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SHELTON, Conn., Oct. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) will provide enterprise imaging as a cloud subscription service (Sectra One Cloud), throughout the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). This will allow the health system scalability as enterprise imaging volumes grow, in a secure and fully managed cloud environment.

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The Sectra solution will offer caregivers a complete digital imaging patient record across the health system and provide physicians with a robust and consolidated workflow integrated with Epic.

"Sectra's sophisticated architecture, built on Microsoft Azure, will provide URMC fast image access while ensuring security of patient data in the cloud," says Isaac Zaworski, president of Sectra, Inc.

The contract, signed in September 2022, in addition to the radiology module, includes a universal viewer, business analytics, teaching files, critical results reporting and advanced visualization tools.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. It forms the centerpiece of the University of Rochester's health research, teaching and patient care missions. The enterprise consists of six hospitals, nine urgent care centers, and an extensive primary care network.

Epic is a registered trademark of Epic Systems Corporation.

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With 30 years of innovation and more than 2,000 installations around the globe, Sectra is a leading imaging IT provider to health systems worldwide. Sectra offers a complete enterprise solution comprised of imaging modules (radiology, cardiology, pathology, orthopedics, and ophthalmology), and a robust VNA. Over the last consecutive nine years, Sectra has been awarded Best in KLAS for highest customer satisfaction. For more information, visit Sectra's website.

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Killexams : Allow Foreign Medical Graduates to continue internship without insisting on payment of internship fee: Kerala HC

Ernakulam: Providing Interim Relief to a group of foreign medical graduates, the Kerala High Court recently directed the concerned authorities including the General Hospital Kottayam to allow the medicos to continue their internship without insisting for payment of internship fees.

Further, the High Court clarified that after completing the internship, the FMGs will get completion certificate only after submitting the simple bond undertaking to pay the internship fee depending on the result of the petition.

The HC bench comprising of Justice V G Arun was considering a plea moved by 17 foreign medical graduates alleging charging of exorbitant amount of internship fees, and non-payment of internship stipend by General Hospital, Kottayam.

The petitioner students are currently undergoing their Internship as house surgeons with the General Hospital in Kottayam. Referring to the National Medical Commission's circulars dated March 4, 2022 and May 19, 2022, the petitioners submitted that the General Hospital refused complying with the NMC directive for not charging the FMGs any Internship fees and pay them stipend.

Also Read: NMC Relief: Equal Stipend, no extra fee for FMGs for Pursuing Internship in India

Earlier this year, Medical Dialogues had reported that providing major relief to the Foreign Medical Graduates who want to pursue internship in India, NMC had clarified that the Indian medical colleges shall not charge any fees from the medical graduates from abroad for permitting them to do internship in India.

In fact, the apex medical regulator had further made it clear that the FMGs would be paid equal stipend and other facilities just like the Indian Medical Graduates who are being trained at Government Medical Colleges.

The reason for such relief on NMC's part was the fact that the medical graduates from abroad were facing hardship in getting themselves registered in some of the State medical Councils after publication of Foreign Medical Graduates Licentiate Regulations, 2021 and Compulsory Rotatory Medical Internship Regulations, 2021 by National Medical Commission.

As per the latest media report by Live Law, the plea stated, "The petitioners were being threatened with discontinuation of their course and withholding of their course completion certificate by the 4th and 5th respondents in the event of nonpayment of internship fee."

Filing the plea, the FMGs prayed for directions upon authorities including Kerala Government, Kerala DME, the Superintendent of Kottayam General Hospital and Kochin Medical Council to allow them to pursue their internship without insisting on the payment of fees. Besides, they also demanded stipend during the internship period and internship completion certificate after completing the program.

Issuing notice to the concerned authorities including the National Medical Commission (NMC), the HC bench mentioned in the order dated October 14, 2022, "In the light of the orders passed in similar case, there shall be an interim order directing respondents 1 to 5 to permit the petitioners to continue their internship without insisting for payment of internship fee. On completion of internship ,the petitioners shall be issued completion certificate on their furnishing simple bond undertaking to pay the internship fee in case of any adverse orders being passed in this writ petition."

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Also Read: Take Strict Action on Medical Colleges charging MBBS Internship fee, not paying stipend to FMGs: NMC orders State Counterparts

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Killexams : Litigation Leaders: Knobbe Martens’ Co-Chairs on Recruiting IP Litigators Early in Their Career and Teaching Them To Collaborate

Welcome to another edition of our Litigation Leaders series, featuring the litigation practice leaders at some of the biggest and most innovative law firms in the country. 

Meet Sheila Swaroop and Michael Friedland, the co-chairs of the litigation practice at intellectual property and technology firm Knobbe Martens, who are both based in the firm’s Irvine, California, headquarters. 

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Killexams : Transfer of ‘education’ to concurrent list during the Emergency has upset India’s federal structure, T.N. govt tells HC

Centre refutes the charge and says, the RTE Act of 2009 is one of the finest examples of its contribution towards education

Centre refutes the charge and says, the RTE Act of 2009 is one of the finest examples of its contribution towards education

A Constitutional amendment transferring the subject of ‘education’ from the State list to the concurrent list in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution was carried out during the 21-month Emergency period without any proper debate in Parliament and such a transfer has resulted in upsetting the federal structure envisaged by the framers of the Constitution, the State government has told the Madras High Court.

In a counter affidavit filed before a Full Bench of Justices R. Mahadevan, M. Sundar and Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, the State government supported the Chennai-based Aram Seyya Virumbu (ASV) Trust that had challenged Section 57 of the Constitution (Forty Second Amendment) Act of 1976 through which the transfer took place, enabling both the Centre as well as the States to enact laws on the subject.

The counter, filed through Advocate General (A-G) R. Shunmugasundaram, stated that the Constitution originally empowered only the States to deal with education (including issues such as framing of curriculum, medium of instruction and procedure for admissions). Only the subject of coordination and maintenance of standards in higher education was conferred on the Centre or Parliament to enact laws.

However during the Emergency between 1975 and 1977, the Constitution was amended on the basis of Sardar Swaran Singh’s Committee’s report and such an amendment was carried out without a proper debate on the issue in both Houses of Parliament. The result of such an amendment was that Parliament would have supremacy over State Assemblies when it came to enacting laws related to education.

Citing examples of such supremacy exercised by the Centre over the States, the government said the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2020 was one such policy “through which the Union government clearly infringes upon the autonomy of the State government in the field of education by intending to change the entire scheme of a prevailing successful education system in the State of Tamil Nadu.”

“It is also submitted that by the introduction of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) without the concurrence of the States, the States’ powers to regulate admission to medical educational institutions, established by the State governments, are taken away totally,” the counter affidavit filed on behalf of the Higher Education Department read.

The State government also stated that the philosophy of one education policy for the entire country was inappropriate. “India is a Union of States. In other words, the States have come together to form the Union. The philosophy of one nation, one language, religion etc., cannot be extended to the Constitution set up by placing the States on a lower pedestal and dominantly asserting the power of the Union,” it added.

“In education, the outlook should be inclusive and broad, not exclusive and narrow. Only the States can ensure that education reaches the grassroot level. Welfare schemes for a State specific community/caste can be brought and implemented only by the State. Therefore, allowing the aforesaid subject to continue in the concurrent list causes grave threat to the federal structure,” the government told the court.

Centre’s counter affidavit

On the other hand, the Centre, in a counter affidavit filed through Additional Solicitor General (ASG) R. Sankaranarayanan, said India was a vast country comprising 28 States and eight Union Territories with diverse socio-cultural contexts. Under a federal structure, the Centre and States share the resources and responsibilities for the planning and implementation of national development programmes.

Since education was the primary source of human development, “it is imperative that the State and Central governments jointly prioritise it in budgetary allocations and funding plans.”

The Centre denied that the 42 nd Constitutional Amendment carried out in 1976 had infringed on the powers of the States and said, “rather, it has helped to meet the various demands of different States who are at differing levels of educational development.”

“The 42 nd Amendment Act has enabled the central government to take measures for the development, promotion and growth of education in the country. One significant example is the enactment of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and also several interventions through schemes in schools and higher education,” the Centre said and denied the charge that NEP 2020 challenges the autonomy of States.

Hearing on November 7

When the case was listed for hearing before the Full Bench on Monday, it was represented that senior counsel Kapil Sibal and the A-G would be representing the State government, the ASG would make his submissions on behalf of the Centre and that senior counsel N.R. Elango would argue for the ASV Trust. Though the judges insisted on commencing the arguments, the counsel expressed certain reservations.

Therefore, the Registry was directed to list the case on November 7, with a clear instruction to the counsel on record to complete their pleadings much before the assigned date.

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Killexams : Marin education board race carries hints of culture war

Oct. 14—Two candidates linked to a local group opposed to government mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic are competing in the Nov. 8 election for seats on the Marin County Board of Education.

Philip Wyatt, a mental health worker, and Lori Dali, a mother of three teenage boys enrolled in Marin public schools, have both been identified as allies of Marin Freedom Rising in an online newsletter published by the group.

Janine Pera of Novato, a spokesperson for Marin Freedom Rising, has said that Marin Freedom Rising is not officially endorsing any candidates for the November races.

Dali is competing against incumbent Curtis Robinson, a Mill Valley physician who has served on the board for the last 17 years, for a four-year seat representing southern Marin. Wyatt is competing against Li DelPan, a single mother who is a vice president at Bank of Marin and has a master's degree in business administration, for a two-year seat on the board representing the Novato area.

Marin Freedom Rising describes itself on its website as "a freedom community in Marin County" with an interest in "medical freedom, informed consent, free speech, body sovereignty, constitution, etc..."

Both Wyatt and Dali declined to be interviewed by the Independent Journal's editorial board, and neither responded to requests for comment for this story.

When contacted by the newspaper in August for an article on Marin Freedom Rising candidates running for office, Wyatt declined to be interviewed, saying he didn't want to be identified as "anti-vax." Wyatt said he would prefer to be described as "pro-choice, pro-body-sovereignty and pro-informed consent."

In his ballot statement, Wyatt says he has devoted much of his adult life to "tutoring children and serving those with mental challenges," but doesn't elaborate further.

According to his LinkedIn site, Wyatt works for Elpida Programs, a nonprofit residential program for chronically mentally ill adults that operates four homes in Marin County. Elpida's website lists Wyatt as a case manager and provides some information on his background.

The site states that Wyatt has been working in the field of mental health for nearly 20 years, beginning his career working the night shift on a suicide hotline in Northampton, Massachusetts. It also states that Wyatt worked for Buckelew Programs in San Rafael for nearly 10 years before joining Elpida Programs in 2013.

In his ballot statement, Wyatt says Marin County students "appear disenchanted and depressed."

"Clearly, our schools are not meeting the students' needs nor those of our families," he writes. "New ideas are needed to help revive our schools and help re-establish their credibility."

In his email declining an invitation to be interviewed by the newspaper's editorial board, Wyatt said that, if elected, his goals would include adding more music, art, theater and sports to schools; creating support groups for students coping with mental health challenges; teaching conflict resolution skills to children aged 12 and older; encouraging students to start their own groups based on interests; increasing the involvement of parents and guardians and increasing scrutiny of school budgets.

In her ballot statement, Dali says she is the mother of three teenage boys in Marin public schools and says her goal "is to help provide a happy, healthy, free thinking, fact based environment for our youth and a welcoming place for parent involvement, particularly in the 3-year aftermath of pandemic disruptions."

According to her LinkedIn site, Dali has bachelor's degree in foods, nutrition and wellness studies from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She spent four years working as a registered dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital before working for Merck as a sales representative and market analyst from 1998 to 2003. Since 2015, Dali has worked as an account manager for Last Man Media, a San Francisco videography business.

In her ballot statement, Dali writes, "With extensive healthcare experience I do not feel schools should be in the business of medicine."

During a Marin County supervisors meeting in May, Dali was among a large group of public commenters objecting to administering COVID-19 vaccines to children.

"For medical reasons, because my children are fragile, I cannot and will not vaccinate them," Dali said at the time.

During his interview with the editorial board, Robinson, said, "I'm concerned about my opponent. We're starting to see that a lot of the anti-vaxxers, Trumpsters — I don't know where these people are coming from — are starting to involve themselves in local school district races. I think this is dangerous."

"School boards by their nature are not political organizations," Robinson said. "Those people who want to carry their own personal agendas into the school board should stay out of it. It is not the place for that."

Robinson, however, said he would not support requiring children to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before starting school at this time.

"I think to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations prior to kindergarten entry is not going to fly," Robinson said. "I'm not going to support that, but I'm going to make sure it is available and parents have the option."

Robinson added that if transmission rates rise significantly, "we might have to revisit the question."

Robinson said he played an important role in getting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Sausalito reopened early in the pandemic. Robinson said his idea to allow teachers who didn't want to return to the classroom to teach via the internet helped remove one of the biggest obstacles to reopening Marin schools.

DelPan said she would support a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for school children. DelPan said that might mean that unvaccinated children would not be permitted to attend public schools in Marin.

"People need to understand that certain actions would result in certain consequences," DelPan said. "It doesn't take away the rights of parents to say no. There is still an avenue for them to educate their children."

DelPan noted that Wyatt's website asserts that "many parents are now choosing to homeschool their kids or move them out of California entirely."

She said some parents have decided to homeschool their kids or switch to the private school system, "which is perceived to be a little more lax in terms of rules for vaccination." But she said that is not the fault of the Marin County Board of Education.

DelPan said that while her knowledge of the educational system is limited, "I am the type of person who will dive in and learn as much as I can learn and be a good contributor."

(c)2022 The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Killexams : Health And Education Are Twins; Need To Nurture Them For Country's Well Being: VP Dhankhar

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday described health and education as twins and underlined the need to nurture the two for the country's present and future well-being.

He said healthcare is one of the most important pillars of nation-building and called for collective effort and greater public- private partnership to ensure its infrastructure expansion in the country.

Addressing an event organised by an industry body, he noted that Indian healthcare demands are of a great scale and diversity.

Dhankhar called for greater collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve the "collective dream of universal healthcare".

Referring to the government's initiative in positioning India as a global hub for medical and wellness tourism through the 'Heal in India' initiative, the vice president called for redoubling efforts to utilise India's potential to become a prime health tourism destination.

Recalling India's experience with the Covid pandemic, Dhankhar paid tributes to the healthcare workers and scientists for their contributions and said India has not only vaccinated its citizens in a short period, but also exported vaccines to many nations.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the healthcare sector, India has registered a significant decline in health indicators such as the 'Infant Mortality Rate' since 1990 and is on course to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, he said.

Referring to 'Ayushman Bharat', Dhankhar said the scheme has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor in terms of accessibility of healthcare services in the country.

Stressing that healthcare is one of the most important pillars of nation-building, the vice president said "health and education are twins that need to be well looked after and nurtured for our present and future wellbeing". 

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Killexams : CRC’s del Cid-Kosso and Union College put emphasis on cannabis education, social equity at NJCBA job fair

Some 70 students registered for the Union College & NJ CannaBusiness Association Career Fair & Expo on Thursday in Cranford. They not only were able to meet a few potential employers, but to hear from business and industry leaders, including Commissioner Maria del Cid-Kosso of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

In her keynote presentation at the Cranford campus, del Cid-Kosso shared a childhood memory of one of the primary reasons she cares so much about social equity and economic justice. None of us in the auditorium knew that at approximately the same time she was speaking, President Joe Biden made public an executive order that pardons federal convictions for simple cannabis possession offenses.

“All too often those who were targeted by law enforcement were people of color. When I was in high school, I would never forget seeing one of my classmates before get pulled off the bus on our senior trip and arrested for selling marijuana,” said del Cid-Kosso, who grew up in Plainfield and went to Union College. “It was something he had done, not because he was a bad person, but out of necessity. His family couldn’t afford to pay for an extra expense like that trip. I carry a story with me in my work every single day.”

She went on to say how pleased she was that the expungement of records for people with cannabis-related offenses was a key part of the state’s legalization law.

During her presentation explaining how the CRC works, she mentioned that the governing body has three priority designations: social equity, certified diversity-owned and impact zones, adding that 80% of the 1,300 applications, so far, have received at least one of the three priority designations.

“This reflects the momentum behind us as we work to bring the best outcomes for the communities most in need through a cannabis market,” she said.

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Bernard Polnariev, vice president for Administrative Services, Union College, Cranford

Social equity is at the heart of Union College’s expansion into cannabis education, said the college’s Vice President of Administrative Services Bernardo Polnariev.

“We’ve been focused on social justice from beginning,” Polnariev said. “It’s critical for us to think about how do we transform our community? How do we support students? How do we educate them better prepare them for jobs.”

Union College has for four years had a STEM focused major in Medicinal Plant Chemistry, he said, adding the Union County institution also had none-credit programs related to the cannabis industry.

“Because we realize how it’s growing, we wanted to better position ourselves by developing business related programs. We want to partner with folks that are in this industry, like the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, who have the expertise to figure out where the niche areas are for students who are interested in this field — especially in this county,” he said.

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Edmund DeVeaux, president of the NJCBA, and Assemblyman Jamel Holley, speak at The Cannabusiness Career Fair & Expo at Union College in Cranford, N.J. on Oct. 6.

Ed DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, emceed the event, presenting featured speakers, including business keynote Nathan Yanovitch, founder and CEO of Puffin; Karen Meshkov, partner at Flowerhire; Scott Rudder, founder and president emeritus of NJCBA; and Assemblyman Jamel Holley, who represents large parts of Union County

“New Jersey has the best model in the country right now for social justice,” said Holley, an author of the legalization law. “And even though we haven’t gotten there, in terms of the entrepreneurs getting a level playing field. But we do have a real good framework for this industry for minorities, women and disabled veterans.”

Holley, who told the audience his father was in the legacy market when he was growing up, also brought up how important it is to have expungements baked in the law.

“We’re up to almost 300,000 people who had been expunged,” said Holley, who helped write the legalization laws. “That’s a big deal.”

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Nathan Yanovitch, founder and CEO of Puffin, which aims to open a cannabis dispensary in New Brunswick.

In his inspiring keynote speech, Yanovitch spoke about how his immigrant background, business smarts and willingness to take chances helped him pivot from a successful telecommunications company to a consumer weed company, pending state approval.

“I can go on and on and on about people’s successes about failures,” said Yanovitch, who founded Puffin with his wife Cindy, a Colombian-born retired medical professional. “But ladies and gentlemen, bottom line: The biggest threat to most of us is not that we aim high, and we may miss it. It’s that we aim low, and we reach it. There are good people in this room. Young people in this room, find something you’re passionate about. And when you find it, go for it.”

This story first appeared in NJ Cannabis Insider.

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Killexams : WB primary education board urges candidates to have faith on board


The new West Bengal Board of Primary Education president Goutam Paul on Tuesday assured that none of those who have cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test will be left out and urged the candidates, many of whom are agitating, to have faith in the Board

The TET in Bengal will henceforth be conducted by the Board annually on a regular basis and the recruitment in primary schools

The new West Bengal Board of Primary Education president Goutam Paul on Tuesday assured that none of those who have cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test will be left out and urged the candidates, many of whom are agitating, to have faith in the Board.

The TET in Bengal will henceforth be conducted by the Board annually on a regular basis and the recruitment in primary schools based on it will be done in a fair, transparent and scientific manner twice a year, he said. Paul, who was speaking to reporters, said "Passing the TET is not tantamount to getting jobs and we will go by the merit-based panel".

Around 200 people who have cleared TET in 2014 and 2016 but are yet to be employed as teachers are on a sit-in before the Gandhi statue in the heart of the city for over 576 days. "I have great sympathy for them (the agitators). I can assure them that none of them whose names figure in the merit list will be left out. We will go by rules only. We will fill up 11,000 vacancies, notification for which was issued recently. I urge them to have faith in us," he added. Elaborating on his argument that passing the TET does not mean recruitment, he said that not all students who clear the NEET examination are assured of seats in medical college.

"For example eight lakh candidates qualify for NEET (Medical) exams but one lakh are enrolled in medical colleges across the country based on their rankings. Not all the eight lakhs can demand that they be accommodated in the medical colleges. The Board is sympathetic to every single TET candidate but we have to go by the law." Paul said that he is ready for any TET-related query or probe in future if necessary. "We will be following the NCTE question pattern and will upload all details in the net." Of the 1,24,952 candidates who qualified in the 2016 TET, 1,18,821 registered for recruitment process and 42,627 were empanelled. In 2020-21 a total 29,665 candidates registered for the recruitment process and 13,685 of them were empanelled in 2020-21. Of them 13,564 have been appointed, he added.

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Killexams : Ghana: 100 Medical Students From Ukraine Integrated Into Ghanaian Medical Schools

About 100 out of the initial 187 students who expressed their desire to continue their education in Ghana have successfully been placed in at least one of the country's seven medical schools.

The number formed part of the over 900 Ghanaian Medical students from Ukraine whose education got truncated due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The decision to integrate the students into local medical schools was contained in the yet to be submitted report of the 13-member Inter-ministerial Committee put together to come out with modalities to integrate these students into Ghanaian universities to continue their studies.

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the chairman of the committee, who disclosed this to the media in Accra last Wednesday, said the committee had successfully completed its work and would soon submit its report to the Minister of Education.

He explained that even though the window of opportunity was offered to all the over 900 affected students; less than 200 of them decided to take advantage of it.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said, out of 187 students who initially expressed interest in the integration process, only 121 registered to take part in an assessment organised by the Medical and Dental Council.

He noted that out of the registered number, 101 availed themselves for assessment, stressing that "We've placed the students in first year level 100, level 200, level 300, level 400 and level 500.

We didn't place anybody in level 600 because the arrangement or the course structure in Ukraine for level 600 is quite different from the course structure in Ghana," he said.

However, he noted that one student was not placed in any of the universities due to the fact that even though he started as a medical student in Ukraine, he decided to change course after the third year.

"He actually wanted to take advantage of the window of opportunity given but upon thorough assessment of his documents, it was realised that he abandoned medicine for economics, I think after the third year," he said.

Dr Nsiah-Asare who is also the Special Advisor to the President on Health, justified the Ghana Medical and Dental Council's decision not to recognise certificates issued to students who conducted their studies via online.

The Council, on Monday, September 26, 2022, said it would not recognise degree certificates issued by Medical and Dental Schools from Ukraine citing inappropriate training processes.

The Council explained that, that was not in accordance with the required training process as it threatened the quality and credence of the profession.

Dr Nsiah-Asare explained that it was wrong to allow persons who had not gone through the required training process to practice as medical and dental officers.

"In medicine, especially in clinical medicine, I am a doctor so I can say it, you cannot say that you've done online course for the rest of your clinical courses and so you are a doctor. I don't think you will allow anybody who has done online courses alone to come and see you," he said.

I know that some people are comparing that because of AI, people are even doing virtual surgeries and all those things, but that person has trained as a doctor, he has done postgraduate training and gone to do specialised training as a robotic surgeon... , but not just straight from medical school and you say that you've finished your medical school online.

I don't think you will allow such a doctor to see you. So, we are guarding the profession and protecting the public. The Medical and Dental Council guards the profession and protects the public," he empahsised.

Philip Bobbie-Ansah, President of the NUGS-Ukraine, attributed the failure of many of the qualified and interested students to participate in the assessment exercise to their inability to afford plane tickets to Ghana as well as the short notice of the exercise.

The NUGS-Ukraine president appealed to the Council to give opportunity to students who still wanted to take advantage of the offer, to do so.

"I have made a plea to the Registrar of the GMC that if possible, already, we've done the assessment, and the structures are already there.

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Killexams : GNTC Business Healthcare Technology Program Provides Shot In The Arm To Fight Medical Coder Shortage Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Business Healthcare Technology program prepares graduates not only to help combat a nationwide shortage of medical coders but also to provide data that will influence medical protocols and patient outcomes. 
The American Academy of Professional Coders defines medical coding as the translation of healthcare diagnoses, procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.
“The aging Baby Boomers’ increased healthcare needs and the need for more statistical data—as we have discovered with the recent pandemic—have contributed to the increased demand for medical coding,” said Gina Stephens, instructor of Business Administrative Technology. “Medical coding offers many opportunities for specialization and growth.”  
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a need for more than 34,000 medical records and health information certified annually over this decade. 
“The World Health Organization (WHO) develops and regulates diagnostic and procedural codes and collects data from countries around the world to track regional, state, national and global health statistics,” said Lisa Hunt, program director of Business Healthcare Technology. “Disease tracking allows us to identify and address outbreaks in their early phase, before they become endemic or pandemic in nature.” 
The data can be used when organizations like the Centers for Disease Control work with the WHO to address safe water, vaccination protocols, disaster planning, patient education and treatment, prevention guidelines and other environmental issues, she said. 
The WHO even tracks accidents with these codes. If the agency notes a higher number of accidents in a region, the cause of the accidents can be researched so that safety measures can be implemented, Ms. Hunt said.  
Pharmaceutical companies also use medical codes to identify medication resistance and new pharmacological needs and to examine the quality of care by tracking patient outcomes. Insurance companies, in turn, use that data to adjust premiums, she said. 
Many cutting-edge technologies and social viewpoints influence medical coding, Ms. Stephens said, adding that “artificial intelligence and social determinants of health are very interesting influences on medical coding.”  
Basic medical coding can be done with artificial intelligence, but complex decisions and audits require a coding expert, Ms. Hunt said, adding “we are training our students to code using Encoders, which is the current industry trend.”   
At its heart, medical coding begins with the healthcare provider, Ms. Hunt said. 
“If the data on a patient’s chart does not match the medical diagnosis (International Classification of Diseases code) or a procedural code, the provider or facility can be penalized financially or subject to criminal charges,” Ms. Hunt said. 
Federal oversight is conducted through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Office of the Inspector General, she said. 
The FBI reports tens of billions of dollars in losses annually from healthcare fraud. Facilities are also required to return millions of dollars each year for coding errors, abuse and fraud, she said.  
Inaccurate coding can also create a financial crisis or result in a negative impact on a patient’s life or wellbeing, Ms. Stephens said.
GNTC’s program covers many of the potential problems that can be avoided in coding errors, accounting fundamentals, electronic communications, internet research, electronic file management, healthcare regulation and compliance, effective communication skills and terminology, she said. The program also provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of administrative technology. 
The program, launched in fall 2017, emphasizes the use of software and technology, she said.
Ms. Hunt said the program offers Medical Front Office Assistant courses; certificates in Medical Coding, Healthcare Documentation Specialist, Healthcare Billing and Reimbursement Assistant, and Healthcare Billing and Coding Specialist; a diploma in Business Healthcare Technology; and an associate degree in Business Healthcare Technology specializing in either Compliance and Reimbursement or in Practice Management.  
To date 300 students have earned a degree, diploma or certificate in the Business Healthcare Technology program, and 229 students have completed Medical Front Office Assistant courses, according to GNTC data.  
“Students can start at any level in the program,” she said. “Oftentimes, they begin by earning a certificate and work up to the associate degree. Courses transfer from the certificate level upward; this allows students to enter the workforce earlier and continue to work towards their degree post-employment.”   
As more and more college graduates seek opportunities to work at home, new graduates in this field rarely work from home. “They will be asked to work onsite until they are fully oriented to the company and show they are coding with 95% accuracy,” she said. 
The program also attracts a number of retired nurses and educators from the K-12 system who are looking for “work from home” opportunities during their retirement years, she said. 
“We also offer our program to high school students through Dual Enrollment,” Ms. Hunt stated. “Some of my best students come from this area.”
Ms. Hunt believes another way the program stands out is that the faculty has combined decades of experience in the healthcare field industry and higher education experience. She said the staff includes bilingual faculty, and 75 percent are Registered Nurses. 
“This breadth of experience allows us to understand healthcare from many different perspectives with a comprehensive view of facility organization,” Ms. Hunt said. 
Ms. Stephens oversees campus needs and serves as instructor on the Floyd, Gordon and Polk County campuses. Ms. Hunt is the program director and instructor at the Catoosa, Walker and Whitfield Murray County campuses.
Ms. Hunt earned her associate degree in nursing at Dalton State College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Colorado Technical University, her master’s degree in business administration in health administration at Colorado Technical University and a bachelor’s degree in health information administration from Stephens College.  
Ms. Hunt holds a registered nurse license in Georgia and a compact license, a multistate license that allows a nurse to practice with patients across state lines, she said. She has nursing experience in pediatrics, obstetrics, medical/surgical and industrial health, as well as a Red Cross volunteer and CPR instructor. She works with the American Council on Education on Accreditation in higher education programs and on the development of the ACE Military Guide. 
She teaches classes covering healthcare delivery systems, reimbursement, healthcare administrative procedures, practice law and ethics, management fundamentals and healthcare leadership and professional effectiveness. 
Ms. Stephens said she graduated with an associate degree in nursing from Georgia Highlands College and pursued her master’s degree in nursing at Western Governors University. She worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years and also performed medical transcription and medical coding/quality assurance duties.  
Both a certified professional coder and an American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) approved instructor, Ms. Stephens has taught all courses within the Business Healthcare Technology department, as well as a few in the Allied Health program, she said. Her current classes mostly consist of those related to coding, auditing and reimbursement.
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