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Healthcare in Africa transformed by Cell Phones?

3301407276?profile=originalIn the past few years Africa has gone from a continent with virtually no fixed line telephones to a region where one in 6 of its inhabitants owns a cell phone.  This is helping to create one of the largest, low-cost distributed sensor networks we’ve ever seen, one which has the potential to completely transform global health…

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3301404974?profile=RESIZE_180x180With the NHS still having 85% of its desktops running the obsolete Windows XP, Microsoft’s decision to end support for it in April next year could cause significant problems.

“The scale of the XP challenge is revealed today in a report from EHI’s research arm, EHI Intelligence, which calculates that there are 677,000 computers across the health…

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3301412060?profile=originalUSA Today reports that Google has announced the launch of a new health technology company, known as Calico.  It was launched on Wednesday and will potentially use Google’s computing abilities to research such ailments as aging and related diseases.

 

“Calico -- which will operate as a separate entity from Google -- will focus on…

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3301403374?profile=originalThe Wall Street Journal has reported that cancer foundations and not-for-profit patient groups are working together to build genetic databases that could boost clinical trials and accelerate drug development.

 

“The databases seek to collect DNA and other information from patients with diseases that are difficult to treat. The data can be…

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HHS spends millions on duplicate IT systems

3301398045?profile=RESIZE_180x180According to a new Government Accountability Office report, an auditor has found that more than $300 million has been spent on duplicative IT systems at 3 different government agencies, including the US Department of Health and Human Services – which has six duplicative systems costing $256 million alone.

 

“The six potentially duplicative…

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3301404568?profile=originalA new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical News Today, reports that the use of electronical health records has contributed to a decrease in emergency department visits and hospitalisations among patients with diabetes.

 

“Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California analyzed all 169,711 records…

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3301407618?profile=RESIZE_180x180Jawbone, the Bay Area-based electronics company has raised more than $100 million through debt financing and new equity.  The company makes colourful Bluetooth speakers and the activity-tracking Up wristband.   

 

“The company has said it needs cash in the short term to meet demand for its products, as it has “millions of…

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Heartbeat Confirmation Bracelet

3301398845?profile=RESIZE_180x180New technology has been produced which could replace fingerprint, voice or eye iris recognition.  The Nymi bracelet uses your heartbeat to authenticate, something that might not be able to be faked or stolen.

 

“Just like fingerprint, every persons heartbeat is unique, no more passwords or pins, you can connect this device to all your…

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£1 billion pledged for Health IT

3301398638?profile=RESIZE_180x180In a move that will see the government and NHS organisations invest £1 billion in IT over the next 3 years, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has this week announced another £240m for the technology fund.

 

“In a statement released today, the Department of Health says the money will be used to improve patient care and ease pressures…

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Kapture to build wearable mic

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Paired with an iOS and Android smartphone app, the Kapture, as it’s called, allows for quick sharing of audio clips recorded by the hardware wristband, which is constantly recording audio to a 60 second, recycling buffer.   It could prove a useful aid for people with memory loss and cognitive disorders.  The Kickstarter project that launched…

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Cloud to save bottom line?

3301402938?profile=RESIZE_180x180Independent practices are looking to Cloud-based EHR’s with integrated billing solutions to save them from being taken over.

 

Eighty-seven percent of all physician practices agree their billing and collections systems need upgrading, according to a new survey. The majority favor moving to a fully integrated practice…

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At least $1.3B spent on cancelled joint EHR system

3301398659?profile=RESIZE_180x180During the past 4 years at least $1.3 billion has been spent by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in an unsuccessful attempt to develop an  interoperable electronic health record system.

 

“DOD and VA first launched an effort to create a joint integrated EHR, or iEHR system, in 2009. The iEHR project aimed to allow every…

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3301398780?profile=RESIZE_180x180In a recent study on the working hours of medical interns, it was found that around 40% of their time was spent at a computer.

 

“A finding like this certainly warrants attention. However, I wonder whether many expressing concern are asking the wrong question. The proper question is not whether this is too much time at a computer, but…

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3301400939?profile=RESIZE_180x180Designed to empower the visually handicapped.  Launched by Singapore telco StarHub the MySmartEye app  (android and iOS) lets micro-volunteers lend an eye, so to speak.

 

“To use MySmartEye, a visually impaired individual snaps a picture with the app, which is then shared in real-time with micro-volunteers who have the app installed. The picture's…

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$1B EHR Crashes

3301399660?profile=RESIZE_180x180Nurses and clinical staff were left for a whole day, unable to access patient information, when the electronic health record system at Sutter Health in North California crashed early this week.

 

“On Aug. 26 at approximately 8 a.m., the Epic EHR system crashed, at which time nurses, physicians and hospital staff had no access to patient…

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3301397685?profile=RESIZE_180x180According to research published this morning in the journal Computers, Informatics, Nursing, electronic monitoring has helped to dramatically improve hand hygiene among nurses in Canada.

 

“For the study, researchers developed the system--which automatically detected hand hygiene opportunities and recorded hygiene actions--and…

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