Saturday, December 20, 2014

Amazon now offers One-Hour Delivery Service Inc. rolled out its Prime Now quick-delivery service starting with one zip code in Manhattan. Amazon will charge $7.99 for delivery within an hour, with two-hour delivery being free. More than 25,000 items are eligible under the Prime Now program, which is only available to customers who pay $99 for the annual Prime membership. Imagine this is faster than actual shopping and if they can add more places, eRetail finally would be faster than the real time shopping with traffic and parking woes added.  

Ultrasound in the Shopping Centre

Other day I was walking down an up market shopping complex in Delhi, I could see many people in Gym attire and I realized that there is a popular gym in the shopping mall.  You name a service and you will find them all coming to the shopping malls. Many people nowadays spend significant time in shopping complexes, will it have some implications for ultrasounds specially for pregnant ladies. I am sure many of them would be visiting the mall like others and would love to get a souvenir clicked by the sonographer, preferably 3D image. That image can be framed by the vendor and would be a good remembrance for the parents. However, jokes apart, one of the major factor this will not happen in India in near future is the PNDT act prohibiting such a usage.

For the conventional thinkers,  I do agree that this can never be for medical purposes, this cannot be considered a medically sound advice, but with the amount of time affluent people spend in shopping complexes, some of private healthcare providers will gradually find their way in.   Skin care and cosmetics have valid reasons to go there. I foresee corporate health check up being offered in a shopping mall rather than the hospital. They will much more walk in clients as compared to hospitals. It is so difficult to motivate someone healthy to visit the hospital.   

Future doesn’t always take the predictable route. And history has often revealed markets shift to where consumers are. Google and facebook are classical examples.  

National Health Portal

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has set up the National Health Portal in pursuance to the decisions of the National Knowledge Commission, to provide healthcare related information to the citizens of India and to serve as a single point of access for consolidated health information. The National Institute of Health and  Family Welfare (NIHFW) has established Centre for Health Informatics to be the secretariat for managing the activities of the National Health Portal.

Here is the link to the official National Health Portal

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lateral thinking

Example: Whenever I am travelling, most of the domestic airlines I see them selling trashy products and hardly anyone is interested in buying. One day I asked the crew that you don't provide any newspaper on flight (low cost airlines) if instead of carrying the load of these products (which hardly sell) if you could just sell newspapers at the beginning of flight at say Rs 20 even Rs 50 or 100 almost everyone on board will buy one as we have almost nothing to do for the journey, you add value to our journey and your airlines makes more money (imagine selling at 25 times the cost price). May be someone started selling trashy products on board and everyone else is just following the course without thinking.
Lateral thinking is a phrase often used but seldom understood, there are always simpler or better ways of doing a thing, which we are unable to see as we are strongly biased by the status quo.
My two cents on life and work, just because something is being done in one particular way for long time doesn't exactly mean that it is the best solution.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Odontogenous maxillary sinusitis-CT

Evidence of cystic lesion in the left maxillary sinus measuring 1.7 x 1.4cm in relation to the root of the molar tooth suggesting periapical cyst. Mucoperiosteal thickening in left maxillary sinus suggesting associated chronic sinusitis. 

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