Healthcare trends 2021 and beyond: Preparing for the future

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Healthcare trends 2021 and beyond: Preparing for the future Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) Share Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalscenter_img Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on June 8, 2021 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” How the lessons learned from COVID-19 in 2020 will transform healthcare organisations in the future, writes Johnny Ong, Healthcare Practice Lead, Zebra Technologies Asia PacificWhen the pandemic began, vital healthcare equipment and supplies were in short supply. Budgets quickly became strained as routine check-ups and elective procedures were halted or voluntarily delayed by patients, and practitioners had to quickly adapt to less-than-ideal care models to comply with new safety protocols.Reportedly, despite these challenges, the pandemic has ironically helped improve India’s health infrastructure by pushing both the government and private sector to strengthen their services. In fact, the central government of India has already spent more than $40 million just on hospital equipment, while private hospitals have invested in large volumes of essential medical supplies and  hospital infrastructure to create isolation and quarantine facilities. Though these expenditures were unplanned, they are already delivering benefits that extend far beyond COVID-19 response efforts. In fact, many of the technologies adopted in the past year are helping healthcare systems realise critical cost-savings, productivity benefits and improved clinicians’ care capabilities across all practices.These advancements also promise to become mainstream after the pandemic is a distant memory, paving the way for more agile, responsive and quality-centred healthcare operations. Here are just some of the improvements you can expect in 2021 and beyond:Focus on the supply chainEven before the pandemic, supply chain inefficiencies cost hospitals more than $25.7 billion each year, according to an analysis from Guidehouse. The pandemic further exacerbated those shortcomings. Ventilators and basic supplies needed to keep patients and clinicians safe, such as hand sanitiser and personal protective equipment (PPE), were hard to come by.According to media reports, in the wake of the pandemic, the central government of India launched a web-based solution for the healthcare supply chain portal ‘Aarogyapath’ to provide real-time availability of critical healthcare supplies for manufacturers, suppliers and customers. As we look forward, we are seeing hospitals increasingly embracing technologies such as barcodes, radio frequency identification (RFID) and real-time location systems (RTLS) to gain unprecedented visibility and control of their supply chain and inventory management systems. These visibility enhancements will also help hospitals reduce inventory waste due to unused and expired supplies.Streamlining patient careBeds also became a scarce resource at many hospitals, driving administrators and clinicians to collaboratively explore new ways to move patients through the system faster. One tool coming to the forefront is RTLS, which leverages any number of location technologies along with mobile computers to track and streamline multiple care actions throughout a patient’s stay, including around-the-clock patient monitoring. It has already proven highly effective in improving patient-turnaround times and hospital workflows, and there are several use cases that can be scaled quickly. RFID tags, for example, can be added to wheelchairs so that nurses can locate them quickly to speed up patient discharge.In fact, research shows that technologies like RTLS can result in up to 50 per cent faster bed turnover times and as much as a three-hour reduction in the patient length of stay. In a 275-bedded hospital, cutting just four hours off the average hospital stay is the same as adding 10 new beds.Making healthcare professionals’ jobs easierStaff burnout became a huge issue in 2020 with hospital facilities and their clinicians struggling to keep up. One way to decrease burnout is to make key aspects of clinicians’ roles easier.For example, purpose-built clinical smartphones that allow nurses and doctors to communicate better and streamline data-centric workflows can help reduce stress for providers while also improving patient care. At the same time, these devices help mitigate alarm fatigue by sending alerts directly to the right caregiver and providing access to a comprehensive patient history via the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to help inform care decisions. Nurses can use those same mobile devices to enter vitals directly into a patient’s EHR while at the bedside, thus reducing the amount of time they spend on charting and reducing errors.Doctors and nurses armed with mobile devices can also be notified immediately when a patient’s test results are ready so that treatment decisions can be made and communicated quickly. It is no wonder surveys show that 97 per cent of bed-side nurses and 98 per cent of physicians foresee relying on mobile technology by 2022, suggest media reports.Stemming the spread of infections “Sanitise everything!” became a mantra in 2020 as COVID-19 continued to spread. However, the need for sanitisation in healthcare organisations has always been critical given that healthcare-acquired infections affect an estimated 1.7 million patients each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).However, in 2020, some hospitals found that their non-rugged devices could not withstand repeated cleaning and sanitising because they were not built with healthcare-grade plastics. In the future, we expect to see more hospitals adopt mobile computers, printers and hand-held scanners that are purpose-built to withstand repeated wipe downs with approved cleaning agents to reduce the spread of infection.Telehealth will continue to growWhen telehealth became more accepted in 2020, some hospitals used technology to create “virtual doctors” by mounting rugged mobile tablets on IV poles that allowed specialists to interact with patients via video. Media reports reveal that in India, online consultation for healthcare increased by 500 per cent between 1st March to 31st May, 2020. During this period, about a million Indians accessed healthcare online with an average frequency of two online doctor consultations per month. Many hospitals found that this virtual solution resulted in a faster care for patients because specialists could handle multiple consults without wasting time travelling between rooms or hospitals. Going forward, more hospitals will rely heavily on virtual patient consultations for more efficient patient care while also keeping both patients and clinicians safe.Looking forwardThere is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on healthcare. The good news is that these lessons learned will have a positive impact on the way healthcare facilities support both staff and patients and manage their inventory and workflows going forward. 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Corona-what? Two condos at 220 Central Park South fetch $109M

first_imgThe 5,935-square-foot unit was listed at $60 million, according to the most recently amended condo offering plan. Vornado increased the price from the original offering plan’s asking price of $51.5 million. The sale closed July 21.A week earlier, a unit of the same size on the 64th floor closed for $53.9 million. Purchased through an LLC, it went into contract in 2015. The final listing price for the four-bedroom pad was $58 million, up from the original $49 million.A similar pair of deals closed in April for a combined haul of $110 million. Those transactions were on the 63rd and 65th floors. Weeks earlier, sales of units on the 61st and 62nd floors closed.Vornado’s luxury condominium continues to be a cash cow for the real estate investment trust as the coronavirus pandemic has forced a massive writedown on some of its retail properties. In the second quarter, the REIT reported a $49 million after-tax net gain from sales at 220 Central Park South.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] Share via Shortlink 220 Central Park South and Vornado chairman Steve Roth (BrillLyle via Wikpedia, Getty)It’s been another solid month for big-ticket sales at 220 Central Park South.Deals for two condo units at Vornado Realty Trust’s Billionaires’ Row tower closed this month for a combined $109 million. Both buyers are unnamed in property records.The pricier of the four-bedroom units, on the 68th floor, traded for $55.5 million. The buyer, a foreign limited liability company KMZM LLC, went into contract for the property in October 2018.Read moreVornado: Coronavirus responsible for $306M loss on value of prized retail JVBack-to-back closings at 220 CPS net Vornado $110MVornado sees “tragic abyss” now, better times ahead Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags220 Central Park SouthResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Toyota’s Mark Saxonberg Elected NASTF Chair For 2017

first_imgMark Saxonberg, manager of alternate fuel vehicles and the environment for Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. has been deeply involved in the development of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) for much of its 17-year history. NASTF members have elected Saxonberg to serve as the organization’s 2017 chair of the board.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementIn addition, five expiring directors were re-elected to serve additional three-year terms through Dec. 31, 2019.Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors, becomes immediate past-chair following his service as chair in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Steve Douglas, senior director of environmental affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, was re-elected as vice-chair and John Lypen, industry relations director for Motor Information Systems continues as treasurer/secretary.Re-elected to new three-year terms were: Saxonberg, Donny Seyfer of Seyfer Automotive, Bill Long of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, Claude Hensley of Lockman Locksmith of Florida and Aaron Lowe of the Auto Care Association.Directors continuing with unexpired terms include Scott Brown of iATN, Chris Chesney of Advance Auto Parts Pro/CARQUEST Tech Institute, Douglas, Doug Greenhaus of NADA, Bill Moss of Euro Service Automotive, Pennebaker, Lypen, Greg Potter of the Equipment & Tool Institute, Julia Rege of the Association of Global Automakers and Bob Stewart of General Motors/ACDelco.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development  Brandon Eckenrode. I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent.  This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.”  The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisementcenter_img Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.  Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament.last_img read more

Deaf man’s family says he was unarmed when killed by trooper

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A deaf man who was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper after he didn’t stop for the officer’s blue lights was unarmed and likely did not understand the officer’s commands, the slain man’s family says.Daniel Harris’ family said they want to make sure the incident is investigated thoroughly and also want the state to make changes so officers will immediately know they are dealing with a hearing-impaired driver.Trooper Jermaine Saunders tried to pull Harris over for speeding Thursday evening on Interstate 485 near Interstate 85 in northeast Charlotte. Harris did not stop, leading the trooper on a 10-mile chase, the Highway Patrol said in a statement.Harris stopped in his neighborhood within sight of his home. Harris and Saunders had what the State Bureau of Investigation described as “an encounter,” leaving the 29-year-old man shot at least once and dead in the street.Authorities have released little information about the investigation, including any possible body camera or dashboard camera footage or whether a gun was found near Harris. Saunders has been placed on administrative leave. A spokeswoman for the SBI, which is handling the investigation, didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to questions, including whether authorities have interviewed Saunders yet.Harris’ family is raising money for his funeral and will use any extra money toward educating police officers on how to handle hard of hearing people and calling for a system to alert officers they are dealing with a deaf driver when they enter information into their computers, according to the family’s posting on YouCaring.com.“You don’t see deafness the way that you see the difference in race. We need to change the system,” Harris’ brother Sam said to reporters using sign language and an interpreter after the Monday night vigil.Sam Harris is deaf, and so are his brother’s parents and other family members. They signed with each other as an Associated Press reporter knocked on their door Tuesday.Sam Harris didn’t want to talk Tuesday, but wrote a note leaving an email address for an interpreter, who did not immediately respond.The National Association of the Deaf doesn’t keep statistics on violent interactions involving deaf people and law enforcement. Its chief executive officer, Howard Rosenblum, said there are “too many” such incidents.“Too often, officers make verbal orders for individuals to comply and act aggressively when those individuals do not comply,” Rosenblum wrote in an email. “Deaf individuals often are unable to understand the verbal commands of law enforcement officers, and this has led to many physical altercations between law enforcement officers and deaf individuals over the years, with some resulting in death.”The NAD supports intensive training for law enforcement officers on dealing with people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and says some officers should be trained to communicate in American Sign Language.After the Monday night vigil, Sam Harris told reporters about a frightening encounter he had with an officer.“I pulled over and within a few seconds, the officer is at my window with his weapon drawn and in my face. I’m deaf! I’m deaf! I’m deaf!” he signed, putting his hands on his ears in exaggerated motions.The Associated Press left messages with two State Highway Patrol spokesmen about what training the patrol offers for dealing with deaf drivers. A state Division of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman could not immediately say whether if the agency offers any ways for deaf people to identify themselves through decals or other methods.Harris is white, and authorities said they did not know Saunders’ race. Published: August 23, 2016 4:07 PM EDT Deaf man’s family says he was unarmed when killed by trooper SHARElast_img read more

Tom Brady injury update: Patriots star (calf) limited practice participant

first_imgThis was described as “minor” https://t.co/Bk51R9pMfZ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019Brady and the Patriots have gotten off to a fantastic start this season, topping the Steelers by 30 points in their opener and following that up with a 43-0 win over the Dolphins in Week 2. Brady, 42, has completed 68.8% of his passes and thrown for five touchdowns with no interceptions through the first two games of 2019.  Solid Sunday for the 🐐@TomBrady | #GoPats pic.twitter.com/RqWrJATK4f— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 10, 2019The Patriots are set to host the 0-2 Jets on Sunday. Brady’s backup is rookie Jarrett Stidham, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft out of Auburn. New England released veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer after Stidham completed 61 of his 90 passes for 731 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in the preseason. Related News Antonio Brown won’t face prosecution for alleged sexual assault incident in Pennsylvania Tom Brady is apparently dealing with a calf injury. The star Patriots quarterback was a limited participant in practice Wednesday because of the issue, the team announced. It is unclear when Brady suffered the injury, but it is considered “minor,” according to a report from NFL.com. Isaiah Wynn injury update: Patriots offensive lineman (foot) to be placed on IR, report says Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey to play against Titans, Doug Marrone sayslast_img read more