I do applaud the Obama Administration for expediting a short form for allowing people easier access to the credit/subsidy for purchase of privatized care thru the exchange starting in October. Make now mistake, the form has to be filled out correctly and submitted correctly on the first attempt to be eligible for that credit/subsidy.
JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Physicians build much less of an emotional rapport with overweight and obese patients than with patients of normal weight, a study suggests.
The study was small—involving 39 primary care doctors and 208 patients—but has potentially significant implications, because bonding with doctors is important for good health outcomes. Earlier studies showed that patients of more empathetic physicians are more likely to adhere to recommendations and respond to behavior-change counseling.
“If you aren’t establishing a rapport with your patients, they may be less likely to adhere to your recommendations to change their lifestyles and lose weight,” says Kimberly A. Gudzune, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Without that rapport, you could be cheating the patients who need that engagement the most.”
See on www.futurity.org
Government may suspend sale of banned drugs taking cue from global drug regulators – The Economic Times30 Apr
India plans to suspend sale of medicines that are banned in one of the six major global drug markets for harmful side-effects, said two senior government officials.
According to a health ministry official, if a drug is banned by the US, UK, Canada, Japan, European Union or Australia, its sales will be stopped in India until clinical data proves that it will not have adverse effect on patients in the country. These embargoes will be triggered by future action of international regulators, and will not automatically apply to drugs that have already been banned in the developed countries.
Drug Controller General of India GN Singh confirmed such a move was on the anvil. “We are in the process of streamlining a mechanism through which our drug regulatory system takes an initial cue from the decisions of leading drug regulators globally on banned drugs. These drug regulators already have in place robust systems to generate and analyse volumes of data on adverse drug reactions to reach decision on drug bans,” said Singh.
The proposal to link medicine bans in the country to the verdicts of regulators in developed countries is significant as India at present does not have a sound system in place to filter and shunt drugs that trigger serious side-effects.
See on economictimes.indiatimes.com
As global healthcare needs/costs continue to increase we have to continue to embrace technology to help curb those costs.Many of the most archaic processes in technology (work flow processes/document management) can be found in the administration of healthcare from carriers, providers, and users of healthcare. The ongoing development of mobility and the power of apps are (and will) continue to allow us to take more and more ownership of our health status and needs. The idea of carrying a ‘healthcare card’ is another tool that can allow on going and easy access to individuals health records (card represents mobility in personal health documentation). These are a two examples of things to come. Ignorance to taking ownership of our healthcare is no longer acceptable.