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Healthcare Recruitment Expert Kevin Kirkpatrick Expands to Include More Than Just Physicians

Healthcare recruitment expert Kevin Kirkpatrick has averted his business focus from physicians to all members of the healthcare industry. While Avery Professional Group focused on building just teams of physicians, his new business TMA Healthcare Staffing will focus on building practices from the ground up.

TORONTO, March 2, 2015 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Medical recruitment expert, Kevin Kirkpatrick has his sights set on more than physician recruitment. Branching off from the Avery Professional Group, Kirkpatrick has evolved into a full-fledged healthcare consulting firm, TMA Healthcare Staffing.

Instead of focusing on just placing physicians, TMA Healthcare Staffing will focus on the complete career span of all healthcare professionals, along with building practices and businesses from the ground up. TMA Healthcare Staffing offers potential clients expanded recruiting services and more administrative partnerships that can aid a healthcare professional at any point in their career.

“We are building off the previous experience of recruiting for hospitals such as the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and St Michael’s hospital in Toronto,” Kirkpatrick continued, “We believe there is a gap for organizations that can provide staffing services to the whole hospital and not just one area of it.”

About Kevin Kirkpatrick

Kevin Kirkpatrick is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in technology and healthcare recruitment. Combining both his academic credentials with his 15 years of recruiting and consulting experience, Kirkpatrick has the expertise to guarantee he is finding the best fit for an organization.

Kevin Kirkpatrick boasts 10 years in the healthcare recruiting industry, starting his own firm in 2008 and has developed invaluable relationships throughout the industry.

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TMA Healthcare Staffing is currently working in a number of different cities both nationally and internationally to build accessible healthcare services for the communities.

For more information about recruiting or consulting services please contact:

Kevin Kirkpatrick
Managing Director/Founder
TMA Healthcare Staffing – A Donaldson & James affiliate.
Direct Toronto 1.905.419.1495 | toll free 1.855.568.7900 ext 842 | mobile 1.705.749.4853

Canada: Vancouver • Kelowna • Calgary • Edmonton • Winnipeg • London • Waterloo • Listowel • Hamilton • Mississauga • Toronto • Ottawa • Montreal • Halifax • St. John’s • UK | London • USA | Dallas • Houston • Austin • San Antonio• Charlotte

Free doctor visit to celebrate Tampa Bay’s newest Centra Care location

Tampa, FL, February 12, 2015 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — To celebrate the Grand Opening of their newest urgent care medical center, Florida Hospital Centra Care is offering 100 FREE urgent care health passes to families in Tampa Bay.* Residents have a chance to collect an urgent care health pass between Tuesday, February 17th and Friday, February 27th at either of the following Centra Care locations: (while supplies last)

Carrollwood Centra Care
4001 W. Linebaugh Ave.
(Near Gunn Hwy )

South Tampa Centra Care
301 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
(Just north of Kennedy Blvd. )

Pass holders can redeem their health coupons for most Centra Care services, from the unexpected urgent care visit to wellness exams such as school or sports physicals.

Florida Hospital Centra Care has been serving Florida patients for over 35 years. The all-new Carrollwood location is Centra Care’s fourth in the Tampa Bay area and its 26th location throughout the state. The brand new center will provide Carrollwood-area residents with fast and convenient care for urgent, nonemergency medical needs. Centra Care’s team of board certified, adult and pediatric-trained doctors will be available to families seven days a week – weekdays from 8AM–8PM and weekends from 8AM–5PM.

Because time is valuable, Centra Care offers an online, No Wait Reservations system to schedule to see a doctor when it’s convenient for patients. But, because Centra Care understands injuries and illnesses can happen at the most unexpected moments, walk-ins are always welcome.

*Each health pass is good for one free urgent care visit per household and will be available while supplies last. Free services do not include X-Rays, Labs or medications. Passes valid through 09/01/15.

Visit centracare.org for information and directions

MEDIA CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: 407-833-9201

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Medical Scribe Systems Named to Inc. 5000 List for Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

Medical Scribe Systems (MSS) is recognized as one of America’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine. MSS has doubled its growth every year since 2011, while also improving customer satisfaction.

El Segundo, CA – 2014-8-21 — /EPR Healthcare News/ —  Medical Scribe Systems (MSS), the nation’s leading provider of scribe programs specializing in revenue cycle enhancement, has been chosen for Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, published annually by Inc. magazine.

Medical Scribe Systems
Medical Scribe Systems

“We are thrilled to have made such a prestigious list alongside other successful, hardworking organizations,” says CEO Garret Erskine. “It is a testament to the effectiveness of the MSS scribe program in improving physician productivity, clinical documentation, and patient satisfaction.”

“The company was started by four physicians with a simple idea,” says Erskine. “By offloading the data entry component of their work, they quickly discovered how to stay focused on patient care by positively impacting patient interaction, clinical efficiency, and the quality of documentation in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).”

The recognition of MSS as one of Inc.’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” comes at a time as the Company has doubled its client base within the last year, while at the same time improving customer satisfaction.  The company now has over 2,000 scribes serving nearly 100 facilities across the nation.

“MSS is focused on data integrity, charge capture, and revenue cycle solutions ensuring that our scribe program actually pays for itself,” says Erskine.  “Our unique approach integrates the scribe program into the customer’s Revenue Cycle and Clinical Documentation Improvement processes.  MSS partners with customers to address data quality issues at the time and point of care.”

For more information about Medical Scribe Systems, visit http://www.medicalscribesystems.com or email info@scribesystems.com.

About Medical Scribe Systems

Medical Scribe Systems, the nation’s leading provider of scribe programs focusing on revenue cycle enhancement, provides real-time documentation services for emergency departments, outpatient clinics, and hospitalists nationwide. The company founders are board-certified physicians who started their first scribe program in 2003. Board members Dr. Mark Richmond and Fred Brown, the former Chairman of The Joint Commission, helped establish the first guidelines for scribe use and compliance.  Now in nearly 100 hospitals nationwide and employing more than 2,000 scribes, Medical Scribe Systems has doubled growth each year since 2011.

Contact:
David Fong
Director of Marketing
dfong@scribesystems.com
(877) 819-5900

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Medical Scribe Systems has doubled its growth every year since 2011. Today, the company employs about 2,000 scribes in nearly 100 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide.
Medical Scribe Systems has doubled its growth every year since 2011. Today, the company employs about 2,000 scribes in nearly 100 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide.
MSS medical scribes are becoming a best practice for clinical documentation on the Electronic Medical Record. They improve revenue cycle by capturing all billable elements in real time.
MSS medical scribes are becoming a best practice for clinical documentation on the Electronic Medical Record. They improve revenue cycle by capturing all billable elements in real time.

Health Gorilla Releases Mobile Application for Doctors

Digital Health Leader Expands Marketplace Access with Mobility

SUNNYVALE, CA., 2014-8-20 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — Health Gorilla™, Inc., the first online healthcare marketplace to connect doctors and clinicians with over 9,000+ diagnostic labs and 35,000+ radiology centers, has announced today the release of Health Gorilla mobile.  Health Gorilla mobile provides access to the Health Gorilla Marketplace through the Apple® iPhone® and iPad™.

Today over 68% of doctors have standardized on the Apple platform to communicate with peers and patients. Doctors can now use their mobile devices to place electronic orders with Health Gorilla mobile to diagnostic labs, radiology centers, physical therapy, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and durable medical equipment (DME) and other medical providers nationwide with the ability to track and review the results instantly as they arrive.  Physicians can then forward electronic results within their practice or exchange them with peers and patients to streamline the process and improve quality of care.

According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine noted that approximately 59.3% of all of a primary care physician’s daily emails were for the interpretation of test results and 21.7% were responses to patients.  The use of email generally increases the risk for doctors and their patients as most email services are not HIPAA compliant.

Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that researchers from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston conducted a survey of primary care practitioners and found that a third reported missing alerts about test results from an electronic health record notification system designed to inform them when a patient has abnormal test results.

Doctors are adopting iPad and iPhones as the platform of choice to communicate with peers and patients. Health Gorilla mobile integrated messaging greatly reduces the risk in communication between a doctor and their patients by offering a fully HIPAA compliant environment. Health Gorilla mobile enables a physician to securely and compliantly forward diagnostic test results, radiology images, admission and discharge summaries and other clinical documents to patients and care coordinators through secure messaging.

Benefits of Health Gorilla Mobile Include:

  • HIPAA compliant and ONC modular certified MU2 solution
  • Order in less time than it takes to use fax forms
  • Receive results faster wherever you are
  • Forward results to patients instantly
  • Immediately refer results to another doctor and send messages
  • Eliminate error prone paper processes
  • Mobile solution available at no charge for doctors and their teams

“We believe that the value proposition is clear and compelling for doctors and their teams.” said Steve Yaskin, Chief Executive Office, Health Gorilla, Inc.  “The existing process is heavily dependent on paper, fax and manual processing.  It is slow, cumbersome and prone to error.  Doctors can better manage their time, and the time of their administrative and care coordinating teams, by using the power of the marketplace through the Health Gorilla app.  Now they have one place to order from any diagnostic lab, radiology center, hospital, physical therapy, sleep center, SNF and other healthcare providers in the United States.  A doctor can start with us the first day and begin ordering through the marketplace immediately.  Health Gorilla is the first to deliver this capability.  No other vendor can provide this benefit.”

Health Gorilla mobile is available as an approved Apple® enterprise application and will be distributed to existing Health Gorilla Marketplace users via a secure link for the next month.  In September Health Gorilla mobile app will be available from the Apple® store and will be fully integrated with the Apple® Health app upon its release.

About Health Gorilla
Health Gorilla™ is the first online healthcare marketplace to connect all doctors and clinicians with over 9,000+ diagnostic labs and 35,000+ radiology centers.  Doctors and their teams can instantly place orders, get results, and completely eliminate paper faxes. Uniquely, our HIPAA compliant and ONC modular certified MU2 solution is available immediately at absolutely no charge for doctors and clinicians.

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Health Gorilla Releases Mobile Application for Doctors
Health Gorilla Releases Mobile Application for Doctors

Napier Healthcare sets up US operations to address the needs of healthcare providers in North America

Healthcare software solutions specialist continues its international expansion with the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States. The new entity will focus on driving adoption of Napier’s suite of solutions across the healthcare spectrum, including general and specialty hospitals, clinics, laboratories and blood banks.

Singapore, May 16, 2013- Napier Healthcare Solutions (www.napierhealthcare.com), a leading healthcare software provider, is pleased to announce that it has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States, Napier Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

To be based out of New Jersey, the six-member US team will be headed by Manish Mehta, an industry veteran, who will be taking charge as General Manager for the services business across America. The US entity will focus on customer acquisition across the United States and other markets in North America.

“Setting up of US operations is part of our two-pronged geographical expansion strategy, wherein we are aggressively growing our reach across emerging markets such as Africa and also establishing our footprint in developed markets such as the United States,” said Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier Healthcare. “This is an important milestone in our goal to be a global provider of leading-edge software solutions for the healthcare sector.”

Targeting the US market closely follows the roll-out of Napier’s next-generation fully mobile-enabled platform Napier EHRm. This open-source based platform provides hospitals and other healthcare providers scalability, flexibility, ability to integrate with 3rd party systems and lower their total cost of ownership (TCO).

“With the new enhanced mobile platform, we are confident of offering healthcare providers in the US with a suite of solutions suitable for their diverse requirements. We believe it will be an important differentiator,” adds Karthik.

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Stem Cell Treatment Give CMT Patient Second Chance At Life!

“Pat receive a life altering Stem Cell Treatment with the help of World Stem Cells, LLC. Pat went from couch bound to walking 1.5 miles on country dirt road, climbing stairs, gardening and playing piano all thanks to a stem cell treatment.”

Pat is a 69-year-old woman with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, or CMT. She had been experiencing the effects of CMT for more than thirty years, and her progressive motor sensory neuropathy had become severe enough to interfere with every aspect of her life. She could no longer play piano, balance well enough to climb up steps or get dressed easily or summon the energy to work for more than a couple of hours before taking a rest break. Pat’s form of CMT is CMT1A, which is the most common form of this autosomal dominant condition. Her symptoms were typical of CMT; patients typically endure progressive muscle wasting and weakness in the legs, and a later loss of hand strength, balance, coordination and fine motor skills.

Pat’s neurological disorder is hereditary, and the official position of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is that CMT has no cure. Decades ago, Pat had gone to a neurologist for electromyography, or EMG. The purpose of the procedure was to evaluate her muscle function, and it involved painful needles and days of muscle soreness after each session. Pat’s neurologist had refused to tell her the results because he said that she would “just give up” if she knew how bad they were. At this point, Pat’s symptoms were so crippling and unbearable that she contacted World Stem Cells, LLC worldstemcells.com to explore stem cell treatment as an option. She knew that the procedures were still being developed and experimental, and that they came with no guarantees. She remained interested in learning more and becoming educated on the options presented. At the time, she was unable to walk without a four-leg quad cane, and air and car travel were exhausting and caused unbearable pain. Pat has a long history of surgeries and was told that further surgeries would not assist her. She decided that she was not interested in any treatment that involved surgery with incisions, which is an aggressive approach and would demand recovery time. Stem cell therapy met her requirements of being minimally uncomfortable, requiring only hours for recovery and having a high level of safety, along with a good potential for changing her health quotient for the better.

Pat arrived in Cancun, Mexico, to the treatment site of World Stem Cells, LLC contract clinics, doctors, and hospitals. The first day, she met with physician Dr. Sylvia M. Abblitt to be evaluated, discuss her course of treatment and learn what to expect. She had been corresponding with Dr. Alan Kadish, the President of World Stem Cells, LLC. worldstemcells.com

Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician as he has training and practiced integrated primary care medicine combining conventional and naturopathic diagnostics and therapeutics for 27 years. He has been recognized as one of the leading quality physicians, in his field. Dr. Kadish is an American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine diplomat and completed numerous training programs in Achieving Clinical Excellence, or ACE, which provided opportunities to improve his practical skills in diagnosing and treating people based on their individual needs, using functional medical testing and treatment. He has been an advanced level practitioner (Autistic Research Institute) for autistic spectral disorder children and adults, since early 2000 and is certified in chelation therapy. As a naturopathic medical physician he lecturers frequently and is a host and guest on radio and internet outlets along with appearing in a number of print media publications. At World Stem Cells , LLC in addition to his management duties, he is a primary investigator engaged in research and designs of stem cell therapeutic protocols.

In Cancun, Pat met with specialists at Advanced Cellular Medicine Clinic. The clinic is headed by Dr. Sylvia Abblitt, who has the exclusive distinction of being among the few physicians who are licensed to perform autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants in Mexico. Dr. Abblitt is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist. She has 11 years of expertise as a laboratory director and head of the hematology department at the Fernando Quiroz Hospital. She is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks and the International Cellular Medicine Society (ICMS).

The Cancun clinic that Pat visited is a contract clinic of World Stem Cells, LLC. It houses the state-of-the-art Advanced Cellular Engineering Lab. The high-tech lab is suited for providing patients with the most up to date stem cell treatments and for conducting stem cell research to improve future opportunities for health.

After her evaluation and discussion of treatment options, Pat decided to go ahead with the stem cell therapy. The procedure involved a needle puncture to harvest her bone marrow utilizing her own stem cells. Only a local anesthesia was necessary and though she described the procedure as “uncomfortable,” she added that it was“livable.” The procedure took less than half an hour, and she experienced no side effects.

Pat’s improvement was remarkable and rapid. In fact, she did not feel fatigued and overwhelmed with pain, as she had in the past, when she traveled back home from Cancun by airplane and car. Within days, she had regained her ability to play piano. Playing at church concerts had always been a passion of hers, but she had been unable to play before her stem cell treatment because of a lack of coordination. She had much more energy after treatment, and was able to garden, run errands and work, without feeling exhausted. Her sleep was more restful. Her husband and friends noticed that her agility and balance were better. She could climb up and down stairs more easily and walk around the house without clutching the walls. Her speed on the treadmill was increasing gradually and she now walks a mile and a half on country roads.

Pat is extremely grateful to World Stem Cells, LLC for changing her life and giving her hope. For the first time, she has reversed many of the negative changes that she had been experiencing for years due to her CMT and lack of effective treatment. Now, Pat and her husband are experiencing a bright future and thankful that Pat was given this second opportunity, following stem cell therapy.

Working under the guidelines set forth by international cellular medical society (ICMS) World Stem Cells, LLC provides Stem Cell Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT), Crohn’s Diseases, COPD, Fuch’s disease, Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Thryroiditis, ITP, Kidney Diseases, Macular Degeneration, Lupus (SLE), Multiple Sclerosis, PAD, Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Stroke, Ulcerative Colitis at its contract Clinics, GLP laboratory, doctors and hospitals in the beautiful resort area of Cancun. We endeavor to provide the best care possible at a mediate price while providing documentation of all treatments that can be used to provide better future care and scientific data to the medical industry.

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iTech partners with NexTrust

iTech, a SaaS based Healthcare billing and Practice Management System vendor announces a partnership with NexTrust, Inc., the provider of BillFlash Document Services.

iTech Workshop Private Limited (iTech), a Healthcare IT Solutions Company with focus on Medical Billing, PMS and Revenue Cycle Management Solutions for the US healthcare market, announced a partnership with NexTrust, Inc.

Some of the key aspects of this partnership are:

* iTech reselling NexTrust’s BillFlash document services

* BillFlash support for iTech’s Patient Statement format

iTech has a Subscription based Practice Management System, and Medical billing software. EMR products can be integrated by using a secure web services interface, thereby providing an integrated EMR and PMS solution. The expEDIum Medical Billing product includes v5010 support, connects to any clearinghouse selected by the vendor or the client, supports Insurance Eligibility Verifications, Patient Statements, and automated payment posting among other features.

BillFlash users can save time and money by eliminating paper handling in-house. Practices must shift from relying on insurance payments to reliance on patient payments as the patient responsibility is expected to increase to 30% of the total practice revenues according to industry reports. Dan Stead, Director Business Development, NexTrust said, “We are extremely pleased to have been selected by iTech to provide patient statement services to their customers. BillFlash provides a professional, cost-effective alternative to in-house printing by eliminating paper and increasing patient payments.”

BillFlash leads the industry in no-fee customization, design effectiveness, online management features, ease of enrollment and use, and total value.

iTech’s Business Advisor, Mr. Ramesh Shastri added that “iTech partnership with Billflash will reduce paper handling on the clinic and billing side thereby lowering costs and improving accuracy; the winners will be Practices, Billers and Patients”.

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iWonder Pro Enterprise Offers Device Surveillance and Management for Hospitals for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Schools and businesses that issue iPad, iPhone or other iOS devices to their students or staff now have a way to control where those devices can go on the internet, monitor where they have been, and lock them down to only appropriate sites.Life Record Technologies, creators of the consumer based iWonder Pro application to control and monitor children on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, releases the first enterprise level surveillance and control software for schools, hospitals and businesses.

“With the release of iBooks 2 featuring text book support by Apple Inc. its inevitable that schools will now start issuing iPads to students and staff as regularly as they issue text books today.”, says Michael Pike, Chief Software Architect of Life Record Technologies. “We’ve also noticed a lot of healthcare facilities deploying iPads to their staff, and our software allows all of the devices to be managed, observed and secured with ease.”

iWonder Pro Enterprise allows schools and businesses with as little as one iOS device, with up to 10,000 devices to manage them all in one place, including profiles to let certain types of users go to certain types of sites while restricting the others while using any Wifi or cellular network. iWonder Pro Enterprise is the first and only enterprise level surveillance system designed specifically for iOS.

iWonder Pro Enterprise is available now in the Apple App Store starting at $99.99.

More information can be obtained from the iWonder Pro Enterprise website at http://www.iwonderpro.com.

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Stanley Security Solutions At Healthcare Estates Stand No. F28

Stanley Security Solutions will be exhibiting at this year Healthcare Estates Conference & Exhibition in Manchester Central 1st – 2nd November, for the first time.

Stanley has many years’ experience in supplying the healthcare sector, including hospitals, nursing homes, residential care, secure hospitals and the mental health sector, delivering on-site communication and integrated security solutions for improved patient care and enhanced staff protection. These have included Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London, Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, University Hospital Birmingham and Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust.

Stanley will be displaying a range of its emergency messaging products for the healthcare sector at the show. When it comes to equipment and personnel safety systems, Stanley has a range of options tried and tested in healthcare premises nationwide, from critical messaging through a choice of paging systems, to lone worker protection services through critical equipment monitoring which immediately alerts you if an important piece of equipment breaks down.

Specific systems being demonstrated by Stanley at the exhibition include Paging and Staff Protection; the new Stanley Pace Pro call confirmation pager which allows calls to be acknowledged and tracked; Stanley’s Pace Wi-Fi mobile providing messaging, alarms, voice and video in one compact handset; Acoustic Monitoring linked to emergency messaging; Nurse Call; and the Stanley DECT digital cordless technology for mobile personnel.

In addition to emergency messaging, Stanley will be promoting its sophisticated security and fire systems at Healthcare Estates Conference & Exhibition. As you would expect from one of the UK’s premier security integrators, Stanley’s security offering includes intruder alarms, audio detection using Sonitrol® Audio Impact technology, video surveillance and access control. Alarm monitoring of all systems is provided using Stanley’s own state-of-the-art ProtectionNet Customer Service Centre, staffed around the clock with trained security professionals ready to handle any emergency.

Fire safety forms a major part of Stanley’s offering, with its regulatory compliant, rapid and reliable fire alarm systems providing early notification to protect life and property.

Stanley is able to provide this comprehensive range of safety and security services in single premises and across multiple locations in a seamless manner. The company’s eDataManager allows easy access to all alarm data from your designated PC, for a completely transparent approach.

To discover more about Stanley Security Solutions’ safety and security services, please go to stand no. F28 or contact Stanley on 01793 692401, or via www.stanley.co.uk.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital Supports Stem Cell Awareness Day

Great Ormond Street Hospital and its research partner, The Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL), are supporting Stem Cell Awareness Day, with UCL promoting the event with the launch of a new YouTube video featuring Mr Paolo de Coppi and his colleagues.

Mr. de Coppi is Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Surgery Unit at The Institute of Child Health at UCL and carries out stem cell research at Great Ormond Street Hospital. It is hoped the research will result in stem cells being used to repair damaged organs. Mr de Coppi has looked for naturally occurring stem cells in amniotic fluid as a novel solution to some of the serious birth defects he sees. Around 40 per cent of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital have some form of birth defect.

Mr de Coppi said: “As a surgeon I often see the devastating effects of multiple reconstructive operations aimed at replacing damaged organs. I have therefore focused my research interests on stem cells and tissue engineering, trying to find new ways to treat complex birth defects. I have identified stem cells in the amniotic fluid and found they have the ability to become many different types of cell. Our research aims to find ways of using these cells to repair and replace damaged tissues, so that babies are given the chance of a healthy life from the day they are born.

“The idea is we can create tissues in a test tube using a baby’s own cells, and then implant these at birth. We’re looking at repairing organs like intestines or windpipes. Grown from a child’s own cells, there should be no rejection of tissue.”

The video sees Mr. de Coppi discussing the work he and his colleagues carry out and offering insight into the latest developments relating to his stem cell research and the possibility of deriving cells from amniotic fluid. The full video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD_V1hqR6SI.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital Patients Take Part In Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial

Great Ormond Street Hospital has announced that a team led by scientists at its research partner, UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and AVI BioPharma, have made an important breakthrough in the development of a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Together with the MDEX Consortium, chaired by the ICH’s Professor Francesco Muntoni, the group showed that a gene based drug treatment was effective in restoring the dystrophin protein, missing in sufferers of DMD in seven out of 19 trial participants.

The results of the clinical trial will be published in The Lancet, a world leading general medical journal.

DMD is a devastating and life limiting condition, affecting one in 3,500 male births in the general population, with around 100 cases diagnosed in the UK each year.

Three of the participants in the higher dose cohort showed dystrophin levels exceeding 18 per cent of those found in normal muscle.

Thirteen per cent of boys with DMD could be treated with this specific ‘antisense’ gene therapy, the largest group by a single antisense. Overall, scientists say this approach could work for at least 70 per cent of DMD sufferers.

DMD causes progressive muscle weakness due to the breakdown and loss of muscle cells. Patients lack a single important protein in their muscle fibres called dystrophin. By ages eight to 12 years boys become unable to walk, and by their late teens or early twenties the condition can become severe enough to limit life expectancy.

In this clinical trial of 19 patients, study participants aged five to 15 at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, were given weekly doses of the drug, AVI-4658. The drug had already been tested for safety and efficacy by the MDEX Consortium and AVI Biopharma in an earlier phase of the study.

Francesco Muntoni, professor of paediatric neurology at the ICH, said: “These are very exciting results that prove the case for an even more detailed look at this genetic therapy. I’ve worked with patients with DMD for many years and this is the first time we can say with confidence that we’ve made a significant breakthrough towards finding a targeted treatment.

“Importantly, the study drug was extremely well tolerated, with no appreciable side effects detected during the study period in any of the boys. If our strategy shows continued success, this therapy could substantially reduce muscle damage in affected boys with DMD, improve the quality of life for DMD patients, their mobility and the way their condition is managed as they get older.”

Professor Max Parmar, director of the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, said: “A large proportion of new drugs do not make it past the phase II stage of testing reached here, so there is real excitement that this treatment could work.

Brothers Jack, 11, and Tom, 8 were enrolled on the trial. Both have DMD with a deletion from 45-50. Their mum, Claire, said: “Jack and Tom were placed on a DMD genetic registry, co-ordinated by Action Duchenne, which is how we were approached about the clinical trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“The boys were on the trial for 12 weeks between 2009 and 2010. Our whole family noticed a marked difference in both of their quality of life and mobility over that period. We feel that it helped prolong Jack’s mobility and that Tom has been considerably less fatigued.”

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Medelita Offers Top of the Line Lab Coats

Medelita®, maker of breakthrough performance lab coats for both men and women, is changing the way that medical professionals think about their lab coats. Featuring state of the art performance fabric and flattering designs, Medelita offers a long-needed upgrade from the baffling display of flimsy material and ill-fitting silhouettes that have become the subpar standard for white lab coats.

Founded by a clinician, Medelita was born out of personal experience and a true need in the healthcare industry – to offer functional, performance-based lab coats and scrubs of superb quality. Whether they are new to the field or seasoned veterans, medical professionals in all specialties find Medelita lab coats to be perfectly matched to their needs – with ergonomic fit, superb durability, and professional styling.

Medelita professional lab coats are pre-shrunk breathable 100% cotton, resulting in a soft, sophisticated finish. While most white lab coats are made for unisex wear, Medelita and Medelita Men’s lab coats are designed and contoured specifically for either men or women to create a functional, well-fitting garment that remains comfortable throughout the workday. In addition, Medelita offers a variety of styles and features, such as knitted cuffs, modern rounded collars, and deep, durable pockets.

Medelita high-performance lab coats are treated with DuPont™ Advanced Dual Action Teflon® fabric protector to protect from fluid, soil, and stains, including blood – ideal for medical professionals who are exposed to bodily fluids or other spills. Medelita lab coats also resist stains and washbetter than any other lab coat out there, staying clean and bright white.

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Medelita Offers New Caribbean Blue Medical Scrubs

Medelita®, maker of breakthrough performance medical scrubs and lab coats for both men and women, is excited to announce a new color option for their popular medical scrubs. Just in time for summer, Medelita is calling to mind tropical beaches and warm sunny days with the introduction of Caribbean Blue clinician scrubs for women and scrubs for men. Flattering on all skin tones, this modern and professional color is a statement of quality and achievement with name and title embroidery in the clinician scrubs teal option or men’s scrubs cocoa option. Caribbean Blue scrubs will be available for pre-order on July 1st with shipping commencing on July 15th.

The vast majority of scrubs on the market today are boxy, ill-fitting, and un-flattering. These shapeless, unisex uniforms fail to portray the level of

professionalism of those working in healthcare and dentistry. As an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant, Medelita Founder Lara Manchik, PA-C found herself constantly frustrated by uncomfortable fabrics, horrendous fits, and frumpy silhouettes. By founding Medelita, she set out to create a paradigm shift and offer high quality lab coats and scrubs consistent with the level of prestige and achievement earned by doctors, surgeons, dentists, PAs and other medical professionals.

Unlike most companies, Medelita offers different styles and colors in medical scrubs designed specifically for men or women. With Medelita, medical professionals are no longer forced to wear the bulky and uncomfortable unisex medical scrubs that became prevalent during the last five decades. Featuring ergonomic design features, Medelita scrubs allow professionals a wide range of motion and comfort.

In addition to looking good and feeling comfortable, Medelita medical scrubs are also designed to be both functional and durable. Medelita scrubs are made with a special performance drirelease® fabric with FreshGuard® – making them moisture-wicking, quick drying, and odor-resistant. Drirelease® fabric pulls moisture away from the skin and help to regulate skin temperature, minimizing sweat and discomfort. FreshGuard® is bacteriostatic; it neutralizes and inhibits the growth of bacterial odors – virtually eliminating odor from the uniform.

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Medelita Professional Organization Embroidery Logo List Continues to Grow Weekly

Medelita ®, breakthrough performance maker in lab coats and medical scrubs for both men and women, is honored to have a continuously growing list of logo requests received from a variety of professional organizations as well as existing customers.

Logos embroidered on lab coats and medical tops demonstrate pride and accomplishment to colleagues and patients alike. Medelita often refers to embroidery as, “the closest thing to wearing a diploma”. It is because of this significance of wearing both name & title embroidery and the respective logo of a medical or dental specialty, that Medelita has made a commitment to provide the finest quality and craftsmanship as evidenced in every stitch that goes onto a Medelita garment.

Medelita continues to focus on their customer base. As per request by existing customers, the company has added several professional logos to their existing list which include: the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Dental Caduceus, Veterinary Caduceus, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA), and Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP).

Many of the above professional organizations contacted Medelita directly to submit their logos. The organizations recognize a synergy with the quality and professional image that Medelita put forth, and thus selected the company as their preferred vendor for lab coats and scrubs. Medelita is honored to provide such services as well to offer a vast number of professional organization embroidery options.

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Medelita Offers a Professional Organization Logo Embroidery Option for Customers

Medelita®, a performance lab coat manufacturer for both men and women, is pleased to provide customers with the option of adding an embroidered Professional Organization Logo when purchasing lab coats and medical scrubs.

Medelita, a leader in online scrubs and lab coats, is honored to have affiliations with numerous professional organizations within the medical and dental industries, including the American Medical Women’s Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Receiving approval to embroider such prestigious logos is indicative of the exceptional quality in craftsmanship and tremendous attention to detail, by Medelita.

Medelita founder, Lara Manchik, PA-C says, “We spend a tremendous amount of time and energy ensuring that every single inch of fabric, trim and finishing detail is perfect. But truly, when a new customer receives their first Medelita lab coat (or clinician scrubs), the very first thing they see is the embroidery. It is their mark of achievement, their symbol of dedication and professionalism that must be displayed with the utmost quality and attention to detail. That is our commitment to our customers and colleagues. We are excited to provide this additional service to our prestigious customer base.”

The embroidered logos are digitized in-house by the expert embroidery team at Medelita, and are stitched directly to the medical uniforms rather than being applied as a typical patch logo. For both custom logos and Professional Organization logos, Medelita embroidery exudes the very highest level of quality and professionalism while making a bold statement to patients and colleagues alike. Medelita often refers to their embroidery services as “the icing on the cake”, allowing medical professionals to display their titles and affiliations with pride and sophistication.

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Medelita medical coats feature state of the art fabrics and durable design features

Medelita®, maker of breakthrough performance medical coats for both men and women, offers the best selection for those medical professionals who are looking for functional, professional appearing coats. Featuring state of the art materials and smart, flattering designs, Medelita continues to push above and beyond the competition in order to offer medical professionals the very best quality and selection in the medical uniform market.

Medelita medical coats are made from pre-shrunk, 100% cotton textured fabric, which allow for a soft, sophisticated finish that is immediately noticeable. While most medical coats are unisex in styling, Medelita coats are contoured gender specifically for men and women, creating a durable and functional fitting garment that remains comfortable throughout the work day. The overall dimensions and styling of the medical coats are specifically designed to allow for ample forward reach without limiting range of motion in the arms, shoulders, or neck. In addition, Medelita coats also offer modern features like women’s rounded lapels and men’s blazer chest pockets.

As medical professionals wear medical coats in high pressure, stressful situations, Medelita medical coats use breathable 100% cotton fabric that features High-IQ Easy Care Plus wrinkle resistance and Advanced Dual Action Teflon fabric stain protector, the latter of which allows fluids to simply run right off the fabric.

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Medelita partners with the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants

Medelita®, maker of breakthrough performance lab coats for both men and women, announces a new partnership with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Member benefit discount and affiliation agreement begin on May 1st.

The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants is a non-profit professional organization comprised of individuals who provide dermatologic care, or have expressed interest in the field of dermatology. The SDPA organization, founded in 1994, has over 1,700 members and continues to grow. The main focus of the organization is to provide continuing medical education to its members, form leadership structure, act as an advocate for members, and develop resources for the evaluation and hiring of Physician Assistants. Medelita is proud to have this affiliation with such a prestigious PA organization, as the founder is also a PA. The partnership is extremely complimentary.

Dermatology PAs find Medelita lab coats to be especially professional and classy, with a comfortable, ergonomic fit. With a fit similar to professional clothing, and styling and workmanship improvements throughout, doing procedures from multiple angles and positions is now easier and more comfortable. Coupled with the Advanced Dual Action Teflon® fabric protector, the performance of the lab coats is ideal for those clinicians who are at higher risk for exposure to bodily fluids or other spills. Medelita high-performance lab coats help to ensure a clean, bright white appearance by preventing soil and stains from setting in, and also allowing a fluid barrier.  They wash better than any other lab coat available, and stay bright white.

“We recently received a testimonial from a dermatology PA who said that on the very first day that she received her Medelita lab coat, blood splashed onto the sleeve during a procedure,” shares Lara Manchik, PA-C and founder. “She simply “brushed” it off with a hand towel – with no trace of it left on the surface.  Her supervising MD immediately asked where he could get a similar coat of the same performance quality.”

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Depuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Helpline Launched To Assist Victims Of Faulty Hip Replacements

Jewish Lawyers Network has launched a hip replacement helpline. According to Lisa Spitzer MSW,” these faulty hip replacements affect seniors at a time in their lives when quality of life and independence are crucial factors” “Any surgery takes longer to recover from. The psychological and physical effects put seniors back months”. ” Having to go through additional pain and surgeries can lead to severe depression and a downhill process”.

In the months since a recall of the DePuy ASR XL artificial hip, DePuy might be facing the recall of yet another one of its hip replacements, the Pinnacle Acetabular Component, which has been facing increased scrutiny for its premature failures.

Like the ASR XL, the Depuy Pinnacle is a metal on metal system that was designed to last at least 10-15 years but now, orthopedic surgeons are reporting that these devices have been failing within one to two years of being implanted into their patients.

That’s not good news for DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, which has implanted over 150,000 Pinnacle hip replacements into patients since it was put into service in 2001. Its recent recall of the defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implant systems has forced thousands of hip implant patients to have additional, painful and expensive hip revision surgeries. This effects seniors the most. All surgeries at that age are traumatic with extensive recovery time and rehabilitation. After the surgery, the patient, can spend weeks in a rehabilitation facility away from family, friends and routine. This isolation can effect mood. After discharge there is usually weeks of in home rehabilitation. Going through this once, according to Spitzer, is traumatic, We do not know how many seniors can actually go through this twice and regain the pre-surgery level of functioning. Spitzer feels this will not only affect an individuals quality of life but perhaps even life span, depending on age and other health factors. “If a senior has kept going, for instance, by play golf every day with friends and he or she loses this, it could be a downhill road” You may contact the helpline by calling 1 877-522-2123.

Although the ASR and Pinnacle are both metal on metal systems, there are significant differences between the two insofar as:
* the ASR is a monoblock design whereas the Pinnacle uses a modular system.
* the ASR cup is made of one solid piece of metal whereas the Pinnacle has an outer shell
* The Pinnacle is designed in such a way that the surgeon has the option to place a metal, ceramic or polyethylene liner inside the metal outer cup

Much of the problem seems to be with the Pinnacle 36 mm Ultamet Metal-on-Metal component which is failing at an unacceptably high rate. One of the theories seeking to determine the cause suggests that a design problem flows from the fact that the device has been created with one of the lowest clearance levels in the industry. The only other implant with a clearance level this low is the DePuy ASR.

Attorneys and experts investigating the basis for the high rate of failure point to the product design and believe that DePuy created a very narrow window for proper placement of the prosthesis and inadequately trained surgeons in the proper implantation technique.

Like, the recalled DePuy ASR system, the Pinnacle was permitted to reach the market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) controversial 510(k) approval process, which allows a medical device to be placed on the market without being subjected to necessary clinical trials as long as the manufacturer can show that the device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already approved on the market. DePuy’s ASR system avoided obligatory clinical trials by showing that it was fundamentally similar to the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system, raising some serious issues.

Recently, the FDA has received hundreds of complaints and adverse incident reports against the Pinnacle system, attributed mostly to the Pinnacle’s propensity to prematurely separate from the bone. Moreover, like many other metal on metal devices, constant friction in the Pinnacle may cause an increased risk of metallosis, i.e. the release of miniscule metal particles into the surrounding soft tissue or bloodstream.

All of this has resulted in a wave of new lawsuits being filed around the country against DePuy. Just last week, a motion was filed in the United States District Court in California seeking to consolidate all DePuy Pinnacle cases before one judge in what is known as a multi- district litigation, or MDL. The MDL Panel is scheduled to rule on this application in May.

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Medelita Gives Back With Newest Affiliation

Medelita®, lab coat manufacturer and online retailer upscale men’s and women’s medical apparel, is pleased to announce their latest affiliation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Currently AACD members who make purchases through Medelita.com receive a 10% discount. In addition to this member discount, the premier lab coat and medical scrubs retailer will donate 5% off every purchase to the Give Back a Smile Program.

The AACD is dedicated to advancing excellence in cosmetic dentistry and encouraging high standards in patient care. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) mission is to assist in rebuilding the lives and dignity of survivors of domestic violence through compassionate cosmetic dental services and support programs. Our program provides restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the smile zone at no cost to qualified survivors through our nationwide network of volunteer cosmetic dentists and our support team of laboratories and dental manufacturers. Similarly, Medelita also holds elevated standards in providing professional, sophisticated, technically advanced apparel to the dentists, physicians, and surgeons they serve. Thus, the affiliation is a synergistic fit.

AACD members are able to choose from four dental-specific lab coats, or from seven additional lab coats and multiple colors of men’s and women’s scrubs, all visible at www.medelita.com. In addition to lab coats and scrubs, Medelita offers the very best clogs available to healthcare professionals. Medelita not only provides the essentials, but specifically designs dental-specific lab coats with cuffed sleeves and optional closure to the neck. By following OSHA recommendations for garment construction, and combining those features with quality construction and Advanced Dual Action Teflon® performance fabric, members appreciate Medelita as a thoughtful uniform ideal for dentists.

Members of the AACD will receive a 10% discount on all purchases made through Medelita by entering the promotional code GBSMILE. In addition, with every purchase made, Medelita will donate 5% to the Give Back a Smile Program. This program founded by the AACD was developed in recongnition of addressing the needs in the communities of AACD members. Volunteer cosmetic dentists and laboratory technicians agree to restore the broken and damaged teeth of survivors of intimate partner violence at no cost. More than 1,000 U.S applicants have received services from this program.

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Medelita Providing In-House Embroidery Services

Medelita®, breakthrough performance maker in medical scrubs and lab coats for both men and women, announces that all embroidery services are now completed in-house. With two top-of-the-line embroidery machines and an expert embroidery team, the premier medical apparel retailer is able to provide high quality customization without the need to outsource.

Medelita, known for their superior quality physician scrubs and performance lab coats has always offered custom embroidery services for their clients. Previously outsourced, resulting in lengthy lead times and frustrating delays, customers can now opt for Medelita in-house customization options and experience less than 10 day completion on any lab coat or medical scrub top embroidery order. Embroidery is completed by artisans with complex digitization experience, resulting in the very best quality logo and name & title stitching in the medical apparel industry. Custom options include name & title embroidery up to 3 lines, professional organization logo embroidery, and custom logo design for private practices, hospitals or university settings.

The fine quality and careful precision that goes into every stitch is consistent with the high standards that Medelita maintains on their lab coats and scrubs. Founder Lara Manchik, PA-C, states “Embroidery is the closest thing to wearing your diploma. For that reason it must be perfectly displayed, as a symbol of prestige and aptitude.”

With lab coat embroidery prominently displayed as acknowledgement of one’s educational achievements, physicians and surgeons can feel distinguished and elegant with professional embroidery from Medelita.

By conducting all embroidery services in-house, Medelita can ensure that the finished product is met to their high standards. All embroidered items go through a triple-check process that boasts an error rate of less than 0.01%. No other medical apparel company performs all these types of services strictly in-house, nor with such high standards or resultant quality.

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