Online Doctors’ Visits a Growing Trend

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What to Expect from an FDA Inspection

Prepare for the FDA's Test of Quality

Prepare for the FDA’s Test of Quality

Inspections by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not new to regulated industries and laboratories, as are compliance, enforcement, and criminal investigations. With the goal of addressing and minimizing significant health risks, an FDA inspection can either make or break a company, making a good and lasting impression or tarnishing its image, costing the company time, money, and business. For pharmaceuticals, laboratories, biotech leaders, and drug companies, proving quality systems is paramount.

Access to FDA guidelines and regulations is only the beginning. To achieve a five-star rating, pharmaceutical industry manufacturers and suppliers need to understand what FDA inspectors are looking for and how to respond to enforcement measures in a timely and effective manner.

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New Databases Heal Electronic Health Records

Conversion to Electronic Health Records Has Been Challenging

Conversion to Electronic Health Records Can Be Challenging

The introduction of the electronic health record (EHR) ushered in a new era as health care went digital over the past decade. The plan was to digitize patient medical histories in order to enhance professional collaboration, improve patient care, reduce system-wide costs, and other benefits.

Today, the original aims and promises of the EHR system are in question. Debates are stirring regarding the safety and security of electronic health records while limitations of the system itself are surfacing.

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Handheld Medicine on the Rise

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The Changing Face of Health-Care Billing and Payment

The Healthcare billing system is getting a modern makeover

The Healthcare billing system is entering the modern age

The existing health-care billing and payment system is getting a facelift. Reflective of the new health economy wherein patients have become purchasers demanding quick, convenient, affordable, and transparent methods of medical billing and payment, the modern makeover also reflects the one-click modality of the digital age.

As many patients now shoulder the bulk of their health-care costs on their own, the survival of health-care providers increasingly depends upon their ability to adapt and run their practice as a business catering to the demands of consumers.

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The New Health Economy

The health industry is becoming an open economy

The health industry is becoming an open economy

According to studies by PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI), the dawn of a new health economy is upon us. As consumers take charge of their own health, outdated care-delivery models are being reinvented and replaced by new technologies and innovations. In what has been dubbed “the new health economy,” other sectors—such as telecommunications and retail—play a key role in the delivery of health-care and market-price values.

Providing expert research and analysis on trends affecting health-related industries, HRI’s findings point to a powerful global reality in which a new ecosystem serves the consumer. With the aim of pleasing the customer, new technologies are revolutionizing the $2.8 trillion health-care sector, turning the traditional industry into an open market. The new entrants into the field, also known as “market disruptors,” have largely come about in response to complex regulatory and reimbursement systems that confuse and frustrate patients.

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Seven Reasons to Outsource Your Medical Billing

Outsourcing billing lets doctors focus on patient care

Outsourcing billing reduces the burden on doctors

To outsource or not to outsource medical billing—that is the question. The answer? According to most health-care experts, the answer is yes!

First, medical collections operations are essential for the success of any medical practice, not only to achieve the required degree of regulatory compliance but to receive proper reimbursement. Medical billing specialists are expensive to employ, and as your practice begins to grow, so too will your medical billing and coding needs and workloads. Outsourcing medical billing changes your fixed-cost expenses to variable costs, allowing you the flexibility of hiring a billing expert part time or as needed. Moreover, collecting money from patients is a time-guzzler and headache for most doctors and health-care providers. An expert in medical billing processes will help you manage your business, take care of all the administrative duties involved, and free you to concentrate on the lifeblood of your practice: delivering high quality patient care.

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Wearable Health-Care Devices are Good for Your Health

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Healthcare Applications for Smartphones a Growing Trend

Healthcare Apps Deliver Medicine On The Go

Healthcare Apps Deliver Medicine On The Go

Smartphone health-care applications have mushroomed in recent years, with proven results of enhancing mobile communication among health-care providers, increasing patient access to medical services, and improving patient care. Used widely by health professionals, medical and nursing students, and patients, smartphones have become the go-to tool for medical practice at the point of crisis. With the number of applications growing and with more advanced functionalities available with each new release, smartphones are rightfully receiving noted attention in the health-care industry as medical researchers explore the design, software, and potential of mobile technology.

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Developing a 21st Century Medical-Marketing Plan

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