President Trump recently imposed hefty tariffs on Chinese trade, impacting goods worth over $50 billion. According to Professor Kamil Idris, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), these tariffs are necessary to protect US intellectual property (IP) from theft by Chinese manufacturers.
China, like the US, is a signatory to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which sets minimum standards for regulations with which all signatories must comply. TRIPS also sets forth a number of optional enforcement mechanisms, and allows signing countries to decide for themselves which, if any, they’d like to employ.
According to Professor Idris, the Chinese government has failed in its responsibility as a TRIPS signatory to protect the intellectual property rights of the nation’s foreign trading partners. Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative (USTR), conducted a seven month investigation on intellectual property theft in 2017. The investigation led to a report stating that intellectual property theft by Chinese firms costs US firms between $225 billion and 600 billion annually. Professor Idris notes that the USTR has launched formal protests of Chinese practices several times, but the problem persists.
There are several mechanisms Chinese manufacturers use to appropriate foreign IP. Counterfeiting and piracy are the most common mechanisms historically, but Professor Kamil Idris notes that forced technology transfers have become a more common method. Forced transfer refers to Chinese firms requiring foreign trade partners to send technology to China, where it can then be illicitly copied.
Another new form of IP theft Idris notes is cyber-theft, in which Chinese hackers penetrate foreign firms’ databases to steal information. Idris notes that this coincides with growing concerns about overseas hackers manipulating US elections.
Idris notes that Section 301 of the US Trade Act of 1974 gives the President the authority to impose trade sanctions as a consequence of IP rights violations, making the tariffs a legitimate enforcement mechanism.
Life Line Screening (LLS) under the leadership of Andrew Manganaro is the largest company in America dealing with associated vascular diseases. He is the CEO of this endeavor whose interest in it commencing came about from his experience as cardiovascular surgeon. During his practice, Dr. Andy expressed his experience with so many tragic losses due to cases of diseases that can easily be detected before they erupt to tragedy. This experience moved him to begin life line screening services. The company gives people an opportunity to identify and handle these diseases.
The company since 1996 has screened over eight million individuals. Life Line Screening certified physicians who review every ultrasound to ensure every ultrasound has accurate readings and testing the results is part of what they do. The physicians are under Dr. Andy who makes sure all protocols are observed to the letter. Life line screening compared to regular checkups according to him is the algorithm they use which is flexible to each patient’s suitability. This system takes into account the age of the person, high blood pressure, diabetes, and most of all family history.
LLS offers a broad range of non-invasive and safe procedures to detect risk factors and likelihood to develop any cardiovascular issue. The tests include ultrasounds which are of the carotid arteries and abdominal aorta, and measuring the ankle brachial index all these procedures conducted to detect peripheral vascular diseases. EKG screenings to detect stroke and other screenings for osteoporosis. Blood tests are offered to aid in identifying broad range of cardiovascular issued before they symptoms appear in the patient. So, LLS conclusively provides Ultrasounds, Blood tests, and EKG screenings.
Dr. Andy Manganaro in a recent interview said that the company is working on new screenings with the goal of enhancing patients’ quality of life. They have recently added selections which are focused on the health and functioning of the lungs, more so, a targeted program to help those with type two diabetes has commenced.
Life Line Screening Services are your go-to fro preventative health. They can screen for an array of health issues but their main three types of preventative health screenings include ultrasound screenings, finger-stick blood screenings, and limited electrocardiograph screenings.
The finger-stick blood screenings are primarily used to provide results for lipid panel screening, glucose screening, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein screening, and elevate liver enzyme screening. It is a test that usually only takes about 10 minutes and Life Line Screening Services uses instruments that are FDA-approved, lab-accurate to take the test.
The limited electrocardiograph is used to detect fibrillation, also known as an irregular heartbeat, which is quite a common condition that can increase the risk of stroke substantially. The EKG electrode screening is non-invasive, quick, and does not require the removal of clothing.
Life Line Screening Services also tests for many other healthcare issues including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, lung cancer, and prostate cancer, jut to name a few.
The services of Life Line Screening is meant for individuals who have relevant health risk factors and will help their patients to find the right test for their ailment. They will access the risk factors, family history, medical history, and personal preferences of their patients before recommending any test. They advise to consult with the family doctor first in order to provide the best care possible and to find the appropriate course of action for their patients.
9 out of 10 cardiovascular doctors believe that preventative health screenings are the way to go for people considered to be high risk. Early identification is key to having a fighting chance against disease and it is always best to get checked out sooner than later. the more time on your side, the better able you will be able to fight any ailment. Life Line Screening Services is there for their patients and will do all they can to give their patients the best and most customized care possible.
Maggie Gill has led Memorial Health Medical Center to great heights since she started working for the firm. Gill’s career is very decorated, and she has accomplished a lot of things during the 20-year tenure that she has worked in the health sector.
Annual Healthcare Heroes Awards and other nominations
George Medical Society recently announced the winners of the 16th Annual Healthcare Heroes Awards. These awards are usually given to businesses and individuals who have been committed to improving the health of their environs and communities. In this edition of the awards, Memorial Health Medical Centre got nominations in six different categories. They were medical innovation, community outreach, institution, allied health professionals, medical education, and physician lifetime achievement. Memorial Health Medical Center and its team won seven awards.
Eon Health and Memorial Health struck a partnership deal that concerned a new Medicare Advantage Plan. This would be available in 2017 and would be located in Georgia and South Carolina. The partnership comes with a lot of benefits. The most notable are dental benefits, pharmacy benefits, hearing benefits, a member rewards program and transportation benefit.
Maggie Gill lauded this move saying that due to Eon’s focus on preventive care, the partnership will complement Memorial Health’s services.
Gill’s career at Memorial Health Medical Centers
Gill joined Memorial Health in 2004 after a successful spell at Tenet Healthcare since 1994. When she joined, Gill was the vice president of the enterprise in charge of overseeing its financial activities. A year after joining, she was promoted to the chief operating officer position. She had a successful career while in this post coming up with strategies that lowered the operating costs of the company and increased the profit margins. In 2011, she was promoted to the CEO and president of the enterprise.
Gill has a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in business administration.