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Quit Wasting My Healthcare

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The new blog of Compass Professional Health Services called Quit Wasting My Healthcare is focused on helping individuals and employers receive higher quality care and stop losing money on senseless healthcare costs. Quit Wasting My Healthcare is written by healthcare experts: a physician and a former hospital finance executive. They form a team with integrated clinical and economic acumen that is so badly needed in today’s healthcare world. The writers have seen the frustration, the inefficiency and the substandard care that is the US healthcare system from the front lines. The writers also have the data and have identified over $1 billion of waste in just one major metropolitan area alone. Employers are getting fleeced. Patients are not getting the care they deserve. Quit Wasting My Healthcare is your guide to the underlying problems and their solutions.

Quit Wasting My Healthcare takes insider provider know-how, turns it around and gives it to you in easy to understand language so that you can navigate the broken US healthcare system. Recent posts include topics such as:

(1) Using co-insurance to drive change
(2) $1,000 CT scans of questionable
(3) Price differences of over 200% even within network

You’ll find ideas on employer health benefit plan designs, thoughts on saving money when visiting the doctor, and comments on the politics of healthcare in the United States.

If you are a company CFO or president, if you work in employee benefits, if you are a healthcare professional or if you work in the insurance industry, then Quit Wasting My Healthcare is worth your attention.
Not reading it is a lost opportunity to learn something smart about healthcare.

About Compass:
Compass Professional Health Services was established in 2005 with the mission to help employers and individuals lower their healthcare costs while maintaining or improving the quality. Our employees and leadership bring unparalleled expertise in provider charge structures, patient guidance, and health satisfaction metrics. This experience uniquely positions Compass as a leader in employee healthcare support. Our services return control to the patient in a way that benefits the entire healthcare system. Better care, lower costs, happier patients – employers who use Compass see the difference.

Mission:
The Mission of Compass Professional Health Services is to enable consumers and employers to receive and purchase higher value healthcare.
Vision

Vision:
The Vision of Compass Professional Health Services is to be the premier provider of information and services that shift consumer and physician behavior towards lower cost and higher quality care.

Philosophy:
Every person has the power to become a better healthcare consumer.

Pain Relief With Microcurrent Therapy

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If you suffer from light to severe pain in your back, legs, or anywhere in your body, microcurrent therapy may be able to help. For those that do experience body aches and pains on a daily basis, pain pills are not enough to help cope or alleviate the pain. Some people may not even want to take pills because of the possible side effects and dependency that can be acquired with heavy doses of painkillers. Microcurrent therapy can help alleviate the pain in any part of your body by sending small electrical currents directly to the area or areas that are causing you discomfort and pain.

There are other electric therapies available, but microcurrent therapy offers the smallest electrical currents with the biggest results. This small amount of electrical current jumpstarts the blood flow in the damaged cells that are causing the pain and help alleviate the discomfort quickly. By providing an electrical current to the damaged cells in your body, microcurrent therapy can also aid in the regeneration of those damaged cells and tissue. More people have begun to use microcurrent therapy as a faster way to alleviate their pain and it is also a less abrasive on your skin than other therapies.

Microcurrent therapy is also affordably priced and can be purchased by anyone who is in need of pain relief. Most people prefer is the high higher electrical current therapies because it is so much easier to use and is so much gentler on the skin. The stronger currents can also cause some discomfort, but the microcurrent therapy is pain free and that makes it an even more amazing pain relieving system to have at your disposal. Those who have tried microcurrent therapy have been greatly pleased with their results and the therapy has become even more recommended by physicians and those that use the microcurrent therapy on a regular basis.

International Nurses Day In Hinduja Hospital

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People around the globe celebrate International Nurses Day on May 12, the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale who dedicated her life in serving the wounded. Every year the Nursing Division of P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and M.R.C. celebrate this day on May 12.

As per the International Council for Nurses (ICN), the theme for 2009 Nurses Day was Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Care Innovators. Events in P.D. Hinduja National Hospital were held around this theme.

Mr. Pramod Lele, CEO of Hinduja Hospital in his address said that nurses of Hinduja Hospital are extremely dedicated to their work but a more patient centered approach is needed to achieve the optimum level of patient satisfaction. Mrs. Phalakshi Manjrekar, the Director Nursing of Hinduja Hospital unfolded the Nurses Day theme. She focused on the fact that nurses are engaged in innovative activities on a daily basis to improve patient care outcomes and to reduce costs to the health system. She added that expert knowledge and nursing research are at the heart of many of the new roles which nurses take up, as well as the basis for traditional nursing care. But it is the combination of innovation and vitality that allows nurses work to take flight.

Scientific presentations by nurses were conducted on the Nurses Day. The topics were: “Nurses as brand builders for hospital”-Neha Gupta,Nursing Executive, “Clinical care pathway in Oncology Nursing”- Ms.Smita Patnoskar, ‘Sepsis-latest management guidelines’- Ms.Indu Poulose, and “Latest trends in diabetic nursing care”- Ms.Adriana Pinto.

A Final round of the “Innovative Team” Quiz was conducted by NABH trainers Ms.Sreeja Nair, Ms.Beena Nair, Ms.Shilpa Tiwde, Ms.Indu Poulose and Ms.Priya Shettygar in the Nurses Day programme.

The programme concluded with vote of thanks and was followed by lunch. All the members of the Nursing Division and Nurses who attended the programme were given a beautiful bookmark from Nursing Division and Nurses Day best wishes card from Hinduja Hospital Trustees – Mrs Usha Raheja, Mrs Vinoo Hinduja and CEO- Mr.Pramod Lele on account of Nurses Day 2009.

Piriformis Syndrome and Massage Therapy

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In my San Antonio, Texas based Massage Therapy and Bodywork practice I often treat pain from various syndromes including Piriformis Syndrome. Like many painful conditions Piriformis Syndrome responds quite well to massage therapy and bodywork.

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis Syndrome is the name of a painful nerve entrapment condition in which the sciatic nerve is placed under abnormal pressure by the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle attaches to the sacrum bone of the low back to the top of greater trochanter of the femur (thigh bone) and lies on top of the sciatic nerve. When the piriformis muscle becomes tight and enlarged, pain results from myofascial trigger points (knots) in the muscle, pressure on the sciatic nerve, and sometimes from the S-I Joint in the low back. Pain from Piriformis Syndrome is usually found in the extreme low back, buttocks, hip, and often the back of the thigh. Most of the time the symptoms are on one side, but may affect both sides in some cases. Additionally, people with Piriformis Syndrome often have trouble sitting for long periods and the pain may worsen when walking or squatting.

What is the cause of Piriformis Syndrome?

There are a number of causes for Piriformis Syndrome including direct blunt trauma to the buttocks, prolonged sitting while working or driving, Morton’s foot, or S-I Joint instability. Frequent or prolonged running on canted surfaces and participation in sports requiring quick lateral movement such as tennis, skiing, and basketball may also overstress the piriformis muscle and lead to Piriformis Syndrome.

Massage Therapy and Bodywork for Piriformis Syndrome

There are many ways that massage therapy and bodywork can be used to treat Piriformis Syndrome. The massage therapist will employ a number of techniques to relieve the condition. For example the massage therapist may use Neuromuscular Therapy or Trigger Point Therapy to eliminate myofascial trigger points in the piriformis muscle. The massage therapist could also use Myofascial Release techniques or Deep Tissue Massage techniques to release adhesions between the piriformis muscle and surrounding tissues while also using Muscle Energy Techniques to gently lengthen the piriformis muscle. Piriformis Syndrome also responds well to positional release therapies such as Ortho-Bionomy which work with the body’s nervous system to release muscles and improve joint movement in the area. In addition to working on the piriformis muscle it may be necessary to provide therapy for other muscles near piriformis and even to muscles opposing piriformis to improve muscular balance. Comprehensive treatment with massage and bodywork, in conjunction with a home program of stretching and exercise, usually helps to completely resolve Piriformis Syndrome.

Other Treatments for Piriformis Syndrome

While massage therapy and bodywork are an excellent treatment for Piriformis Syndrome there are other treatments you should discuss with your physician:

Go to HealthySolutions for d Best in Health Care Products

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HealthySolutions for Vitamins

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Take Care of Your Skin at HealthySolutions

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Android Development for Healthcare Industry

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Healthcare research firms have recently found that choosing a mobile platform, like Android OS that today powers world’s half of the smartphones, to provide healthcare services have great potential to redefine the medical industry and traditional bonds between doctors and patients. Now both healthcare service providers and consumers are discovering the benefits of Android based healthcare applications to acquire best medical information, support and care.

Android has given new dimension to the global smartphone market. Android is a free OS and anybody can use it on an Android-compatible device. This encourages developers to build high performance smartphone apps at lowest possible prices. It further increases the market of smartphones and allows none-smartphone users to have smartphone in budget. The practice of using smartphones for health related services and information is known as mHealth. mHelath is made of two words: Mobile and Health. In this way, mHealth apps let you manage and improve health. You allow these apps to collect your information and then to process the information to get results respectively. Android in this context has thousands of free and paid applications that are serving to a variety of healthcare issues. You just think about a healthcare issue and find a suitable free or paid app on Google Play’s Android apps store.

Not only consumers are taking advantages of Android healthcare apps but healthcare professionals such as doctors, clinicians, and nurses are using these mHealth apps to trace patients’ histories, appointment schedules, drug prescription details, billing data, and other practice related information. Medscape, for example, is a popular healthcare Android development and it is mostly used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.

Epocrates is another great outcome of Android development providing reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic information at the point of care. This Android app is the number one mobile drug reference among U. S. physicians. Using this app, physicians can access to thousands of drug monographs, drug-drug interaction checker, pill identifier, and health plan formularies.

Medical companies are now recognizing the potentials of Android mobile applications and are hiring Android development companies to get their apps developed. They are allocating budgets and investing in development of medical applications for smartphone devices and tablets PCs. When exploring Google Play’s Android app segment, you can find hundreds of thousands of healthcare and medical apps. And each app serves to a specific purpose and solves a problem related to health or medical.

Mobile can provide real time access to medical records of patients. It can also track their physical state and medical history and provide them instructions about diet and nutrition related aspects. Android has largest share in the market thus an Android based healthcare app is going to benefit a largest group of people.

Medanta A Leading Heart Hospital In Gurgaon Serving Ncr

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Although there are numerous heart hospital in Delhi & NCR, but one always look for best heart transplant in India. As it is a very complex surgical procedure, the quality of treatment should be of extreme importance. The kind of treatment is of much importance as compared to the name of the hospital.

Medanta is a leading heart hospital in Gurgaon serving people all across India. People come from every part of the India and even abroad to get the best heart treatment possible. The Medanta heart institute projects at diminishing the shocking rise in the number of cardiovascular diseases through innovative programs in patient care. The doctors, nurses, technicians, and heart experts bring the pledge of ultimate excellence in patient care, education and research. Moreover, the Medanta Heart Institute is patient-focused, academic department whose aim is to serve the patient and lead the science through education and research.

When it comes to the best heart transplant in India, most of the people come to Medanta due to its excellence if providing extra ordinary medical care services in India. The doctors perform cardiac surgery using innovative technology including Hybrid Operating Suit, Robotic Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Valve and Coronary Heart Bypass techniques.

This heart hospital in Gurgaon employs the most latest Hybrid Operating Suit which is one of its kind in this part of the world, houses all the equipment and monitoring devices required to perform complex valve surgeries. It captures a before and after picture of the procedure that will catch the rare but very important technical error.

The division of Cardiology at the Medanta heart hospital in Gurgaon is determined to provide compassionate, state of the art, ultimate care to heart patients at an affordable cost. Today, performing a heart transplant in India is no more a big deal with the kind of equipments and technicians on board.

Medical School Admissions Process Decoded

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Getting into medical school is exceedingly challenging. Well over forty thousand prospective applicants enter into the application cycle each year with less than fifty percent obtaining admission. Success calls for a lot more than scholastic and extracurricular expertise and experience. It takes finding out the actual requirements of the various admissions committees, having good recommendations, and authoring impressive essays which get their attention.

Although the specific application system doesn’t open up until June of the calendar year before matriculation, the actual medical school admissions process actually starts the very day you enter college or university. It does not matter if you are applying during your junior year of college or even a few years subsequent to graduating, the committees will start by evaluating your scholastic and extracurricular experience starting as far back as freshman year! Normally, high school situations don’t seem to be applicable except when there are extraordinary circumstances. This is particularly the case if you can show experience in the medical field during your high school years. If this is the case, then you would address it in your personal statement.

You should commence with the main application form the January prior to when you plan your matriculation. Yes, this is in fact 21 months before you actually start medical school! Plan to spend January to April scheduling, planning, and taking the Medical College Admissions Test, securing recommendations, and requesting transcripts from all schools which you have taken courses (you must include all grades for all courses). May and June are all about writing the actual American Medical College Application Service application, which is the primary application. The AMCAS includes a work/activities segment as well as the notorious personal statement. As soon as you’ve completed the AMCAS application form, July to September is devoted to secondary applications (otherwise called secondaries). Secondary applications are a grueling aspect of the admissions process wherein individual schools send their own application asking for between zero to ten supplemental essays on subjects covering anything from diversity towards the greatest error in judgement you’ve ever made (yes, that’s an actual question). Medical school admissions interviews take place from October through January. February is a time of limbo during which not much happens. While various medical school admission’s committees (particularly those which have a rolling admissions), will inform you regarding your acceptance, wait list, or rejection standing prior to the spring, you typically won’t hear something until about March or April. By May fifteenth, every applicant who has been given an acceptance offer from two or more schools will have to decide on specifically where he or she wishes to attend and withdraw applications from all other schools. The admissions process basically ends on the first day of school when you put on that white lab coat and officially become a Doctor.

Robotics In Health Care

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We havent quite reached the Jetson age of personal robots to do all of our work around the house. There are still quite a few developments in robotics, however, that affect humans in our day to day lives, although we might not recognize them as such. The robots in real life are not generally manufactured to look like people, but they nevertheless carry out many functions that would be dangerous or difficult for a human to do.

One area where the use of robotics has advanced considerably is that of healthcare. Robotics are now used in many areas of healthcare, including surgery, home care, and hospital processes.

In surgery, the advancement of robotics has made the surgical process easier on both the patient and the surgeon. Robotic intelligence and precision have combined to eliminate human limitations. Robotic surgery allows a surgeon to navigate to the area of operation with minimal cutting, ensuring both a less invasive procedure and a faster recuperation time. Robotic surgery also allows for more precise placement of tools within the surgical area, minimizing the risks of slippage or error.

In home healthcare, the current focus is largely on human labor. The aging population of baby boomers has already put a strain on the home health care situation which is only going to increase in the next ten to twenty years. Already, many home health care providers are feeling the strain of an industry that is increasingly becoming an employees market, where the supply of qualified health providers simply does not meet the demand.

In order to fill this void, there are many research projects underway in the field of home health care robotics. Some of the areas include telenursing for those in need of remote home care, mobile health status monitoring, home health diagnosis equipment, mobility assistance for bedridden patients, and auditory and visual assistance for the elderly (). The completion and implementation of these ideas will revolutionize the home health care industry, both in terms of individual capacity and in expense.

Healthy Lunch Recipes At The Office

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Most of us are not home for lunch on most work days, and it becomes a challenge to find healthy lunch recipes which are easy to prepare, nutritious to eat, and yet do not spoil while away from home until lunch time.

If you have a refrigerator at work, where you can store food, make full use of this facility. This will allow you more options as to what to prepare, as it will remain fresher for longer.

Toss a few lettuce leaves, salad tomatoes and pieces of cucumbers in a bowl. Keep a few chicken strips in a separate bowl. At lunch time, add the chicken strips, a low fat salad dressing, and serve with fresh pita bread.

A tuna salad can be versatile and refreshing, yet healthy and filling too. Tuna salad can be made ahead of time, using fresh lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced onion and tuna. Mix in a little vinaigrette, low-fat salad dressing or mayonnaise. Store in the refrigerator, and serve with a fresh roll, rye bread or crackers.

Another simple lunch to make in the office kitchen is cream cheese and crackers. Sliced sweet pepper pickles, sliced cucumber pickles or any other pickles you enjoy can be prepared ahead. Place a spoon of fresh cream cheese on a cracker. Top with pickles and enjoy.

Fruit salad makes a delicious light but healthy lunch. Fruit salad can be made ahead of time easily, and stored in the fridge. Dice your chosen fruits. Sprinkle with a little lemon juice, and cover tightly with cling film, making sure no air can get to the fruit. Seal tightly. Serve your fruit salad with yoghurt.

If the office kitchen has a microwave available, you might want to try a couple of these ideas.

Fry an onion until golden. Add a little ground beef and salt and pepper too taste. Once at the office, heat the beef in the microwave. Place a little lettuce, sliced tomato and the warm beef on a buttered roll.

Make your favourite soup ahead of time. Freeze the soup in portions. Take a portion out of the freezer the night before work, and keep in the fridge. Microwave the soup at lunch time for a quick and healthy meal.

When making pies and casseroles, smaller portions can be set aside for a meal at the office, easily heated quickly.

Whatever you prefer eating for a healthy lunch, remember to always keep the staples handy: tuna, boiled eggs, crackers, cream cheese and fresh fruit. If you stick to making healthy lunch recipes, even while at the office, you will find your need to nibble in-between meals will drop sharply.

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