GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of General Electric Company, forays into the home healthcare market in India through the introduction of sleep care and home respiratory care solutions, that are added through acquisition of Vital Sign. The home health solutions are added through acquisition of Vital Signs Inc and its subsidiary Breas Medical AB.

Vital Signs is a provider of medical products applicable to a wide range of care areas such as anesthesia, respiratory, sleep therapy and emergency medicine. Vital Signs has a broad product portfolio of innovative single-patient use products which offer significant cost advantages and improved patient care features, including reducing the likelihood of transmitting infections from one patient to another. Single patient-use technologies contribute to a reduction in patient mortality through limiting hospital-acquired infections. Vital Signs products will highly complement GE Healthcares leading anesthesia delivery, patient monitoring and acute respiratory offerings.

“Home Healthcare is largely untapped, while at the same time, a fast growing market in India. This global acquisition is consistent with GE’s strategy to invest in high technology, innovative businesses that deliver top-line growth and earnings expansion. This acquisition takes us one step closer to our vision Early Health. It is a strong, strategic fit and allows us to address the individual patient directly, for the first time. This is our first foray into home health in India, said Mr V Raja, President and CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia.

“At GE Healthcare we are very pleased to enter the home health and sleep care market. As a company we look for strategic ways to strengthen the breadth and depth of our product portfolio in response to customers needs. Moreover, now with our iSleep products, we continue to provide clinicians solutions for better patient care with the aim to improve patient quality of life,” said Mr S Ganesh Prasad, Vice President Clinical Systems, GE Healthcare, India.

Each residential home is of superior quality surrounded by farmland and within easy reach of local facilities. Nua Healthcare recognises the key difficulties individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders face on a daily basis:

* Difficulties with social interaction
* Obsessive compulsive tendencies
* Impairments of imagination and anxiety issues

Our qualified social care staff works closely with all residents, furnishing them with the necessary skills to live independently whilst taking into account and safeguarding any specific vulnerability. We understand that traditional disability service models do not work for people with Aspergers syndrome. Significant community interaction and unlimited choice can cause individuals with AS major anxiety issues. Our model of care ensures that individuals can integrate into communities on their own terms and have a low arousal, spacious environment to go home to.

All of our staff are very aware of the importance of clear communication and unambiguous language for individuals with AS. All our staff are trained in how to communicate effectively with our client group. We have recently linked in with the National Autistic Society in Wales with a view to implementing a Social Skills training program for our service users. This program has been the result of significant research and consultation with individuals with Aspergers Syndrome. This program will be an integral part of our service delivery going forward.

Services include –

* Adolescent residential home- catering for individuals from 12 18
* Low , Medium and High Support Residential settings for adults
* Independent living complex for adults catering for up to 6 individuals
* Home support service for clients transferring to residential services
* Educational, Therapeutic and Work based day services
* Community outreach supports including supported employment and adult education

General Contact Details

Nua Healthcare Services
141 Roseberry Hill, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Ireland
Phone: 045 481661
Fax 045 481664
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Social media is becoming an essential tool in public relations. Public relations practitioners use social media every day to publicize their clients and start two-way conversations. Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube are all important channels for social media. As a company or organization in the health industry, it may not seem important to be participating and interacting on social media. All too often healthcare practitioners dismiss social media as not being applicable to their industry. Why would someone want to follow a hospital on Twitter? Or be Facebook friends with a pharmaceutical company? There are in fact many reasons that audiences want to connect with those in the healthcare industry on social media platforms. Therefore, healthcare social media is becoming increasingly vital.

In order to develop healthcare social media strategies, companies and organizations must first be present on social media platforms. This means setting up accounts for Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. There may be some social media platforms that do not seem like the best fit for your company or organization. The best way to be certain is to see what your competitors are doing. If your main competitor has a YouTube channel then so should you. However, you may not want to rule out a platform for healthcare social media use, even if your competitors are not present on it. This could be an opportunity for you to gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. For example, maybe none of the hospitals in the area have a Facebook page. By creating one and using it effectively, you might be able to reach some audiences that are not being reached through other forms of social media.

Once you have created accounts on all relevant social media platforms, your healthcare social media strategies can begin. Start communicating relevant information and your messages to your audiences and converse with other companies, organizations and individuals in the health industry. Social media is best used when it fosters two-way communication and reaches the most individuals. The health industry has various information that is increasingly important to disseminate out. Receiving this information could make a significant difference in someones life. These audiences are already using social media platforms for their daily lives, which is why it makes sense to connect with them on these healthcare social media platforms. Using all social media platforms to their full potential will increase communication and publicity for your company or organization in the health industry.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR3962: the Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2009. The legislation is thousands of pages long, making it difficult for regular taxpayers to understand how the bill will affect them.

Tax Penalties

The new legislation is very expensive, and Congress has come up with a number of ways to pay for it. First of all, there will be a shared responsibility provision that basically forces taxpayers who cannot establish acceptable health care coverage to pay an additional 2.5% tax. There will be a hardship exception though, for taxpayers who cannot afford to pay the tax.

Payroll Penalty

In addition to a penalty on taxpayers who cannot afford coverage, the government will also assess an 8% payroll tax on businesses that do not offer health insurance to their employees. However, it is widely expected that the penalty will be reduced to 5% when the Senate revises the bill.

Millionaire Surtax

One of the largest sources of funding for the reform bill is a new surtax on individuals making more than $500,000 per year, of couples making over $1 million. In the House’s bill, beginning in 2010 all taxpayers making a qualifying amount will be subject to a massive 5.4% tax increase.

Inflation Increases

In addition to adding heft tax increases, the bill also partially repeals tax indexing for inflation. This will result in more money for the Federal government as the years go by. According to the Joint Tax Committee the surcharge is only expected to generate $30.9 billion in 2011, but nearly $70 billion in 2019.

Passage into Law?

The present version of this bill is not likely to get passed into law. Despite President Obama’s optimistic stance, some Senators are already pronouncing the bill dead on arrival. Although there has been a lot of discussion about this health care reform bill, it could be months before even a highly amended version of it becomes law. The Senate is not going to vote on the bill until at least 2010, and since they are expected to make numerous modifications it will likely need to return to the House for another vote. It could be six months from now before a health care bill goes to President Obama’s desk for a signature.

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Risk management in the healthcare industry is essential to ensure the safety of the patients and reduce liability for the institution. Research shows that even now, administrative mistakes and medical negligence still causes many grievances and disputes leading to legal battles.
Devising a good risk management programme and implementing a more strategic approach can save the company a lot of money. When a company is unable to put into practice methods to manage risk, valuable resources may be lost. To achieve and benefit from risk managements procedures, healthcare institutions must fully inform and support their leading managers to be completely aware and proactive in integrating risk thinking into all aspects of their work whether it is in operations, development or performance management.
There are minimum standards for healthcare institutions that have been agreed upon by government bodies to ensure the safety of the patient. However, there are still many cases of malpractice and medical negligence. A strategic and comprehensive risk management programme will aid in greatly reducing these unfortunate occurrences and protect all who work within the institution. It will also improve the standard of the care that is received by the patient and enhance the organisation as a whole helping towards creating a self sufficient business.
For those who already work in healthcare or are interested in a career in this field, there are many sources for you to gain a better understanding of benefits of risk management. There are courses offered by universities that cover extensively topics including standards of healthcare, governance of the Health Care Organisation, general risk management, federal and state laws and ways to integrate patient care with enterprise risk management. All these various aspects need to be taken into account to create a comprehensive healthcare risk management programme.
Various online courses may also be taken advantage of to develop your skills if you already in the healthcare sector. Most of the time, these courses are affiliated with a university and offer recognised certification in risk management. Students who are interested in a career within the healthcare industry can also use this to explore their opportunities in this lucrative segment of the healthcare industry.

Contrary to what most people believe, there are people that schedule an annual check-up with their physical therapist to ensure that they stick with an overall health and wellness maintenance plan for staying healthy. When you visit a physical therapist to maintain health and wellness, the physical therapist will do a complete evaluation of your health level and then personalize a treatment plan. The plan includes rehab therapy for any problems that the physical therapist has located as well as a personalized plan for how to stay healthy and live a high quality of life.

Any physical therapist will tell you that patient education is an essential part of physical therapy. The education includes how to improve points in your body which exemplify weakness to prevent pain and injury in the future, maintain flexibility and muscle mass, practice a healthy diet, and much more. So if you pay a visit to a physical therapist here are some basic tips they will provide on how to stay healthy before they go into a detailed treatment plan with you.

Physical Therapy Evaluation

A physical therapist will recommend a complete evaluation so he/she can devise a treatment plan that will teach you how to stay healthy. The evaluation includes a complete review of your physical capabilities including extremity range of motion, spinal range of motion, cardiovascular and pulmonary, neurological function, assessment of your daily living activities, and much more. The physical therapist will then go through your health concerns with you in detail and then compile a plan to help you stay healthy.

General Recommendations for How to Stay Healthy

In addition to discussing your evaluation and treatment plan with you in detail, your physical therapist will also make the following general recommendations for how to stay healthy:

Water: Water flushes all of the toxins out of your system. A physical therapist will recommend that you sip on water throughout the entire day as opposed to taking it in all at once. This will help to keep your cells hydrated and your system free of toxin build up. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water then you have waited too long.

Stretching and Exercise: It is very important to do stretching exercises on a daily basis to maintain mobility and flexibility. It also helps to prevent injury when you engage in exercise. You should stretch your hamstrings, chest muscles, and shoulders to maintain good posture and then exercise on a daily basis doing something you enjoy such as walking, riding your bike, or doing the gardening. Whatever it is make sure you engage in movement every day.

Eat Breakfast: You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that is because it really is. In order to get a jumpstart on your day eat a breakfast that is high in protein with a ratio of 4 to 1 carbohydrates and protein. Avoid cereals that are high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Living a healthy life style naturally calls for a healthy body, free from disease and illnesses. It also means that you enjoy a positive outlook about your life, the people in it, and the world.

A healthy lifestyle is one full of energy, without constant stress about aches and pains, and what tomorrow will bring. It’s about living in a healthy body, and enjoying the world around you.

Living a healthy lifestyle is built on these foundational steps:

Staying healthy calls for a healthy diet

A diet rich in fresh, whole foods is essential in a healthy lifestyle. When available, always choose foods found in its natural state. Fruits and vegetables have high vitamin and mineral content. Whole grains like quinoa and whole wheat bread should be consumed instead of less nutritious white varieties.

Vegetables need to make up 50-60% of your total intake of food each and every day. The more vegetables you eat, the less sugar and white flour you will crave and your immune system will help you fight off illness and give you all the energy you need.

Drink plenty of water. The old suggestion of 8 glasses as day is still what you need to keep every cell in your body healthy.

Exercise keeps your heart healthy and your body agile.

Just 30 minutes a day of movement can benefit your health by improving joint stability, increase your range of movement and flexibility, help prevent osteoporosis and fractures and improve your mood while reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym. It can be simple things like turning off the TV for an hour and playing outdoors with your kids or taking your dog for a walk.

If you already exercise regular, add an extra lap in the pool, walk an extra turn around the block, do one more set of reps before quitting. Small increases can make a big difference.

Chores like shoveling snow, gardening, raking leaves or vacuuming and sweeping the floor are all considered a form of exercise.

Emotional Health makes all the pieces come together

Your emotional health plays a big part in a healthy lifestyle. Tune into your body to learn what causes you stress. Have a healthy social life by avoiding negative people and situations. Relaxation and meditation help release negative emotions. Listen to soothing music, meditate, breathe deep to help reduce stress.

A healthy lifestyle makes life full and large

In addition to an overall good feeling, a healthy lifestyle has many benefits. A healthy lifestyle makes life worth something to you. When you’re living conscious of your diet, sleep, exercise, and the other people you share the world with, life will take on a new and profound meaning.

A naturally healthy lifestyle can lead to a longer more productive life. You’ll feel less pain, ward off diseases and have energy like you did when you were young.

The healthcare reform bill has passed in the US Senate. However both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate bills have yet to address important details affecting patient care. Oversight concerning the determination of medical necessity as well as provider network inclusion issues have greatly affected medical reimbursement and patient access to care. Many insurance companies reimburse medical expenses based upon a determination of medical necessity by the carriers claims department. In the absence of external oversight or regulation, the insurance carrier is free to deny care solely based upon their on private internal review.

Another key issue not addressed is how provider networks create financial barriers to care. Many insurance carriers reimburse medical expenses at lower rates or refuse reimbursements for out-of-network providers. Medical practitioners may also be excluded from insurance company networks for a variety of reasons. Practitioners may be required to limit medical procedures for patients and the number of office visits as a precondition for inclusion in the insurance network. Medical practitioners may also be required to accept lower rates of reimbursement for services provided to patients as another precondition to network inclusion. Some medical networks charge medical practitioners a fee for inclusion in networks.

The patients right to choose their own medical practitioner is not federally guaranteed by law. Additionally, there is no guarantee an insurance company will pay for medical services and patients often have no way to determine what will be paid until after a claim is submitted and a response is generated the insurance companys claims department. The federal government seeks to mandate health insurance coverage for all US citizens yet has not stipulated that insurance companies must reimburse patients for medical expenses nor is there language to address oversight of the determination of medical necessity.

The determination of reimbursements is often based on what is termed as usual and customary. Insurance companies have sole discretion over this aspect of reimbursement for general health insurance policies and may choose to exclude many procedures, office visits, and medical tests whether or not teams of doctors agree that such medical services are vital to the patients survival, recovery, or comfort.

The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have not addressed these details which represent core issues affecting healthcare outcomes for patients. Until these unresolved issues are rectified, it is unclear whether or not US citizens with health insurance coverage will have adequate access to medical care.

Most people will not find it hard tvery aging person will suffer from the same diseases as witnessed in the disco associate dementia with old age though recent research shows that not eoveries of other old age illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
However, there no doubts the fact that vascular dementia is a pressing elderly health care issue that deserves to be taken a lot more seriously than is the case at present. The sad truth is that vascular dementia is the second most noticed elderly health care issue.
Insufficient Oxygen Supply to the Brain
Vascular dementia occurs when a person’s brain does not get sufficient oxygen over a prolonged period of time and the reason for this deprivation of oxygen is vascular by nature. Normally, blood carries sufficient oxygen to all parts of the human body.
The brain in particular is a vital part of the human body and during vascular dementia there is interference in the supply of oxygen to the brain resulting in possible mini strokes that might even occur without being realized by the affected person.
The main reason why an elderly health care issue such as vascular dementia merits serious consideration is that if its effects are allowed to accumulate it could result in further elderly health care issues such as dementia that resembles Alzheimer’s disease.
The sad part about vascular dementia is that it is most likely to affect people once they have reached their sixtieth birthday though this does not in any way imply that this elderly health care issue is only a concern after a person reaches sixty years of age because as mentioned the disease occurs without being noticed even at a younger age.
Some of the causes for this elderly health care issue occurring include lifestyles that a person has adopted in their early years of life and among these lifestyles you can include smoking and obesity as well as lack of sufficient exercise as too elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Therefore, if you have neglected taking good care of you during your early years, then in later years you will be at risk of suffering from an elderly health care issue such as vascular dementia. The American population too is fast aging which in turn is giving rise to finding suitable health care for the aged.
Home health care elderly is a matter that needs to be addressed well before an elderly person becomes in need of such care. The fact of the matter is that once a person becomes old enough to need home health care they will be in a sorry state and will not know where to start, especially when it concerns hiring private help. It is therefore a good idea to address this need well before the occasion arises.

Whatever we eat affects our body. Our daily eating habits decide general condition of our body and mind. To keep our body salubrious and energetic we must focus on the right amount of nutrition that our body needs. Definitely, a balanced diet gives you a healthy life. But what does it contain?

A healthy balanced diet contains all the essential components for better health. Carbohydrates, mineral salts, fats, fiber, vitamins and proteins altogether make a healthy balanced diet. These components are consumed in the form of fruits, vegetables, cereals, minerals and water. Missing any component can disturb your healthy lifestyle.

How these components bestow you with better health:

Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates provide energy to our body. Naturally, without energy one cannot work both physically and mentally. Moreover if you will not take adequate amount of carbohydrates then fatigue will kick into your life. Your daily diet must contain 50-60 percent of carbohydrates.

Mineral Salts: Minerals are necessary for the right functioning of the body. Daily consumption of minerals is necessary because our body cannot produce minerals itself.

Proteins: Proteins play an important role because protein rich diet enables the body to perform regular functions. Right amount of proteins in our body helps to fight against several infections.

Fats: It’s a big misconception among peeps that fats are unhealthy. Factually, fats are very necessary for our body just like other components. In addition to, fats protect our life-sustaining organs (liver, kidney as well as heart).

Vitamins: Deficiency of any vitamin can upset your better health conditions. Fruits, green vegetables, milk, grains, oats, wheat, vegetable oils are the main sources of vitamins. In your daily diet you must add the right amount of fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs to live a healthy life.

Fiber: Constipation is one of the common complaints about all of us. Fiber provides that nutrient which helps to prevent our body from constipation. Beet-root, carrots, cucumber are rich in fiber.

Water: Water is the main necessity of human life as well as the human body. Without water we cannot digest our food. Dull skin, joint pains and several other ills are the outcome of inappropriate consumption of water. So you must consume 8-10 glass of water daily.

Balanced Diet is eating the right food at the right time and in right quantity. “Health is Wealth”, and you do not need any locker to keep it safe but it needs a regular routine with the right eating habits. Balanced diet is a bonus to live a healthy lifestyle.