HEART HEALTH NEWS
As we have transitioned from hand-written notes to electronic medical records, there are still improvements necessary to upgrade the American healthcare system. “The goal is to improve the system so that physicians can deliver the highest quality of care at the lowest cost,” Dr. Connor Healey suggests.
“Public health is interesting because it is a union between individual health needs and community health needs,” explained Dr. Brion Winston. In normal times, public health workers cover a wide scope of concerns from childhood vaccinations, to speaking out for smoke-free areas and seatbelt warnings.
You asked, “how is a drug made?” Mohammed Uddin, our pharmacy intern (Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), details the long journey of research and drug development.
If you haven’t visited your doctor since the virus outbreak, your experience will be very different due to safety guidelines. “I want to reassure people that the medical community is doing all we can to mitigate risks as much as possible,” Dr. Lance Sullenberger, board-certified cardiologist, Capital Cardiology Associates.
COVID-19 is a very new virus, and there is a lot that we still do not know about it. There have been some recent claims or speculation about how certain drugs may interact with the COVID-19 infection but nothing yet has been proven.
What has the Capital Region medical community learned about the coronavirus and how might that knowledge help end this pandemic? “What’s new for all of us is that we are learning about this virus every day. Our team is quite thorough and working together to provide the best care. You may see things on the news about how hospitals were overwhelmed, that is not the case in Albany. We had extra time to get our systems in place.”