Driving Healthcare Innovation Through Medical Device Design

The Regulatory Environment
As the industry continues to innovate and leverage new technologies, it is also plagued by a stringent and always changing regulatory environment. Healthcare institutions are always looking for ways to improve clinical trials of medical devices, and incorporate breakthrough technologies to meet the growing demands of patients, healthcare practitioners while at the same time meeting device guidelines and regulations. In addition, the increase in mobility, connectivity and portability of monitoring devices, medical device manufacturers are seeking to build cost-effective and cutting edge connected services.

Embracing IT Solutions
Healthcare policy reforms and technological advances have converged to drive demand for new and innovative medical devices for hospitals, healthcare institutions, laboratories and governments. However, with growth come significant challenges (and opportunities) – as guidelines and mandates are constantly evolving and changing the way medical devices are launched, IT solutions can help.

• Efficiently manage compliance issues, as well as customer service and complaint issues
• Improve product development and manufacturing processes across key operational functions and meet the demands of an increasingly stringent regulatory environment
• Minimize cost of product development and research while simultaneously improving time to market
• Enable superior research and development activities and ensure richer device (and healthcare) outcomes
• And overcome challenges across clinical development and production, using cutting-edge compliance management tactics, sales and marketing analytics and field service

Smart Engineering for Improved Healthcare Outcomes
Smart Engineering is the latest wave of engineering processes that’s enabling manufacturers to drive innovation in the product development space:
• With smart engineering, manufacturers can easily and quickly validate error-prone functionality early in the product development
• With such validation, manufacturers can significantly reduce costs and accelerate time-to-market
• Automation of tasks can result in massive productivity gains, and proactive risk mitigation can help ensure safe and reliable products
• Smart engineering enables robustness of product design that delivers high quality to patients and health care providers at affordable prices
• Smart data collection through the design stages leads to predictable outcomes in manufacturing
• Manufacturers can verify changes much before they are implemented, and build safer products with predictable outcome
• Smart engineering incorporates model-based development, with embedded hardware and firmware design, integration and test automation
• Using medical grade communication technologies and protocols, device manufacturers can build a connected ecosystem
• Application development and maintenance medical device design services help in building Electronic Medical Records as well as Personal Health Records(PHR)
• Infrastructure management services enable manufacturers to host solutions on the cloud and leverage the benefits of remote management
• And finally, quality assurance and regulatory services ensure accurate product validation, certification and submission for improved health management

How to Get More Referrals From Hospitals, SNF, and Physicians

HHAs cannot survive without a steady flow of patient referrals, especially in areas where there is an abundance of HHAs competing for the same few patient population.

Why is it now harder to get referrals from hospital or SNF discharge planners?

There are several good reasons why it’s harder to get referrals from discharge planners:

1. Discharge planners are bombarded by home health sales reps on a daily basis as competition for patients increases. There has been a 75% increase in the number of agencies across the US. Can you see why discharge planners from hospitals and SNFs are overwhelmed? Many hospitals have new policies prohibiting home health sales reps from calling or dropping in on their discharge planners because it’s takes up too much of their time.

2. With the explosion of home health agencies, and the rules about patient choice and freedom of choice, it is more difficult for discharge planners to make referrals to certain agencies all the time. This is especially true when most agencies have the same wording in their brochures. Nothing makes them stand out from the crowd. Nothing says why the patient should choose your agency over another agency.

3. Discharge Planner/ Case Managers (DP/CM) are under tremendous pressure to get patients out of hospitals quicker, so this makes it harder for discharge planners/case managers to discharge patients from the hospital to competent home health or home care services. The pressure makes it hard for CM/DP to interact with home health sales reps.

Solution: What is a more effective way to get more referrals from Physicians, hospitals, and Skilled Nursing Facilities?

Based on the above information, and just plain knowledge on how the system works. It just makes good sense for home health agencies and personal care agencies to start specializing in providing specific types of care, or target a certain group of patients rather than saying that “everyone” is your targeted market. The truth is that not everyone is your targeted market with so much competition out there looking for the patients. Now is the opportunity for home health and personal care agencies to generate referrals that turn into admissions by telling DP/CM, physicians, and SNF what makes you special. What problem of theirs can you solve?

Your Sales Rep. should be able to tell hospitals, SNF, physicians or their office staffs how you can solve the 30 Day Re- Admission issues that Medicare penalizes them for. If you focus on this 30-day Re-Admission problem that plagues every hospital in the country, then your agency will soar to higher success. Training staff will be the first step you take to guarantee the success of this plan. Your sales rep must be very knowledgeable about what your agency can and cannot do. There’s nothing worse than having a sales rep promising hospitals, and doctors that you can provide services that your agency is not qualified to do. If your agency cannot provide anything more than simple wound care because your nurses are not trained on wound care, then don’t take patients with major wound care needs. You would think this would be common sense, but believe me as a consultant, I have seen many agencies get into trouble by taking patient case loads they are not qualified for, or have enough nurses to provide the care.

Benefits Of Using Organic Castor Oil

Organic castor oil has a variety of benefits due to which it has been used for many years. It is also used in some medicines because it has the ability to improve the immunity of the body so it can be used in a number of diseases like skin disorders, arthritis, menstrual problems and many more.

This oil shows amazing properties in treating vaginal infections and many bladder problems. It is helpful in relieving menstrual and abdominal pain in women when applied gently on the abdomen or any other part of the body.

It is the major component of many skin care products, makeup and shampoos. It is excellent in removing wrinkles and fine lines from the face.

Castor oil is rich in vitamin e so it is also used in many dermatological products. This oil is ideal to treat skin related disease. It is used to treat inflammation, fine lines, stretch marks and wrinkles. Good amount of vitamin e is required to keep the skin healthy and well nourished. What you’ve to do is massage it over the skin and leave it for several hours. It will provide you the maximum desired results.

This oil is excellent in treating dysentery and many other bowel diseases. Constipation can also be treated by using organic castor oil in a mixture with fruit extract or fruit juice. Here we’ll use fruit juice for taste masking as castor oil is bitter. Take this mixture orally to get rid of pain.

Some of us wants our eyelashes look longer and feel softer those people should do consider this organic castor oil. Apply this oil on your eyelashes it would provide them sufficient nutrients to grow faster. This natural oil is way better than eye lashes serums. It quickly absorbs into the base cells of your eyelashes and provide it sufficient nutrients and a good environment to grow.

It is a strong immunity booster so it improves the immunity of the body. It is also helpful in relieving arthritis pain.

This oil hydrates the skin and provide sufficient amount of nutrients, therefore this can help you in improving your dry skin.

This oil also improves hair growth by promoting the circulation of blood in the scalp. It’s a good oil for those who have dry and brittle hair.

This oil is widely used for massage due to its pain relieving effect on joints and muscles. It has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. It has also an antibacterial and antifungal effect, so it is also used in the treatment of many skin inflammations.

Castor oil is widely used in many medicines and cosmetics due to all of these excellent and marvelous properties. It should be used with a proper diet so it can produce the desired results. All of these properties of castor oil make it perfect to treat a wide range of problems and makes it superior to other oils in these properties.

It is also helpful in the treatment of warts, which are the unwanted growth on the different parts of the body. Apply the castor oil on the place of wart it would degrade the wart and provide you the maximum results.