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Cutting-Edge Option Care Research Presented at NHIA Finds Home IV Antibiotic Method Can Affect Adherence, Cost

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

New research by Option Care Enterprises, Inc. (“Option Care”), the nation’s leading provider of home and alternate site infusion therapy services, suggests the method of antibiotic intravenous (IV) administration can improve patient compliance while decreasing costs. The study1 was presented today at the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) Annual Conference and is a finalist for the “Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award.”
The researchers analyzed patient compliance by comparing four techniques for antibiotic self-administration and determined ease of providing therapy was a significant factor. They concluded patients were significantly more likely to comply with therapy if they used the elastomeric pump or IV push than if they used the gravity/mini bag or electronic pump. Additionally, in many cases IV push and elastomeric pump are less costly.“There’s a common perception that the gravity/mini bag is the least expensive method, but our research shows not only are IV push and elastomeric pump often more cost-effective, but patients find them easier to use, decreasing the likelihood that they will skip doses, which can lead to failed therapy and hospital readmission,” said Julie Wurdeman, PharmD, an Option Care infusion pharmacist and primary author of the study. “Our findings have implications for helping establish the most appropriate method of administration and underscore the value of collaboration among patients and the care team.”
The type of IV antibiotic therapy typically is chosen by the pharmacist in collaboration with the physician and determined by several factors including the medication, frequency of therapy (typically one to three times a day), rate of infusion as well as provider preference, patient lifestyle and age. The research suggests that patient compliance and cost should be factored into the equation.Researchers studied treatment compliance in 688 Option Care home infusion patients who were treated between October 2017 and October 2018 and who missed one or more doses of IV antibiotics. They found the percentage of doses missed by technique was: 2.6 percent elastomeric pump, 2.7 percent IV push, 5 percent mini bag and 8.6 percent electronic pump.There is a wide variation between methods in the cost of administration (factoring in equipment, compounding and patient education, but not medication), including a 209 percent difference between the least-expensive, IV push, and the most-expensive, electronic pump. The cost varies depending on the number of times per day and the rate at which the antibiotic is provided, as well as whether equipment can be reused and other factors.In home antibiotic therapy, the patient infuses the medication through a catheter (placed by a nurse in a vein, usually in the hand or arm).

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Looking to Cover Remaining College Costs?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 agosto 2018

With the end of summer in sight, college-bound students and their families are making final arrangements for the fall semester, including financing tuition, room and board, and related college expenses. While scholarships and grants are a top source used to pay for college and federal student loans can help foot the bill, many families are still left with a financing gap. Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, offers competitive, flexible, private student loans to help cover remaining expenses.Available to undergraduate students attending degree-granting institutions, Sallie Mae’s Smart Option Student Loan offers fixed rates ranging from 5.74 to 11.85 percent annual percentage yield (APR). Variable rates for undergraduates start from 4.12 to 10.98 percent APR. Sallie Mae’s private student loans have no origination fees or prepayment penalties.
Sallie Mae private student loan customers can choose to make monthly interest-only or fixed payments while in school or defer payments until after school. Customers can reduce their interest rate by 1.25 percentage points when they enroll in the automatic debit option and choose the in-school interest repayment option instead of the deferred repayment option, or they can reduce their interest rate by .75 percentage points when they enroll in the automatic debit option and choose the fixed repayment option instead of the deferred repayment option.
A freshman customer who makes interest-only payments on a Smart Option Student Loan while in school could save an average of 27 percent on total undergraduate loan costs, compared to our deferred payment option. A freshman customer who makes monthly fixed payments while in school could save an average of 13 percent on total undergraduate loan costs, compared to the deferred payment option. More than half of Sallie Mae customers choose to make payments while in school.
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Ding offers convenient alternative as the cost of money remittance increases for Indians

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 dicembre 2014

india-travel-insuranceAs India introduces a tax on traditional money remittance, ding* reminds people of the complimentary service of international mobile top-up to transfer value home.
India has started levying a service tax on “fees or commissions” charged by banks and financial institutions in a push to raise Rs 3,700 ($6 billion) for the cash-strapped Indian Government. The tax will see an additional 2% charge on all money remittance sent into India increasing the cost of sending money home for Indians living abroad. These increased costs leave the Indian Diaspora looking for alternatives including the illegal hawala route. It is feared the move may even spark a curtailment in remittances as a whole, which in turn would hit the country’s forex reserves.International top-up has long been seen as a convenient compliment to money remittance. The ability to deliver airtime directly to the mobile phones of loved ones makes it easy for the Indian Diaspora to support home. Mark Roden, founder of ding*, the world’s largest international top-up provider says, “This increase in tax will further burden Indians working away from home who send support home. We remind the Indian Diaspora of the convenience, speed and safety of sending mobile top-up as an alternative way to let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them.”ding* allows the instant transfer of value to mobile phones in India, primarily sent by the Diaspora working in the Gulf and UAE regions. The service is available on, the ding* apps and from 500,000 retail outlets around the world. ding* also offers a phone-to-phone service allowing the transfer of credit directly from one phone to another.
According the World Bank there is almost $600 billion in money remittance sent globally and India is the highest receiver with $70 billion being sent to India every year. Big players in the remittance market are sure to resist this fee and ding* would fully support them, as the company are fully dedicated to making sending help home as easy as possible for migrant workers. For the time being, ding* continues to offer the Diaspora a convenient compliment that not only allows Indians to add value directly to their loved ones mobile phones. “If only for that one day – this simple gesture makes their lives that little bit better.” adds Roden.
As the world’s largest top-up provider, ding* safely delivers a top-up every second of every day. Created to help people living abroad to support loved ones back home, the company is directly connected to 300 mobile operators in over 130 countries with a reach of over 3.5 billion phones. People can send top-up on, the mobile app and in more than 500,000 retail locations around the world.ding*employs 200 people and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with regional offices in Miami, Dubai, San Salvador, Bucharest, Barcelona and Dhaka.It’s been a busy month for Founder & CEO, Mark Roden as in addition to receiving the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2014 he was named Business and Finance Business Person of the Month for October. He has also secured his company’s place as the world’s largest international top-up providers after acquiring, a website specialising in mobile top-up exclusively to Cuba.

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European businesses

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 luglio 2011

London Research published by Ricoh Europe reveals that European businesses could be missing out on potential profit increases of €46 billion, due to the existing, inefficient methods used to process information. TheRicoh Process Efficiency Index shows that employees across Europe responsible for managing business critical document processes spend approximately 362 million hours of their time per year on the function, which amounts to an overall business cost of €147 billion. The Index examines how European organisations are managing their business critical document processes; those that occur regularly and repeatedly and have a direct impact upon businesses interactions with clients and employees. For example, purchase orders, patient records or invoices. The study also identifies the areas for improvement and the economic return that those improvements could deliver.
Carsten Bruhn, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Europe said: “This report is essential reading for every European CIO. It highlights that if European businesses are to meet the challenge of competing with emerging markets, it is essential that they look at the efficiency of their business critical document processes.” Despite the significant time and investment processing business critical documents, European businesses overwhelmingly acknowledge that there is still room for improvement. Respondents said that their top three priorities are to increase knowledge sharing (67 per cent), improve security (67 per cent) and drive workforce effectiveness (65 per cent). The main barriers to making these improvements are lack of time (45 per cent) and lack of resources (35 per cent). The Index also reveals that European businesses are often reluctant to adopt time saving initiatives, such as outsourcing, due to security concerns. However, one in 12 European businesses revealed that their existing security procedures do not protect confidential documents with 36 per cent admitting that either they themselves, or their staff, have lost or misplaced important information. Despite available technology advances, the Index shows that many document processes are unnecessarily labour intensive and manual. 43 per cent of all business critical document processes rely on hard copy data and only 22 per cent of respondents reported that their organisation utilised a fully automated workflow.

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Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 aprile 2010

London Electric scooters and motorcycles offer smart, eco-friendly and accessible mobility options for urban transportation.  Thanks to a rapidly developing re-charging infrastructure and innovative design, they have the potential to meet consumer demand and pave the way for innovative micro mobility solutions in Europe’s developing mega cities. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, 360 Degree Analysis of the European Electric Scooters and Motorcycles Market, finds that consumer interests and technology significantly drive the market. However, electric scooters and motorcycles require greater investment and involve higher running costs than gas-powered two-wheelers. This is a concern for the consumer in terms of cost of ownership. Additionally, imports of low-quality inexpensive electric scooters from Asian markets, compete with high quality reliable electric scooters and motorcycles, vehicle manufacturers are looking to offer to European consumers. Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other stakeholders in the industry should look to work together towards standardising motor and battery technologies to make electric scooters and motorcycles more affordable.Technology should be standardised through a unified approach between battery suppliers, infrastructure providers and vehicle manufacturers. The government should look at promoting electric scooters and motorcycles with incentives or subsidies while vehicle manufacturers should consider new business models, such as battery leasing, to bring down initial purchase costs and battery maintenance/replacement costs for consumers.  “There is a burgeoning demand for integrated mobility and first/last mile connectivity solutions in developing urban cities and pedelecs offer an ideal solution for sustainable, eco-friendly mobility of the future,” concludes Rajagopalan.
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