Among themselves the French can be highly critical of the care provided by their nation's hospitals and doctors, yet they are always ready to defend the French health care system, considered to be one the world's best. Indeed, in a World Health Organisation comparison of 191 different countries, France came out at number one. It's important to be clear, however: Beyond legitimate questions about the WHO's methodology, the ranking itself dates from 2000. That said, France remains on top of the list, because it was the first and last such ranking conducted by the WHO. Since then, France has occupied a number of positions in other rankings, depending on their criteria and definition of what constitutes a “good” health care system. A July 2017 analysis by the New York–based Commonwealth Fund compared the health care systems of 11 industrialized countries. They put France at number 10, just above the United States, with the United Kingdom at number one. Yet in … [Read more...] about Question: Just how healthy is the French health system?
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'Almost no regulation' The lack of reliable data on procedures and clinics in the United States — and possible problems with their frozen eggs and embryos — has contributed to a “regulatory vacuum,” says Dov Fox, director of the Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics at the University of San Diego. “There is almost no regulation or oversight of any kind that relates directly to the prevention of mistakes like these,” said Fox, who is working with one of the plaintiffs in the Cleveland case. “And it's not just fertility clinics, it's sperm banks, egg vendors, surrogacy agencies, in all these areas, we don't know how common the mistakes are, because there is no reporting, no tracking agencies.” NBC News contacted federal regulatory agencies and organizations that provide accreditation for fertility labs. When NBC News’ Investigative Unit asked who’s ultimately responsible, most said it wasn’t them. The only government … [Read more...] about University Hospitals fertility clinic failure affects more patients than thought
Under a new partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, doctors from Temple University Hospital will see local transplant patients here in the Lehigh Valley.The two health systems announced Tuesday that transplant patients will be able to get services before and after organ transplant surgery at St. Luke's campuses, so they don’t have to travel to Philadelphia. Through the partnership, St. Luke's University Health Network will be referring patients who need organ transplants to Temple, and St. Luke's doctors will get experience in organ transplant surgeries and participate in clinical trials.The collaboration allows Temple to draw more patients to its facilities in Philadelphia, where almost a dozen hospitals offer organ donation surgeries, said Temple’s Chief Operating Officer Rosemary Nolan.The options are more limited in the Lehigh Valley, where only Lehigh Valley Health Network performs transplants, and only of kidneys and pancreases.Through the … [Read more...] about St. Luke’s teams with Temple University Hospital to make transplant services more convenient
Dive Brief: Nearly 40 health systems have partnered with Apple to contribute medical records to the tech company's updated Health Records section for the iPhone. The new records section — which is still in beta mode — was announced in January. It allows customers to view their medical records with the Health app. Twelve health systems, including heavy hitters like Geisinger, Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Health, were name-dropped as partners at the time of the release. Apple has now made the feature available to anyone who updates their phone's iOS software to the latest version. Dive Insight: Personal health records have had a spotty history, with limited uptake, but the increase in health system adoption is a good early sign that Apple's PHR may stick. Health Records is based on the interoperability standard FHIR and collects encrypted medical data on allergies, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, vital signs and conditions. Users will … [Read more...] about Apple’s PHR health system partnerships up threefold
This is the fourth time this forum will be held in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. It was already the fourth round rotation of the forums being held in three collaborative countries: Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. It was started in Indonesia in 2007. Followed after that, in Thailand in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017; in Malaysia in 2009, 2012, 2015 and in Indonesia in 2011, 2014, 2016. The theme for this year forum is Using Big Data for Health Policy and Management. The forum is meant for postgraduate students (Masters & PhD) in Health Policy and Management eld. Both graduated and current PhD students in Malaysia and abroad are invited to participate in this forum. All elds in public health related are included especially health policy and health management eld i.e. Health Management, Health Economics, Health Finance and Health Policy. There will be international speakers for plenaries, symposiums, oral and poster presentation. Papers accepted for presentation will be reviewed by … [Read more...] about 12th Postgraduate Forum on Health Systems and Policies 2018