Electrosurgery generator units (ESUs) are a crucial piece of equipment in operative settings and are among the most common instruments used by surgeons today. However, like other electrically operated medical devices they need to be tested regularly to ensure that they operate correctly and are safe for use. John Backes, associate director – Rigel Medical, explains more about what’s involved.
Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. Today information technology is used in wide range of fields and one of the upcoming fields is of Medical Science, which is known as Health Information Technology (HIT).
Faculty, Allen Foster Community Eye Health Research Centre International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care L V Prasad Eye Institute
Testing for infectious diseases in minutes rather than days is now a reality using new smartphone-based biosensor technology
In health economics textbooks, most discussions around incentives for doctors have focused on a comparison of the three most current payment schemes: fee-for-service, capitation,and salary.
ClinicalKey is a product developed by Elsevier's Global Clinical Reference (GCR) team in consultation with more than 2,000 doctors across the world over the past two years. It is the next generation online clinical information resource.
Despite the fact that we only consume roughly 0.02% in food and 0.04% in liquids, the health messages that bombard us are mostly about maintaining a healthy diet
A new biomaterial designed for repairing damaged human tissue doesn't wrinkle up when it is stretched. The invention from nanoengineers at the University of California..
Versha Kaushal, General Manager (Materials), Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, India.
Materials management plays a crucial role in providing efficient healthcare by touching three vital aspects of medical supplies used in the hospital viz. availability, safety and affordability.
J Michael Rona, Principal, Rona Consulting Group, USA
On an international scale, healthcare in the US simply underperforms most industrialised countries on so many critical dimensions: cost, access to healthcare and health and well being (infant mortality and life expectancy).
David Dembo, Health and Social Services Leader, Microsoft, Australia
Unified Communications tools can connect clinicians with peers who have a deeper understanding of the ailment or just as important, know the patient better. This could help in enhancing better patient care.
Maggie Kemmner, Head, Safety Strategy, Healthcare Commission, UK
Diane Gerwin, Vice President, The ClearView Group, Canada
Bringing together services and information around specific patient needs is the foundation for shared care models and essential to effective, proactive, chronic disease management. Key to this collaborative approach is an Electronic Health Record (EHR) that provides authorised access to patient information for clinicians who need it to deliver quality care.
Stephen J Morgan, Consultant, Clinical Informatics, Partners HealthCare, USA
Personal health records are important in improving the quality and patient-centeredness of care and, are an essential step to create an effective medical home. However, the informatics need of the primary care setting creates challenges to integrate a PHR into daily practice and also generate new opportunities.
Stephen H Lieber, President, HIMSS, Singapore
Research conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS and its market research subsidiary HIMSS Analytics) suggests that the benefits of information technology and management systems transcend from local healthcare needs to global settings.
Jennifer Davis, Director, Office of Management and Budget and Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, State of Delaware, USA
Providing employees with education in wellness enables them to become better-informed consumers. This in turn helps caregivers provide better healthcare.
Ashok Kumar, Dy. Director General, Cental Bureau of Health Intelligence, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, India
Health Sector Policy Reform Option Database (HS-PROD) is a database for health sector reforms created by the Government of India. Its aim is to share reform know-how to tackle common management problems in the health sector.
Alan Dilani, Head,
Research Center Design and Health, Sweden
Psychosocially supportive design, as theory and a model, presents a new paradigm for health promulgation by design within the physical environment generally and, in particular, within healthcare facilities.
Miguel Cabrer, eHealth Advisor and Member of HIMSS EMEA Governing Council, IRC Consulting, S.L.
IT Leadership should look at optimising processes by providing automation. For this, the implications of implementing IT to all the units of the organisation must be considered by the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Jay A Redan, Medical Director for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laura Romeo, Clinical Coordinator, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Florida Hospital-Celebration Health, USA
Because of the evolution and the demand for minimally invasive surgery it has now taken a forefront in the surgical world. In light of this fact and that laparoscopic simulation is now available for the surgeon and nursing staff to practice these procedures, any operating suite can safely and efficiently master this technique.
Diana Horvath, Chief Executive, The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
The Commission has been created for five years by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to make sustainable improvements to Australian healthcare safety and quality and to fulfil the responsibilities outlined for it by Health Ministers.
FRACS, President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Guy Maddern, FRACS, Councillor, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Clinicians are used as service deliverers and their input into the structure of the service, the management of it and the appropriate development of new technological developments are largely ignored.
Steve Stine, Director, Life Sciences – Medical, TNT Asia
"In developing markets, where demand for devices is outstripping the government’s ability to monitor procurement and use, there are inevitable shortfalls in appropriate product management."
Jack R Foucher,
Louis Pasteur University, et al.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a new non-invasive method that provides a potential non-invasive therapy for many functional brain disorders.
Debra Graves, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
There is a real risk that overworked, tired pathologists are more likely to make misdiagnoses. While there are very good quality systems in place to try to prevent this, mistakes in such environments are much more likely.
Rita F Redberg,
Director, UCSF Cardiovascular Women’s Services
Diana Lau, Administrative Director and Clinical Nurse Specialist, UCSF Asian Heart & Vascular Center
Gordon L Fung, Director of the UCSF Asian Heart & Vascular Center
There is need for more ethnic specific data in order to quantify, qualify, and improve on the cardiovascular status of Asian Americans. more
Thomas J Glynn,
Cassandra Welch, American Cancer Society,
Washington, DC, USA
The toll of tobacco use on global morbidity and mortality is so staggering that it becomes difficult to comprehend outside the context of a pandemic.
Girdhar J Gyani, CEO,
National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers, India
Market forces, such as medical tourism, insurance and corporate sector have accelerated the demand for quality in healthcare services. As a result, there is a growing demand from consumers for better healthcare as the lack of quality assurance mechanisms limits their access to appropriate health services.
Rajeshwer Chigullapalli and Akhil Tandulwadikar
The growing importance of medical device regulations in the healthcare industry in Asia is reflected in the recent regulatory moves initiated by the governments of a few countries in the region.
Hannu Martikainen, VP, Customer Solutions, VTT and CEO, Emtele Ltd
A multitude of remote care solutions have been around for quite some time. Still, a true and adaptable service that could openly utilize, integrate and manage different vendor's telemedicine devices and applications did not exist in the area, until today. The GHMP enables different telemedicine solutions and equipment to be used and managed in a common environment to form true services for the right needs.
Saji Salam, Chairman, Health Level Seven India
With the Indian IT service providers enhancing their expertise in the healthcare field, outsourcing of IT services by US healthcare companies is slowly gaining momentum.
In healthcare, RFID is preventing errors and crime, saving costs and improving the level of patient care and safety. The market for RFID tags and systems in healthcare will rise rapidly from $90 million in 2006 to $2.1 billion in 2016.
Andrew Wee, Research Analyst, APAC Healthcare, Frost & Sullivan
With more players and increasing number of competitors with cheaper and newer products in the Asian market, the vascular stents market has grown to become more competitive lately.