Healthcare Technology Improving Patient Care

Healthcare Technology

As the demand for healthcare continues to surge, so does the need to improve and streamline patient care. Without evolving processes and treatments, the need could easily outpace the ability to provide thorough care. Thankfully, innovations in healthcare technology make it possible for providers to not just keep pace with demand, but constantly improve patients’ quality of care.

One issue with treating patients in managing their information. Just as a patient’s needs and concerns will constantly change, so will their medical records. Any medical provider, therefore, needs constant access to the most updated information as well as in-depth medical history. Before technology, this meant storing information in paper charts that not only took up considerable amounts of space and manpower to maintain, it too easily resulted in inaccurate or lost information. Information and treatment could not be easily coordinated and shared between a patient’s various physicians, which resulted in anything from inefficient medical care to dangerous conflicts in prescription medications. With the use of medical data networks, software, and even hand-held devices, however, many of these problems have been eliminated.

Today, a patient being monitored for things like fetal health or cardiac rhythm can have their information checked remotely by a doctor or nurse sitting in their office or even on vacation using mobile applications on phones or tablets. A diabetic with problems stabilizing his blood glucose would previously have had to consistently write down their glucose meter readings to share with the doctor at a later date.

Today, some meters offer the ability to download glucose measurements to a computer for better charting, and a few even allow you to transmit your information instantly through wireless transmission to your doctor’s patient records server. For patients under the care of multiple medical providers, any updates or changes in their health can be automatically sent to each provider with alerts to note them of any critical issues. Many doctor’s offices today are even making it possible for a patient to check his or her own medical history and make appointments online. Using a combination of software, patient databases, and secured servers, this service allows you to check things like the results of your last blood test, or a record of your past visits, from the privacy of your home.

Healthcare technology is also reducing the likelihood of medical mistakes. For instance, many patients in hospitals now receive a bar-coded identification bracelet that attaches electronically to their medical records. Such a process means even an unconscious patient can be assured health providers have their correct medical information. Also, one major problem in medical care is prescription medication mistakes. Matching barcodes to electronic charts, however, will not only alert a provider of any potential conflicts with the medication to be given but will also automatically update the chart with the latest dose given. Using a similar system, patients who receive blood transfusions can be assured that they receive the correct blood type.

Treating patients means not just understanding their medical needs, but managing the flood of information generated by their care. Despite increasing demand, healthcare technology is making it possible for medical providers to consistently improve not just the speed, but the accuracy and quality of patient care.


Eat and Lose Weight

Eat and Lose Weight

Nutrition and Diet

There are two words often confused when it comes to eating and losing weight: “Nutrition” and “Diet”. Both words go hand in hand when it comes to the desire to eat and lose weight. It’s important to consider whether the prescribed diet is nutritious enough to satisfy hunger and provide good health. Substantively, dieting without considering nutrition becomes an exercise in futility.

Most people who rarely need to diet or lose weight follow a fairly regular pattern of eating habits. They know what they like to eat and can eat anything within rational proportions without worrying about calories, gaining weight or worse, poor nutrition. Nutrition and diet, although not synonymous, are related when it comes to the human body. Generations of human bodies with the poorest diets suffer maladies and slow mental capacities as a result. The ability to identify nutritious food is important in order to live “diet regimen free”. Attitude plays the greatest role in how successful an individual will be in order for them to eat and lose weight as also described in this article.

Eat Well, Eat Hardy

The presentation of various dishes at the table makes all the difference in how appealing they will be to the appetite.

  • Make meals an adventure in culinary innovation.
  • Choose only the freshest fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, meats and dairy products.
  • Freshness is key to making foods more appealing.
  • Try to combine healthy foods in a more artistic manner.
  • Hunger sated by bland, insipid meals does nothing to inspire one to eat well.
  • Select the brightest green vegetables to coordinate with fish or other main course dishes.
  • Don’t forget that freshly cut herbs added to vegetables enhance their flavor.

Example: Try a simple side dish of green beans with freshly chopped tarragon or dill added for a new twist. The same method applies to fruits and dairy foods. Fresh mint can be enjoyed on fruit compotes as well as in teas and in quick milk smooches. As well, seasoning and spices are not limited to use for baking. Add cinnamon, chili, cumin or curry to rice dishes for extra flavor. Remember, creativity helps make meals that allow an individual to enjoy what they eat and lose weight as an added bonus.

Eat and Lose Weight without Feeling Deprived

Deprivation is one of the most prevalent reasons for difficulties when trying to lose weight. Don’t deprive yourself. Revive yourself with a creative culinary adventure.


How To Start A Weight Loss Routine And Stick To It

Weight Loss Routine

Can’t start a weight loss routine and stick to it long enough? Never started with a fitness program and you think it’s too late? This article is intended for people who have never worked out in their life (Or haven’t stayed on a weight loss routine for long enough). First things first, it’s never too late to start a weight loss/Fitness routine. You can start today and chances are that you’ll begin to feel the difference in a month or so. To put it this way, exercise is very forgiving. You may forget about it for years but once you get back to it, it always pays off.

An interesting study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Lead by epidemiologist Edward Gregg) conducted a study on 9,500 women who had been leading a sedentary lifestyle all their lives. Their average age was 66. Those women who started with a daily mild physical activity reduced their chances of Cancer by half and their risk of heart disease by one-third! The women were tracked down for 12 years for their risk assessment. This was a startling discovery for all health experts as it points out that no matter what age you are, even if you start with a very mild physical activity daily, its effects will start to show in the long run.

So, what should you do if you’ve never worked out In your entire life?

What should be the starting point? Well, first things first; you need to get yourself checked by a physician. Try to get your vitals checked and the basic tests. Also, discuss your plans with your doctor and supply all relevant information including the conditions you have and the medication you’re taking for it. Also, share all the details of your workout plan with your doctor.

The second step is to start with something you like doing. Running for hours can be mind-numbingly boring for some people while others seem to fancy it. The activity you choose should be something you can engage in every day. It can be anything from gardening to rock climbing! As long as it interests you and as long as it gets your heart rate up, you’ll be fine with it. Also, take into account any medical disability that you might have. If you have joint problems or if you’re very overweight, you start with activities such as swimming. So start with something comfortable and interesting that doesn’t scare you away in a matter of days (or injure you).

Always start slow. This is always better than rushing into a workout plan, doing it vigorously for the first three days and spending the next two weeks in bed, injured. If you’ve never done this before, you may want to start by short workout sessions. As you progress and get over the initial muscle soreness and fatigue, you can extend your sessions further. This can serve as a good measure of the progress you’re making.

Don’t do it solo. Get a partner that helps you motivate and keeps you steadfast on your daily routine. Although there’s no medical evidence pointing out that working out in pairs is more fruitful but it is always nice to have someone that’s going through the same phase as you are. So get off the sofa today, plan it all out and start with a weight loss routine and stick to it.