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Get Your EMR Software Today

Do you want to do something for your practice that will ensure the success of it? Ok; implement the EMR software used in medical facilities. Looking past the Smoke is what you need to have the ability to do, in order for you to obtain Quality EMR software. The reason being, that not all of them are made exactly the same. Some of them do different things, have different features and vary in costs. However, knowing the brands that are reputable can give you a big boost in making the right decision. If you’re interested in obtaining one for your practice, here’s what you do.

EMR software used in medical institutes can easily be found online. To find the most reputable and popular brands, you just need to type “Top EMR Software Brands” in your web browser. Once you’ve done that and find yourself presented with a list of possibilities, then you’re ready to sort through them. After looking over several of them, think about the type of features and benefits they provide. Ask yourself this question; “which brand fits the needs of my medical practice?” When you’ve answered this question, you can use the answer to navigate to the one that will do you the most good.

Understand the investment behind the EMR software. Once you’ve seen the cost of this software, you may start to think about whether you should invest in it or not. This is understandable considering our economic situation. However, you must also think about the type of return that you could receive on this investment. This software can increase your revenue and even bring you many more patients, considering you will have more than enough time for them. The EMR software provides you with this time. So, even though you might invest a significant amount of money on a good one, you’ll get that back and more.

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U.S. Embassy Announces Groundbreaking Effort to Provide Emergency Food Assistance to Earthquake Victims in Haiti

Two New Grants Utilize Cash and Food Vouchers to Complement In-Kind Food Aid

PORT-AU-PRINCE -The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it will award two separate, high-impact grants in Haiti to help earthquake-affected families meet their food needs from local markets with cash or vouchers. The innovative grants, the first two made in Haiti under USAID’s new Emergency Food Security Program, were awarded to the and .

The Emergency Food Security Program is a new initiative managed by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. It provides grants for local or regional procurement of food commodities or for the use of cash or vouchers for the purchase of food in response to an emergency. It complements the use of U.S. Title II in-kind food aid when food purchased in the United States cannot arrive fast enough to respond to the emergency; when local or regional procurement, cash transfers or food voucher programs may be more appropriate than in-kind food aid from the United States due to market conditions; or when significantly more beneficiaries can be served through the use of local procurement, regional procurement, cash or vouchers.

These grants will be executed in conjunction with longer-term efforts to improve Haiti’s food security through Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Haiti is one of 20 focus countries where Feed the Future is working to accelerate inclusive agriculture sector growth through improved agricultural productivity; expanded markets and trade; and increased economic resilience in Haiti’s vulnerable rural communities. In doing so, Feed the Future is addressing the root causes of hunger and building a lasting foundation for Haiti and other countries to better meet the needs and promote the security of their citizens. The United States is committed to aligning our investments with Haiti’s priorities and building Haiti’s capacity to engage in results-based planning and stakeholder consultation.

The grant to WFP, in the amount of $35 million, will cover the cash portion of WFP’s cash and food-for-work program. The program has employed nearly 50,000 food-insecure men and women to date and, with this grant, will grow to 140,000 by the end of this year. Workers are paid with a mix of food and cash for activities including debris clearing and irrigation canal repair and drainage. With an average family size of five, the income earned by each worker is predicted to help improve the food security of more than 700,000 Haitians.

The grant to Mercy Corps, in the amount of $12.5 million, will provide food vouchers for 20,000 households totaling approximately 100,000 people in the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite regions. Beneficiaries eligible to receive vouchers include those who have been displaced by the earthquake, households that have taken in displaced people, or households with a vulnerable member such as an elderly person, nursing mother or person living with HIV/AIDS.

The Mercy Corps program has registered 135 vendors in local markets to participate in its voucher distribution program, which runs through the end of March 2011. The vouchers, distributed each month to selected households, are redeemable among registered vendors for food staples such as grains, cooking oil and beans. Working with local vendors encourages the quick recovery of small businesses in the food supply/market chain and helps to spur local production by increasing the purchasing power of beneficiaries.

Research has shown that the benefits from cash and voucher programs such as these will extend not just to those participating in the programs, but also to the local food vendors and farmers who supply the food. These investments will help stimulate the food supply/market chain and maximize benefits for local agriculture and neighborhood markets.

“These innovative programs allow USAID to address Haiti’s short-term needs with an eye toward its long-term economic development,” said Jon Brause, USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict & Humanitarian Assistance. “The cash and food vouchers we provide to Haitians will increase their ability to access critically needed food. At the same time, the beneficiaries will use the cash to buy food sold in local markets, supporting Haiti’s agricultural sector.”

“As one of the four key areas in which USAID has focused its reconstruction efforts, agriculture is a critical component of Haiti’s long-term recovery and a lynchpin of its economic development. We believe that these important grants are an innovative investment in both the immediate food security needs of the Haitian people and in their country’s long-term success” said USAID’s Haiti Task Team Coordinator, Paul Weisenfeld.

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years. . To read IMPACT blog, see blog.usaid.gov.

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What Is Strong?

Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing. Unknown

For those expecting to see a post about strength levels in the gym this article may leave you disappointed. Instead this post is about strength in all walks of life We sometimes forget that strength encompasses the mind and body and where the mind leads to body will follow.

Last week when watching the new Saucony What is Strong ad campaign it got me thinking about what strength is and how we can implement it into everyday life. It also got me thinking about how we can work with our weaknesses and counterbalance them with our strengths.

Strong is Being Yourself – In the face of adversity and being true to yourself. This can mean different things depending on the situation and it can be tough things like peer pressure and social media make it hard at times. Stick with it though, do what you love and do it well. Strength can also come from experience sometimes we fear things that we have never experienced or done. Once we get around to doing the stuff that scares us we realise that the picture that we build up in our minds is much worse than the reality. Go with it, Roll With The Punches.

Strong is Trying Your Best – All we can do is try our best in life. Whether its sport, work or just some part of everyday life you can always gain strength from the knowledge you have tried your best. This can change from time to time though, we dont always have the same amount of energy and enthusiasm for certain things therefore the level we perform at can vary. This also comes down to accepting moods, energy levels and other factors which determine how involved and successful we are.

Strong is Realising What You Have Control Over – A shift of perspective and simply realising what we do and dont have control over can change everything. So many of the things we worry or stress about which drain our strength are things we have no control over. If you are getting stressed over something write it down on a piece of paper and figure out whether there is something you can do about it and what you are going to do and possible solutions. By doing this we can externalize our thoughts and put things into perspective.

Strong is Taking Care of Yourself – In terms of physical strength we need to train, so far this post has been about the psychological aspect of strength. Strength is not purely about brute force but also means strength of the body as a whole, the muscles, agility etc. In order to build physical strength we need to do a wide variety of training that allows us to build muscle, improve movement and build stamina. This translates over to everyday life and the strength we build during training (whether physical or mental) can help us deal with whatever life throws our way.

Turning a Weakness into a Strength? Nobody is perfect and we all have an Achilles heel so to speak but this is not to say we cannot turn our weaknesses into strengths. There is a simple rule you can apply to any area of life:

The idea is simple but it always works and allows us to see and use our strengths to work with our weaknesses rather than masking or ignoring them.

 

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Superbug scare raises hackles in India – Feature

New Delhi – A British article claiming a drug-resistant superbug came from India was “biased” and could be aimed against the country’s booming medical tourism industry, Indian medical professionals and scientists said Friday.

The study in the British medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases said a new antibiotic-resistant enzyme had emerged in India, Pakistan and Britain.

The enzyme, named New Delhi metallo-beta lactamase (NDM-1), can lead to fatal multiple organ failure.

The report, based on laboratory studies in the three countries, concluded that the superbug may have originated in India and “will likely spread worldwide.”

It said the enzyme could impregnate widespread bacteria such as escherichia coli and was resistant to common antibiotics.

Britain’s Health Protection Agency said it had identifiedbacteria with the offending enzyme in at least 50 patients. “Most, not all, had previously travelled to the Indian subcontinent, and many had received hospital treatment there,” the agency said in a statement.

The Indian government in a release Thursday said the conclusions of the report were “loaded with inference” and presented a “frightening picture which is not supported by scientific data.”

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s statement claimed that several of the report’s authors had a conflict of interest.

The study was funded by the European Union, the Wellcome Trust – a charity that sponsors medical research – and Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company that is now part of Pfizer Incorporated.

The Indian government objected to the naming of the pathogen after its capital, and to the inference that hospitals in India were not safe.

Medical tourism is a booming business for India. Patients from developed countries often opt for surgery in India’s privately run hospitals rather than lengthy waits for treatment under state-run health schemes in their own countries. Many also come for the cheaper elective cosmetic surgery.

Members of India’s medical profession said the report and the British health authorities’ stance were biased and could be aimed at the competition from India’s growing medical tourism business.

“There are several antibiotic-resistant drugs surviving in nature and they have been reported from Greece, Israel, the United States, Britain and many other countries,” VM Katoch, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research said.

Katoch acknowledged that over-use of antibiotics did pose a problem in India, but said the Lancet study was being wrongly presented by the media and there was no public health threat.

Karthikeyan Kumarasamy, the Chennai-based lead author of the Lancet article had disassociated himself from parts of the report, the Times of India newspaper reported. At least eight of the 36 researchers involved in the study work at Indian institutions.

Kumarasamy said he had not had input into many of the interpretations in the report. “While I did the scientific work, correspondence author Timoth R Walsh of Cardiff University was assigned to edit the report,” the Times of India quoted him as saying.

“The Lancet is a respected journal and you cannot dismiss the study,” eminent Delhi-based heart surgeon Naresh Trehan said. “But to call [the enzyme] New Delhi smacks of arrogance and perhaps vested interest,” he added. “The HIV-AIDS virus was first discovered in the United States, it was not named after that country.”

Several physicians felt the negative publicity would discourage foreign patients from coming to India for treatment.

“This will not only hurt medical tourism but pharma companies would now come out with more and more super drugs and super antibiotics to fight infections,” Devi Shetty, chairman of Bangalore-based Narayana Hrudayala hospital was quoted as saying by IANSnews agency.

India medical tourism industry is projected to bring in 2.3 billion dollars by 2012.

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