or more of the following four reasons
- Technical EMR implementation failures, because of issues with hardware/ software combination or wireless connectivity issues;
- Financial failures, where the expected EMR ROI wasn’t realized, or the costs were significantly more than expected;
- Software incompatibility issues, where the EMR system didn’t interface with an existing medical practice management system; and
- People-related issues, where some physicians or staff members avoid training or simply refuse to use the EMR system.
Making an EMR work for a healthcare provider needs work before, during and after installation of an EMR system. When choosing an EMR system, Ignore the bells and whistles and Look at the nuts and bolts.
Social Media Policy: How to Get Started? #HCSM Comments Added
1. The First Meeting: Get everybody together in the same room including the evangelists and the skeptics. Let them exchange caution for enthusiasm and vice versa, and understand how using social media can help add business value to their work.: Get Doctors, Administrators and Patients together in the same room to pitch for #HCSM
2. Executive Champions: Companies must have demonstrable top-down commitment. To carry out this communication and maintain a presence, you need resources and complete commitment, so get the chiefs involved from Day 1.: Ensure Top Down Involvement from all the above three stakeholders
3. Set Up Your Listening Apparatus: Before communicating to people, you must do the groundwork to find out what people are saying about you and about your products. Set up simple tools (Google alerts, twitter search, Google blog search, etc.) and then launch knowing the depth of dialogue you’re dealing with.: Research the websphere for current presence and requirements early on.
4. Set Employee Parameters: Write a practical social media policy: What can they talk about, and on which channels; The Do’s and Don’ts must be established.: Don’t preach, like the AMA. Set down practical follow-able guidelines
5. Social Media is Not a Strategy in Itself: People must understand that presence on social media isn’t a strategy of its own but a support system to bolster existing strategies across business units. Only then is use of social media truly effective.: Social Media should be an integral part of an overall communications strategy.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently completed a survey on its Facebook page, asking fans to tell the Journal about themselves.
Who are their fans?
Here’s what the Journal learned from the 800 fans completing the survey:
- Half are physicians and 35 percent are medical students.
- Half are younger than 30.
- A little more than one-third are in primary care and 80 percent are in patient care.
- More than 85 percent visit Facebook more than once a day and 30 percent visit several times a day.
- Most fans use a computer to get access to Facebook, but almost 50 percent sometimes check Facebook with a smartphone and 15 percent sometimes use an iPad.
What do they think?
NEJM Facebook fans said they like:
- Posts about new research
- Images in clinical medicine
- Essays in medicine
And, they want to see more of everything.
Anu Dwivedi had been suffering from kidney disease when, just seven months ago, she was told her disease had progressed and she would have to live her life on dialysis unless she found a kidney transplant. Anu was just one of over 80,000 people in need of a kidney transplant and finding a donor seemed like an impossible feat.
Her daughter, Kirti, a social media addict, kept friends and family up-to-date about her mother’s status through Facebook and Twitter, thinking maybe someone else would answer her call for help, and they did. One of her twitter followers instantly reacted and wanted to help after she lost her father to cancer. Not only did she find a willing donor but a perfect match.
Here’s a list of 10 most innovative companies in health care ( as per Fast Company), working to provide simple but effective technology solutions in healthcare.
For creating software that gives doctors and nurses instant information on drug-to-drug interactions, treatment recommendations, and more on their mobile devices or laptops.
For giving mobility to artificial-heart recipients. Syncardia makes the world’s only FDA-approved completely artificial heart. During a ten-year study for the FDA, 79 percent of patients successfully lived on the man-made heart until receiving a human heart transplant.
For developing mobile apps that coach users through everything from smoking cessation to diabetes management. The company recently worked with the U.S. government to launch Text4Baby, a mobile education program for pregnant women, and its work in poor countries like Rwanda has been a lifeline.
For rethinking the entire hospital experience, from the buildings to the hospital gown, with an eye to delivering a better patient experience. Ombudsman complaints dropped over 40% last year (versus 2009), patient satisfaction scores have gone up, and medical outcomes have been better across the board.
For providing a solution for one of the most intractable global health care issues: reused syringes, which render most injections in India, Pakistan, and Africa–and a growing number in the U.S.–unsafe and sometimes fatal. Inventor Marc Koska’s low-cost syringe can’t be reused–one use, it locks in place. Now, after eight years in the marketplace, Koska has licensing agreements with 14 countries and SafePoint’s global awareness campaigns have reached over 500 million people.
For creating the first FDA-approved surgically implanted hearing system to address hearing loss caused by aging, noise and viral infections. Placed under the skin behind the ear, the Envoy device comprises a sound processor, sensor, and driver that convert vibrations in the ear into electrical signals that are processed so they’re perceived as sound.
For promising to revolutionize diagnosis with the Vscan, a mobile, pocket-size ultrasound machine the size of an iPod, connected to short wand. It works just like the bulky conventional ultrasound machine, providing an instant visual image (in color or black and white) inside the body, beyond a patient’s vital signs.
For coming up with cost-effective protection against counterfeit drugs, which are especially prevalent in developing nations. Each individual drug package is stamped with a unique code and phone number. Consumers submit the code via text message, and PharmaSecure confirms the drug’s authenticity. The service launched last year and is currently being used in India, where the government has moved to mandate the technology.
For building a database of brainwave activity to help researchers recognize disease patterns in people affected by neural or nervous system maladies. The company’s iBrain headband, worn at night, uses wireless electrodes to capture brainwaves. NeuroVigil’s software interprets the data to produce a map of activity during sleep that’s richer than anything previously available.
For its ground-breaking retinal-implant technology, which recently hit the European market. FDA approval is pending.
You can also see the last year’s list:
Researchers found that 80% of U.S. Internet users — or 59% of the U.S. population — used the Internet to search for one of 15 health issues, such as data on food recalls, health conditions, hospitals or physicians.
About one in three U.S. adults said the Internet helped influence their health care decisions or the decisions of someone they know.
The report also found that:
- 34% of Internet users said they have read an online commentary on a health issue (AFP/Google, 5/12);
- 27% of Internet users said they have gone online to track their weight, diet, exercise or other health factors (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 5/12);
- 25% of Internet users said they have watched a health-related video online (Chan, MyHealthNewsDaily/MSNBC, 5/12).
- 24% of Internet users said they have consulted an online review of a specific medication or treatment (Healthcare IT News, 5/12); and
- 18% of Internet users have gone online to find other people with similar medical concerns (MyHealthNewsDaily/MSNBC, 5/12).