Influenza Season is Here

     Flu season is currently in full swing, and its impact has already been heavily felt: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between October 1, 2018 and January 26, 2019 there have been 10.1 million to 11.7 million flu illnesses. Additionally, there have been 4.7 million to 5.6 million flu medical visits, and 118,000 to 141,000 flu hospitalizations. Unfortunately, these rates are all elevated, ...
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Data Collection Series Part 3: Electronic Medical Records

     It has become increasingly obvious that collecting and maintaining healthcare data of patients is imperative to ensuring that they receive the best care possible. Healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical providers, pharmacies, and doctors alike have a responsibility to provide the care that patients both demand and deserve. Collecting data through the assistance of patients is the most efficient and reliable way to gain an ...
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Incineration 101

     Medical facilities have numerous methods of disposing of hazardous waste, the most common of which is incineration. Incineration is the process of burning hazardous waste at a high enough temperature that contaminants are destroyed. Any facility that chooses to incinerate their hazardous waste must utilize an EPA-approved incinerator: a furnace specifically designed to burn hazardous waste in a combustion chamber. How ...
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Antibiotic Resistance

     The World Health Organization (WHO) has been pushing strongly for an increase in global awareness of antibiotic resistance. Every November, the WHO promotes World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) in an effort to enlighten the general public on best practices for the use of antibiotics. The rampant overuse and misuse of such an essential form of medication has now encouraged the spread of antibiotic resistance.     ...
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Medical Dermal Patches Disposal

     For many patients, the use of a medical dermal patch is the best option when deciding how to take their medication. Remembering to take a pill can be difficult, swallowing one can be problematic, and medical dermal patches are designed to provide a slow and steady release of medication for sometimes days with just one application. However, how does one dispose of both the used and expired or unwanted medical dermal ...
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Data Collection Series Part 2: HIPPA Regulations on Patient Information

     Last year, three separate hospitals gave ABC permission to film a television network documentary series on their premises. The problem? These hospitals hadn’t received patient authorization first. As a consequence for this massive information privacy breach, they collectively paid the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) $999,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance ...
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New Ways To Reduce the Cost Of Medical Waste Disposal

     Maintaining proper disposal of medical waste is overwhelming. Between labeling, containment, and treatment, this issue has many healthcare facilities stumped as to their next steps in ensuring they are following federal guidelines. In this article we are going to cover: What wastes are considered to be medical waste? Most effective methods of disposal What Wastes are Considered to be Medical Waste?      According to the ...
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Vaping legislation hitting the trend hard

     Electronic cigarettes are taking the United States by storm. Originally marketed to adults wishing to wean themselves of their deadly addiction to nicotine, these sleek little e-cigarette “vaping” devices have instead captured the attention of our nation’s youth. Whether these new users are attracted to the idea of puffing flavored smoke or they admire the compact design of this next generation of e-cigarettes, the fact ...
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Data Collection Series Part 1: Communication in Healthcare

     It has become increasingly obvious that collecting healthcare data from patients is imperative to ensuring that they receive the best care possible. Healthcare facilities, Biotech companies, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies, and healthcare providers alike have a responsibility to provide the care that patients both demand and deserve. Collecting data through the assistance of patients is the most efficient and ...
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Lowering The Cost Of Medical Waste Disposal

Medical waste disposal can be an expensive reality for any facility that handles bio-hazardous materials. Regulations created both by OSHA and the State identify what materials can be labeled as medical waste, and the over-classification of this waste often leads to a facility overpaying for its disposal. However, there are ways to reduce these costs associated with the disposal of medical waste. In this blog we will cover ...
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