FindaTopDoc Review Kiosk

patients5Aimed at serving the physicians’ needs irrespective of healthcare specialty, the new Findatopdoc Review Kiosk launched by Findatopdoc.com, is designed as a convenient, easy, in-office review system that acquires patient reviews in real-time immediately after an appointment. The app is accessed by patients from a kiosk placed on the checkout counter to get their reviews within seconds after their visit, which is the main reason why this particular application is thought to be revolutionizing, efficient, patient friendly, and leading-edge. With 72% of consumers trusting online reviews just as much as personal recommendations and 90% of people reading reviews when they want to buy a product or book a doctor’s appointment, it is of most importance that physicians are prepared to have enough positive reviews when patients are looking for them.

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Healthcare Data Breaches: Are Hackers the Only Reason?

yay-5256236Healthcare data breaches in 2016 have surely raised the eyebrows of everyone in healthcare. In addition to being a nightmare for insurance providers, it is also nothing less than that for patients.

In fact, it could be an early sign of a looming danger. The consequences of failing health information security could do harm that is beyond the realm of imagination.

To put it simply, hackers hack for money, fame, or both. They are the first to cross our minds when we hear news of data security breach. But are they the sole cause of the sheer data loss in recent years?

In this article, we take a closer look at the stats of healthcare data breaches in 2016. Furthermore, we will take a deeper dive to explore the reasons for a security breach.

2016 US Healthcare Data Breaches: A Forgettable Year but An Unforgettable Experience

According to HIPAA Journal, Banner Health, Newkirk Products, Inc., and 21st Century Oncology lost a cumulative of more than 9 million patient records in 2016. This accounted for 33% of the total data loss. While the loss was far lower than that in the earlier year, the incidence of breaches almost doubled.

Notably, data breaches in healthcare totaled over 112 million records in 2015. Provider Anthem was the top target with the loss of 80 million records. This dramatic drop in the number of the lost records in no way indicates any improvement in health information security. In fact, what is of greater concern is the twofold increase in the occurrence of breaches.

If we put aside Anthem’s lost data, there is not much difference in the number of the breaches. Mathematically, it is (112-80=42 million) in 2015 and 27 million in 2016. Healthcare data breaches cost theUS economy an estimated $6 billion per year.

Considering widespread use of internet-connected healthcare devices, the trend of loss can only surge. This is when we do not implement preventive security measures.

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Hackers Are Not Only the Reason for Ailing Healthcare Security

When you hear of a cyber attack in any sector, it is very normal for most of us to blame the hackers. Understandably, they are the most obvious scapegoat for the faults that can have devastating results.

Understandably, healthcare fraud and identity theft are the two most lucrative reasons why the hackers are demolishing the walls of health information security.

Let’s look at the different side of the story.

According to a report by Protenus, almost 90% of the total events resulted due to human error. This leaves the space for wrongdoings at a mere 10%.

It’s high time we ask ourselves a few questions of paramount importance.

How have the security officials played their part? 

Is there a role of human error?

How have patients assured they are safe?

Are we properly trained to implement the software updates?

How do intentional wrongdoing affect the numbers? 

If you know someone is eyeing your data, what steps would you take to keep them safe?

Obviously, to answer these questions, it takes a lot of courage. Also, it takes some time to realize that health information security is everyone’s concern. We can expect a safer haven when each link in the chain is strong.

Once we have a clear understanding of our weaknesses, we can formulate strategies to safeguard ourselves. After all, ensuring safety is arguably the best preventive approach.

A Glance atthe Role Of HIPAA

HIPAA, an acronym for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has set the standard for health information security. Nonetheless, its role as a guardian of PHI (Personal Health Information) comes under frequent criticism. Critics say HIPAA activities are too weak to control the many problems in health information security.

For this reason, many experts call it a toothless tiger. Well, it might be too early or not the best idea to address a national level watchdog.

One way HIPAA could make its efforts more noticeable is to include more stringent criteria for the certification. In addition, wider coverage of HIPAA training could provide much more enhanced safety within all types of healthcare environments.

The Solution

Healthcare cyber security is more than just protection of information. It is also about how we can protect patients from the loss of privacy. The future of healthcare relies largely on how we respond to the increasing events of breaches. Experts believe the rising amount of healthcare security breaches is awake-up call for the entire industry.

The events of healthcare data breaches have unearthed the value of training the patients on how to adopt the safety measures. As a matter of fact, strong security systems alone will not guarantee a total protection. Patients should also learn about how to keep their information as secure as possible.

Explore the vulnerabilities and weak links in the system to ensure vital patient information is not lost at the hands of hackers or insiders. Next is to anticipate an attack before it actually happens.

Finally, encrypting patient health information is the key to preventing loss of health information.

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Hospital of Tomorrow

Blurred doctors surgery corridorWhat will hospitals be like in 2035? Given the rate at which technology is revolutionizing the healthcare sector, says Mitch Morris, MD, an American oncologist with experience in healthcare administration, physicians today would barely recognize a hospital if they took a trip through time to 2035, just as healthcare professionals 20 or so years ago would if they walked into a hospital today.

As a result of many healthcare innovations over recent years, hospitals have been modernized to such an extent that pioneering new products and digital advances are helping to improve people’s lives far beyond what many had anticipated.With these next-generation advances in healthcare innovation, however, hospital efficiency becomes even more important. Applied technology that is caring, impactful and delivers meaningful benefits must both make a difference to people’s lives and work in tandem with budgetary concerns. That is the essence of a healthcare revolution.

The big challenge, therefore, is to meet the growing demands of and for care, and still keep health services solvent. One approach seeks to move away from silo models of service provision towards the development of well-integrated healthcare services. Sceptics, however, have observed that up to now efforts to do this have really involved little more than the transfer of resources from one silo to another.

But things are changing for the better and healthcare innovations that focuses on costs and efficiency have the ability to revolutionize the system.
For many years, acute care hospitals have struggled to keep up with the explosion in healthcare innovations and the data they carry. While some healthcare providers have leapfrogged using information and communications technology (ICT) to manage and monitor clinical data, they have been the exceptions rather than the rule. Within a decade such limitations based on ICT access will be distant memories.

Furthermore, the effective and efficient use of this data will help to reduce costs of service provision, to break down barriers between clinical specialties and service providers, to improve transparency for patients, and to deliver a more holistic patient experience. Inevitably, the slowest part of this change will be cultural. Despite the rapid pace of clinical advances, traditional clinical structures have been slow to evolve, but driven by the stick of budgetary expediency and the enticing carrot of exciting new ways of delivering improved services, healthcare innovation can inspire change.

If big data and cheaper ICT are going to be the engines of change, how will this be experienced on the ground, within hospitals? How will patients’ benefit and hospital efficiency be transformed? A number of trends are already emerging that will enable real-time collaboration between clinicians and patients to improve outcomes while at the same time lowering costs.
For instance, using high-tech procedures that integrate multiple tools and technologies, clinicians will treat complex problems in patient-oriented ways that reduce “competition” between existing clinical disciplines—for example, between cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists.

Healthcare innovations for telehealth capabilities will enable hospitals to discharge more patients, more quickly and to support recuperation in other settings, including their own homes. Active monitoring will ensure timely interventions, should they be necessary.
Using data to refine their focus, clinicians will be able to move away from an excessive “erring on the side of caution” in diagnosis and treatment towards a targeted approach. This will encompass everything from radiation exposure for imaging to minimally-invasive procedures.

Global Health Protection: Dream of A Healthy and Safe World

iStock_000007298729LargeWhat Is Global Health Protection?

Global health protection refers to a range of activities that aim to ensure the people’s right to health is not violated at any cost. Essentially, it is a subset of public health function. Unlike a single nation’s health policies, it is a broad concept that encompasses all the preventive and remedial actions that are taken globally. This is in contrast to international health which restricts its activities to the developing nations only.

The primary goals of public health protection are:
● Enhancing public health capabilities
● Responding to global emergencies or disease outbreaks anywhere in the world in an effective manner. Think of the Ebola or Bird flu outbreak.
● Extend global life expectancy
● Increase the quality of life

Apart from these, it also works to address growing health security concerns. For example:Health during a crisis, and the effects of both infectious and non-communicable diseases. Additionally, it covers child and maternal health, health costs, and violence against women (VAW).
WhyGlobal Health Protection Should Be Every Nation’s Concern: Problems Now and Ahead

The use of advanced transportation systems and intercultural links have blurred boundaries. In fact, we are closer to each other than ever before.

“Boundary separates us but humanity connects us in the best possible way.”

How would you feel if your friend in South Asia is struggling with the effects of a major earthquake? Surely, you would call him/her or have a video chat (if technology allows!).

Similarly, what would you do if anyone you love is traveling to a nation marred by Ebola?

Would you worry about a French friend who is mourning the deaths of his countrymen in a terrorist attack?

These questions are just a few examples of how we have shifted from a nation’s citizen to a global citizen. Understandably, the same applies for global health too.

Now, let’s have a closer look at the stats and the current and future problems that global health protection initiatives have to face.

According to a 2014 report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a whopping 80% of the population across 44 countries are devoid of global health protection. Especially, a number of West African and South Asian countries are facing this dire situation.

The access to primary healthcare services is largely hindered by the level of poverty in these countries. What’s more frightening is they have to pay for the healthcare services on their own. That being said, out-of-pocket payment (OPP) is one of the main reasons for an increasing rate of impoverishment. Thus, the vicious cycle of poverty and ill-health does not seem to end anytime soon.

Another contributing factor is insufficient healthcare manpower. Regrettably, thousands of people have to rely on a single healthcare worker to meet their needs. Basic services such as identifying diseases and getting the primary treatment are often out of reach for a large fraction of the population.

The effects of civil war and violence on public health leave us wondering if humanity still exists. In fact, war-torn nations are examples of how low we can slump.

All things considered, we are decades away from healthcare equity on a global level. For this reason, we all need to work together to bridge the gap. To start, a more focused and integrated approach towards catering to the basic healthcare needs would be the best.

Which Organizations Are Involved in Global Health Protection Initiatives?
World Health Organization (WHO) plays a central role in widening global health protection coverage. In addition, UNICEF, World Food Program, and the World Bank are other major organizations that are working for the same purpose.

In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a separate division that looks after the global health protection issues. It works in a close association with WHO, U.S. government agencies, and health ministries of the partner countries.

Together, they aim to help each other develop and utilize the resources to counter the effects of looming health problems.
What’s the Solution?
The solutions are simple, at least on paper. In most cases, it is the implementation part which takes a toll on the outcomes of any health policy. Nonetheless, we should be optimistic about the future and dream of a better world.

Here are some probable solutions that will surely improve the situation.

● Increased government spending on health systems to build a stronger healthcare team.

● Policies to cut down OPP. As a result, the rate of impoverishment will fall.

● An effective provision to track health system performance, and monitor progress toward health goals.

● Capacity building to control HIV/AIDS.

● Dissemination of health information and awareness on both short-term as well as long-term health threats.

● Decentralization of healthcare reform.

Key Takeaways
Every country should make sure that each of its citizens has an easy access to the healthcare. Additionally, they should also work to bridge the gap between the rich and poor when it comes to health access.

The efforts of the organizations like WHO and UNICEF will not suffice if the local governments do not lend their helping hands.

Therefore, it is imperative that all the countries put aside their interests for a bigger cause which is global health protection.

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Digital Healthcare Investment

Digital health investments are on track to hit an all-time record in 2016, according to Katya Hancock, director of strategic partnerships at StartUp Health, who spoke at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit.Year-to-date for 2016, digital health companies have raised over $6.5 billion in investments, already surpassing the $6.1 billion that was invested in the space last year.The sector set a record in the third quarter when companies raised $2.37 billion, the most raised in a single quarter.

Total investments in digital health since 2010 have amounted to $20 billion. According to Hancock, the general consensus at StartUp Health is that digital health is still only in its early stages, and that we are far from a market bubble.Currently, StartUp Health has 170 companies, across 26 countries, in its portfolio. The firm has an ambitious mission, “to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the world,” and aims to do this by supporting and investing in entrepreneurs who hope to reinvent and transform health care.StartUp has recently outlined 10 major moonshots that it feels will have the greatest impact on health: improving access to health care, decreasing health care costs, curing diseases, cancer, women’s health, children’s health, nutrition, brain health, mental health, and longevity. In addition, StartUp Health actively tracks 7,500 companies outside its portfolio to gain market insights into the digital health space.

Through its market research, the company has identified a number of latest deals in 2016 in the digital health market that are worth noting:

US and Global Growth: As mentioned previously, digital health investments are growing with year-over-year increases. In addition, international investments are increasing rapidly. Some of the largest deals are in fact happening abroad, in particular in China. Two of the largest investments, in fact, have been in China, with a seed-stage investment of $500 million in start-up Ping an Good Doctor and $448 million in Baby Tree, both based in China.

Digital Health’s “First Wave”: Digital health is still in its “first wave,” with early investments in sensors and wearables still in early stages and not yet realizing returns. A second wave is expected that may include more sophisticated sensors, which are likely to offer deeper insights and improved solutions.

An Active Investor Ecosystem: The digital health investor ecosystem is extremely diverse, with over 500 unique investors in the space, with over 140 making multiple deals in 2016.

Unique Collaborations: Stakeholders with specialized expertise are coming together for unique partner collaborations. One example is the large $500 million investment by Google and Sanofi into diabetes start-up Onduo. We can expect more of these unique partnerships going forward, aiming to bring together parties with different skillsets to tackle difficult health care challenges.

The Rise of the Rest: Finally, there is a rise of new innovation centers and hubs away from the prominent East and West Coasts to include other sites in the US and internationally. New ecosystems are attracting investors to locales previously undeserved by digital health.

Digital health funding has high potential for improving health outcomes, and it is expected that investments will continue to grow in the US and internationally going forward. As it is still a young market, only time will tell if returns are realized on this potential.

Digital Healthcare Investment: What Happened In 2016

Digital healthcare investment showed some strong signs of growth during the first few months of 2016. At the end of the year, it reached an estimated $4.2 billion. Hundreds of digital health companies relished their share of the pie. Interestingly, many of them were startups.

In fact, it was a “good” year for the companies that have revolutionized how we receive and deliver healthcare services. Nonetheless, the market could not keep up the momentum and ended the year with 8% lower total value than what was in the earlier year.

Experts believe this marginal decrease in the amount of digital healthcare investment has little to do with the overall market trend. It is poised to take further leaps in the coming years. This is considering the fact that the number of deals was slightly higher than that in 2015.

Changing Nature of Digital Healthcare Investment. More Deals but Less Total Value!

It’s not always the total value of the investment that drives the market. Several other factors also play a crucial role

As a matter of fact, 2016 was not a great time for digital healthcare investment. But on a positive note, it brought into light a different approach in how investors are pouring their dollars into the market. Here, we take a closer look at what it means

First, it indicates a major portion of the digital health funding came in for the startups. Quite understandably, the naive players do not attract as big an investment as a well-established company would. Note that this is good for the digital health market as the introduction of new companies, though smaller in size, means more competition. Consequently, we can expect more innovative technologies, reduced prices, and better user experience.

One such innovative online technology is provided by www.findatopdoc.com. It offers patients the facility to request an appointment with the best doctors in their area. In addition, you can get accurate health information about diseases, medications, medical procedures, supplements and everything that constitutes your health, in addition to today’s popular lifestyle choices.

Next, the size of the deals was not too big to cause a boom. However, slower infusion of capital investment means the whole process is in control. For this reason, we can say the situation of the digital health market is stable. Stability is key to the growth of any market, regardless of its type. We would definitely not want a roller coaster ride when investing our hard-earned money.

Top 5 Categories That Received the Most Digital Health Funding

  1. Genomics and sequencing $410 million
  2. Analytics and Big Data $341 million
  3. Wearables and Biosensing $312 million
  4. Telemedicine $287 million
  5. Digital Medical Devices $268 million

(*Amount in US dollars)

Key Notes

Genomics and sequencing is a trending healthcare approach that aims to revolutionize healthcare by decoding genes. In a similar manner, they have managed to grab the attention of investors. It is no surprise that they are on the top of the list.

The second category in the list, “Analytics and Big Data”,has not lost their charm and continue to lure investors.

Finally, wearables may not be as attractive as they were a few years back, but they still make it to the top three.

Largest Deals of 2016 Inside the US

It is interesting to know that the total value of the companies in this list accounted for 19% of the

digital healthcare investment.

Here is the complete list with the total amount of digital health funding they attracted.

  1. Human Longevity Inc. $220 million
  2. FLATIRON $175 million
  3. JAWBONE $165 million
  4. Healthline $95 million
  5. HealthCatalyst $70 million
  6. ACCOLADE $70 million

(*Amount in US dollars) 

Key Notes

Most notably, the second largest deal worth $175 million was made for a new player, FLATIRON.

It is a new company that has been creating waves since its inception four years ago. As a cloud-based software company providing information on cancer, it connects patients, physicians, and researchers. That way, it aims to change how a patient accesses cancer care.

Digital Healthcare Investment 2016: Who Are the Top Investors

Altogether 451 investors tried their luck in the digital health market by injecting billions of their dollars. Most notable were GE ventures and Pfizer. The latter had its debut in this market.

Other major players in the digital healthcare investment who went ahead to make a fortune in this growing sector were .406 Ventures, ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ, and khosla ventures.

What Might The Future Be Like?

The healthy signs of growth in digital healthcare investment throughout the last year can indicate a positive future. In all cases, it will not be just about the dollars and the returns on the investments. It is also going to be about new technologies, better healthcare services, and ultimately, better treatment outcomes.

As some major business organizations are making their foray into the digital health market, we can expect the future days to be brighter, if not the brightest.

In addition, a number of startups are grabbing the attention of the biggest investors in a never-before-seen manner. To top it, increasing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and digital health IPOs will only boost digital healthcare investment.

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Healthcare Recruitment Trends In 2017: Challenges/Opportunities

Healthcare recruitment trends in 2017 will witness gigantic growth. Learn what it means to your practice and what areas you can fit in.

Healthcare has always been a lucrative area for job-seekers. That applies to everyone who has the qualifications to carry out a job in the healthcare industry. In fact, this is evident from the report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It projects the healthcare industry will provide more jobs than any other industry during the period from 2014 to 2024.

Notably, it is good news for healthcare professionals who are planning to develop their career in this sector. Indeed, it’s also an opportunity for them to excel their career and obtain their share of the pie.

Naturally, opportunities come with challenges, and the case is no different here. Before making your foray into this sector, you should prepare yourself for the inevitable challenges ahead. Put it simply, no pain and no gain.

In the same line, the industry also needs a wider vision for an effective talent acquisition. To find qualified applicants and mold them to meet the growing needs is essentially an uphill task. Therefore, healthcare recruitment should be scientific and based on the level to which the qualifications match the expectations.

What Are The Challenges Of Healthcare Recruitment in 2017?

The challenges are more complicated than you think. Nevertheless, good things come with higher price-tags. Also, the best ones are beyond the price-tag. Therefore, if you are dreaming of a successful career as a healthcare professional, you should be ready to embrace every challenge whole-heatedly.

  • Cut-throat market competition: If it were not for competition, you would never know what you are made of. Healthy competition and a system of rewarding the winner is for sure the best tool to fire your passion. Learn additional skills, get some extra certificates, boost your LinkedIn profile and stay at your best whenever possible. After all, who knows exactly when the opportunity will knock at your door. Most importantly, understand that there is a thin line between being different and strange. These are some of the easiest yet the best things you could start doing right now.
  • Employers are looking for “great” players not just good ones: Forget the old adage “slow and steady wins the race”. Understandably, the talent acquisition is more difficult than any time it was before. Therefore, wear your best suit and smile, stay on an intellectual high and deliver the best. Follow the mantra “being good is a good thing but being the best is the best thing.”
  • Which one to Hire: Educated or experienced? By far, this is the most daunting challenge for you. They are held in confusion over what they actually want out of a healthcare professional. For sure, they cannot always expect to get a perfect blend of talent and experience. In the same line, it creates an uneasy, to say the least, environment. Here you lose your sight of what you can sell in the market: Marks or years? The best thing you can do is to find the right match and go ahead.

The Opportunities Are Not Too Far

Keep your spirits high as opportunities are swelling. There is every chance that you will find the place that best suits your qualifications.

  • Industry growth is something to look forward to: The growth of healthcare recruitment trends in 2017 will be the driving force for healthcare professionals. If you are thinking to join the healthcare industry, maybe this is the best time. The industry people are looking to find qualified applicants and ready to pay a hefty amount for the right healthcare professional. In addition, the talent acquisition firms are narrowing the gap between the employers and healthcare professionals. This growth is partly fueled by the ballooning number of baby boomers. Moreover, better diagnoses, Affordable Care Act and the invention of new treatment approaches have catapulted the need for a qualified healthcare professional.
  • Specialty treatments are leading the way: If you are a licensed physical therapist, you are more likely to get hired once you dive into the market. This is just an example. Radiology, ophthalmology, oncology, and gynecology are some other hot specialties that are poised to make their marks in the healthcare recruitment arena in 2017. For such areas of medical specialties, you can expect a quick recruitment even if you are fresh grad.
  • Love Social Media? You could become a Healthcare Social Media Manager or Consultant: Healthcare is not aloof from the wave of social media. Many healthcare firms are running talent acquisition campaigns using the social media. Additionally, they are also providing health solutions through it. This innovative area of healthcare recruitment is something we can expect to soar within a few years from now.

What Healthcare Professions Will Lead The Way In 2017

Going by the current trend, the following areas in the healthcare sector will make an impact on the Healthcare Recruitment Trends in 2017.

  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Dental Assistant

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