Monthly Archives: May 2010

Indian BioTech and animal tests in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian minister defended an Indian company’s plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying Monday that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans.

The plans by India’s Vivo BioTech Ltd. to set up a biotechnology center in southern Malacca state has come under fire by activists because it will conduct tests on dogs and primates to make medicines. The activists say Malaysia has no regulations on animal research, which could lead to test subjects being abused.

And so it goes on..

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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


Another well-meaning initiative from an ineffectual WHO

Health ministers sealed a rare global accord Friday to avoid recruiting doctors and nurses from poor countries where there is an acute shortage of medical staff.

The voluntary code for World Health Organization members is only the second such accord in its history and follows six years of negotiations aimed at stemming the exodus of health care workers from around 60 of the world’s poorest countries.

“You reached agreement on some very important items that are a real gift to public health, everywhere. Thanks to some all night efforts, we now have a code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel,” Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, told the closing session of the annual week-long ministerial meeting of the 193-member body.

The United States, largest recruiter of health care workers from other countries, voiced strong support for the voluntary code under which rich nations vow to uphold ethical principles and also support medical training in low-income areas.

“We recognize the critical shortage of trained health professionals in the world’s poorest countries … and are committed to addressing that need,” said Nils Daulaire, director of global health affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who led the U.S. delegation to the Geneva talks.

Sub-Saharan Africa, which has the highest rates of both child and maternal mortality, has only 3 percent of the world’s health work force, the WHO says.

The pact was under negotiation since 2004, but the Obama administration took a softer line than the Bush administration, easing the way for compromise, according to Jean-Marc Braichet of WHO’s human resources for health department.

“It is only the WHO’s second voluntary code ever and required a lot of negotiation to reach consensus,” he told Reuters. The first WHO code of practices was an international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes, clinched in 1981.


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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


Using Phones for Disease Diagnosis

Feeling a bit under the weather? Soon you’ll be able to cough into your mobile phone for an instant diagnosis. A research firm called STAR Analytical Services is working to develop software that can analyze the sound of a cough and identify it as either associated with a common cold, the flu, or something worse – like pneumonia or another serious respiratory disease. Just as doctors have been doing for years, the software will “listen” to the wetness or dryness of a cough and determine whether all you need is a lozenge or if you need to come in for a doctor’s visit instead.

While to our untrained ears, many coughs sound just alike, a tuned-in doctor – or in this case, a mobile app – can listen to the entire structure of a cough from the initial intake of air to the final 100-150 milliseconds of a cough that contains the distinctive “wet” or “dry” and “productive” or “unproductive” sounds that help to classify the cough’s seriousness, explains an article on Discovery News. Even the loudness of a cough is taken into account – healthy people have coughs that are 2% louder than a sick person’s.

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


Focus on children and young people film – NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

During 2009/10 the NHS Institute supported 10 systems, one per SHA in NHS England to adopt a whole system approach to reviewing and redesigning the Emergency and Urgent Care pathway for Children and Young People focusing on high volume presentations. This is the first time multiple organisations have come together to adopt a system wide approach.

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


Business Models for eHealth – Download Final Report

This report presents the analysis of a study funded by the ICT for Health Unit to explore business models for the implementation of value-creating and sustainable eHealth systems in Europe. It also introduces a set of policy recommendations for the European Commission and other stakeholders, with the ultimate objectives being: a) the improvement of the overall quality and efficiency of provision of health services in general via eHealth services, taking into consideration the present and future socio-economic and financial challenges faced by national healthcare authorities in Europe; b) the consolidation of eHealth services as a mature market where European industry can play a leading role via the provision of innovative technological and organisational solutions.The first objective refers to the use of eHealth services and solutions to improve overall healthcare delivery. As argued in the opening stages of the report, these information technology (IT)-enhanced healthcare services can support healthcare delivery organisations and health authorities to provide responses to factors such as Europe’s ageing population, the growing prominence of chronic diseases and financial challenges in controlling overall healthcare spending. The second objective refers to the fact that eHealth services and solutions can provide the appropriate responses previously indicated if industry delivers the appropriate technological solutions. Actually, as argued in the report, eHealth represents a substantial market where European industrial players can have a pivotal role.


Download Business Models for eHealth – Final Report (.pdf, 3.912 KB).

Information plays a key role in the provision of healthcare. Providers such as hospitals and doctors generate and process information as they attend to patients. At the same time, patients themselves create, access, process and exchange information about their health situation. Health-related information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play a significant role in the overall management of this data in terms of potential gains in efficiency, financial savings, quality of care and patient safety. In addition, this use of technology can play a pivotal role in the move towards patient-centric care, an approach aiming at building a treatment regime tailored to the individual patient, with much of this delivered outside the traditional hospital context. In fact, one of the core elements of patient-centric care is medical professionals’ ability to interact with individual patients irrespective of their geographical location, cutting the economic and operational costs of face-to-face meetings. This involves the use of distant monitoring devices to be implemented at patients’ premises.1The same technologies can foster healthy lifestyle approaches, where the focus is not exclusively on curing but also on preventing the  development of diseases.

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


The Boon of Wireless Health

Like all other devices, medical and health devices are all going WireLess.A new cloud based wireless device for Health/Medical monitoring seems to be launched every week!

Eric Topol highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine’s future – all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds.

Eric J. Topol, M.D. is a noted American cardiologist, geneticist and innovator. In this talk, he shares his views on Top 10 targets for Wireless medicine.
Topol was selected as one of the 12 “Rock Stars of Science” by GQ and the Geoffrey Bean Foundation in 2009

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Mobile


Importance of Web 2.0 in Healthcare Engagement

During April 2010, professionals in pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, medical health trusts, government regulators and health networks met in London to share experiences as leaders in healthcare engagement. Healthcare Engagement Strategy 2010’s London event explored behind-the-scenes strategies from the winners of the Healthcare Engagement Strategy Awards 2010.

Hear experts from Benenden Healthcare Society, Boehringer Ingelheim,, Napp Pharmaceuticals, NHS Barking & Dagenham, Pfizer, and Systagenix and discover what healthcare engagement means to them. 

The most commonly used terms were-
Very Exciting and Interesting, New Ideas, Going Forward, Sharing, Patient engagement, Learning and knowledge.

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HES2010 winning strategies for engagement in healthcare


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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Web 2.0