Importance Of Making New Innovations In Home Health Care Services

Posted on September 3rd, 2019 by Wayne Nguyen under Blog

IFA Guest Blogger: Mr. Andrew Russell

 

In this modern world of medicine and home health care service, there is no other way to survive but to make new innovations. This plays an important role as it will help these care services to reach more and more homes and to more and more patients, young or old.

A lot of home care service providers have come up in the recent past to facilitate patient journeys. They support the needs of the patients with these innovations that help them to tackle even the most demanding patient.

Therefore, investing in such innovations is essential that will enable the home caregivers to provide safer services that will help the patients to lead a safer life in their own homes. This will not only help them in their daily activities but will also help them in other different aspects such as:

This will ensure better care and fast recovery following the evidence-based treatment in the homes of the patients. In short, innovations in home healthcare will bring together the elderly patients, their families and the caregivers as well.

As you may see, there is an incredible work done in home care jobs near me to develop a better health care system that will help them and the patients to prevent and treat diseases. This will help the patients both at the population level as well as at the individual level.

Systems for personalization

However, this will not be possible to achieve if these advancements to work are not put to the systems for personalization. Everything in the home care jobs boils down to the need for designing a better care service.

In addition to the above, there is also a need to address workplace ethics and the role of human resources. This will ensure reimaging the imperative need of securing a more diverse and talented pipeline.

Therefore, investing in innovations and creating a better and more productive organizational culture of inclusion will enable the home care agencies to honor the new age of home and health care personalization.

Looking forward in 2019

You can look forward in 2019 if you look at the different trends followed by other home caregivers and the predictions made by the experts in the industry.

Ideally, given the current state, there is a strong debate between:

This debate seems to have no end as more and more new players enter into this specific ecosystem.

Looking at the predictions, making the necessary changes in care services and organizational structure and reviewing your state every now and then will enable you to find out whether or not you are doing well and are you getting even close to be more accurate.

Accuracy in your services is primarily important which is why these predictions and innovations are also important. You must not only focus on them but also pan them out all through the year over your service and organization management.

Value based care

2019 globally will be the year for providing more value-based or value-added home care services to the patients. Therefore, you will need to design more ‘outcome-based care’ if you really want to do well in this competitive and highly demanding field.  This will help you in ways more than one including:

In addition to that, it will also offer access to affordable and quality care. This will be the key to the political agendas especially if you want to do business in the emerging markets in regions such as:

In 2019, it is also expected that the lines between IT and retail healthcare industries will continue to blur. Individual care space is expected to be dominated by different major players such as:

In the East, it will be dominated by players like:

These non-traditional providers of the digital marketplace including Microsoft and IBM amongst others will dominate the entire home health space. These major organizations will provide the essential impetus to the public health systems. This will ensure both affordability and accessibility of care.

It is also expected that there will be a lot of investments made in the future for research and development of drugs and devices. This will enable the home care service providers to be more targeted so that they can meet with the unique needs of the emerging markets especially in the Asian and African markets.

The final word

In order to meet the increase in demand for home care by the aging Americans, Asians and other countries, the healthcare system as well as the home care industry must be innovative in their thinking process, care giving process and management.

Typically, it is expected that in 2019 the companies must follow a reality check with a continual review of their existing processes and focus on designing care processes with an eye on the future. For this purpose, they must follow and understand two of the most hyped technologies that should be certainly used in home health care services in this decade and that to follow. These are Artificial Intelligence and blockchain.

This ideally is the best way to stay in the competition and thrive for success in home health care services marketplace wherein lots of startups are coming up like mushrooms but few only can meet with the rising demand of such care.

 

Seeing Through My Father’s Eyes: Reframing Dementia

Posted on August 23rd, 2019 by Wayne Nguyen under Blog

IFA Guest Blogger: Ms Kimberley Littlemore, is a fellow of Swansea University Medical School and an award-winning former BBC filmmaker.  As the Creative Director of eHealth Digital Media, Kimberley is responsible for producing high-quality film content, working with award-winning crews and graphic animators. Her strong academic abilities allow her to combine visual flair with an ability to master and communicate complex theoretical and medical content.

 

This is a picture of my father, former architect Clive Jenkins, being fitted with a pair of retinal tracking glasses for an experiment with a team from the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre at the University of Wales in the UK.  Our team was trying to see whether the technology could give us insights into the way that people with dementia interpret what they see while performing familiar tasks.


I am a former BBC producer working with the National Health Service in the UK to produce films to support people living with chronic conditions, and you’ll meet me if you have a moment to watch this film that we made as a first experiment to see how technology might throw light on some common challenges for people with dementia, and how this information can be used to create useful resources for people living with and alongside dementia.

The experiment led us to conclude that short films could be made to showcase the effects of clutter in distracting some people living with dementia from completing once familiar tasks, such as that of getting dressed as illustrated in the video.  Professor Andrea Tales from the Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University wrote,

“I think your brilliant film is a real-life example of such difficulties.  We’ve only really done laboratory mock-ups of the environment, but your film shows what’s happing beautifully, and in a much more powerful way — especially the information about distracting information.”

See below for visual information that was garnered from the glasses by analysing the distracting nature of what my dad was seeing in the busy cupboards and shelves littered with the paraphernalia of 40-odd years of family life.


Our team is eager to develop these insights into a series of films to support formal and informal carers by sharing common experiences of dementia and solutions as well as hearing from professionals such as Professor Tales about what we know is going on in the brain.   If you are interested in collaborating with us on this project to develop a series of films exploring ways to support people with dementia then please contact me at kim@ehealthdigital.co.uk.

Influenza Recommendations for Hajj

Posted on July 2nd, 2019 by Greg Shaw under Blog

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3 July 2019 – The Hajj is the yearly pilgrimage Muslims can make to Islam’s holiest city, Mecca in Saudi Arabia to engage in practices to deepen faith and increase a sense of unity and humility within the Muslim community.  It is one of the five pillars of Islam and a meaningful and important experience.

Pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba at Masjidil Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Muslims all around the world face the Kaaba during prayer time.

All Muslims are expected to make this journey at least once in their lifetime given financial and physical ability, and as such, Hajj draws masses (over 2 million people) from around the world to one location.  These large crowds can be favourable to disease transmission, specifically acute respiratory infections.  In fact, almost 60% of Hajj pilgrims have reported illness related to respiratory complaints [1].  How can public health assist in facilitating a healthy journey for Hajj pilgrims?  In a recent commentary [2] from the journal Vaccine, Koul, Bali and Koul present a case for the quadrivalent Southern hemisphere influenza vaccine.

Among Hajj pilgrims, a primary cause of respiratory infection is influenza [2] and to protect the pilgrims, the influenza vaccine is strongly recommended [3].  However, the international gathering draws people from a range of geographies with varying influenza circulation patterns and strains [2].  Mismatch between the influenza strains in circulation and those included in the vaccine is always an issue that impacts vaccine effectiveness and may be of particular concern for international gatherings such as the Hajj pilgrimage that bring together people from countries with varying influenza patterns and strains [2].

The trivalent vaccine contains two influenza A strains and only one influenza B strain and past mismatches using the trivalent vaccine have led to significant influenza B infections [4].  This is important as influenza B will often co-circulate with influenza A, influenza B can, in some seasons, be the dominant virus and influenza B can lead to more hospitalizations than influenza A [2].  As Koul et al. point out, the circulation patterns of the two influenza B lineages in the home regions of Hajj pilgrims can result in the mismatch between the circulating viruses among Hajj pilgrims and those contained in the trivalent vaccine given its limitations to one influenza B lineage.

To address these issues, Koul et al. recommend the quadrivalent over the trivalent vaccine because it includes an additional influenza B strain.  The authors further suggest use of the Southern hemisphere quadrivalent vaccine over the next decade given during this time, Hajj will fall between April and August for which influenza activity is higher in the Southern hemisphere as well as in tropical/subtropical areas.  The authors recognize that this would require regions that follow a Northern hemisphere vaccine schedule, such as North America and Europe, procure and administer the Southern hemisphere quadrivalent vaccine for those planning to make the Hajj journey.

As with other vaccines, Koul et al. acknowledge Hajj pilgrims may face significant barriers to receiving the influenza vaccine including lack of national influenza immunization programs in the home country, poor vaccine awareness, vaccine misconceptions and financial limitations.  The IFA supports vaccination across the life-course and believes the best available evidence should be considered when recommending vaccinations to determine those that offer the greatest health benefits in combination with policy-level action that addresses barriers individuals face to vaccination.

[1] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1477893915002094

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31104882

[3] https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/select-destinations/saudi-arabia-hajj-umrah-pilgrimage

[4] https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/59/11/1519/1746422

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