The Work of the Smile Foundation’s Swabhiman Program

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Swabhiman Program
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As the vice president of outsourcing services at Cameo Corporate Services Limited, Ashok (Ash) Bagdy works closely with clients to confront pertinent issues for the healthcare firm. A charitable person, Ashok Bagdy supports numerous non-profits, including the Smile Foundation of India (Smile).

Female empowerment is among the many issues that Smile focuses on, and to help in this area it has implemented its Swabhiman initiative to advocate for women and girls. Literally translated as “self-respect” in English, Swabhiman has focused on India’s issues regarding both underage marriage and anemia in pregnancy since 2005.

The program helps women develop self-esteem and the strength required to overcome marginalization in communities that traditionally exclude young women and girls. Swabhiman’s “4 S Model,” which stands for Support for education, Supporters in men, Seeking health care as a behavior, and Sustaining community change, has proven key to these efforts.

Since its inception, Swabhiman has positively influenced the lives of 150,000 women and girls. In some cases, these women become “Change Agents” who reinforce Swabhiman’s work at the community level, ensuring continued advancement in the area of women’s rights.

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Smile Foundation of India’s Programs By Ashok Bagdy

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Smile Foundation of India was founded by a group of corporate leaders wishing to make a positive impact on the lives of children, youth, and women in economically disparate circumstances. By providing localized, community-led education and healthcare initiatives, the foundation hopes to improve lives, and moreover, to fundamentally shift the understanding of citizens’ role in social change. Below are some of the specific programs and initiatives spearheaded by this foundation.

Positing that education has a powerful effect in alleviating social problems such as poverty, healthcare, unemployment, and human rights, the foundation offers a number of educational programs under its Mission Education initiative. Mission Education supports programs for children of all ages, as well as literacy programs for women and a Family Life Education program for girls. These programs cater to children facing any number of disadvantages, like economic disparity, disability, and HIV/AIDS infection.

Smile on Wheels is an education and healthcare-focused initiative aimed at Indians residing and working in areas classified as slums. Urban Indians often suffer from untreated medical complications; this problem is due in part to a limited number of local healthcare facilities, but more often, it occurs because educational limitations have reduced public awareness of important health issues. Smile on Wheels uses a mobile medical services approach, not only to bring healthcare to those in need, but also to promote education on health topics.

About the author: Ashok Bagdy is the Vice President of Healthcare Outsourcing at Cameo Corporate Services Limited, where he administrates medical transcription accounts.

Six Ways Medical Transcription Outsourcing Can Benefit Companies

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Ashok Bagdy serves as the Vice President of Cameo Corporate Services’ Healthcare Outsourcing Division, where he has helped implement a number of new procedures. For instance, Ashok Bagdy introduced the concept of outsourcing medical transcription (MT) editing to India.

MT outsourcing can benefit the medical field in the following ways:

1. Reduced expenses companywide. Outsourcing MT services reduces expenses for areas and divisions throughout the company and lowers costs for capital investments, managerial needs, and direct labor. In terms of managerial expenses, MT outsourcing frees up time and money that can be used instead for management processes.

2. Increased control of report volumes and staffing. Addressing sudden and unexpected changes in report volume and staffing can result in unavoidable delays in the transcription process. Outsourcing MT or even just its overflow provides a cost-effective solution that helps manage staff shortages or sharp increases in report volume.

3. Improved accessibility to reports. Outsourcing MT services also allows companies to employ Web- or server-based solutions for report accessibility and distribution. Web-based interfaces enable company personnel to access the system from any computer with an Internet connection, making document distribution and record review easier.

4. Decreased workload for company IT departments. Without the need to maintain and troubleshoot problems with in-house MT systems, information technology (IT) departments have extra time to focus their attention on more important issues. The decrease in responsibilities combined with additional server space allow IT departments to become more productive and efficient.

5. Reduced use of staff recruitment resources. A shortage of domestic certified medical transcriptionists means that human resource (HR) departments often experience difficulty in keeping the positions filled for their companies. Outsourcing MT services eliminates the constant recruitment cycles faced by HR departments.

6. Simplified workflow. Companies that manage their own MT take on numerous associated responsibilities, such as the management of records, medical coding, and turnaround times. Outsourcing allows companies to simplify the workflow and reduce the number of steps required for turnaround times. As a result, accounts receivable cycles are likewise reduced.

The Child for Child Program – A Groundbreaking Initiative from the Smile Foundation

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Child for Child Program
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Presented by Ashok Bagdy, Smile Foundation supporter and Vice President of Outsourcing Services at Cameo Corporate Systems, Limited

Reaching out to underprivileged youth is something many philanthropic organizations and charities do. Few, however, go as far as to reach out to the privileged youth to inspire humanitarian attitudes and promote charitable states of mind. That is exactly what the Smile Foundation’s Child for Child Program does.

Hosting national events throughout India, the Child for Child program has reached more than two million children in more than 2,500 schools. The mission of the Child for Child program is to increase awareness among privileged youth regarding the current disparities in the social order in India, and encourage them to contribute their efforts as individuals towards causes that help improve the lives of the less fortunate. Since the establishment of the program, Child for Child has not only fostered awareness, but has increased active participation from students and adults alike.

As a cause that focuses on nurturing the open minds of youth, this type of program is believed to be critical in the cause of cultivating equality and social peace in India. To become a participant, schools and other interested followers are encouraged to visit the Smile Foundation’s website at http://www.smilefoundationindia.org/childforchild.htm.

About Ashok Bagdy: As a supporter of the Smile Foundation, Ashok Bagdy is involved in improving economic and social conditions in India as a whole. He is the Vice President of Outsourcing Services at Cameo Corporate Systems Limited, a company that contributes to employment opportunities in India as an outsourcing corporation.

Considerations for Outsourcing Medical Accounts Receivable By Ashok Bagdy

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Many medical practices, hospitals, and other health care providers rely on outsourcing services to handle their accounts receivable needs. With shrinking reimbursements from state and federal sources and insurers, receivables encompass an increasing amount of an organization’s overall revenues. Moreover, repeated billing demands from their physician’s office causes some patients to ignore ongoing medical care, contributing to potential health problems. Removing this function from the office and assigning it to an outsourcing company preserves the doctor-patient relationship over time while optimizing payments of accounts receivable.

Reputable outsourcing companies undertake ongoing training and software updates to ensure compliance with such regulations as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Members of their staffs remain up-to-date with the latest legal and industry standards and are experienced in working with insurance companies to generate optimal reimbursements. In addition, professional outsourcing providers focus on customer service, offering considerate, courteous assistance to patients and client office personnel.

About the author: With more than a decade of experience managing outsourcing operations, Ashok Bagdy directs the thriving health care outsourcing division of Florida-based Cameo Corporate Services Limited. His efforts for the company resulted in increased productivity and reduced employee turnover. Ashok Bagdy also implemented numerous technology improvements to promote customer satisfaction.

An Overview of Speech Recognition Software By Ashok Bagdy

In recent years, advances in speech recognition technology have changed our relationship with computers. There is a variety of software available that allows computers to translate spoken words into text. The ability to dictate emails, documents, and commands directly to a computer benefits businesses and individuals by increasing their productivity. Additionally, these new programs have the ability to adapt to the nuanced speaking patterns and styles of the user in order to enhance performance. Not only can you create text with speech recognition, you can ask your computer questions or command it to perform a task as well. There are many areas of industry, such as journalism, government, healthcare, and law, that can benefit from this type of software.

About the author: Ashok Bagdy works at Cameo Corporate Services, where he launched a Speech Recognition program that now comprises 75 percent of their sales.

Case Studies: Speech Recognition Software and Medical Transcription, By Ashok Bagdy

Voice-enabled medical transcription technologies have allowed companies to improve productivity and cut costs. Ashok Bagdy, an industry executive, recounts two case studies below.

In one case, a medical clinic that implemented speech recognition technology for transcription needs was able to boost productivity by half in the first four months of its use. The clinic also expected to achieve 100 percent cost savings once the software was fully adopted. Three years later, the clinic’s in-house medical transcriptionists were editing at two times the rate they were typing, meaning they’d increased productivity by 100 percent.

In a second case, a hospital doubled its productivity after implementing medical transcription software. Previously, it had relied on traditional transcription. The 667-bed facility also was able to reduce its reliance on outsourced medical transcription, thereby cutting costs, while accommodating increasing demand. The hospital also saw its turnaround times improve.

Hopefully, medical transcription and voice recognition can continue to share an excellent relationship, leading to fewer errors and more time spent with patients rather than at a desk.

About Ashok Bagdy: As the Vice President of Cameo Corporate Services Limited, Ashok Bagdy leads its medical transcription outsourcing.