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Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Advantages of using EHR Software

In the present lifestyle that demands quick and secure access to information not just in workplace but from anywhere and everywhere conceivable by the human mind, there is so much yet to be developed to cater to mankind’s digital needs. Medical profession and services involved in it are no exceptions-there has been considerable activity in the development of devices and tools that facilitate rolling out timely, diligent, and cost-effective health care services. Electronic Health Records (EHRs), rightfully, have been found to be followed by much enthusiasm and fanfare among medical professionals.

Significance

Internet-based applications have started dominating various domains lately. Following this trend, health care service realm is also being adorned with useful electronic utilities, such as EHRs. The software once developed to replace traditional paper-based medical records has presently grown on a large scale not only to cater to the needs of information maintenance, but also to assist doctors and all health care professionals in performing their responsibilities, offering the best service possible.

Benefits of EHR Software to Patients

  • Vital medical information is presented in an error-free, legible form for everyone to conveniently follow
  • Doctor-patient communication is greatly improved
  • A lot of time and effort are saved from patients’ perspective, reducing even number of clinic visits that were once required
  • Patients can expect to get better follow-up from doctors, with ease of interaction and comfortable tracking of continuing care
  • EHRs contribute a firmer grip to patients about their health conditions
  • Privacy and Security of personal Medical Information are diligently safeguarded by authentication processes and precautions
  • Patient Safety is substantially increased, as all vital data are reliable and being transferred at the right time to the right place

Benefits to Doctors

  • Communication among different departments, doctors, and facilities is fast and timely
  • Health care providers get to make use of EHR in emergency situations, utilize the accurate information for providing the best service possible
  • When multiple medical professionals are needed to coordinate for serving patients, EHR offers the most reliable information in the quickest possible time, thus helping doctors to arrive at vital decisions in time
  • EHR Software and its features lend a better rapport between doctors and patients, making it convenient for doctors by engaging patients positively throughout the medical service period
  • Improved Care on Patients, Better Coordination, Effective Diagnostics, Efficient practices, and Increased patient outcome are ensured by adopting EHR Software
  • Productivity improvement, Better work-life balance, and overall satisfaction are achieved by using the guiding and supporting features of EHR Software

Independent Living Solution

Individuals put a lot of stock into what their doctor tells them regarding medical and health conditions. If the doctor suggests that certain tests need to be run, a change is needed or prescribes medication, then patients are typically going to follow this advice because they want to feel better. In the same, health professionals do not let their job end when a patient is discharged, instead they ask about living arrangements and conditions. This is especially true in the case of elderly individuals who are being sent home but could end up back in the hospital again without the right kind of care.

Doctors recognise the value of a medi alarm for the elderly which is why they are familiar with the various brands and types of equipment that are available on the market. If you are in the process of trying to research and feel overwhelmed by the amount of information, then it may be helpful to check with your healthcare provider and find out what they recommend. The medical community is an advocate for early warning in accidents and falls as they understand the ramifications of delayed medical assistance. They should be able to point you in the right direction or at least advise on what characteristics you need to look for in an alert system for the elderly. Independent living is very important to older individuals as this has become an established way of life for them and they will not easily give this up, so the next best alternative is a medi alarm that works as a panic alarm. The device can be worn around the neck, on the wrist or at the belt clip so there is versatility in options for the individual according to what is comfortable.

The equipment should allow for two-way communication which is of tremendous help to responding emergency personnel to assess the situation before they arrive. If you or the patient is on a limited budget, then the most preferred option is to have the alarm system connected to pre-programmed numbers of friends and family members that can come to the house or call emergency responders as the situation dictates. Doctors will have a much better feeling about discharging their patient when they know that there is a security plan at home. Check with your health care provide and get their professional opinion on the best medi alarm for elderly patients based on their knowledge and experience with the industry.

Loved ones are not the only ones concerned about their elderly parents which speak to the value of the society when the professional health community is involved past the point of discharge. Make sure that your parent or loved one is taken care of and protected without having to dramatically change their world through the use of electronic devices. Online vendors have a wide range of options to choose from that allow you to choose the right combination for your situation and budget, so that it can be a lasting solution.

Learn More About Stomach and Gut Inflammation

The medical term for stomach inflammation is called gastritis. This is when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. Symptoms of gastritis vary among individuals, and in many people, there are no symptoms. However, the most common symptoms include:

  • Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night
  • Hiccups
  • Lose of appetite
  • Vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material
  • Black, tarry stools

How your gut may be playing with your mind? This is called stomach and mood disorders:

If you’ve eaten a fabulous meal recently, the experience was pleasant, comfortable and pain-free because your stomach and the intestinal system worked seamlessly to move the food along and eventually absorb it.

Our gastrointestinal tract, or gut, is sometimes described as our “second brain”. This is because it is controlled by its own complex nervous system comprising hundreds of millions of neurons – more than all the nerves in your spinal cord.

The gut and brain talk to each other through nerve signals, the release of gut or stress hormones, and other pathways. We have long known that emotions can directly affect the gut function.

But lately we’ve been discovering that it works the other way too: our gut actually has an effect on our brain. And because it’s easier (and generally safer) to manipulate the gut than the brain, this knowledge provides the possibility that doing so could treat some chronic psychological and brain diseases.

How the bugs in your gut alter your brain?

Everyone’s gut is chuck full of bugs (trillions of them) that can be good, bad or indifferent. They hang out all the way from the mouth through to the end of the bowel.

The bugs talk to the nervous system through pathways, including the immune system, that keeps them in check. Experimental work suggests and imbalance in these bugs can affect the brain and, in some cases, may lead to anxiety or depression.

Altering gut bacteria is a new way to treat many diseases of the gut and possibly the brain, including through diets (changing your diet rapidly changes your gut bugs), or by providing “good” bacteria and suppressing “bad” bacteria, that can be done with probiotics. Other method includes transplanting stool from healthy people to those in need.

Intriguing observations could also unlock new ways to manage currently incurable degenerative nervous diseases. For instance, altered gut function manifesting as constipation is often the first symptom of Parkinson’s disease.

And studies are currently exploring the role of the gut in neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

But for the moment, new evidence suggests when the gut is inflamed, it may affect the brain and lead to psychological dysfunction.

What is the name of a vegetable that is still in season in the winter and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes around the world? It is called “Fennel”.

Fennel is high in potassium and in some cultures, it is used to aid digestion. Fennel stimulates the secretion of gastric juices that reduce inflammation of the stomach and intestines as well as help combat constipation. If that isn’t reason enough to give this veggie a second look, some research suggests that fennel seed extract can be protective against cancer. A fennel casserole is a great choice for a family meal to help focus on health and wellness of a whole family.

What do you know about GMO’s (genetically-modified organisms)?

GMO’s have been linked to many different health problems across America. The US Government approved this scientific method in the 1990s and its methods effect vegetables, fruits and grains.

Studies have linked GMO’s to gluten disorders that affect 18 million Americans. The Genetic Literacy Project also states the studies have linked genetically modified animal feed to severe stomach inflammation and uteri in pigs, as well as genetically modified corn to rat tumors. These issues are just a small fraction of the problems that have been studied and reported.

There are easy ways to avoid GMO’s, such as buying locally, consuming organic foods or even growing veggies yourself. Now we know why we should grow our own vegetable garden every year.

Learn More About Gastritis and Inflammation

What is Gastritis?

Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).

What causes Gastritis?

Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications, such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also be caused by any of the following.

  • Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori): Bacteria that lives in the mucous lining of the stomach; without treatment, the infection can lead to ulcers, and in some people stomach cancer.
  • Pernicious anemia: A form of anemia that occurs when the stomach lacks a naturally occurring substance needed to properly absorb and digest vitamin B-12.
  • Bile reflux: A backflow of bile into the stomach from the bile tract (that connects to the liver and gallbladder)

If gastritis inflammation is left untreated, it can lead to a severe loss of blood and may increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.

What are some symptoms of Gastritis Inflammation?

Symptoms of gastritis vary among individuals, and in many people, there are no symptoms. However, the most common symptoms include:

  • Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night.
  • Hiccups
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting blood or coffee-ground like material
  • Black tar-like stools

How is gastritis inflammation diagnosed?

To diagnose gastritis, your doctor will review your personal and family medical history, perform, a thorough physical evaluation, and may recommend any of the following tests:

  • Upper endoscopy (EGD)
  • Blood tests
  • Fecal occult blood test (stool test)

What is the treatment for gastritis inflammation?

  • Taking antacids and other drugs (such as proton pump inhibitors or H-2 blockers) to reduce stomach acid
  • Avoiding hot and spicy foods
  • For gastritis caused by H. Pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn)
  • If the gastritis is caused by pernicious anemia, B-12 vitamin shots will be given
  • Eliminating irritating foods from your diet such as lactose from dairy or gluten from wheat.

Once the underlying problem disappears, gastritis usually does, too.

You should talk to your doctor before stopping any medicine or starting any gastritis treatment on your own.

What is the Prognosis for Gastritis?

Most people with gastritis improve quickly once treatment has begun.