How teleradiology can assist clinicians categorise patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img Related Posts By EH News Bureau on September 9, 2020 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” 5C Networkchest CT scansCOVID-19Kalyan SivasailamRT-PCRteleradiology Radiology drives diagnosis for semi-urban and rural population making tele-radiology essential to fix the expertise lag in the era of tele-medicine. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, teleradiology can assist clinicians categorise the patients for testing, quarantining or practice social distancing norms, writes Kalyan Sivasailam, CEO, 5C Network. With the scale of testing that India may now need, RT-PCR tests will have to be selectively administered and use of radiology as a front-line screening tool will help us make better and faster decisions.Healthcare accessibility has multi-dimensional issues in the complex Indian terrain. Shifting towards empowering people to avail medical services agnostic of geographical challenges, the healthcare leaders, providers and policy makers are now looking at technological innovation supported by a holistic internet ecosystem for the adoption of health-tech. Digitisation of healthcare processes and services help resolve information asymmetry, lack of access to specialists, and poor healthcare outcomes despite expensive treatment.Even today, basic CT and MRI scans take longer in hinterlands lacking radiologists, resulting in delayed treatment process and progression of the disease. Besides, capital intensive imaging machines also result in plummeting ROI to the organisation. To this multifaceted challenge, teleradiology provides a holistic solution.Studies by Report Linker and GlobalData predict that teleradiology is set to grow at 16 per cent CAGR over the next five years. As Indian healthcare undergoes transformation, radiology is now seen as a key part of the diagnostic process, in both rural and urban areas. Even the Ayushman Bharat Scheme lists radiology scans as precondition and postcondition for most surgeries.How AI bridges the gapArtificial Intelligence (AI) in radiology is a reality and plays a role in helping radiologists diagnose faster and better. Broadly, there are two kinds of inputs: quantitative, where algorithms measure a certain characteristic (eg. amount of ground glassing in chest CT scans), and qualitative, where the algorithm suggests a diagnosis.Well-built algorithms trained on a wide range of data can have sensitivity and specificity of well over 90 per cent. Using AI in radiology has helped reduce the Turn – Around – Time (TAT) by over 60 per cent for critical cases. Technology bridges the gap and helps teleradiology play a pivotal role in overcoming obstacles. Outputs of radiology, unlike that of PCR, are completely digital, and through tech-innovations like AI, teleradiology support diagnostic centers, combined with reports from remotely located qualified specialists. Even with the given limited resources, healthcare experts  in remote locations across the country can make informed decisions about their patients.Prominence in COVID-19 testingIn the current COVID-19 pandemic, teleradiology can assist clinicians categorise the patients for testing, quarantining or practice social distancing norms. Since COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease, pulmonologists need detailed insights into their patient’s scans. In most places, especially in non-urban areas, thoracic specialised radiologists are not available, therefore making teleradiology the best tool available.Today, a majority of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic for a while, before showing symptoms, thereby unknowingly infecting others. In order to arrest the rapid spread of this disease, we need large scale efficient screening, diagnosis and monitoring.The test for COVID-19, RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction), is complex. Currently, RT-PCR is the standard test to determine if a person has COVID-19. However, because of the complexity involved and the time taken, access to the test is still limited.Viral pneumonia is routinely and correctly diagnosed using a chest CT. With assay testing yet to scale up, CT scans will be imperative. Pulmonologists across the country consider CT scans for patients with high fever, bilateral distribution with ground glass and no pleural effusion.Scaling up tele-diagnosisIn developed nations, teleradiology is used as a top-up to improve radiology throughput. In India, the primary problem that teleradiology solves is access.In healthcare, time is extremely critical. For example, in Japan the expected turn-around-time (TAT) of a diagnosis is 18-24 hours. In India the phone starts ringing after 60 minutes. Teleradiology is playing a vital role in bringing down the time factor, especially in current times.Access to quality healthcare and timely medical intervention is gaining relevance now more than ever with the pandemic causing irrevocable impact. Reliance on teleradiology will extensively help people move from prescription to preventive healthcare.Radiology will also be a significant weapon for health authorities in fighting the pandemic. With the scale of testing that India may now need, RT-PCR tests will have to be selectively administered and use of radiology as a front-line screening tool will help us make better and faster decisions. 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KenGen records 8.3% growth in profit, pays Treasury $10.5m in dividends

first_img Generation Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has paid the National Government Ksh 1.1 billion ($10.5 million) in dividends for the financial year ended June 2019. The National Treasury & Planning Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yatani, received the cheque from KenGen board chairman, General Samson Mwathethe. KenGen’s Managing Director & CEO, Rebecca Miano was also present at the ceremony. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA For the year ended June 2020, KenGen announced a Ksh 13.9 billion ($128 million) profit before tax, translating into 8.3% growth in profit from the previous financial year. BRICS The Cabinet Secretary lauded KenGen’s positive financial performance adding that government is proud to be associated with the company. The government owns a 70% stake at KenGen while 30% is owned by private shareholders. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The company is currently offering geothermal drilling services and undertaking geoscientific studies in Kenya and Ethiopia. Have you read?Joan Chahenza – An African Power & Energy Elites personality Speaking at the event, Miano said KenGen’s diversification strategy was bearing fruit as the organisation had been able to incorporate new business lines in its revenue streams including consultancy services. He expressed gratitude to the government for consistent support over the years, saying it had contributed to KenGen’s growth and positive performance. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter TAGSgeothermalKenGenKenya Previous articleNigerian investment firm clinches UN committee and working group seatsNext articleFemale African scientists improve research and inspire the next generation Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Image credit: KenGen Finance and Policy She also expressed optimism in the company’s ability to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic which led to widespread socio-economic challenges. The board has recommended a first and final dividend for the year of Ksh 0.30 per ordinary share of Ksh 2.50, which will be paid to shareholders once ratified in the next annual general meeting (AGM), Mwathethe said. During the event, Mwathethe said: “We are indeed privileged and honoured to pay the government Ksh 1,153,856,022 in dividend at a time when businesses are facing enormous challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Yatani noted that as the country’s leading energy producer, KenGen was a major player in the government’s efforts towards the country’s growth and development. “Energy is critical for the country’s growth and development. We take cognizance of the important role played by KenGen in growing the economy,” he said. For the year ended June 2020, KenGen announced a Ksh 13.9 billion profit before tax, translating into 8.3% growth in profit from the previous financial year. #KenGenFY2020— KenGenKenya (@KenGenKenya) February 9, 2021 last_img read more

Avian Flu Scan for Jan 14, 2016

first_imgH7N9 sickens two more in China’s Guangdong provinceTwo more H7N9 avian flu illnesses have been detected in China, both affecting patients from Guangdong province in southern China, according to a statement today from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP), which cited mainland authorities.One patient is from Jieyang, representing the second case from the city in a week, while the other is from Zhongshan. Both are hospitalized in stable condition. No other details were available about the patients.So far 23 cases have now been reported in the fourth wave of infections, which started in the fall. Five provinces, plus the city of Shanghai, have reported cases in the latest round of illnesses. At least half of the cases have been reported in Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces.Today’s newly reported cases lift the global total from H7N9 to 709 infections, according to a case list kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.Jan 14 CHP statement FluTrackers H7N9 case list H5 viruses strike more poultry in Nigeria, VietnamHighly pathogenic avian flu struck again in two countries battling ongoing outbreaks, Nigeria and Vietnam, according to the latest statements from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Nigerian agriculture officials reported seven more H5N1 outbreaks in two separate reports yesterday. One of the outbreaks began Jan 9 at a poultry farm housing pullets in Beyelsa state in the southern part of the country. The virus killed 850 birds, and the remaining 2,150 were culled to control the spread of the virus.The other six outbreaks affected three other states: Kano, Federal Capital Territory, and Plateau. All but one occurred on farms, with the other affecting backyard birds. The events all involved layers and began between Jan 8 and Jan 10.Of 201,333 susceptible birds, the virus killed 21,463, and the remaining poultry were destroyed as a control measure.The H5N1 virus resurfaced in African poultry last year after a several-year hiatus. Nigeria has been especially hard-hit.Jan 13 OIE report on H5N1 in Nigeria’s Beyelsa state Jan 13 OIE report on six H5N1 outbreaks in NigeriaMeanwhile, Vietnam reported two more H5N6 avian flu detections in poultry, according to a report today to the OIE. Both events began Jan 9 in backyard poultry, one in Tuyen Quang province in the north and the other in Kon Tum province in the south central region.Between the two locations, the virus killed 1,045 birds, with the remaining 3,511 destroyed to curb the spread of the disease.Vietnam is among four countries reporting recent H5N6 detections. The others are China, Laos, and Hong Kong.Jan 14 OIE reportlast_img read more

OMM Awarded EPIC Project from Grupo Saesa for Submarine Cable in Chile

first_imgOffshore Marine Management (OMM) has been awarded a multi-million dollar EPIC (Engineering Procure Install and Commission) project by Chilean electrical company Grupo Saesa, to install a submarine cable which will join the island of Huar, in the Los Lagos region of Chile, to the Central Interconnected System.OMM was successful in following a highly competitive international tender process, where the company was up against a considerable number of other organisations. The process demanded companies adhere to strict regulations and provide detailed case studies and examples of management procedures.OMM will be providing a range of management and engineering services including cable route design, marine surveys, installation and provision of marine resources for this pioneering project that will lead to the electrification of the island. OMM international growth plan was key to winning this work and establishes OMM as a global market company.Eckhard Bruckschen, Chief Operating Officer, OMM said, “We’re delighted to have won this contract with Grupo Saesa to be involved in laying the first submarine power cable installed in the country. It is a ground-breaking project and a huge step forward towards the goal of supplying electrical power to remote areas of Chile. The opportunity adds to OMM’s considerable experience and expertise in this sort of operating environment and has enabled us to secure further contracts in Chile.”The construction of this line will generate massive benefits to the 520 families living on the island including huge savings on the cost of electricity, which will encourage further investment on Isla Huar. Along with environmental benefits as the new supply will reduce the use of fossil fuels on the island.Press Release, January 17, 2014last_img read more

GSC Presents UWF Women’s Athletics the 2007-2008 ALL-Sports Trophy

first_img Share GSC Presents UWF Women’s Athletics the 2007-2008 ALL-Sports Trophy June 26, 2008PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – The Gulf South Conference presented the University of West Florida the Women’s All-Sports Trophy during Thursday’s GSC banquet commencing the GSC meetings this week at Pensacola Beach. The Argos earned its third consecutive Gulf South Conference (GSC) Women’s All-Sports Trophy, and fourth in five years. It was the women’s sixth all-time award, and that is now the conference’s best by any school. The Argos were tied with Jacksonville State, whom dominated the GSC in the early 1990’s and had five all-sports trophies from 1987 thru 1995.West Florida took home the award in convincing fashion, tallying 67.5 points, to outdistance Arkansas Tech by 11.5, and Harding by 13.5 points. The Argonauts turned in a consistent effort this season, with all women’s sports contributing at least four points, based on finish in the standings and conference tournaments. Six of the Argos women’s teams earned berth’s in the NCAA tournament this past year.The West Florida women captured the GSC Golf title, and had runner up finishes in Volleyball, Soccer, and Tennis. The Argos also had a third place finish from the Cross Country team. Golf won their third straight conference title, while Volleyball set several UWF records, and finished the GSC regular season with a 12-0 conference record. Meanwhile, soccer demonstrated a defense highly ranked in the NCAA, which went over 900 minutes without allowing a goal, and came up just short in the GSC championship match, after going unbeaten in conference play.Softball finished in third place in the GSC East Division, and earned a top 25 ranking heading into the postseason. Tennis finished runner-ups in the GSC tournament, dropping a 5-4 thrilling match to #3 Valdosta State, but then went on to capture the NCAA regional championship, to earn a trip to the National championships. In all, volleyball, soccer, cross country, softball, golf, and tennis were all selected to play in the NCAA tournament, during the 2007-2008 academic year. With six women sports earning trips to the NCAA tournament, that was three more than second best in the entire conference.The UWF women have been honored with five All-American selections this season, with Volleyball’s Luciana Rapach, along with Dernelle Mascall and Courtney Jones for Soccer during the fall sports. Tennis star, Suzana Cavalcante, earned All-American status for both singles and doubles, as she teamed up with Paola Arevalo as a doubles All-American team.Volleyball set a team record for wins with 32 this past year, while Women’s Soccer put together an impressive run of 12 shutouts during a 14 match stretch. The Women’s Cross Country team finished in the top 10 for Division II Cross Country team GPA’s. Women’s basketball lead all GSC winter sports with nine Academic Honor Roll selections. Softball was ranked in the top 25, and earned a berth in the NCAA Regional tournament, while Women’s Golf captured the GSC title, and Women’s tennis made it to the elite eight at the NCAA championships before falling to the number one team in the nation. In all, a tremendous year, both on the playing field and academically for the Argos. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

It’s Official: Browns Coach Hue Jackson Will Keep His Promise And Jump in Lake Erie

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede Related TopicsBrownsHue Jacksoncenter_img As if there’s not enough laughter, crying and drama to the 2017 Cleveland Browns season, now comes the news at the START of Hue Jackson’s Wednesday presser that the coach will indeed take a frosty dip into Lake Erie.Yes, who cares about not going winless, the coach instead oddly started his first presser getting ready for the Steelers by announcing that he will stay to the promise he made last season, and will jump into the lake.“I made a statement and I have to back it up.”Hue Jackson confirms he will make good on his promise to jump in Lake Erie.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 27, 2017Jackson started all this drama last season stating that if the Browns went 1-15 again in 2017, he would “be swimming in the lake.”Well, the Browns very well may not go 1-15, but might be even WORSE if they can’t top the AFC North Champion Steelers Sunday in Pittsburgh, a place they seem to never win at and always end the season with a loss at (even last year against the Steelers backups).We will see when Hue keeps to the promise, and how they try to turn this latest negative into a positive in ‘As the World Turns’ in Berea. last_img read more