What Are The Different Options For Senior Care?

A stage would come when you need to decide what would work best for your aging parents, nursing home or in home senior care.  A lot would rely on the older adult’s living situation, his wishes, and your situation.

Picking the right option for senior care might seem a bit overwhelming as there are vast and various services available. There is full-time care available or aging in place at home or just daycare or night care. In-home care allows the elderly to enjoy the comfort of staying in their own homes and feel independent.

Different seniors have different needs in their golden years, and thus the type of in-home care you pick will rely on their specific needs and what they feel comfortable with.

If the older adult is relatively independent, then staying at home and getting care is a good option. But, think about the needs of the older adult and what kind of help he or she needs for his daily living. Make some modifications to the home, install a wheelchair ramp, set up a medical alert system, and put bathroom grab bars. Get some more help from family, friends, and relatives and ask neighbors to keep a check if possible.

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5 Ways Mobile Apps Are Transforming Health and Fitness

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As mobile app technology advances, more people are embracing the use of health and fitness apps. They help make your lifestyle healthier by tracking your workout programs, food, and water intake. Other apps monitor your blood pressure and heart rate, which is beneficial for people with high blood pressure. Additionally, other health and fitness apps have health coaches who help you effectively achieve your fitness goals.

Consider narrowing down your search for an app by opting for those designed for specific needs to help you meet more particular goals. Below are ways mobile apps are transforming health and fitness:

1.   Diet monitoring

Monitoring your diet can be challenging, especially when you have health and fitness goals to meet. They help you calculate the number of calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in each meal, helping you avoid foods that aren’t good for your health. These apps also give you tips on dietary supplements like amygdalin b17 500mg tablets to help you cover nutrient and mineral deficits in your diet. With the help of a digital food diary, you can monitor your food intake to ensure you eat more consciously. Additionally, other apps also offer healthy cooking recipes you can easily follow.

2.   Track your progress

Health and fitness apps allow you to fill in your health details and update them after every checkup. For example, you can fill in your blood pressure levels and update each you get checked, helping you keep track of your health. You can also monitor your workout routines and progress to determine whether you’re on the right track. Using the apps in combination with wearable technology, you can measure your body temperature, heart rate, running pace, distance, and the route followed during a run or a walk.

3.   Access to personal health and fitness coaches

With a health and fitness app, you no longer have to look for a health coach, trainer or join a fitness class at a gym. Some apps provide health coaches and trainers at an affordable price, helping you achieve your health and fitness goals from the comfort of your home and at your convenience. You can also find video tutorials showing specific workout techniques to ensure you perform them correctly for desired results.

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Turning To Technology To Deal with The Nationwide Shortage of Pharmacy Technicians

Ken Perez

By Ken Perez, vice president of healthcare policy and government affairs, Omnicell, Inc.

Although they are usually the first person patients see when they walk into a pharmacy, the important roles that pharmacy technicians play are not well understood by the public.

How pharmacy technicians support patient care is becoming more evident as the United States is experiencing a widespread shortage of pharmacy technicians. Last month, I met with a dozen chief pharmacy officers from leading hospitals and health systems from across the nation, and a large majority of them said they were struggling to staff enough pharmacy technicians. Similarly, a nationwide survey conducted in late May by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) found that nearly 90% of the survey’s 278 respondents said they couldn’t find pharmacy technicians.1

What’s causing the shortage? It’s primarily due to externalities. The pharmacy technician shortage is part of the broader problem affecting entry-level hiring across all industries—for various reasons, many people are reluctant to return to work.

Consequently, many large corporations are offering new workers unprecedentedly high starting hourly wages. Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, recently raised its hourly pay for more than 565,000 store workers by at least $1, bringing the chain’s U.S. average hourly wage to $16.40.2 Also, Amazon, the nation’s second-largest private employer, also recently increased its average starting wage to more than $18 an hour, and it announced plans to hire 125,000 warehouse and transportation workers.3 In contrast, the U.S. average hourly wage for pharmacy technicians is approximately $15.

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Healthcare’s New Normal: How Freestanding Emergency Rooms Play A Critical Role During A Global Health Crisis

By Dr. Jeremy Kenter, chief medical officer, Ally Medical ER.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on every aspect of American life, but the health care sector- particularly emergency care – has been hardest hit.

The overwhelming number and cost care for COVID-19 patients has pushed health care professionals to exhaustion, forced some facilities to ration care or close, and has led to significantly delayed access to care for all. In this crisis, every option must be utilized to ensure crucial resources are maximized and patients receive the care they need.

Pre-pandemic, the average ER wait time in the United States was around 40 minutes. At the height of the current Delta variant, ER waits increased to several hours, or longer. More than 10 states have recently reached their highest hospital admissions of the pandemic. From the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest, patients are seeking alternative emergency room care.

To avoid having to endure packed waiting rooms full of potential COVID-19 patients, many doctors are urging patients to consider alternatives, including freestanding ERs. As the pandemic surges, freestanding ERs are playing a crucial in relieving stress on community hospital systems and improving patient care.

Here’s why.

Safe, Faster Service and Less Waiting

Outside of COVID-19, emergency room overcrowding can be dangerous for patients and is considered a severe public health issue. For sick and injured patients, long wait times can result in complications and more detrimental outcomes, even death. Ensuring emergency room access that is readily available, fully staffed, and stocked is the key to patient satisfaction, safety, and better overall patient outcomes. By offering COVID-19 testing and treatment, freestanding ERs in certain regions, like Texas and Oklahoma, have helped thousands of patients avoid crowded waiting rooms and receive sterling care.

Early in the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the proportion of ER visits for exposure and contact with infectious diseases (COVID-19) was nearly four times higher than previous years. More people sought out alternative treatment options due to the sheer number of patients crowding hospitals.

Freestanding ERs are smaller, typically less trafficked than mainstream hospitals, and often owned by fully accredited emergency room physicians. In some cases, they have direct agreements with payers, such as mid-sized businesses, and other providers as referral sources. These facilities are often located in underserved areas and offer an invaluable resource to the local community. In these cases, freestanding ERs provide PCR tests and access to critical treatments that are otherwise unavailable.

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Tech That Empowers Providers To Level Up On Patient Engagement

The COVID-19 pandemic forced patients and healthcare providers alike to accept new ways to stay in touch, communicate, and to ask and give advice – which, in turn, catalyzed adoption of digital tools.

Although patients might not have thought to request them, the vast majority appreciated the convenience of digital tools, with one survey finding that 90% of people who used digital health tools during the pandemic rated their experience as good. Another poll found that 77% of Americans have been very or completely satisfied with their virtual health visits.

A big part of the shift speaks to the meta-trend of the digitized customer experience. Today’s healthcare patients are used to ordering pizza through a website, checking their bank accounts with a native smartphone app, and interfacing with a touchscreen kiosk to pay for the bus. We receive personalized marketing, customized discounts, and even our massage therapists send us automated texts when it’s been a while since we’ve booked a session.

In this context, having to arrive at a clinic in person to receive blood test results seems ridiculously outdated.

“Consumers expect to engage and transact online,” says Jack Brock, Head of Healthcare Provider Practice at Cognizant. “They are used to frictionless, intelligent, and digitally enabled experiences, such as seeing recommendations based on purchase histories or securely moving funds on a mobile app. That’s the standard healthcare providers must match.”

It’s beyond time for healthcare to join the 21st century. Today, patients say they appreciate digital tools – but it won’t be long before they expect it and get irritated at providers who don’t embrace the tech. Some 60% said that using digital health tools increased their trust in healthcare providers, so those providers who stay ahead of the curve and use tech to maximize engagement will reap the benefits, while those who lag behind will feel the consequences.

If you’re still trying to get with the digital program, here are five ways that tech can help you supercharge your patient engagement.

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Advancing Population Health with Analytics and Data

Brendan Watkins

By Brendan Watkins, chief analytics officer, Stanford Children’s Health.

 Regardless of industry, the purpose of analytics is to better utilize data to improve organizational understanding, which leads to better decision-making. In health care, this is true for both individual clinicians making judgment calls based on patient needs and for the health system as a whole.

The health care industry has had (and continues) to navigate challenges in the way that we collect and analyze data. Now, health care faces an additional challenge: simplifying the vast amounts of information at our disposal so the most important insights are immediately clear and are translated into action.

In pediatrics, this is increasingly difficult. While children are generally a very healthy segment of the population, it is important to understand the unique social and environmental conditions of these patients – and how these manifest over time as they grow and mature at different stages. It’s also important to remember that while kids are generally healthy, many pediatric and adolescent patients have complex care needs.

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AMA Announces CPT Update For Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set has been updated by the CPT Editorial Panel to include vaccine and administration codes for pediatric doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer.

The provisional CPT codes will be effective for use on the condition that Pfizer’s two-dose regimen for the prevention of COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 11 receives approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The AMA is publishing the CPT code update now to ensure electronic systems across the U.S. health care system are prepared in advance for the potential FDA approval or authorization.

“The AMA supports the goal of extending COVID-19 immunization protection to a broader age range of children,” said AMA president Gerald E. Harmon, M.D. “A rigorous, transparent review process by the Federal Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will examine the safety and efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for potential use in children between ages 5 and 11. An open and comprehensive evaluation of data from pediatric vaccine trials is critical to inspire necessary public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 12.”

The development of vaccine-specific CPT codes has clinically distinguished each coronavirus vaccine and dosing schedule for better tracking, reporting and analysis that supports data-driven planning and allocation. COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer have previously been issued unique CPT codes.

To help ensure accurate coding and reporting of COVID-19 vaccines and immunization services, the AMA offers a vaccine code finder resource to help identify the appropriate CPT code combination for the type and dose of COVID-19 vaccine provided to each patient.

For quick reference, the new vaccine and administration codes assigned to the pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are:

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Online Healthcare Courses: What Should You Look For?

In the healthcare industry, there are several lucrative and rewarding careers. One of these careers is that of a pharmacy technician. In this field, individuals will be able to work in pharmacies and provide medication to patients.

This is an ideal career for those who enjoy customer service in a healthcare setting. Working as a pharmacy technician can also prepare students for a career as a pharmacist. As a result, completing a pharmacy technician online training program is essential in embarking on this career path.

Here’s what students need to look for when choosing the right educational institution:

Quality education 

When attending an educational institution to complete a pharmacy technician online training program, students will want to attend an institution that provides the highest quality education. Look out for a combination of updated courses and professional instructors when choosing the right program. This way, students will receive the best possible education needed to prepare for this exciting career path.

Updated courses

Choose regularly updated courses with the latest findings and information that is the most relevant within the field. Suppose students would like to become a pharmacist eventually. In that case, they need to opt for a program that not only prepares them for a career as a pharmacy technician but will also help them advance their career as a pharmacist.

Professional instructors 

Most importantly, instructors need to have extensive experience in the field. As professionals, they must have first-hand knowledge and be exceptional mentors for their students. When students are preparing for a career as a pharmacy technician, this professional experience is worth its weight in gold.

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Physicians Are Burnt Out. Emerging Technologies Could Offer Relief

By Nirav S. Patel, M.D., Memorial Care.

It’s no longer a question of if or when — physicians are burnt out, plain and simple… and COVID-19 is only partially to blame for the strain.  Long before the pandemic through a wrench in staffing, operations, and physical resources, hospitals were trying to do more with less, resulting in an increasing number of critical care physicians, and neurointerventionalists specifically, covering two or three hospitals at once — myself included.

Research shows that physicians who cover more than one hospital on-call have two times higher rates of burnout compared to those who covered a single hospital.

Add in physician shortages, increasing patient volumes, and the added strain of the global pandemic, on top of balancing personal and family schedules, and it is no wonder that we are nearing crisis levels of burnout. Physicians are looking for relief.

This burnout can not only negatively affect physician work-life balance and well-being, but also the quality and safety of care delivered to patients. In fact, some reports state that burnout triples the incidence of medical errors. To make matters worse, a study of neurointerventionalists found that physicians meeting criteria for burnout are 17 percent more likely to face malpractice lawsuits. Along with posing harm to patients, this can also hurt health systems financially and in public trust.

On the financial front, burnout in physicians has the potential to cost hospitals millions of dollars each year due to physician turnover and reduced clinical hours. Losing a full-time physician can cost health systems an average of $990,000 each, prompting the hospital to recruit and replace a physician, which costs between $500,000 and $1 million. The same report estimates that approximately $4.6 billion in costs related to physician turnover and reduced clinical hours is attributable to burnout each year in the United States.

Fortunately, emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and internet of things (IoT), have the potential to offer relief. These technologies are helping physicians manage a higher capacity of case volume, by taking over tedious tasks, streamlining and standardizing processes — ultimately resulting in more consistent, quality care.

As a practicing neurologist, I have personally begun to work more closely with these AI-based neuroimaging solutions, and my workload has become considerably more manageable. Even just the simple ability to receive alerts and access my workload from my phone has drastically improved my remaining work-life balance. Previously, I would have to physically go to the hospital setting or find a computer, which in turn would delay care for the patient. Now I have access to more clinical information and imaging at my fingertips, enabling faster and more data-driven decision making and faster treatment times.

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AdhereHealth Join Forces with Health Connect America to Support Medication Adherence For Managing Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions

Jason Rose, CEO, AdhereHealth

AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology medication company in adherence insights and health outcomes, today announced a new partnership with Health Connect America (HCA), a multi-state mental and behavioral health services manager.

The new collaboration provides HCA’s pediatric and adult clients with immediate access to AdhereRX digital pharmacy services, including personalized compliance packaging and medication delivery services designed specifically for underserved, higher-risk patients.

“Our collaboration with AdhereHealth’s digital pharmacy will have a significant impact on the lives of our clients,” said Jennifer Perry, director of integrated care and health link services at Health Connect America. “Medication adherence is a real challenge for vulnerable individuals with mental illness and behavioral health issues, such as ADHD or developmental disabilities. We want to do more to help meet the complex needs of these higher-risk individuals to improve outcomes. Compliance packaging is a proven strategy with results that average 96 percent adherence.”

Research shows more than half of patients do not take their medications as advised. However, easy-to-use compliance packs, such as blister packs and dosage strips, can raise correct self-dosing and adherence rates to upwards of 96%, reducing the risk of nonadherence and avoidable hospitalizations.

“Health Connect America is a forward-looking organization that understands it takes the right tools and a personalized approach to meet the needs of higher risk, underserved populations,” said Jason Z. Rose, CEO of AdhereHealth. “Our AdhereRx digital pharmacy supports overcoming barriers of care and social determinants of health to keep these patients safe at home.”

Compliance packaging offers streamlined management of complicated medication routines. Paired with synchronized medication refills and pharmacist-led initiatives to enhance access, compliance packaging is crucial for any efficient, highly effective care management program.

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