Why Healthcare Is So Messed Up

We all know that the healthcare is broken in this country. The reasons vary from person to person and depend on which industry segment they work for. GetReferralMD has summarized a numbers of reasons (eleven to be precise) why American healthcare industry is completely screwed up – from a neutral third party view.

Administrative costs in Health Care

While some may disagree with some points listed by the author, I strongly feel that these are true to a significant extent. Unless every one realizes these issues and works to address remedies, there is minimal chance of improvement in the healthcare scenario in the near future. By everyone I mean “the citizens of this country as healthcare consumers to the government represented by the bloated bureaucracy and self-centered politicians”.

Here are the reasons listed:

      • Insurance Companies
      • Excessive Regulation
      • Shortage of Doctors
      • Medical Advances
      • Paper
      • Ignorance
      • Choice to Die
      • McDonalds (or fast food restaurents)
      • Cluster shit of EMRs
      • Healthcare Vs. Military
      • Pharmaceutical Companies

I would add a few more reasons such as carbonated beverage companies (coupled with fast foods, are the major causes for obesity and demand for significant healthcare spending), the healthcare consumers spoiled by the entitlement mindset and insurance, and the hospitals / doctors / service providers combo.

Here is the link for the full blog post on GetReferralMD and interesting discussion by the readers.

Comprehensive Home Health Care and Private Duty Care Online Directory Launched

LTC Technologies has launched a comprehensive Home Health Care and Private Duty Care Online Directory recently. Home Health Care is savior for millions of seniors and younger patients in US. With minimal family support and skyrocketing prices of Assisted Living and Residential Care Homes, boomers and others needing healthcare opt for home based health care.

Free Home Health Care Agncy Finder AppThe directory is also available for use on smartphones and tablets. Take a look at the following website for more information on home care directory app.

Home Health Care Agency Finder

What is Home Care?

Home health care is provided by home health agencies and independent home care providers. Home health agencies are approved and certified by CMS for Medicare payment eligibility.

The directory also contains listings of home care providers offering non-medical personal care such as companion care, daily living activities support, transportation services, etc. These services are not reimbursed by Medicare. Some agencies provide both medical and non-medical care.

Home health care includes post-surgery care, disease management care (for diabetes, cardiac issues, etc.), therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy, voice therapy, infusion therapy), medication administration, wound care, hospice support and care, etc.

Many home care agencies provide home medical equipment (HME) and care supplies.

Why Home Health Care?

As mentioned above, health care costs are shooting up, especially for seniors. Millions of baby boomers joining the retirement population and increasing pressure on Medicare and Social Security benefits, seniors has to look for ways and means of availing cheaper health care assistance.

Also, living in their own home provides much better environment for healing and living life with dignity. Moving to an assisted living home can be postponed until they need 24 x 7 support in activities of daily living (ADLs) and much closer supervision.

Here is an additional resource from LTC Technologies on In-Home Care: Home Care Resources

Take Health Care Off the Mainframe – And Move to the Smart Phone

At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it’s imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all.

Eric Dishman does health care research for Intel — studying technical (and societal) solutions for problems in care for the aging.

With the emergence of cloud computing and mobile revolution with smart phones and tablets, the health care technologies can be disrupted easily to empower the consumers, especially seniors.

The vicious circle of physicians, hospitals, insurance firms, pharma companies and government – finger pointing each other – can one day be broken if the emerging technologies are leveraged and heath responsibilities are moved to the consumers.

If you or your loved one is a boomer or senior, please check out Senior Living and Elder Care resources website with a number of long term care resources such as senior housing directories, home care agency listings and articles.

A Test for Parkinsons with a Phone Call

Parkinson’s disease affects 6.3 million people worldwide, causing weakness and tremors, but there’s no objective way to detect it early on. Yet. Applied mathematician and TED Fellow Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that in trials is able to detect Parkinson’s with 99 percent accuracy — in a 30-second phone call.

It is a known fact that Healthcare System is broken in the United States beyond repair. With the emerging technologies such as cloud computing and mobile revolution, entrepreneurs and technologists are taking this issue heads on and addressing the health care needs via disruptive technologies.

Here is a simple, easy to use and cost effective tool for detecting Parkinson’s disease. Take a look at the following TED video.

Max Little is an applied mathematician with a background in digital signal processing and video games coding. His research carried out during his PhD at the University of Oxford developed methods for detecting Parkinson’s disease from voice recordings.

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