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How COVID-19 Impacted on Active Medical Implantable Devices in Healthcare Industry ?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has expeditiously spread across the globe with large number of cases having reported worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is not only creating health crisis but also it is unfavorably affecting healthcare, economies and pharmaceutical sector as well as at their core.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made an unpredictable effect on daily lives as well as the global economy system. The impact on the healthcare sector has been drastic and a significant burden is created on healthcare systems across the world. Growing research on COVID-19 shows that the coronavirus pandemic has increased psychological distress both in the general population and among high-risk groups.
While all industries, occupations and services have been dented by the virus, active implantable medical device industry is no exception. Decreased numbers of surgeries due to lockdown rules and regulations have been restricted as they are non-essential in comparison with the emergent services required by people affected with COVID-19.
Implications of COVID-19 have considerable influence on the active implantable medical devices market. Various other factors which have indirect influence which led to decline in medical implantable surgery procedures include flight cancellations; supply chain disruption, travel bans, and mass quarantine along with growing panic among the population and uncertainty about future impacted the market.
IMPACT ON PRICE
Due to the pandemic, there is delay associated with various types of limitations faced by the manufacturers to fulfil the end product order, which has resulted in the less availability of implantable surgery devices in the market and due to which the cost of available devices has increased with the several factors. Also, due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, manufacturers are forced to find new contract and suppliers for more manufacturing activities to different or new facilities location that are less impacted by outbreak. If the COVID-19 continues to spread for prolong period of time, then it is estimated that demand of implantable medical devices will downgrade by top importer countries.
IMPACT ON DEMAND
Due to affirmative restrictions, sudden shrink taken place in various surgeries. Reduction in implantable surgeries across the globe is adversely affecting the demand of active implantable medical devices. Due to lock down and social distancing norms, majority of patient pool prefer virtual vising through video calling or telehealth video visiting
There will be opportunities in the coming time for manufacturers of digital health technologies to position themselves for the COVID-19 recovery. When COVID-19 responses ease, there will be an excess of elective surgery procedures in emergency clinics. The pre-appointment programs can help smooth out the planning, arrangement, and conveyance of the surgeons and the doctors to meet the demands of patients.
For instance,
· The telehealth tools permit surgeons to plan surgeries very easily. The surgeons realize that cloud-based pre-operation arrangements assist with all the required procedures for the surgeries. The need for remote execution could accelerate the integration of pre-operational planning with surgical guidance and robotics along with the appearance of “virtual” attendees in the operating theatre.
IMPACT ON SUPPLY
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many organizations’ business environment; supply availability has been hampered by a number of issues, including export and travel restrictions by some producing countries, and lockdowns that have forced suppliers to (temporarily) shut down.
To minimize supply chain crises, healthcare organizations has been firmly monitoring the supply chain with the assumption that the COVID-19 outbreak may adversely impact on supply chain of medical devices, including shortages of implantable medical devices or potential disruptions in it supply chains.
To manage such crucial situation many organizations are looking forward to improve and diversify supply chain model in all aspects. Diversified supply chain model anticipated to minimize the export of medical devices as well as increase end-to-end visibility. Resulting COVID-19 pandemic has shown the various ways for supply chain management which may be effective within a remote working environment.
STRATEGIC DECISIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND MANUFACTURERS
To tackle the pandemic situation and increase the company revenue and growth, company now opting digital media such as telecommunication, mobile applications, webinars and other digital media to support the patient requirement, product launches, participation in conferences. Moreover, to accomplish the market demand, small market players are utilizing the partnership agreement strategy. It is predicted that these strategies are anticipated to escalate up the company revenue and its growth in the forecasted period.
For instance,
· In August 2020, Medtronic announced the acquisition of Companion Medical, a private company manufacturer of InPen. This will expand the company’s ability to better serve people with diabetes.
· In January 2021, Boston Scientific announced that it has received FDA approval for Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation System. The portfolio consists of implantable pulse generator designed to provide optimal symptom relief. This will help the company to expand its business in coming years.
· In December 2020, BIOTRONIK announces that FDA have approved the availability of the Vital Data Sensor, which identifies body temperature increases potentially associated with fever, in the new BIOMONITOR IIIm injectable cardiac monitor (ICM). This enables company to increase their supply chain with new products in US.
CONCLUSION
The market is expected to decline due to increased restrictions imposed by various governments leading to closing of non-emergent healthcare facilities. The mass quarantined imposed by the government put stop to the transportation, international travels among others which reduce the chances of such surgery. The market player has experienced decreasing levels of customer demand for its products beginning in the second half of its first quarter of 2020.
It can be concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic situation have adverse impact on the market affecting the price, supply and demand of the active implantable medical devices market. However, in the crisis call, market players, government bodies and healthcare organization are work closely with healthcare professionals, customers, and patients for betterment of public health.
However, companies as well as government bodies exclusively concentrating on how they can make the most effective and best contribution to control the spread of the virus and save lives.
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To deal with the COVID-19 outbreak challenges, many bevacizumab and biosimilar market players are creating new strategies. The company is now opting for digital media such as telecommunication, mobile applications, webinars, and other digital media to support patient requirements to tackle the pandemic situation and increase the company sales with the increasing demand and growth. Moreover, to accomplish the market demand, small market players are utilizing the partnership agreement strategy. It is predicted that these strategies are anticipated to escalate up the company revenue and its growth in the forecasted period. They have launched new products and formed strategic alliances with each other to carry on the supply during the pandemic. For instance- · In 2020, Amgen Inc. had advanced their innovative pipeline, successfully integrated MVASI, acquired in November 2019, a biosimilar to Avast in (bevacizumab), and has advanced their international expansion continued to provide an uninterrupted supply of their medicines globally through the COVID-19 pandemic · In May 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved atezolizumab in combination with bevacizumab (TECENTRIQ and AVASTIN, Genentech Inc.) for patients with unrespectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma who have not received prior systemic therapy CONCLUSION It can be concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic has a positive impact on the global bevacizumab market with the increase in the price, supply, and demand of the bevacizumab. However, in the crisis call, pharmaceutical market players, government bodies, and healthcare organizations work closely with healthcare professionals, customers, and patients for the betterment of public health and to fulfill the demand. However, companies and government bodies exclusively concentrate on how they can make the most effective and best contribution to control the spread of the virus and save lives. They are also ramping up the production of essential medication to a new level and ensure that speed doesn’t affect or destroy the quality of products.
COVID-19 Impact on Healthcare Robots in the Healthcare Industry
COVID-19 Impact on Healthcare Robots in the Healthcare Industry As the deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic start to increase, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged citizens to maintain specific social distances. In an attempt to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at the population level, medical robots or healthcare robots are gradually involved in the roles of sanitizing patients' quarters, distributing medications, and supplying meals to ill people. Supplying supplies to households and delivering effective services to injured patients remained a major obstacle, and this is where healthcare robotics is creating a space for them. The new pandemic is growing in demand for healthcare robots as they play a crucial role in the process of drug distribution, patient evaluation, and medical workers' infection control. COVID-19 Market Effect The 2002-2004 SARS pandemic has indelibly altered the business climate for healthcare robots. Nearly 8,000 people were affected and 700 were killed. In addition, MERS affected 200 and killed about 40 of them. They were all limited to different territories. COVID-19, on the other hand, as a pandemic, has had a larger influence on the global economy. The SARS and MERS outbreaks contributed to a new era of creativity with the advent of disinfection robots that produce UVD light to combat against infectious viruses and bacteria on hospital surfaces. If COVID-19 continued to grow globally, UVD robots makers would expand significantly, and if the pandemic was bought under control, healthcare robots would be developed exponentially to decrease the risk of infective infection in hospitals. The healthcare robots market was expected to hit with a significant growth rate in 2020-2021. Owing to production reductions and supply distresses, the healthcare robotics demand was minimally affected in 2020. That would contribute to a decline of BPS 180. But the sector is now starting to see blue sky as the main development region such as China is beating the recession and moving up. Succeeding in the Wake of the Emergency Healthcare robots can play a critical role in the current pandemic by reducing human involvement and shielding health staff from infection. This will involve measuring patients' temperatures, disinfecting equipment, measuring specimen swabs and delivering much-needed psychological assistance to patients in isolation. Researchers are now beginning to illustrate the cyclical aspect of technology right after the recession. The COVID-19 contraction would accelerate labor-replacement automation as business sales see a fall. This might have arrived during the 'cultural shock' as automation eliminates low-skilled jobs. The prospects for healthcare robotics exist in the introduction of smart navigation and the detection of high-risk and highly contaminated environments. Wireless networking systems in healthcare can include drones, telemedicine, and decontamination with AIdriven capabilities. Healthcare robotics should see early acceptance in regions first hit by the infection, offering them an advantage. The companies in China are now doubling their revenue production from the previous years. By the time the pandemic is done, robotics should be distributed through a variety of facilities and programs. The manufacturing will experience reshoring, with decreased reliance on countries such as China, and one way to do so would be by robots that would support the robotics industry. Disinfection Robots UVD Robots, a Danish corporation located in the University of Odense and Blue Ocean Robotics, is a leading manufacturer of disinfectant robots for China in the fight against the spread of the virus. The firm signed a deal with Sunay Healthcare Supplier in February and has since delivered dozens of its self-driving robots to clean hospitals and other places with ultraviolet light. The firm claimed that this reduces the transmission of coronaviruses without exposing medical workers to the possibility of infection. Since then, the firm has marketed robots to locations in more than 50 organizations, extending its services outside China to places in Europe and the United States that are facing epidemic issues. UVD Robots frequently accepts inquiries from outside the hospital and medical institutions, including prison, offices, production floors, department shops, malls, airports, hotels, and restaurants. Dimer, located in Los Angeles, provides its GermFalcon UV-C robotics equipped to clean aircraft and its UVHammer robotic systems for hospitals and complex settings. In mid-January, the organization provided its services to the first three major U.S. airports where Chinese arrivals took place. Xenex confirmed that its LightStriken germ zapping robots became the first hotel in the U.S. to sanitize or clean guest rooms and communal areas at the Westin Houston Medical Center. The technique developed by two epidemiologists in Houston will easily kill pathogens, bacteria and fungi by utilizing strong pulsed xenon ultraviolet radiation. The MTR Company, which runs the Hong Kong subway, has confirmed that it is partnering with Avalon Biomedical (Management) Limited to build the VHP Robot, which stands for the vaporized hydrogen peroxide system. The robot conducts deep cleaning and decontamination in train compartments and stations to secure passengers and workers. More than 30 disinfection robots developed and manufactured by TMiRob, a company in Shanghai, have joined major hospitals in Wuhan, the hub of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to counter the epidemic. The white robot deployed by the firm has a hydrogen peroxide sprayer on its "front" and nine ultraviolet lamps in its "belly" and can conduct various types of disinfection in areas where humans and machines coexist, navigation hardware allows the system to clear hazards independently. Beijing-based robotics firm CloudMinds sent 14 robots to Wuhan, China, to assist with medical treatment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Robots, some of which are more humanoid than others, can scrub and disinfect, distribute medications to patients and check the temperature of patients. CloudMinds contributed robotics to a number of medical institutions in China, including the Wuhan Wuchang Smart Field Clinic, which was converted from the Hong Shan Sports Centre. An Israeli-made AI robotic assistant is being used in hundreds of clinics, community centres, nursing homes and industrial buildings in Asia to eliminate human-to-human interaction as millions of people take precautions for a current coronavirus epidemic worldwide. Israeli company Robotemi, a creator of the Temi robot assistant, claims the device has already been sold to hundreds of locations throughout South East Asia, including China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Healthcare Assistance Twelve sets of robots were provided into an intelligent hospital in Wuhan, China by CloudMinds, a supplier to A3, to support the health workers overstressed and threatened. The robots carried out many important tasks including flagging patients who had a temperature, pulse rate, and blood oxygen rates and medicine at the entrance to the field hospital. Such robots have also cleaned and disinfected the hospital areas and performed fitness exercises for patients with the disease. In addition, Chinese researchers modeled the arm of a robot on wheels that can ultrasound, swab in the mouth, and hear the noises produced by a patient's organ normally with a stethoscope. The robot will conduct these activities with cameras in the same space without having to provide medical staff. Professor Zheng Gangtie from the University of Tsinghua developed the device. Unmanned Vehicles Unmanned vehicles and other autonomous robots are deployed in China's virus-affected regions. For instance, Beijing JD Logistics has sent two unmanned L4 class vehicles to Wuhan, and engineers have driven the vehicles remotely through the cloud. Another firm, Idriverplus, has donated an unmanned transportation vehicle to Shanghai and Beijing hospitals. Amazon revealed that it will recruit 100,000 workers to deliver products in vacant warehouses to purchase during the epidemic. The area of e-commerce is now growing with the usage of robots to fill orders and this increase is projected to accelerate as more customers shop digitally, while they remain home more. Teleworking Robots The use of video and audio conference software as companies including Zoom, Microsoft (Skype) and others providing interactive meetings services has expanded with millions of citizens still operating at home because of the state and nation lockdowns. However, businesses of telepresence robotics do have greater interest of their apps, but not for the same purposes. As a consequence of the latest epidemic of coronaviruses, Ava Robotics is building handheld telepresence robots for many years. According to the CEO and cofounder of the firm, the increasing number of hospitals and nursing homes are interested in the robots, which enable the family to talk to patient and older residents on video as a consequence of the policy of 'no visits' and lock-outs in these places. Owing to the need to be simple to use on one end of the line-an aged or ill user in this situation, Ava robots are distinct from the machine enabled video-conferencing device used on a phone or a computer. The company works to make it simple for robotics setup people to click on a connection and talk to the telepresence robot instantaneously. In parallel to the robot's operation, hospitals have utilized Ava robotics, primarily for triaging through the coronavirus. For starters, the robot is configured to remotely test patients with Ava robotics after the initial appointment in one of Boston's largest hospitals. It's also the machines that patients use to reach and depart a position often-rather than people, the system will do it to save the medical equipment because a person has to wear a face mask, shoes and gloves every time instead of human operation. Initially, Czartoski, a practicing neurologist, was utilizing telemedicine in the care of stroke survivors, one of the strongest early lead for telemedicine. According to him, "If I encounter anyone with stroke signs, I will test them with a camera relatively easily to inform them if there is left side fatigue to speech problems, then I will look at the CT scan and the results then make a recommendation for the ER specialist." Virtual visits are growing in the providence. The non-profit health care network conducted nearly 100,000 virtual appointments in 2019. In 2012, the providence carried out a few hundred telemedical visits a year and was rising at a fast pace — from 12,000 in 2016 to 41,000 in 2018 to more than 100,000 last year. That figure does not explicitly reflect the usage of telemedicine in the ICU. Pharmaceutical Assistance Pharmaceutical firms tend to work on viral vaccinations or therapies and automation businesses have developed electronic tools to further simplify manual and replicate processes over the years. The robotics firms also provide options for businesses seeking to combat the COVID-19 virus. The two new modular, ready-for-assay workstations, focused on the Microlab STARlet liquid handling system, were announced recently by Hamilton Group. The latest technologies will help render the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that triggers the current COVID-19 quick and highly effective diagnostics, and research-based testing, said the firm. The MagEx STARlet allows the extraction of biological samples from high-performance RNA-based magnetic beads, the PCR Prep STARlet workstation is pre-configured and eligible for sample deployment utilizing recent protocols from the centers. Furthermore, the robotics designed by businesses is actually being employed in the war against coronavirus. ABB robots can be seen in this ABC news story to help a medical laboratory with the development of COVID-19 research kits. Healthcare Robots Market Synopsis The new pandemic will be targeted by health-care device vendors. They will be aligned on developing, unregulated markets with tech firms, stressing the value for national emergencies of healthcare robots. Many industries such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for higher profit margins are often impacted, in combination with robotics. Medical personnel's are predicted to become a potential phenomenon in patient events, raising the incidence of disease infections. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the shipments of medical robots already have increased by 50% in 2018. The outcome of coronavirus, however, illustrates some of the essential situations in which robotic systems may be disinfected, tracked, controlled and supplied. The World Robotics study shows that Europe is the most robot-densely inhabited region in the world with an estimated size of 114 units per 10,000 employees. In Edinberg in the United Kingdom, robotic engineers are operating on what they believe is the first safety device to speak to more than one human concurrently. The initiative was planned to support disabled citizens. Scientists say that the discovery will aim to counter potential waves of diseases such as the pandemic. Throughout the United States, the COVID-19 patients are housed at the Providence Community Medical Center throughout Washington in remote locations with two rooms. A robot, which has a microphone, a stethoscope and a camera, is being used by physicians. It helps doctors to interact individually with patients without touching. Disinfection UVD robots in China has been widely searched after as a consequence of the outbreak. The robot built by Denmark's blue ocean robot is ordered by a significant number of hospitals in the world. In the epidemic epicenter of the Wuhan outbreak, these robots played an important part. As time passes, robotics plays a significant role in fighting diseases such as COVID-19, similar to other technologies. Robot technologies will play a significant role not just in aiding patients but also in maintaining the wellbeing of physicians and healthcare staff in the case of an epidemic. The crises are changing views on what is feasible in terms of innovation and strategic intervention on the part of both private and policy players. When the COVID-19 pandemic is finished, the variety of technologies and industries are built into robotics. The virus was a successful chance for businesses to show robotics for public applications. One of the most common is the installation of mobile unmanned ultraviolet (UV) light platforms to disinfect facilities. Danish business UVD Robotics is taking advantage of this potential and is increasing the application of robotics to clean hospitals. The U.S. based Germ Falcon provides identical UV disinfection approaches for airplanes, while Chinese TMiRob deploys UV disinfection robots in Wuhan. "Automation of disinfection is a vital aspect of preserving health and safety and maybe one of the big bright points in reaction to COVID-19. In the near term, the policymakers would need to improve their defense apparatuses as well as the effectiveness of their medical services in order to implement quarantine mandates. The robots should be crucial to doing this by disinfection, tracking and surveillance. Throughout the long run, COVID-19 is contributing to a major reassessment of the worldwide supply chain in production. America's reliance on Chinese imports of essential machinery and drugs is becoming a controversial problem, and policy officials are now seeing the crisis as an incentive to revitalize the drive to re-launch more manufacturing resources on the domestic sector. Whether that turns into more drastic intervention by policymakers to diversify or re-land the output of key products, it may very well bode for the robotics sector, because these reforms will entail substantial rises in CAPEX and efficiency gains in developing countries. Instead of the infectivity of COVID-19, it is better if human-to-human interaction is minimal. Since robots are free for contamination, software companies such as JD.com and others have invested to get more robots marching down the main street to provide medical equipment in healthcare settings. The robots often end up becoming critical when providing vital items to individuals who order and purchase digitally and are lonely at home. Meituan Dianping, a logistics platform, is growing the 'contactless shipping' choices by automated vehicles and robots. Shenzhen-based company Pudu Technology aimed to reduce cross-infection by introducing a robotic home distribution of medications and food. COVID-19 poses a nightmare for robotic manufacturers designing applications for emerging economies in the automotive, construction and supply chain industries. But for vendors targeting markets which that are closer to government, such as safety, education, and protection, this is a great opportunity. Whitton advises that 'the market players create tailored solutions for non-manufacturing use cases or aim to create integrated solutions to allow scale-up in the manufacture of medical supplies. To mobile robotics manufacturers and tech firms pursuing more global markets, this is a perfect chance to demonstrate the role of healthcare robotics in solving national crises as well as alleviating economic shock.
9 Effective Skincare Tips For Teenagers With Acne
A pimple develops when the pores of the skin become clogged with sebum; a type of oil that normally lubricates the skin and hair. Acne is common during puberty, when hormones kick in and the skin produces an abnormally high amount of sebum. Because the forehead, nose, and chin contain so many oil-producing glands, this area, dubbed the T-zone, is the most prone to pimples. Here are a few pointers to help you avoid and treat breakouts quickly: Wash your face twice daily with warm water and a gentle acne-specific cleanser (no more). Massage your face gently in circular motions. No scrubbing is required. Excessive washing and scrubbing can irritate the skin. After cleansing, apply a low-strength benzoyl peroxide lotion. Never squeeze your pimples. It's tempting, but here are some reasons why you should avoid it: Pimple popping can result in the push of infected material deeper into the skin, causing swelling, redness, and acne scarring. If you notice a pimple developing prior to a significant event, such as a wedding, a dermatologist can frequently treat it with minimal scarring or infection. Don't touch your face or lean your face against objects that collect sebum and skin residue, such as your phone. By touching your face, you can spread bacteria and cause inflamed and irritated pores. Wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as your acne treatment creams or makeup, to keep bacteria at bay. Clean your pair of glasses or sunglasses to avoid clogging the pores around your eyes and nose with oil. Avoid tight fitting clothes if you have acne on your body. They obstruct the skin's ability to breathe and may irritate it. On scarves, headbands, and caps, dirt and oil can also accumulate. Remove your makeup before going to bed. When shopping for makeup, look for brands that list "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic" on the label. Remove any old makeup that has a different smell or appearance than the day you purchased it. Keep your hair clean and away from your face to avoid clogging your pores with dirt and oil. Never skip sunscreen. While a tan may appear to conceal acne, this is only temporary. A tan may aggravate your acne rather than help it. Additionally, tanning wreaks havoc on the skin, causing wrinkles and increasing your risk of developing skin cancer. Consult a dermatologist if you are concerned about acne. Dermatologists offer a variety of acne treatment options for acne scar prevention and treatment. A dermatologist can assist you in determining the most effective treatment method for you and provide you with a wealth of useful advice on how to manage acne and care for your particular skin type.
I Said No to a Religious Friend as She Lay Dying. Was I Right?
Religion is nothing but a crock used by people to fortify themselves against the frightening prospect of death, that chillingly inevitable end of life.  And when death impends, be that at war, in hospital, or on death row, people cling more desperately to that delusion.  Even nonbelievers walk on eggshells when faced with a dying person. We wonder: Is this really a good time to tread on their sensibilities and disabuse them of their crock? Not long ago I found myself in that quandary.  Someone I knew was dying, and I went to her deathbed to pay my respects. She was a woman who respected me as an elder of the Nigerian community in Cleveland.  She was also something of a protégé, having sought my advice repeatedly as she considered the proper advanced-degree path to pursue.  In my days as a scientific educator—when, also, two of my sons were in the university—I had become something of an information resource for my fellow Nigerians on matters like the choice of college to attend and the discipline of study, and especially how to tap into financial assistance programs available to good students and their parents in the U.S.  I chose to visit her when most of her friends and well-wishers would be at work. I was wary of the perplexed reactions of my fellow Nigerians when it became known that I am an atheist.  My friends told me I would come across much better as an agnostic or a pagan than an out-and-out atheist, for Nigerians are often ranked alongside Americans in sheer religiosity—of the pushy and loud sort.  It’s amazing that the very people whom religion has historically oppressed and denigrated the most (i.e. women, Blacks, colonized people) are the ones who cling to it most tenaciously!  The Nigerian media go so far as to estimate that one in three houses in the cities and townships of the Christian south of the country are used nowadays as churches, chapels, temples, tabernacles, or other places of worship.  “Nigerian atheist” is considered an oxymoron. Those who know I was raised a Catholic—and, to boot, an altar boy able to recite the entire Eucharist liturgy in Latin and English—profess themselves baffled by my apostasy.  Read the full article: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/11/I-said-no.html
3 Reasons Why Women Are Choosing Breast Augmentation With Fat Over Implants.
Autologous fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, has provided reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgeons with a slew of new options. Fat transfer for breast augmentations, rather than traditional silicone or saline implants, has become one of the hottest trends in cosmetic plastic surgery. Because of the plethora of influencers and celebrities on social media, fat transfer breast augmentation is becoming increasingly popular. Patients are increasingly choosing fat grafting over more invasive breast augmentation surgeries for very simple, practical reasons. In this post, we'll go over the top three reasons why more women than ever before are opting for fat transfer breast augmentations. WHAT IS FAT GRAFTING EXACTLY? Fat grafting is a fascinating scientific procedure. To put it simply, fat grafting is the transfer of fat cells from areas of excess flab to areas where more volume is desired. The following are some examples of common fat grafting donor sites: Thighs Buttocks Belly Flankers (fat above your midsection on your back) Fat cells are typically used to accentuate the curvature of patients' breasts and buttocks during fat grafting procedures in cosmetic surgery. There are several advantages to using autologous fat transfer instead of breast implants if you want a small to medium increase in breast size or volume. In addition, some of the more recent fat transfer breast augmentation techniques include a pre-expansion technique that allows for larger increases in breast size. Breast Augmentation With Fat Can Solve Two Problems At Once. A fat transfer breast augmentation combines two of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed each year: breast augmentation and liposuction. It's easy to see why most patients are ecstatic when we tell them we can make their breasts look better and melt away a little extra pudge in an area that makes them self-conscious. Almost everyone has stood in front of a mirror and pinched fat where they don't want it. With a fat transfer breast augmentation, your Cosmetic Surgeon can move a portion of your excess body fat to create beautiful curves in your breasts. You may be surprised at how much this can improve your self-esteem and make you feel great in (and out of) your clothes. Athletic Women Can Resume Workouts Sooner After Breast Augmentation With Fat. Breasts are mammary glands surrounded by body fat, and many athletic women choose breast augmentation to accentuate their feminine curves. This is because women who are extremely fit may lose a significant amount of body fat, which increases the volume of their breasts. Whether you're a competitive athlete or a fitness enthusiast, the recovery period that leaves you wanting to get back to exercising can be excruciating. The recovery time for fat transfer breast augmentation can be up to two-thirds faster than for traditional breast augmentation with implants. You Can Resume Office Sooner After Breast Augmentation With Fat. Accepting that how you look and feel about yourself has a significant impact on your success at work can be a difficult reality to accept. According to a study conducted by an economist at the University of Texas at Austin, a handsome man will earn nearly 15% more in his lifetime than someone who is not considered attractive. Professional considerations, like any other cosmetic procedure, can influence the decision to have breast augmentation. One of the main reasons our working professionals prefer breast augmentation with fat in Mumbai to implants is that it allows them to spend less time away from work while still achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. Patients who have implants must usually wait at least two weeks before returning to work, and sometimes even longer if their job requires physical exertion. Patients who opt for a fat transfer procedure are usually able to return to work within 4-5 days.
How COVID-19 Impacted on Integrated Cardiology Devices in Healthcare ?
COVID-19 Impact on Integrated Cardiology Devices in Healthcare Industry COVID-19 is a communicable, contagious disease that created ripples throughout the world in early 2020, taking the lives of millions around the globe and infecting more. The disease is caused by a virus SARS CoV-2 which causes the respiratory tract infection, damaging the upper and lower respiratory tract. The spread of this disease brought the world to a halt affecting the medical device market immensely. The global integrated cardiology devices market was impacted by the widespread of the disease. There were numerous unprecedented changes seen in the market which affected the economy hugely. The surgeon uses the integrated cardiology devices for critical cardiac surgeries using multiple devices. These modern devices are used for early diagnosis to provide better treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The rising prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, growing geriatric population who are more prone to chronic illness, rising healthcare expenditure, and increasing the rates of minimally invasive surgeries performed are drivers for the global integrated cardiology devices market. Moreover, the rise in research and development activities by key market players, and increase of unhealthy lifestyle are acting as opportunities for the growth of the market. According, to World Health Organization, approximately 30 % of deaths are caused due to heart diseases across the globe. However, stringent government regulations and the high cost of equipment may hamper the market. PRICE IMPACT These have been some past whirlwind months due to the emergence of Covid-19. The medical devices firms are facing financial challenges as the disease brought the whole world to a complete stop. The sales of few medical devices experienced a downfall while others managed to stay afloat. According to LivaNova annual performance report, the cardiopulmonary segment reports a loss of 11.5% compared to previous years. The reduction was largely motivated by the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent deferral to medical procedures companies. This has impacted the price of the equipment as well. The increased demand for cardiac surgery devices and inhibited supply results in unmet needs of patients, and hence increased the cardiac devices to 15-20%. IMPACT ON DEMAND The coronavirus pandemic left a huge impact on the integrated cardiac surgery devices market because of its efficacy in its application. The emergence of COVID-19 set some significant operational changes in how the devices are manufactured and supplied. With the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 and existing infectious diseases, the demand for cardiac devices increased faster. Due to higher demand, the availability of the devices is greatly affected. The increase in initiatives taken by manufacturers such as product launches, mergers, and acquisitions has further increased the demand for the integrated cardiac surgery devices market. IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN As the world came to a halt for almost six months due to the emergence of COVID-19, the supply chain could not escape the impact. The governments throughout the globe imposed a total lockdown to contain the spread of the disease. Consequently, the supply chain and third-party logistics came to a standstill due to the closure of borders. Even though the demand for devices was high, the availability was affected due to disruptions in the supply chain, trade, and travel restrictions. The supply of raw materials was also affected, due to which the devices' production was restricted. Bottlenecks in the supply were foreseen due to limited production. Still, some companies managed to overcome the challenges and saw high growth. Due to such an impact, various companies seek to diversify their supply chain from a geographic perspective to reduce the supply risk rising from one countryside. Many companies would want to move some of their supply chains locally as well. STRATEGIC DECISIONS BY MANUFACTURERS As the reality of COVID-19 dawned upon the world, the manufactures and production units of the companies in the global cardiopulmonary bypass accessory equipment market swiftly planned for strategies to cope with the effect of the crisis. Major players in the market took various initiatives to cope up with the situation. · In May 2020, Medtronic announced that it had received FDA approval for cardiopulmonary technologies to be temporarily used in the U.S. for ECMO therapy greater than six hours only for public health emergencies such as COVID-19. The FDA allows limited modifications to the cardiopulmonary device without prior submission of pre-market notification. This will help the company to meet the demand in the market · In April 2021, LivaNova PLC announced that it had received FDA clearance for B-Capta, a blood gas monitoring system integrated into the S5 Heart-Lung Machine. The system is designed to accurately monitor venous and arterial blood gas parameters during pediatric and adult cardiopulmonary bypass procedures. It will help the company to acquire the market in coming years · In January 2021, EUROSETS announced the commercial launch of ECMO Life, an Extracorporeal Life Support System. This will help the company expand its portfolio to provide temporary support to patients in various therapeutic areas · In October 2020, Medtronic announced its partnership with the Foundry to develop innovative mitral valve repair technology. This has helped the company to get benefit from The Foundry’s track of innovation in the field of trans catheter mitral valve repair and replacement These strategies helped the company in coping with the pandemic and ensured business operations, it also helped to minimize the impact of Covid-19 and provided full support to the government in their efforts to combat the disease and help the front-line workers. CONCLUSION: COVID-19 has impacted every market with no exception. The global integrated cardiac devices market has been affected the same. With a rise in the geriatric population, increasing prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, and technological development led to growth in the market. The trend has been suggested to show steady growth in upcoming years. It has been concluded that the COVID 19 pandemic situation has an adverse impact on the market, affecting the price, supply, and demand of the equipment. However, in the crisis call, market players, government bodies, and healthcare organizations worked closely with healthcare professionals, customers, and patients for the betterment of public health.
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How To Treat sleep apnea ?
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Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Bioresorbable Scaffolds in Healthcare Industry
COVID-19 Impact on Bioresorbable Scaffolds in Healthcare Industry Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as SARS-CoV-2 or 2019-nCoV, is a human infectious disease caused by the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the world health organization due to the rapid rise in human infection rates. This pandemic has influenced the whole planet with its major impacts on the economy and businesses across the globe. The virus has spread across all regions ranging from North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa up to South America. After the pandemic declaration, various countries such as Russia, Europe, and Asia announced the complete lockdown to decrease its spread. During this pandemic of COVID-19 the rising prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and accompanied surgery adoptions is accelerating the market growth. Amid this pandemic the demand for bioresorbable scaffolds is increasing as they provide complete resorption and temporal mechanical support for patients. According, to the situation report of 20 July 2021, by WHO, 190 million cases of coronavirus patients have been reported globally, and 4.08 million patients are dead due to the coronavirus. America is leading in cumulative cases with a record of 74 million and 1.9 million death rates. More than 4.21 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in around 180 countries. The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a huge impact on the healthcare and supply chain of various medical products, including Bioresorbable scaffolds. Bioresorbable scaffolds are widely used as potential solution for coronary artery diseases. These scaffolds prevent the adverse reactions caused by permanent metallic devices during percutaneous coronary intervention, which is safe, effective, and timely preferred treatment for coronary artery diseases. Usually, permanent metallic devices prevent the natural process of vessel restoration and remodeling, which makes future revascularization more complicated. Hence, bioresorbable scaffolds are preferred to prevent these complications since they can provide temporary support and then degrade for natural restoration to take over in vessels. Price Impact The COVID 19 had a devastating impact on the global economy. The several establishments had to remain shut while others scaled down the operations or put hold on expansion plans as they tried to survive the unprecedented crisis. However, the rising cardiovascular cases increased the demand for vascular restoration surgeries. In spite of lockdowns and supply disruption crisis during this pandemic, the companies managed and are still managing online sales for many medical scaffolds and their products. They are also maintaining fair prices due to the high demand of these products in the market, but due to the supply chain disruption, the prices have raised slightly. For instance, · As per a survey done in five U.S Hospitals, the price of scaffold Bioresorbable stents was estimated to be 1, 250 USD per stent. And Abbott sells Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds BVS for USD 1,743 and Everolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Scaffolds EES for USD 1,638 The COVID-19 impact has not affected the price of scaffolds and based products at a high level because of advanced online sales and innovative delivery options available with utmost safety concerns to major coronary surgeries conducted in hospitals. Impact on Demand The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the bioresorbable scaffolds market from its niche pedestal to the mainstream sector. Even before the pandemic, the bioresorbable scaffolds were in high demand due to rising chronic coronary artery diseases and advanced methods for treatments of these diseases like vascular restorations globally. For instance, · As per the American College of Cardiology in 2018, the use of stent scaffolds in cardio surgeries started back in mid-1980s. But due to many adverse reactions of metallic scaffolds, which resist the natural vascularization process in arteries, researchers showed wide interest in bioresorbable scaffolds The rising transmission rate of coronavirus in the recent scenario has made high hospital admissions for various chronic diseases and respective demand for surgical scaffolds. The most widely used bioresorbable scaffold is ‘Absorb BVS’, made of PLLA scaffold coated with Everolimus-Eluting PDLLA. This is 150 micron size which can reabsorb for 4 years altogether. Coronary artery disease is major heart disease that affects both men and women irrespective of age globally. For instance, · According to the Center for Disease Control CDC; coronary heart disease has been estimated to be around 18.2 million in adults aged 20 and above. In 2017, the mortality rate was 365,914 due to coronary artery diseases. About 2 out of 10 individuals are killed due to the disorder in adults who are less than 65 years of age. This increases the demand for surgeries and vascular restoration for the timely treatment of most coronary disease conditions. Several companies operating in other domains are eager to enter, and some have already entered the landscape of bioresorbable scaffold market to increase their revenue by meeting the emergent need of various hospitals for coronary artery surgeries. The demand is further rising in local clinics and small laboratories due to high awareness of the disease and their advancements in surgical procedures. Impact on Supply Chain The COVID-19 has created a great impact on the supply chain of bioresorbable scaffolds. The sudden attack of COVID-19 and its subsequent impact on restrictions on trade and movement of goods has resulted in a shutdown of vast countries globally, resulting in disrupted supply chains due to limited raw materials and workforce, and slow down or stopping of manufacturing. Moreover, several manufacturing companies are retooling priority manufacturing to produce other essential medical supplies and equipment such as ventilators. But considering the need of these scaffolds in coronary heart diseases surgery and an increase in order from the consumers, the government allows the movements of transport vehicles to import and export the medical and surgical scaffold or implants products which is highly required by hospitals and other healthcare sectors. Additionally, the manufacturers are also taking crucial steps to ensure the availability of raw materials and look into the quality of products. Manufacturers need to take necessary steps about production processes, shifting to other facilities if required, changes in quality assurance, costs and procedures related to screening of workforce and offering care if needed, changes in working hours, and others in order to maintain their supply chain. To minimize supply chain crises, the government has been firmly monitoring the supply chain to assume that the COVID-19 outbreak may adversely impact the supply chain of medical products, including shortages of bioresorbable scaffolds for various surgical purposes to coronary healthcare sectors in countries globally or potential disruptions in supply chains. To manage such a crucial situation, many organizations are looking forward to improving and diversifying the supply chain model in all aspects. The resulting COVID-19 pandemic has shown the various ways for supply chain management, which may be effective by innovative solutions initiated by market players. STRATEGIC DECISIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND MANUFACTURERS The key players engaged in the global bioresorbable scaffolds market are making improvements to keep the speed during COVID-19. They are cautiously taking every single step so the development can be expanded on a consistent schedule for the market. Organizations working in the bioresorbable scaffolds market embrace a few systems, including joint effort, arrangements, association, and market development to improve their business. For instance, · On September 3, 2020, Abbott, the primary key player in the bioresorbable scaffolds market, announced that they had initiated a LIFE-BTK clinical trial for evaluating the effectiveness of Esprit BTK Everolimus Eluting Resorbable Scaffold, which was used for people battling with late stages of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Even during the pandemic, the company is making many initiatives to resume their products manufacturing and trial over the market to strengthen their position. Conclusion The impact of the novel COVID-19 virus is expected to leave a long-lasting impact on each healthcare sector. The virus poses a risk to human life and has caused economic distress and severe emotional strain. It produced a ripple effect that gave rise to a new collection of requirements and needs that were not much needed earlier. The most essential one being the bioresorbable scaffolds and medicinal products, which are highly needed in hospitals, clinics, laboratories due to rising chronic cardiovascular and coronary artery diseases and surgical emergence globally. It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic has a negative impact on the market's growth due to the surgery cases of coronary diseases being halted unless emergence. The current priority in most hospitals is given for COVID-19 treatments as the surge of COVID-19 cases keeps increasing each day. Moreover, many International governments, including U.S, Europe and Asia’s healthcare organizations, have supported the supply of these scaffold products due to high priority in this crucial health crisis period. Many government bodies and significant market players are closely associated with patients and pharma industries for safe packaging of products considering contagious nature of the virus and improvement of future economics.
How to Increase Optometry Billing Collections?
The goal of every service provider is to maximize its revenue. Optometry billing is no different from any other medical billing service. Since the goal is to maximize the revenue flow while giving an excellent patient experience, but it’s not always easy, there are multiple billing errors that damage the revenue cycle management of optometry practices. Efficiently managing all the billing activities is the key to achieving maximum reimbursement. Below are some of the steps which help your optometry practices to manage their billing activity. Start With The Verification Process Like any other medical practice, the optometry billing process is initiated by recording the complete information of the patient. There is a possibility that mishandling this step results in errors in billing. Ask the patient about his personal information and the details of his insurance payer. After collecting all the essential information, verify the details. Improve Coding Process The majority of the claim denial occurs due to coding errors. Coding has now become one of the crucial parts of the medical billing process. Insurance companies approved the claim after proper assessment of the codes. So a minor error can slow down this whole process. Make sure to use CPT, HCPCS which are specified by the American Medical Association. The coding specialist in the hospital handles all this process and ensures there will be no error that delays payment. Moreover, for error-free coding, a highly trained staff or highly accurate documentation is needed. Submit a Claim More Frequently The insurance companies follow the same model that any other business practice follows, They issue the claim within 5-7 working days. There are chances that when you submit your claim any error occurs, which can delay your payment. To avoid this you need to submit your claim more frequently. Low frequency in claim submission results in increasing account receivable. Ensure Highly Skilled Staff It has been seen that the majority of the errors in the billing process occur due to the negligence of the staff member, Optometry services have no exception. Negligence occurs in coding, claim submission, record keeping, and follow-ups. For the smooth billing activity, it is necessary for the optometry practices to hire highly skilled workers to manage the billing process or properly train their present staff to manage the billing process. A Timely Follow Up To increase the Optometry billing collections, a timely follow-up is key. For this purpose, the Account receivable follow-up team should monitor the claims which are not paid within the 30 days period. A timely follow-up can improve the revenue collection in no time. Patient Follow Up Patient follow-up is also very important to maximize the collections. In some cases, there are services that are not part of the insurance agreement and patients have to pay for them. In most instances, the patient may be unaware of it so a follow-up may help the optometry service providers to collect the amount. There are various ways in which you can collect the amount. Like you can send an invoice. Making phone calls, sending Emails, and giving reminders. It guarantees maximum turnout in the collection if managed effectively by a dedicated follow-up team. Choose The Right Software Vendor There are some software solutions that are essential for the billing activity. Most of the service providers prefer to use software that integrates well with their system so they hire software vendors to customize the software. For optometry service providers it’s very important to choose the right vendor for customized software. Because a well-integrated software solution helps your staff to perform their duty efficiently. While any vulnerability in the system can put your billing process at the risk of errors. Multiple Payment Options This option is exclusively for those patients who do not have any insurance policies and for some treatments that are excluded from the insurance agreement so the patient has to pay for themselves. Every individual wants to pay the bills with the method he likes, some prefer to pay the bill through credit cards, some want to pay through cheques and some want to pay through their mobile by just scanning the QR code. By taking all these mediums into consideration optometry service providers should ensure multiple payment options and it does not only increase the collection but also overcome hurdles that appear in revenue collection. Denial Management High denial rates are the indication that something is wrong in the billing process. High denial rates occur due to coding errors, errors in eligibility verification, claim submission, or follow-up of a pre-existing claim. It’s important for optometry practices that they consistently track their denial rates and identify the real cause behind it. Otherwise, it lowers the collection. Track Aging accounts Tracking aging accounts is very essential to increase the collection, as these aging accounts are the leading cause of an outstanding account receivable. Optometry service providers should track the accounts which are older than 30 days. For those accounts, there are chances that the payment is still in process. Moreover, it also gives you an idea about which payer processed the claim on time and which payer took longer to issue the claim. In some cases, it also helps in resolving the issue of the patient who holds secondary insurance. Outsourcing There are various setbacks associated with In-house billing management. The In-house billing team usually lacks experience, in such cases, the chances of errors are incredibly high. With the increasing risk of error, the revenue cycle management is also affected badly. Hence the most reliable solution is to outsource your optometry billing. Outsourcing can significantly reduce the risk of billing collection. They have a team that is experts in coding, denial management, and managing account receivables. . They can also assist in follow-ups and timely claim submission. So the medical staff can better serve the patient more productively rather than focusing on the billing process. In the end, outsourcing is the best way to increase the billing collection not only for optometry practices but for all the medical service providers.
How Impacted COVID-19 on Neurophotonics ?
Impact of COVID-19 on Neurophotonics in Healthcare IndustryCoronavirus disease (COVID-19), also known as SARS-CoV-2 or 2019-nCoV, is a human infectious disease caused by the Coronavirus that causes extreme acute respiratory syndrome. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic due to the rapid rise in human infection rates (WHO). Manufacturers are required to qualify a new contract manufacturer (or new manufacturing facility) to supply raw materials. Any changes in the third party for the supply of raw materials, components, and commercialization of ophthalmic surgery devices could increase cost of production and can reduce profit margins, forcing manufacturers to increase the prices of the product to remain operative in the market. Neurophotonics is an open-access journal that publishes research on improvements in optical technology for brain research and their impact on basic and clinical neuroscience applications. In the current situation, producers face difficulties with existing immature goods suppliers or contractors who are at risk or closed or unable to meet supply requirements due to challenges such as extended closing hours or staffing. STRATEGIC DECISIONS FOR MANUFACTURERS Many neurophotonics products market players are creating new strategies to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak challenges. The companies are now opting for digital media such as telecommunication, mobile applications, webinars, and other digital media to support the patient requires tackling the pandemic situation and increasing the company revenue and growth. Moreover, to accomplish the market demand, small market players utilizing the partnership agreement strategy. It is predicted that these strategies are anticipated to escalate up the company revenue and its growth in the forecasted period. The key players engaged in providing products face challenges to keep the growth during coronavirus and maintain the demand and supply chain with the proper protection of their employees. During the epidemic, telemedicine has become a fundamental approach for ophthalmologists to stay in touch with patients from the comfort of their own homes. IMPACT IN DEMAND The demand for optical coherence tomography for ophthalmology market is decreased with an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and cancellation or deferral of elective surgeries. The ophthalmic lasers market saw a severe drop in the second and third quarters of 2020. The international supply of lasers was restricted due to a lockdown and severe procedure rules. The COVID-19 scenario has resulted in the postponement of specific elective medical procedures, impacted the demand for reprocessing systems and services. Within the healthcare general surgery domain, there has been increased concern regarding the level of acquired infections. As the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating at a fast pace, it has raised pressure for the healthcare systems to deal with potentially infectious patients. The pandemic had placed severe pressure on the U.S. economy. The manufactures of ophthalmology and generic medications were impacted by the global epidemic due to the rise in demand for essential products and suppliers to prevent COVID-19. The demand will have a positive impact on the market growth. IMPACT ON SUPPLY The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the supply chains for the entire manufacturing sector. According to the Institute for Supply Chain Management, 75 percent of the companies reported disruptions in the supply chain due to restrictions in transportation by the coronavirus. Also, 50 percent of the companies reported unexpected delays in receiving the orders, a problem compounded by a supply chain information blackout from China. Healthcare organizations have been firmly monitoring the supply chain with the assumption that the COVID-19 outbreak may adversely impact the supply chain of the medical product, including shortages of neurophotonics products or potential disruptions in its supply chains to minimize supply chain crises. Several organizations are looking forward to improving and diversifying supply chain models in all aspects to manage such a crucial situation. A diversified supply chain model is anticipated to minimize the export of medical products and increase end-to-end visibility. The resulting COVID-19 pandemic has shown the various ways for supply chain management, which may be effective within a remote working environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many organizations’ business environments; supply availability has been hampered by several issues, including export and travel restrictions by some producing countries and lockdowns that have forced suppliers to (temporarily) shut down. However, disturbance in the neurophotonics products market puts global supply chains at risk. CONCLUSION The impact of the novel COVID-19 virus is expected to leave a long-lasting impact on each industrial sector. The outbreak of COVID-19 prompted citizens to deal with confusion regarding the virus and its management. The virus poses a risk to human life and has caused economic distress and severe emotional strain. It produced a wave effect that gave rise to a new collection of requirements and needs that were not needed earlier. There are no data on the safety, immunogenicity, or effectiveness regarding the treatment of patients with infections along with mild COVID-19 symptoms. The supply chain units are taking stringent measures and risk mitigation protocols to provide and distribute the diagnostic devices to the manufacturers to the customer. The presence of key market players for the development and launch of disposable PPE will increase net sales and show a surplus growth. The growing prevalence of contagious infections and COVID-19 has necessitated a stable healthcare network and adequate emergency medical services (EMS). Hence the reprocessed medical devices should be readily available for the emergency treatment of patients who suffer from other chronic diseases apart from COVID-19. However, the changes in the International Standard Organization (ISO) for neurophotonics, the strict regulatory framework, the consequences of the contractual agreement, and the disruption in supply chain management can hamper the market growth. Despite the indication of vaccination on the horizon, the pandemic is here to live for a considerable amount of time. However, the treatment will remain the same, irrespective of the SARS- COV 2 coinfection. The guidelines for the reuse of medical devices during the COVID -19 pandemic increase the need for prevention from infections. Specific recommendation guidelines should be taken care of while using reprocessed medical devices and services. A comprehensive approach for the prevention, screening and treatment of chronic diseases requires outsourced medical device services. This can reduce the cost savings. With the ongoing pandemic, the demand for topical medications and vaccines from the health community is increasing.