General health calculators are mostly linked to lifestyles. The commonly used ones are related to weight. You can calculate your body mass index (BMI for short), amount of calories burned during a work-out, or calories ingested with certain meals. You can also calculate how much of your body is actually fat, how much you need to eat daily to maintain health, how much alcohol gets into your blood during a drinking spell, or how much physical activity is needed to raise your heart rate to a certain level.
Every day, a vast number of patients fail to show up for medical appointments with their healthcare providers. Whereas there are many reasons for the so called ‘no shows’, many fail to appreciate the huge impact that missed appointments have on health service provision.
Technology is a key driver for almost all industries. The healthcare industry isn’t any different, all aspects of healthcare must be driven by modern technology. There must be ready acceptance to do away with antiquated systems. And an equal measure of willingness to invest in technology that improves efficiency of service delivery. Patients must expect, or even demand, that their healthcare providers take full advantage of the revolution in health tech.
Doctors have an ethical duty to maintain openness and honesty in all their interactions with patients. This is especially so when a medical error occurs. In medico-legal terms, honesty is referred to as ‘duty of candour’, and is considered as a cornerstone of medical practice. But duty of candour hasn’t always been enforced by law. However, in some jurisdictions, duty of candour has become a legal requirement both for health institutions and the healthcare professionals providing the service.