Sunday, July 22, 2012

Making an Impact on patient care

Patient care is high priority among doctors for obvious reasons. Each day, there are new innovations that are attempting to improve patient care. One thing that is beginning to become more advanced technologically in the healthcare industry is point of care. Usually, point of care involves the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by healthcare professionals. It is also allows professionals to be with their patients inside or outside a hospital, allowing for convenience and an inexpensive way for patient to be tested and diagnosed

And now innovators are coming up with ways help with patient at the point of care. An article appearing on Sys-Con Media describes how Menssana Researchers are developing a point-of-care breathing test for pulmonary tuberculosis. 279 patients in England, India, and the Philippines took part in the research. The patient would breathe into the Menssana’s Breathlink system, which collects, concentrates and analyzes with a sensitive gas chromatograph. The breathing will last for two minutes and there would be a diagnosis completed in six minutes. The test is 84% accurate, leaving room for improvement to see whether it can be used to its full potential. Patients also are like the idea of having a breath test because it costs less, it is quick and it is less painless.
Pharmpro wrote that Roche and Panasonic Healthcare have decided to collaborate on a new monitoring system. The product will be manufactured by Panasonic Japan and marketed by Roche. It will monitor the blood glucose and lipids for patients for the early stages of metabolic syndrome. The system will aid healthcare professionals in detecting two major factors in that lead to a risk of having cardiovascular disease. The system can also detect people who may have metabolic syndrome early so that healthcare professionals can concentrate on the patient. The start time for the system will be at the end of 2012, presumable outside the U.S. first, with the hopes of eventually coming to U.S.

This fall at the Clinical Business Expo, the E-Clinical Technologies Summit will highlight applications for electronic health records in clinical trials during the session "Practical Applications for Electronic Health Records to Advance Clinical Trials" presented by Catherine Celingant, Senior Director, Medical Systems Innovative Technologies, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. For more information on this session & event, download the brochure. The Clinical Business Expo will take place September 18-20, 2012 in Boston, MA. As a reader of this blog, when you >register to join us and mention code XP1725BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate!

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