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Food Tracking Study Uses Twitter

Online social platforms are being used in healthcare studies and a recent study published earlier this summer found that Twitter can help people capture dietary intake and behaviour. 

“The data from the study was integrated into Eat It Tweet It, an app in the Apple App store created to integrate…

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Liver Surgery uses iPad app

The use of augmented reality technology in medicine and surgery is becoming increasingly more present.  This recent example shows it being used in an intra-operative situation during liver surgery to aid tumour resection. 

“Our new app now allows all planning data to directly show in the operating…

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New Gamified Health App Launched in Korea

Samsung have consistently been ahead in the android phone makers stakes by including health apps, which is why their new app comes as no surprise.   

“The app features five different avatar characters with customizable outfits, and also includes a leaderboard and a badge system to motivate…

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Can Health IT Tools Improve Patient Outcomes?

According to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the use of certain health IT tools – clinical workflow, care co-ordination systems and decision support can all improve health outcomes.

“The report presents findings from 24 AHRQ-funded projects awarded through the agency's Ambulatory…

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Going through the Portal at UCLH

A London Trust now has over 250 cancer patients and family using it’s patient portal which was built in house a year ago.  The system can be used for communicating with their clinician, checking appointments and viewing clinic letters. 

“Haematology general manager Emily Collins told…

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It’s been around since the 1950’s but modern advances in technologies, together with a national shortage of mental health professionals means it’s an energized field.  However, obstacles still remain such as clinician licensing and reimbursement methods. 

"Suddenly, you have a $1,000 setup cost…

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Keeping Medication Straight using IT

Taking a pill should be one of the simplest things to remember.  Yet medications errors are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths annually. 

“It was an error of that sort which led to the creation of MedSnap, a Birmingham, Ala.-based company that is focused on using IT to improve…

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Tailored Treatments – The Future is Bright

How do we offer a personalised, high level of care to our populations without it costing the earth?  What information technology tools are available?  These are just some of the questions being asked of Neal Kaufman, MD, founder and chief medical officer for Los Angeles-based DPS Health.…

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Online Textbook Free to Faculty

I wanted to let forum readers know that our textbook Health Informatics: Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals, fifth edition is available online and free for faculty who use our textbook to teach Health Informatics. The textbook is integrated with our Instructor's Manual and Resource Center. This month I added hands-on exercises for students to the Instructor's Manual. The resource center is…

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Hospital gets Google Mapped

Patients and visitors of the 14 hectare, St George’s hospital in South West London can now use the Google Maps website or app to navigate themselves around the interactive indoor hospital map. 

“Published as part of Google's indoor mapping programme, it shows the trust’s many…

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Open Source Software created

An open source, web-based pathology reporting software has been created by a pathologist at Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust.

 

“Dr Fred Mayall, a consultant histopathologist at the trust, got involved in the Free Diagnostic Pathology Software Project after being frustrated that…

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HES Expansion Plans Questioned

A consultation on the proposal by NHS England of a greatly expanded HES dataset was launched last month.  It is to be provided electronically from the start of the next financial year.

 

“NHS IT directors have questioned whether most hospitals can get the IT in…

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A new study published this week shows evidence that the electronic health records can help reduce the readmission of high-risk heart failure patients.

 

“The study evaluated more than 1,700 adult inpatients diagnosed with heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia over a two-year period…

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In a bid to drive up standards and professionalism among health informatics professionals, a  new partnership between the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), the profession’s voluntary regulatory body , NHS  England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has…

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