The speed of science, especially in the medical and health care field, is sometimes excruciatingly slow. However, during the past decade, the health care industry made a lot of breakthroughs in the field of medical sciences and research. This led to the discovery of advanced treatments for certain diseases that improve the quality of life of patients. These advancements include the largest scientific undertakings and major changes in public policies linked to health care and offer positive influences in the field of medicine.
Also called minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery refers to the newest procedure in the field of medicine which involves doing a surgical procedure with the help of thin instruments and a video camera. The surgical procedure involves making small incisions that reach up to one-half inch. The surgeon will have to place ports (plastic tubes) into the made incisions. The thin instruments and the video camera will be introduced into the ports. The will support access to the inside parts of the patient.
The video camera used in this procedure works in transmitting images of the organ within a patient’s abdomen into a television monitor. This will allow the surgeon to see the things that are inside the patient’s abdomen clearly, without the need to perform the traditional huge incision. The camera is extremely useful because it serves as the eye of the surgeon when performing the procedure. The surgery is one of the best breakthroughs in the field because of its usefulness in successfully performing a number of medical operations including hernia repair, gallbladder removal and appendectomies. Those who undergo the procedure also say that they only endure smaller scars, less pain and quicker recovery period than other surgeries.
Presently, there have been tremendous improvements in performing the technique. Even the instruments used in it have also become more advanced than before. This makes the procedure extremely beneficial in dealing with complicated operations. A lot of intestinal surgeries can also be expected to work successfully with the help of the laparoscopic technique. These intestinal surgeries include ulcerative colitis, cancer, severe constipation, Crohn’s diseases, diverticulitis and rectal prolapse.
For surgeons, taking advantage of hand-access devices that can help in making the laparoscopic technique more advanced can help. The surgeon’s hands are capable of performing a variety of functions when performing surgical procedures that are quite hard to reproduce, when using instruments for laparoscopic technique. Losing the ability to place your hands into your patient’s abdomen when performing the procedure limits its effectiveness especially when doing complex operations for the bile duct, liver and pancreas.
Fortunately, hand access devices are now present. This increases the possibility of placing your hands into your patient’s abdomen and perform various functions that can boost the success rate of the operation. Using the Da Vinci system, which refers to a computer-assisted robotic technology, is also beneficial because it expands your ability to work inside the abdomen of your patient’s without going too invasive. An advantage of doing this is that it supports higher level of visualization and better precision than the typical laparoscopic surgery.
Radiology Billing and Coding
Radiologists and other IT medical experts who are responsible in performing radiology or imaging technology find the process of radiology billing and coding cumbersome. The difficulty in this process can be attributed to the challenges involved in staying updated with the regulations in the field. Fortunately, there are a few advancements in radiology billing and coding that lessen the burden involved in the field.
One tip is to keep track of medical necessities and request for notices regarding advanced beneficiaries on their Medicare patients. These notices work in covering the facility technical part and professional component fee. It is also advisable for the radiologist to work closely with the hospital’s facility staff. The billing company of the radiologist should also request the monitoring of trends conducted by ordering doctors. It is also crucial for radiologists to coordinate regularly with the billing company. This will allow them to obtain a copy of a signed notice from patients. This tip works in reducing the risk of experiencing patient write-offs.
Creating a process designed to organize the procedure of reporting discrepancies is also helpful. Occasional discrepancies in the field of documentation including the number of views are sometimes uncontrollable. Creating a process for these discrepancies by regularly communicating with the billing company is a huge help in seeing accurate payments recorded for the performed services in the field of radiology, as well as minimizing the risks of denials and auditing problems.
Other Vital Breakthroughs in the Health Care Industry
1. Pollen Vaccines
Flower pollen is a common allergen. The worst part about this allergen is that it has an incredibly tough outer shell, which makes it capable of resisting the disintegrating power of a person’s digestive system. The previously produced vaccines for the allergens in the past need to be injected because these are incapable of withstanding acids found in your stomach when taken orally. This results to the breakdown of the vaccine, making it useless.
Fortunately, researchers are now starting to find ways to use pollen in providing vaccines that can save the lives of soldiers who are overseas. These researchers aim to crack into the pollen as a means of eradicating the allergens and injecting a vaccine into the remaining space. Researchers of this project say that their success will greatly change the manner through which medications and vaccines are offered to humans.
2. Brain Damage Repair
One of the most delicate organs in a human body is the brain. Causing even the slightest trauma in it can have permanent effects. For those who experience extreme traumatic brain injuries, it is necessary for them to undergo the most extensive rehabilitation in order to restore the normalcy into their lives. There are also cases when traumatic brain injury sufferers will need to get their tongue zapped because it connects into the nervous system, via thousands of nerve clusters.
This leads to the development of PoNS (Portable NeuroModulation Stimulator). This works in stimulating your tongue’s nerve regions to focus on your brain and repair any damaged nerves and tissues. Based on recent studies, this treatment works. In fact, patients treated with the help of PoNS show great improvements within just one week. Medical experts should consider using the technique in curing blunt trauma. It is also helpful in repairing almost all forms of damages affecting the brain including those triggered by strokes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and alcoholism.
In addition to the advancements mentioned above, the health care industry has a lot of highly advanced treatments to offer to patients. The good thing about using the advancements intended for the medical and health care industry is that it allows the use of technology in saving the lives of people, who are suffering from a variety of health conditions. Medical advancements are now around to help in the diagnosis, regulation, control and treatment of various diseases affecting millions of people. It is up for surgeons and other medical professionals to increase their research about various procedures so they can continue saving the lives of millions.