“The college diploma is the new high school degree.” That’s a well-known statement heard in the New York City of 2007 – and there’s a lot of truth to it. However, not everyone wants – or needs – to attend a four-year university to begin a career. Many people are turning to healthcare programs that feature rapid training time, lower tuition costs, and a faster path from school to the work force. Many of these schools offer new alternatives – such as a dental technician track and assistant nursing program – to the classic college degree.Healthcare programs: The career wave of the futureAmerica is getting older – and there are not enough workers to help her age well, just yet. The upcoming wave of Boomer retirements means a significant number of job vacancies, and an American economy that demands more skilled healthcare workers. And retirement isn’t the whole story: As the Baby Boomers reach their geriatric years, they will need skilled nursing care. As they retain more of their natural teeth, they will need skilled dentists and dental technicians. School programs that focus on allied health address that critical job and care gap by offering a quick path to a career.Higher tuition, more problems: Healthcare programs offer cost-effective alternatives to the traditional four-year system Money is often a would-be student’s biggest barrier to attending a nursing school or M.D. program. As tuition soars and students increasingly turn to private loans to finance their educations, many find school to be beyond the reach of their financial means. Allied health programs can offer lower-cost training courses, with classes that are relevant to the specific functions the student will perform on the job. After attending a career-focused allied health program, the newly graduated student can enter the job market proficient in the skills he or she will need to be a nursing assistant, medical assistant, or dental technician in New York City – or elsewhere in the nation. More importantly, the student can begin working without onerous loans.The experience gap: Addressed by healthcare program internshipsNew York City is a tough, competitive job market – witness the huge numbers of liberal arts grads working as baristas or waiters. Sources as varied as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Penn State University, and The Guardian report that in today’s job market, education – and nothing but – is old hat. Employers want demonstrable, real-world experience, too. A healthcare program dedicated to the training of allied health professionals like nursing aids and dental technicians typically offers professional externships in the student’s field of study. For example, an aspiring dental technician might spend hours assisting chair-side in a private dental practice – or, a budding nursing assistant might clock in some hands-on work hours at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. This type of experience is career-focused, and can be put on a future job seeker’s resume.Many four-year colleges put an emphasis on a liberal arts education. What this means is that the academic programs demand exposure to many areas of human thought and achievement: science, mathematics, arts, languages, philosophy, and so on. So, a student might leave a four-year Ivy League school knowing Nietzsche backwards and forwards, but he or she can’t apply that skill to a specific career. Healthcare programs that focus on allied health careers – the catch-all term for jobs like nursing assistant, dental technician, and medical biller and coder – typically offer only courses that are relevant to the student’s eventual career. This saves the student time, and money. And, the hands-on skills taught in allied health care programs can’t be had just by going to the library, attending lecture, or studying texts. They must be practiced in real life settings before the student signs his or her first employment contract.Outsourced and right-sized: How the new economy makes healthcare school programs necessaryThe current American economy is service- and ideas-based, according to market periodicals such as BusinessWeek. The Internet makes the exchange and purchase of new ideas easy, and rapid. Unfortunately for U.S. workers, it makes ideas cheap, too. Some Americans remember the halcyon 1990s as a period of great economic growth. However, many of the ideas-based jobs such as computer programming and software engineering have since been outsourced to developing countries that boast cheaper labor.Service jobs are here to stay, for now. You can’t telecommute a restaurant meal or a tire rotation. However, most service-sector jobs require no education, and thus, offer only menial wages. Allied health careers, by contrast, offer significantly higher entry level wages, with only a short commitment to training time. As the United States economy continues to evolve from the labor economy of its inception to the service economy of today, more and more students – from Dallas to Los Angeles to New York – choose allied healthcare school programs to secure their working futures.
1) Nano-bots in Blood: Although Nano-bots are a long way from being used today, however, there is the possibility that we will see it in the future where these small robots can work like our own particular white blood cells and annihilate microscopic organisms and different pathogens. These miniature robots would work like their full-estimate equivalents with their own particular sensors and propulsion frameworks, and could perform little errands like conveying chemotherapy 1000 times more efficiently than utilizing drugs and it will not cause as many side effects as patient face in the present medications.2) Mind Transfer and Head Transplants: Ever since the beginning of mankind, we have all needed to live everlastingly, and one day that may progress toward becoming reality with organizations like Google and Brainpreservation.org searching for approaches to expand life by curing infection, safeguarding our brains in stasis, or actually saving on PCs or another cerebrum.While it might appear to be strange idea for a tech organization like Google to sign up and battle the healthcare fight, it makes perfect sense that that their CEO Larry Page might need to enhance his life and other’s around him thus they can understand life’s other intense difficulties in the upcoming future.3) Robotic Surgery/Pilot training program/Flight Simulator: Roswell Park Cancer Institute is rapidly reaching on the position of surgical training pioneers. This progress was benefitted by the innovative joint effort between the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and RPCI’s Center for Robotic Surgery. Surgical methods have constantly required years of preparing, and up to this point, the vast majority of that preparations are done in a live environment. It might be more efficient to do robotic surgery in comparison of present practices.4) Holographic Images: Hospitals are a place to go whenever any treatment is needed. However, it is strange that in the United States, more than 2 million individuals are affected by hospital-acquired contaminations consistently, and 100,000 individuals die due to these kinds of infections. Furthermore, it costs almost $20 billion to treat these contaminations. One thing that can help significantly is the capacity to input information without really touching physical gadgets, for example, keyboards, mouse, and so on. Holographic images will possess the ability to bring a complete revolution in this area.5) Improved Blood-Test Experience: No one loves needles, particularly when you need to get pricked by an unpracticed phlebotomist. Awesome news! Organizations like Theranos have designed a perfect way for such people because if you want to run tests then you will just need micro-samples of blood which means that approximately 1/1,000th of normal blood will be drawn from your vein.6) Mitochondrial DNA Transfer: It is also known as “three parent baby”, this procedure disposes of an assortment of conceivably fatal diseases such as heart and liver failure, and deafness. Albeit numerous moral and ethical questions encompass the current U.K. approval of this procedure, the potential implications for future eras is limitless.7) Robotic Nurse Assistant: Unqualified or inefficient nurses can become problematic for patients. According to the survey, large portion of patients are harmed each year from moving or lifting in bed or due to the mishandling fall after surgery. There are numerous varieties from a full robot, for example, RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) which has been developed by RIKEN and Tokai Rubber Industries and assisted hardware, for example, HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) robot suits conveyed by Cyberdyne.8) Artificial Retinas: The United States commonly characterizes somebody as legitimately visually impaired when the individual’s focal vision has degraded to 20/200, or the individual has lost peripheral vision so he sees less than 20 degrees outside of focal vision. Typical vision is 20/20, and individuals can see up to 90 degrees with their peripheral vision. An expected, 1.1 million individuals in the United States are considered lawfully visually impaired.This has prompted organizations like Nano-Retina to build up a complex and exquisite solution intended to reestablish sight of individuals who lost their vision because of retinal degenerative sicknesses. The small scale Nano Retina device, NR600 Implant, replaces the functionality of completely or partially damaged photoreceptor cells of eye and makes the electrical incitement required to initiate the remaining healthy and fully functioning retinal cells.9) Anti-Aging Drugs: The fantasy, day dream or a nightmare about long life or immortality, however you take it, might become slightly possible in future since Anti-Aging drugs will give you possibilities of living till 110s and 120s. In the year 2016, there was anti-aging drug test that reached to its trials and there were possibilities that these trials could see sicknesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s consigned to ancient history. Researchers now trust that it is quite possible to stop old age and help them live healthy into their 120s.10) Tooth Regeneration: This could be really very surprising and helpful advancement in healthcare if technology can actually bring answers to the tooth regeneration mystery. Brilliantly colorful fish found in Africa may hold the key to developing lost teeth. In a community oriented study between the Georgia Institute of Technology and King’s College London, specialists research on cichlid fishes of Lake Malawi in Africa, who loses teeth just to have another one slide into place. Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, recognizes and highlights the qualities responsible of developing new teeth and may prompt the key to “tooth recovery” in people.11) Light bulbs that Disinfect and Kill Bacteria: Hospitals are known to be potentially harmful and dangerous place with so many individuals with various illnesses and bacteria. Indigo-Clean has now developed an innovation utilizing light that ceaselessly sterilizes nature, disinfect the environment and reinforces your present disease prevention efforts.12) Medical Wearables And Devices With Long Lasting Batteries: The requirement for power is a primary concern. Pacemaker batteries are regularly replaced after a costly surgery. With the help of technology, it will be possible for batteries to get speedier charging and they will last long which will cut the cost of battery supplies as well.13) Stem-cell Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery: Stem-cells have received the spotlight recently. However, there were some senseless and fraudulent claims of stem cell reconstruction in the past few years. After a long haul, there are finally some genuine and officially approved applications of stem cell reconstruction and plastic surgery that begun to surface in various fields.14) Augmenting Human Abilities: Perhaps, the most impressive show of healthcare innovation advancement is the video presented by Les Baugh who was controlling prosthetic arms with his mind. Through broad research, in the matter on how Les’ mind controlled his limbs, analysts could decide how mind dealt with these connections. With the help of that research, they could build up an innovation that would read his cerebrum movement and send the signs to limbs that finally controlled the engine elements of his prosthetic limbs.15) Health Informatics: More than half of US clinics utilize some sort of electronic records framework, however just 6% of them actually follow all the government orders, as indicated by a current survey of the University of Michigan. As indicated by scientists at the University of Chicago, half of medicinal services dollars are wasted on unnecessary record keeping forms. Electronic records have been appeared to save substantial amount of $37 and $59 million if large hospital follows right health informatics. It streamlines the therapeutic care process and brings down malpractice claims, and expands coordination between suppliers.
Just as with our current economic meltdown, we should have seen our healthcare crisis coming. America has the most expensive and yet not the best healthcare in the world. Certain forces have been at work to create this perfect storm. While plans have been proposed to increase access to health insurance and streamline information sharing by digitizing medical records, government has failed to identify some elephants in the room that need to be addressed.LitigationWhat distinguishes American healthcare from that of all other first-world nations is the prevalence of litigation. Medical tourism is burgeoning because patients recognize its enormous cost savings. The same surgery done abroad can be one-tenth of the U.S. price. Absence of potential litigation accounts for the difference. The cost of drugs in general, and vaccines in particular, are astronomical because litigation has been factored into the price. Physicians in America order far more tests than those in other countries because of the fear of litigation. Any effort by congress to control healthcare costs must begin with tort reform. There has to be a cap on malpractice and adverse drug effect settlements. Any new government sponsored insurance needs to require arbitration in lieu of litigation.The Pharmaceutical IndustryYears ago, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation to beware of the military-industrial complex: the industry of war fuels the need to have more wars. A parallel can be seen in the pharmaceutical industry. Continual drug development with escalating cost is a self-perpetuating phenomenon. Antibiotic resistance is the pharmaceutical industry’s best friend. New antibiotics with increasing potency are constantly being developed to overcome drug resistant bacteria. As soon as a new antibiotic becomes marketable, drug sales representatives generously supply doctors with the new drug. This drug should actually be used sparingly and for specific drug resistant infections, but because of the convenience, doctors frequently give away and prescribe the new antibiotic, it becomes widely used, and the result is more drug resistance requiring even newer drug development. Somehow, this kind of drug overuse has to be controlled.The U.S. is the only country in the world that allows drug advertising. Choice of drugs should be left to the treating physician without the pressure of patient demand for the newest and most expensive version. Many new drugs are “me too” drugs, just slight modifications of older tried and true drugs. The difference is in cost, not efficacy. Advertising for non-prescription drugs constantly reinforces the notion that the only answer to any discomfort is a drug, a notion that has become as American as apple pie. Because of widespread advertisement, Americans unthinkingly take nonsteroidal antiinflammatories, which have potential serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure, for such non-life-threatening conditions as the common cold. Risk outweighs benefit in these cases. We need to revert to banning drug advertising.Physician Behavior and TrainingAmerican physicians habitually order more tests than are necessary. Clinical guidelines based on research have helped assuage this wasteful behavior. For instance, years ago, research found that routine chest X-Rays were of no benefit for annual physical exams. Similar guidelines have been established for taking X-Rays for ankle sprains. Finding what are the most unproductive tests and establishing national guidelines for when to use them could help bring down cost.The price of our technological progress is the loss of clinical skills among the current generation of physicians. In an article entitled The Demise of the Physical Exam (Jauhar 2006), the author, a professor of medicine, expresses the prevailing view among today’s physicians: that the physical examination is “an arcane curiosity,” performed as a ritual that preceded their real tool for problem-solving– technology. For centuries, doctors have been taught to begin with a thorough history and physical examination followed by tests to finally arrive at the final diagnosis based on the total information gathered. The current method virtually eliminates the initial steps. Doctors perform a cursory history taking and physical exam, and then order the tests related to the patients’ symptoms to obtain a diagnosis. With this method, I have witnessed not only excessive waste from unnecessary tests but also the misdiagnoses of common conditions such as small bowel obstruction, congestive heart failure, and appendicitis. This sea change in medical practice constitutes one major reason why American healthcare has become so expensive and yet less than satisfactory. There is a dire need to retrain physicians to return to basics. And the need is urgent because the medical trainers are losing the very skills they should be teaching.Over half of the American public recognizes that the Western medical approach has limitations and seeks complementary and alternative care. Skeptics among the medical establishment scoff and explain away the trend by saying that these patients “weren’t very sick to begin with.” What they fail to recognize is that Western medicine, while having advanced treatments for advanced diseases, have far fewer remedies for early-stage disease, or, the “not very sick.” Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that illness begins with some dysfunction in the host that causes him or her to succumb to disease. Unlike the Western approach, which focuses only on disease, Eastern medicine also strives to restore the patients’ weakened function to regain health. Familiarity with this approach among primary care physicians could not only bring down healthcare cost but also enhance physician satisfaction with work. If the physician prescribed herbs for the common cold, there would be fewer cases of bronchitis, the leading condition for which antibiotics are overprescribed. If acupuncture or acupressure were first-line treatment for back pains and soft tissue inflammation, patients would improve. This would lead to fewer MRI’s ordered and fewer surgeries performed. If acupuncture and herbal therapy were first-line treatment for infertility, it would eliminate the enormous cost of in-vitro fertilization in many cases. In the past decade, the insurance industry has begun to recognize that some forms of complementary care obviates far more expensive treatments such as surgery and are adding them to its covered benefits. It is time for government-sponsored insurances to awaken to this fact.In the past decade, the number of medical school graduates entering family medicine and internal medicine training has dropped by half. The shortage of primary care doctors has led patients to overuse costlier secondary and tertiary care facilities such as emergency rooms and hospitals. Several factors account for physicians’ disenchantment with primary care. Compensation is low when compared with specialty careers. Bureaucratic paper work is daunting. Often primary care physicians are frustrated because they have no means within the Western paradigm to treat common conditions. The very reason for entering the medical profession, to help heal and relieve pain and suffering appears unachievable, and they see themselves as mere triage agents. If these physicians were able to use complementary and alternative medicine, the gratification of seeing their patients actually improve would certainly boost their level of job satisfaction.Other players are insurance and patients. The private insurance industry has recognized that prevention is more cost-effective than cure. Many offer prepaid health plans and cover routine physical examinations. Medicare, to date, retains its antiquated policy: coverage for disease and not prevention. It is time for Medicare to enter the 21st century. Patients used to pay the doctor directly for services. Now, usually a third party, the insurance pays. Now, no longer aware of costs, patients feel entitled. If they have insurance, every test and treatment should be covered. The media sensationalize such cases, portraying the patient as victims and insurance companies as demons for not covering exotic treatments that have a low prospect of cure. Such cases often result in litigation, of course, further driving up cost. It is time to educate doctors and patients alike about cost and to behave responsibly. Correct treatment requires correct diagnosis. This fundamental principle applies to finding solutions to our healthcare crisis.
One of the largest sectors that relies greatly on information technology is the Healthcare industry. From hospital management, clinical development, regulatory compliance to research and development, technology plays a significant role. Owing to its widespread coverage, services and growing expenditure, this industry is growing at a tremendous pace. However, there are several challenges that continue to plague this sector.Amongst several odds, two major challenges confronted by this industry include increasing service costs and the compulsion of providing medical care facilities to all sections of society irrespective of their purchasing power. In such a scenario, Information Technology’s role in providing high quality health services is rapidly growing.With increasing penetration of technology in the healthcare industry, care providers, as well as, patients are enjoying the benefits of on-demand access to medical information as and when required. As the reforms and economy continue to present challenges, advancements in information technology (IT) will help ensure compliance with new legal requirements, besides providing improved patient care at low-cost.The advantages of Technological Innovation:
Data storage management systems are playing a significant role in maintaining patient records in an appropriate, secure, and easily accessible way.
Advancements in picture archiving and communications systems, electronic medical records, and computerized physician order entry solutions are being implemented at a rapid pace. Medical practitioners are making rapid use of mobile computing. This has helped care providers to share electronic patient records and other information without delay. This has reduced medical errors significantly and have improved services for patients.For physicians certain solutions such as electronic scanning and maintaining records are being used more than ever before to augment administration efficiency, expedite insurance claim processing, and consolidate management of electronic record.The growing complexity of modern medicine has paved way for several diagnoses, drugs, medical and surgical procedures that are available today. All this and more have taken patient care and service to the next level. This has resulted in increasing adoption of IT services, which indeed has significantly contributed to overall patient care and service.Additionally, healthcare providers need to develop a robust IT road-map by adopting systems’ that can provide accurate and meaningful insights from humongous piles of data from different sources. However, to meet the growing demand for technology in this industry, robust IT infrastructure needs to be incorporated. With high-end IT infrastructure support and solutions in place, operational efficiency could be enhanced, processes could be transformed and productivity could be augmented.