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Medical equipment industry in India: Production, procurement and utilization


Introduction Medical devices and equipment receive scant attention in the Indian context, both at the health policy level and as an area of study. There has been little attempt to systematically address the issue of equipment based medical technologies and regulation of their production and use. There is paucity of primary data on the kind […]

India’s Secret to Low-Cost Health Care

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A renowned Indian heart surgeon is currently building a 2,000-bed, internationally accredited “health city” in the Cayman Islands, a short flight from the U.S. Its services will include tertiary care procedures, such as open-heart surgery, angioplasty, knee or hip replacement, and neurosurgery for about 40% of U.S. prices. Patients will have the option of recuperating for a […]

Health IT helping to fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic


Connecting for Impact: Integrating Health IT and PDMPs to improve patient care and fight the prescription drug abuse epidemic ONC pilot projects prove that health IT can improve clinicians’ access to important clinical resources like Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), which are data sources doctors and other providers can use to help fight the prescription […]

Privacy, Security, and Electronic Health Records


Health care is changing and so are the tools used to coordinate better care for patients like you and me. During your most recent visit to the doctor, you may have noticed your physician entering notes on a computer or laptop into an electronic health record (EHR). With EHRs comes the opportunity for patients to […]

Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records


New Data Shows Rapid Adoption of EHRs; Announcements of 2015 Policies Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – which included the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs – was signed into law, the nation has seen unprecedented growth in the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Between 2009 […]

Why Adopt EHRs?

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Health care is a team effort. Shared information supports that effort. When all team members can communicate with each other effectively and efficiently, everyone benefits—patients, their families, and providers. The Nation’s health and economy benefit as well. Electronic health record (EHR) adoption requires investment of time and money, but the benefits often outweigh the costs, […]

Brain surgery comes in help


Researchers have discovered that a technique commonly used in brain surgery could be useful to determine whether surgery is needed for patients who suffer from lower back problems, and to what extent surgery is required. The investigators from Australia and Germany say the technique, called the sedimentation sign (SedSign) – which involves measuring pressure in […]

vitamin D the important player

The current “gold standard” test for measuring vitamin D status may not accurately diagnose vitamin D deficiency in black individuals. In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of researchers report finding that genetic differences in a vitamin D carrier protein referred to as D-binding protein may explain the discrepancy between […]

Women & Sugar – risk of cancer

Women who consume sugary drinks regularly have a higher risk of developing estrogen-dependent type I endometrial cancer after the menopause compared to other women of the same age, according to a study carried out at the University of Minnesota and published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention1. Estrogen-dependent type I is the most common type […]