Coping with Alzheimer’s disease

Coping with Alzheimer's disease

Author Name : K.S.S.Sruthi

We know how it feels when you’re the caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s disease. It sure is a roller coaster ride to deal with their anxiety, stress and give them the right emotional support needed at the right time. Sadly there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s and the only way to cope with it is to give them your heart. While dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, it’s often only your support and care that can make all the difference. 

 

On the flip side, life for Alzheimer’s caregivers can get all-consuming if you don’t understand what your loved one is experiencing with Dementia. Read this article to understand everything about Alzheimer’s and what you ought to do to keep things balanced for you and your loved ones. 

 

Understanding Alzheimer’s 

 

 Alzheimer’s is a complicated disease that usually occurs in older people aged 65+. To understand what a person with Alzheimer undergoes, you’ll need to know what exactly happens during the disease: 

 

 

All of us know that our brain has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell connects with many others to form communication networks. Groups of nerve cells have special jobs that involve thinking, learning, and remembering. Others help us see, hear and smell. Brain cells operate like tiny factories where they receive supplies, generate energy, construct equipment and get rid of waste. The cells are also responsible for processing strong information and communicating with other cells. 

 

Evidence states that Alzheimer’s disease prevents parts of the brain cell’s factory from running well. Like any other factory, the breakdowns in one system cause problems in the other areas. The damage spreads and the cells lose their ability to do their respective jobs, eventually dying and causing irreversible changes in the brain. This leads to a loss in memory, psychological problems, and behavioral issues. 

 

Dealing with and Coping with Alzheimer’s can be difficult, but it’s important to know that there are things you can do to make a difference in how you experience and cope with this health challenge.

 

You can start by considering the following aspects of adjusting to and living with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

1. Emotional 

 

Coping with Diagnosis and symptoms can be stressful, so it’s best to give yourself much information and space to adjust to this new challenge. It applies to whether it’s you who is affected or someone close. It’s important that you acknowledge and identify the emotions and understand the range of emotions that can be normal to this diagnosis.

 

 The person affected may experience shock and disbelief of something happening and you wouldn’t be sure if it’s real or not. He/she may experience a mix of denial, Grief, and depression of not being able to cope with it. The affected person may also be in a state of anger sometimes, and it’s completely normal to be like it. The affected person may experience a rollercoaster range of emotions, at a time or all at once and it’s important for the caregiver and the person affected to acknowledge that these may happen… 

 

How to deal with it? 

 

Eventually, you may be able to muster the courage to accept the diagnosis if you know how to deal with it. The following can help:

 

 

1. Start journaling your thoughts without the fear of being judged. Not only does it help you let out your emotions, but it also acts as a medium to escape. 

  

2. Start meeting at gatherings. Give yourself the push even though you are tempted to stay indoors.

 

3. Gather all the knowledge to keep yourself updated on how to deal with it with inspiration from other people’s lives. 

 

4. Make plans on whether you’re considering in-home care, assisted living, and long-term care/nursing homes ahead of time, rather than during a possible crisis.

 

 

Physical 

 

While it’s the brain that has Alzheimer’s, it’s important to pay attention to the whole body. You may have to deal with issues sometimes with your vision, hearing, or any other part of the body. Be sure to get your vision and hearing checked routinely since deficits in these areas can cause, or increase confusion. Or, if your knee or back is constantly aching, ask your doctor what can be done to help decrease that discomfort. Don’t neglect other areas of your health.

 

How to deal with it? 

 

1. Keep a habit of daily Physical exercise to improve your functioning and protect against depression. 

 

2. Pay attention to good nutrition and consume food that has better cognitive functioning.

 

3. keep mentally active. Try to stretch your mind by doing mental gymnastics such as crossword, Sudoku, or jigsaw puzzles, or other mental exercises.

 

Social 

 

While it’s natural to feel withdrawn from society, you need to ensure that you remain active and engaged with the world around you and give up on your hobbies. You may experience anxiety, stress and have some sort of inconvenience in gatherings. Even in such cases, don’t give up. 

 

How to deal with it? 

 

 

1. Call out for a Family gathering and discuss your experience. Educate them and make them aware and it sure does make you feel connected.

2. You may find it helpful to join a support group, either in your local community or online.

3. Seek Quality of Life with social interactions. 

 

It’s okay to Ask for Help

 

There are times when you may need help. Especially when you are the one who provides help for others, it’s more difficult. Keep in mind, however, that asking for and receiving help can help you be more independent for a longer time. Asking for assistance is also beneficial for others who want to be helpful but might not know-how.

The healthcare scenario in India and the growth opportunities

The healthcare scenario in India and the growth opportunities

Author Name : K.S.S.Sruthi

India has always been a country of paradoxes. As of Jan’21, India had a population of 1.4 BN people, 1.29 BN Aadhaar digital biometric identities, 1.1 BN mobile connections, 761 MN smartphones, 624 MN internet users (45% of country’s population)*.

No doubt, the country has made great strides in:

      • Informational Technology development and Outsourcing
      • Cloud Computing
      • Financial Technology
      • Adoption of ICT in sectors like Banking, Railway reservation, Commerce and Industry, etc.,
      • Near-universal Mobile phone Penetration
      • Universal availability of Unique ID Systems, and
      • Evolving Privacy and Data Protection Laws

We would probably consider these as very strong signs of a developed / advanced nation. But, Despite all such developments, India’s:

      • Digital Health Ecosystem is in nascent stages
      • Health data is mostly not digitized or not standardized, not interoperable, and not readily accessible to Clinicians, Researchers, or Policymakers
      • Healthcare sector receives low public spending (~1% of GDP)

Healthcare is considered an integral non-income component in any measure of economic development. India’s Digital Health Mission seeks to challenge and change the entire Healthcare ecosystem.

*Datasource:DigitalIndiaReportbyDatareportal,uidai.gov.in,Statista

Strides to improve quality of healthcare in India

Addressing the poor level of Health Outcomes will be foundational for India’s progress. Efforts to improve the quality of care are particularly challenged by the lack of reliable data on quality and by technical difficulties in measuring quality. Ongoing efforts in the public and private sectors aim to improve the quality of data, develop better measures and understanding of the quality of care, and develop innovative solutions to long-standing challenges.

The National Digital Health Mission has set up powerful objectives to accelerate progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.8 of Universal Health Coverage, uplift the healthcare scenario and improve the quality of care.

The objectives are to:

      • Establish Digital Health Systems and Managing Health Data
      • Improve Quality of Health Data Collection, Storage and Dissemination
      • Provide a Platform for interoperability of Healthcare Data
      • Fast-track creation of updated and accurate health registries for the entire country

Spanning across Personal Health Records, Tele- medicine and E-Pharmacy- the new healthcare shift is offering promising opportunities.

The new  Healthcare paradigm, the vision and its players

The improved health outcomes would bring increased productivity and in turn, an additional benefit of $200- $250B to India’s GDP” over next ten years*.

*Source:BostonConsultingGroup

The Key players in this paradigm shift are Government, Health Professionals and Insurers and an Emerging breed of Health-Tech startups (to play an increasingly central role in driving innovation. The Digital Health Mission is already creating multiple opportunities, both at the macro and micro levels.

      • India’s Digital Healthcare market stood at US$ 116.6 BN in 2018 and is expected to increase to US$ 485.4 BN by 2024 (CAGR of 27.4%).
      • Digital Health and Technologies are creating capital investments – in 2019, 53% angel investments were made in healthcare. Q1 2020 saw a 50% rise in deal volumes (21 vs. 14 in 2019) and 14% in value (US$ 452 MN vs. US$ 398 MN in Q1 2019).
      • Start-ups such as NanoHealth and BeatO are providing / ensuring care for patients suffering from cardiovascular, hypertensive diseases and diabetes.
      • Start-ups such as Netmeds, 1MG and Myra are already playing the role of pharmacists, threatening the removal of traditional pharmacists from the healthcare ecosystem
      • Karma Healthcare, is providing tele-medicine solutions by connecting patients in the remote parts of the country to physicians in urban areas.
      • mHealth (Mobile Health) segment is estimated to dominate the market (with 40% share) by 2024, as a greater number of people are likely to use health & fitness apps to track and monitor daily activities, thereby propelling market growth.
      • Medix Global, a London- based innovative digital health management solutions provider is setting up a pan- India digital infrastructure for tele-medicine and offline medical solutions.
      • Medix Ventures, a venture capital fund of the Medix Group is also investing US$ 20-30 MN in innovative medical tech start-ups, with focus on India to promote digital med-tech solutions
      • Start-up HealthPlix is focusing on making convenient clinical practice by digitizing instructions associated with prescriptions for patients beyond metros and tier-1 cities
      • com is providing services to international markets by connecting cancer patients to distant specialists and facilitating sharing of standardized reports between patients and oncologists.

The healthcare scenario in India- A roller-coaster ride.

However, India continues to highlight multiple paradox and challenges within healthcare sector. While there is a simultaneous success and failure, healthcare is clearly on a sustainable edge.

Sources:OECD.org,NationalHealthProfile2019,IBEFblog,BusinessToday.In

India tremendously lags in quality of medical care, with relevant information at point of care also lacking. 

      • ~2.4 MN Indians die of treatable conditions every year, the worst situation among 136 nations (The Lancet).
      • India’s death rate (122 per 100,000) due to poor care quality is worse than that of Brazil (74), Russia (91), China (46) and South Africa (93) and even its neighbors Pakistan (119), Nepal (93), Bangladesh (57) and Sri Lanka (51).
      • Apart from poor quality care, insufficient access to care caused a major share of deaths from cancer (89%), mental and neurological conditions (85%), and chronic respiratory conditions (76%).

The opportunity

India has the opportunity to move forward using the HIMSS EMRAM 8-staged Maturity Model as a roadmap which comprises of 7 levels encompassing everything from Ancillaries to EMR.

The challenge

Yet, the Healthcare sector has been grappling with very slow adoption rates of an HMS / EMR.

“Electronic health records were never a technology challenge but an adoption challenge, which only dissolves when clinicians realize the potential of EHR or when there is mandate either from a top management or from the government,” – Prashant Singh, Director and CIO at Max Healthcare.

The Challenges in adoption were primarily on the financial considerations of high costs of procurement and maintenance.  Designing of the system without considering fundamental (e.g. number of clicks just to prescribe a sleeping pill) and well- known standards and medical codes such as:

      • Health Level Seven (HL7)
      • Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)
      • Continuity of Care Record (CCR) & Continuity of Care Document (CCD)
      • International Classification of Diseases (ICD) of the World Health Organization
      • Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT) published by SNOMED International
      • Logical Observation Identifiers, Names and Codes (LOINC)
      • Inflexibility of the software; IT Support
      • Poor electricity supply and internet connectivity
      • Limited digital / computer skills of primary user’s
      • Lack of regulations for privacy protection.

Research-based Evidences

International Finance Corporation (IFC) panel discussion (Sep’20) called out key aspects of EMR in emerging markets.

      • Do not let technology be your master. Manage the technology well to achieve what you want. One size does not fit all – EMRs in the USA will be different from India and South America.
      • In emerging markets like Nigeria and others, less than 10% of the hospitals have implemented EMRs. Paper is the biggest competition. Low internet penetration, poor computer literacy and costs are other major impediments for large scale adoption.
      • Flexible pricing models for different facility sizes, pay as you go models will be required to be provided by EMR organizations. This would make it more economical for hospitals to adopt these systems.
      • Not every facility will require an enterprise level EMR. A modular based system should be offered by EMR organizations. However, do not build systems in silos. This will undermine the potential use of data and efficiencies
      • Handholding, educating and training of hospital staff and doctors will be key for successful implementation and adoption of this system on a larger scale Regarding interoperability, the health system is currently not designed to, nor is willing to share patient information. Reporting formats, data collection, integration of platforms and other works will need to be standardized.
      • HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) based systems will see accelerated growth and drive interoperability. FHIR will be a game changer. Technology will make it possible, but people will make it happen. Hence, it is important to take people along for technology adoption.

Ensuring affordability of EMRs in emerging market will be important. Flexible pricing structure for different facility sizes needs to be designed and offered. Cross subsidization across large systems and smaller facilities is another option. This could also be achieved through local government initiatives and funding.

Think global, act local for EMRs. Use international libraries like ICD 10 and others. Data should be transmittable for research and development. Standards should be global.

Hospitals should be a combination of both digital/paperless and paper based for now. Some services can be completely paperless, but in some, it must be a combination. Hospitals should try to be paperless as much as possible and have a timeline for eventually going fully paperless.

In India’s context, the adoption of EMR has been drastically low. This is due to a) several gaps in the system, b) lack of awareness & computer literacy, c) perceived high cost of implementation, d) lack of technological resources, e) complicated EMR interfaces and f) legacy issues to adopt new systems. The usage of EMR is limited to the big corporate hospitals in the metro cities and some select states and districts in India

These challenges must be tackled head on, especially with initiatives like Ayushman Bharat presenting a valuable opportunity for building a person-centered health system. When this system is fully implemented, Ayushman Bharat will be the world’s largest healthcare program that’s digitally driven.

Leveraging the Healthcare technology  opportunity

With all said, multiple drivers indicate that Healthcare sectors will be the one to create value and impact.

Source:SMERGERSIndustryWatch–IndianHospitalSector

Health IT providers can help their clients address questions by being a bit more in tune with the innovation that is available to them and adopt that in a nimble, agile manner. You don’t have to deploy everything at once, but if you have a vision and implement in succinct stages, I think that will help the market get to where they need to go.

It’s not about regulatory clicks; it’s about care delivery anywhere and technology addressing the cloud, mobility and Internet of Things that will allow patients to achieve wellness through participating in their own health management – moving them along an awareness to wellness continuum.

Is Healthcare technology the answer for today’s healthcare challenges?

All | Awarness  |   GeneralHealthcare

Is Healthcare technology the answer for today’s healthcare challenges?

Author Name : K.S.S.Sruthi

Technology is disrupting every industry. The Healthcare industry is no exception. These 2 years of pandemic accelerated the integration of technology in healthcare- creating a new protocol for the new normal. The necessity for telehealth systems, cost-friendly systems and a productive workforce got intense and bigger, leaving no other choice than to adapt for it. And now, in these uncertain times, healthcare technology is no longer a nice-to-have. It is more critical than ever.     

In this blog article, we’ll discuss the common healthcare challenges and see how technology can be the answer for it.   

      1. Mounting Healthcare Costs and how to address it!   

Today’s hospital scenarios are facing a shift in the regulatory scenario and shortage of skilled labour that’s dramatically affecting the budgeting at your medical practice. Healthcare demand and overload of data is putting the staff’s productivity at stake- study shows that physicians spend more than 63% of their time doing manual paper based admin tasks. Moreover, staff turnover is yet another evergreen challenge that accounts to almost 50% of hospital costs.  Supply Chain management is also a big challenge if it’s not optimized to business goals. For the above and several intermittent healthcare management use cases, a Hospital Management Software can cut down the cost drain by almost 40%.  

 A HMS facilitates digital automation that can automate manual data entry tasks, keep track of patient ‘appointments and reduces manual intervention of physicians by almost 70% percent- which makes more time for each patient thereby leading to better patient care and reduced costs. Nevertheless, it reduces your dependence upon staff members for clerical recurring manual tasks. With the help of a HMS, the whole workflow could easily be automated   and be managed by a single administrator rather than a team of ward boys.  

2. Cyber security attacks and Prevention. 

Data breaches, ransomware is not new to the healthcare industry. But the COVID-19 had revealed clearly how vulnerable patient information is. With the usage of telehealth services on the rise, there is an increasing breach of patient data. The trend is likely to grow as per expert’s analysis as the providers are still slow in responding to threats while the decentralized systems make them more vulnerable to attacks. The need of a safeguarded compliant system is critical along with technology advancements such as multi-factor authentication, stronger firewalls and more. The safest way to go about this is to use a  HMS platform that’s certified, licenced and combines extensive safeguards from HIPPA, COBIT, HITECH, PCI, and more.

3. Existing Siloes in the Healthcare World 

 Conventional healthcare from the past has caused healthcare professionals to be disconnected and working in silos. Technology has connected the dots and brought into one single platform as Hospital Management Software, an avenue of interlinked healthcare that surfaces what matters the most- patient experience. Breaking silos has brought an exceptional shift in healthcare – bringing healthcare into a common platform and goal of delivery. It has also brought transparency in operations that lets you have control over the processes- leading to efficiency, productivity, revenue and better patient care. 

4. Managing the huge inventory of patient data 

There’s a humongous amount of data generated for healthcare providers, labs, pharmacies, public and private payers, ancillary service providers such as labs and pharmacies, and healthcare consumers alike. The challenge isn’t exactly managing it but making it more usable. Patient data is an overwhelming aspect of healthcare and with the addition of new databases, the pool only gets bigger. Considering to manage this vast inventory of data through traditional infrastructure could be an unrealistic expectation Data overload and mismanagement can lead to wrong diagnoses, compromise in data security, improper treatment, lapsed appointments, and failure to keep up with the changes in progress or regression of the patient’s condition, etc A cloud or most precisely say- a Cloud SaaS software than do more better than best. Not only does it make data management automated and easy but helps visualize it in a meaningful way.  

Ride on the healthcare technology trend  

The trend is not going to stop! It’s going to rise higher. The possibilities are endless and so are the opportunities and of course- the solutions too!  And Ezovion is on a mission to ride on the trend and upgrade healthcare technology to make it stronger, more efficient and more intelligent. We’re one of the pioneers of intelligent healthcare, we use healthcare simplification as the core of everything we do- to enable all the stakeholders involved perceive healthcare in a different light and make it seamless for them. Try Ezovion for a Intelligent Healthcare experience! 

References: 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25626223/ 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/hbr.org/amp/2011/09/how-to-solve-the-cost-crisis-in-health-care 

Make your Healthcare Delivery smart with an Intelligent HMS solution

All | Awarness  |   GeneralHealthcare

Make your Healthcare Delivery smart with an Intelligent HMS solution

Author Name : K.S.S.Sruthi

The healthcare industry has taken a radical shift. Technology has added a layer of efficiency to healthcare that has shortened the barriers of healthcare management and delivery. With the power of technology, providers are now able to dig insights from the raw patient data that conventional healthcare wasn’t able to capture. The insights derived were able to minimize errors, pave way for accurate diagnosis and address several healthcare challenges – all leading to raising-the-barfor better patient care.

Hospital Management- Paving way to digital health

The world has moved to digital and so did healthcare. Health Information stored in paper records or paperbacks could only be filed and lost in the piles. Providers weren’t able to draw any value from patient health information which led to miscommunication, misdiagnosis and faulty health delivery. True healthcare is to understand a patient’s health state from the past to the present and then offer treatment for the future. Digital health fills the gaps by helping providers store data easily and make sense of their health history.

Healthcare Management software is one such healthcare platform that aims to simplify management. A hospital management system (HMS) is a computer or web-based system that facilitates managing the functioning of the hospital or any medical set up. This system or software will help in making the whole functioning paperless. It integrates all the information regarding patients, doctors, staff, hospital administrative details etc. into one software. It has sections for various professionals that make up a hospital.

 

How is Ezovion Hospital Management different?

Hospital management software isn’t a new concept and there are several better versions of it competing with each other in the market.  While most HMS primarily focuses on database management, few focus on streamlining workflows and other on exchange of data.The best version of an effective HMS is which unifies, interlinks and integrates everything in one single platform. Ezovion offers such key differentiators with an aim to deliver Intelligent healthcare. We have a team of technology and healthcare experts who have studied the healthcare scenarios, analysed the gaps and point-of-care scenarios and built solutions it with our strong technical expertise. Ezovion offers an easy-to-use healthcare management that performs the following disparate functions and more:

    • Storing/ managing of patient data
    • Streamlining workflows/ workloads
    • Capturing patient data from different sources and merging it in a meaningful way
    • Collaboration and communication between the hospital staff
    • Management of drug inventory
    • Hospital administrative tasks
    • Database management and more.

Ezovion reduces manual work and automates most hospital operations process like patient medical history, hospital administration, Tracking Billing system, registrations, drug management, and more. It has an intuitive easy-to-use interface that’s self explanatory and navigates you to the next steps effortlessly. Rather than you working on it, it works for you with the intent of delivering possible results for hospitals, clinics, labs, and patients. Need reasons for why you need to choose Ezovion? Read on:

    1. Cost-effective:

Hospital Management is overlooked. There lies a huge investment for managing staff along with other stuff. Despite this, there is no guarantee that the hospital administration information and patients data is robust and 100% secure.

For scaling down all these workloads and cost, Ezovion offers a complete HMS with all functionalities and modules at reasonable prices for Hospitals and Labs. It helps hospitals to easily manage their work and protect patient’s health records without hiring more staff.

    1. Easy Access:

The Ezovion HMS saves all the data related to patients and administration like health records, bill payments, Appointments, Test results, and diagnosis copies. The system allows authorized users to easily access the data anywhere with a high degree of security.

    1. Data Security:

Hospitals, clinics and medical centres depend on manual works and as a result are exposed to chances of misleading data compared to automated ones. An automated HMS captures all the essential data in your hospital system, and secures it with authentication procedures. Our HMS meets all the compliance protocols out forward by government and guarantees 100% data security.

    1. Online Appointment:

The Ezovion HMS is a trusted platform in serving the patients. It eases the doctor appointment process and allows people to book their appointments online in a convenient time. The doctors without delay to impart the right diagnosis for patients.

    1. Department Management:

Inter-hospital communication is not given the importance it deserves. Due to the lack of it, there are indirect consequences in healthcare delivery. In another context, hospital administration is taking a backseat and there isn’t a transparent view of healthcare processes known to the administrator. Ezovion offers smart solutions pertaining to administration, communication, collaboration with minimal human interaction.

Are you interested to make the most of your hospital management? Try Ezovion HIMS and experience the difference.