Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Answer: Charges for out of pocket services in the healthcare system often have large differences. Many of the providers only market by word of mouth through nurses, technicians and physician office employees. Your experience points out how important it is to ask questions. You never know when one of these provider services might exist and at much lower prices than standard institutions. Remember to get your blood work done well in advance of a doctor’s appointment so the results are in the doctor’s hands when you arrive. Without that report you may need to schedule a second and basically unnecessary and costly doctor’s appointment. Thanks for sharing your experience."
We provide innovative yet simple solutions that are easy to implement, easy to use and give a disproportionate return on investment:
* Text message reminders to patients to take their medication (includes disease specific lists, a range of 600+ different informative daily reminders, ability to target by stage of disease and treatment),
* Range of patient information which can be re-branded according to your needs,
* Provider/prescriber intervention where required,
* Consultation on organising and running support groups where appropriate
* SIMpill® compliance monitoring and intervention in selected patients."
A Mobile Phone Based Tele-Monitoring System For Chronic Disease Management | Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
Distinguishing Features of Indivo The Indivo personally controlled health record differs from other PHR efforts in important ways:
* Indivo places a strict emphasis on patient control and ownership of medical information and offers the detailed technical infrastructure to provide this control. Hence we use the term 'personally controlled health record' to describe Indivo.
* Indivo is an actual medical record, not a portal. (Portals, often provided by healthcare institutions, are windows through which patients can view, but not own or control, a portion of their health data stored at that institution.)
* Indivo stores fully detailed clinical encounter records, taken from either electronic systems, paper reports or patient entry. Indivo's XML-based storage allows for a flexible data model and Indivo developers are working closely with the HITSP process to ensure broad interoperability.
Monday, August 27, 2007
"Step 1: Learn from other's experience! Accept that empowerment is possible and with this, will come an improvement in overall health
2: Search for like patients. These partners are invaluable in advising you how to take charge and ensuring that you are not alone.
Step 3: Search for providers. It is critical that your physician (or other care provider) wants to work with you as much as you want to work with them.
Step 4: Take stock. Search for information on your disease. It is very important to know more about what things are good and what things are bad to do relating to your overall health
Step 5: Get access to your specific information so as to help you make decisions.
Step 6: Be willing to raise questions and present options to your provider.
Step 7: Provide your physician with accurate status updates – again, if you work with them, then they will work with you.
Step 8: Be responsible – follow your treatment protocol - comply with your medication schedule - this helps you gain credibility with all of your providers and care team.
Step 9: Stay active in your general search and looking for specific data that may help you like a personal health record or patient portals. Look for tools to assist in your decision making –the Internet is a great source providing websites for empowerment. There are many out there.
Step 10: Reach out to other like patients that you can mentor in order to complete the circle; this promotes awareness and brings us all further along the path to empowerment."
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
PCHRI 2006 | The Harvard Medical School Meeting on Personally Controlled Health Record Infrastructure
PHRs are becoming smarter and more useful !
Friday, August 24, 2007
flat, as Thomas Friedman says, and this applies even to some health care products and services.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Missing Link: Bridging The Patient-Provider Health Information Gap -- Tang and Lansky 24 (5): 1290 -- Health Affairs
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How the t+ diabetes management system can help you
Monday, August 20, 2007
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
STORY: Indian doctors came to the rescue of a couple from Florida, USA to
get their child through in-vitro fertilisation cycles - a technique by which
human eggs are fertilised outside the womb.
Forty-five-year old acupuncture physician Nicole Brown and thirty-nine-year
old Scott have flown down to western commercial hub Mumbai, to have the
"Our main reason was the dollar we were spending and we looked for the
best places to go where we felt a connection. So my wife felt connections to
Vietnam- she is Vietnamese-and India because it's spiritual. There were other
places she checked also-Romania- but we didn't feel the connection going to
these places," said Scott.
The couple has been married for the past three years and has been trying
for a child. Doctors told Nichole to go for in-vitro fertilization as her egg
were not good enough to conceive.
A 27-year-old Vietnamese food technician has been selected to donate the
egg, to retain Nicole's ethnicity.
After visiting Argentina, Greece and Vietnam, the couple finally chose
"We are finding in countries like USA, England the personal touch of
the doctor is not there. Like typically in England for example, the nurses are
handling the patient, the nurses do the Sonography, they talk to them. The
doctor is seen only once and then for the egg pick up. While here --between my
husband -- and me Doctor Anirudh Malpani - we see each and every patient from
the beginning till the end. We do the consultation, we do the Sonography, we
do the pick up, and we talk to them in the laboratory at every stage. We are
connecting with them they get a human touch," said Doctor Anjali Malpani,
Gynecologist at Malpani nursing home that will do the operation.
While the process would have cost the couple between $20,000 to 30,000 in
the U.S., they would have to spend less than half the amount in the Mumbai
"I have treated 140 patients from abroad from 50 different countries
in 2006. That's a huge jump from what we were doing about 3 years ago and the
influx is definitely there. What they want is a good doctor. Of course you
have to have success, our success is as good as anywhere in the world,"
Over the years India has grown as a medical tourism destination, with
treatment costs starting at around a tenth of comparable prices in the West.
The value of medical tourism to India is estimated to reach $2 billion
annually by 2012.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
than the average physician; clearly representing those with something pertinent and relevant to say. These physicians spend a lot more time online than their colleagues and they are much
more likely to use the Internet between and during patient consultations, while also being significantly more likely to visit pharmaceutical corporate sites, use e-detailing, visit service portals, and exchange email with pharmaceutical companies. Understanding this audience is
critical to understanding how to impact the minority that often influences the majority of other physician readers online today.
Monday, August 06, 2007
This is a great idea ! Not only is it less expensive and easier , it also allows patients to take more control of their illness and their lives, so that they can manage their disease better !
Saturday, August 04, 2007
This is a "first cut" with lots of rough edges - but the potential is enormous. This is exciting new technology and it's fun to play with too !
Thursday, August 02, 2007
“We want to do the best we can, and we’re terrified of making a misdiagnosis, but we’re not perfect,” Groopman says. Add to that the fact that many docs have heavy caseloads and get only minutes per patient, and you have a common recipe for medical mistakes.
What can you do to prevent a misdiagnosis and get the attention and treatment you need? First, learn the four common mental traps that doctors fall into—and then use these tricks to help your own doctor steer clear of them."
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
“I work with my health care provider to share treatment decisions.”
These statements represent two different types of health care consumers: the passive patient and the active patient. In the passive role, we expect our health care providers to assume ultimate responsibility for our medical care. In contrast, taking an active role means working with your health care providers to ensure that you get the best care for your needs.