Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Making an impact at the point of care

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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. There were 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.

In less than a month at ePharma Summit West, Justin V. Graham, MD, MS, Chief Medical Information Officer, NorthBay Healthcare will be on hand to present "How Can YOU Have Meaningful Impact at Point of Care?".  He will look at what doctors need in order to better care for their patients while they're in the care of the doctor.  For more on this session and the rest of the agenda, download the agenda here.  If you'd like to join us in San Francisco this July 17-19, 2012, as a reader of this blog when you register and mention code P1756BLOG, you'll save 10% off the standard rate!
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