A powerful impact of Covid-19 on hospitals and healthcare systems
The coronavirus pandemic and associated
restrictions have made it necessary for the healthcare system to adopt
telehealth solutions to contact patients remotely and ensure adequate safety
for patients whose health conditions require a face-to-face and physical visit
to a specialist. It can be said that Covid-19 somehow motivated healthcare
institutions to adopt hybrid models of care, the introduction of which had been
considered for a long time.
According to the Accenture 2021 Digital Health
Tech Vision report, the majority (86%) of 399 healthcare managers from six
countries believe that their healthcare organization’s business and technology
strategies are becoming inseparable. Underscoring this point is a new survey
from FoxitSoftware examining the shift to paperless medical documents and
processes, including which departments continue to use paper and why. It turns
out that the Covid-19 pandemic situation made healthcare organizations want to
make most paper records into digital records as quickly as possible. According
to Deboshree Sarkar, Product Marketing Manager and Healthcare Marketing
Vertical Leader with Foxit, “collecting, managing, and sharing the data from
healthcare documents securely has become the top priority for every healthcare
organization we have worked with”.
“Urgent” adoption of electronic
document formats by health care organizations
“Since the start of the Covid-19 public health
crisis, how big of a priority has it been to adopt an electronic document
format for patient-facing healthcare forms and documents?” – a whopping 46% of
respondents replied “significant” or “urgent”. Many of the hospitals forced to
rapidly expand the virtual care services now are faced with the need to
digitize those paper-based documents that they continue to use for tasks such
as patient feedback. The fundamental problem is therefore how to reduce paper
dependence as much as possible and digitize these documents. Of the respondents
who completed the survey, 41% are from the C-Suite, 9.4% are health
practitioners, 9.4% are in quality, compliance or operations, and 7.8 percent
are in IT.
The Annual General Meeting will be held online, during which decisions will be made, among others, on the expanding cross-border cooperation and new opportunities to increase law firm legal services as part of participation in life science organizations of the association.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE MARKET OF BIOCIDAL PRODUCTS IN POLAND IN THE LIGHT OF EUROPEAN UNION REGULATIONS IN THE ASPECT OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
DEFINITION OF BIOCIDES
definition of the term “biocidal product” placed on the market is
obvious. This definition is provided in Article 3.1 of the Regulation (EU) No
528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012. Under EU
law, a biocidal product is, in principle, “any substance or mixture, in
the form in which it is supplied to the user, consisting of, containing or
generating one or more active substances, intended to destroy, deter, render
harmless, prevent the action of, or otherwise exert a controlling effect on any
harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action
relation to the basic core of the legal definition, a biocidal product is therefore
understood as a product with a basic biocidal function.
is also addressed by the Polish Act of 9 October 2015 on biocidal products. It
mainly stipulates the conditions for using and making biocidal products
available on the Polish market and the authority responsible for the
application of Regulation 528/2012, i.e. the President of the Office for
Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products.
FIRST GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES IN THE USA
A very interesting example of the introduction of genetically modified organisms is the mosquito released in the United States, on which the biotechnology company Oxitec conducted research. It was about a ten-year battle for permission to carry out the experiment. The main reason for such a long process were the protests of Florida residents who feared the bites of the new insects and the disruption of the ecosystem. The whole experiment involves releasing a bioengineered male mosquito to copulate with wild females, which transmit many diseases through their bites, including yellow fever, dengue and the Zika virus.
The Polish draft law on clinical trials of
medicinal products for human use was sent for public consultations on 30 April 2021
and is still waiting for the final wording.
This project aims to bring the current
legislation into line with the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the
Council on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, which aims to
ensure the safety of people who take part in clinical trials, to simplify and
speed up the authorisation procedures for such trials, which are a key part of
the process of developing new medicines and improving treatment with existing
The concept of Standard Operating Procedures
(SOP) was initially used in the U.S. Army to describe a system of military
instructions that allowed the execution of orders in a systematic and
predictable manner. In subsequent years, the concept was implemented into
medical terminology, and now it is used in other fields that require for their
efficiency repetitive but effective instructions that allow rapid achievement
of the desired objective.
But what really is SOP? Practically
speaking, SOP is a system of planned instructions, procedures enabling an
entrepreneur to achieve a certain goal without additional complications. The
SOP should describe in simple steps the next steps of conduct in particular
situations that may occur to employees of various industries. It is important
that the steps are written in a clear and transparent way that does not cause
doubts to those who will have to apply it. Through repetition and detailed
description of important issues, SOP leads to standardization and improvement
of the application of the most complex processes occurring in companies. SOP
system does not only constitute support and facilitation for employees – it
also improves the work of business owners who, thanks to it, have a better
understanding of the processes taking place in entities and are able to more effectively
supervise and respond to operations carried out in companies.