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Food Tracking Study Uses Twitter

3301453425?profile=RESIZE_180x180Online 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 with Twitter and offer users a portal to tweet exclusively about…

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3301399449?profile=RESIZE_180x180Like most industries Healthcare struggles to meet the mobility desires of its users but although this may be the case it is poised to gain much more from the ‘mobile revolution’. 

“Many healthcare industry observers say that mobile health, telehealth and other eHealth initiatives are on the verge of changing the care delivery model — so much so, they say, that…

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Liver Surgery uses iPad app

3301400919?profile=RESIZE_180x180The 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 table,” says MEVIS computer scientist Alexander Köhn. Upon…

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New Gamified Health App Launched in Korea

3301396137?profile=RESIZE_180x180Samsung 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 exercisers. Graphics from the website suggest that S Health Buddy can…

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Can Health IT Tools Improve Patient Outcomes?

3301396173?profile=RESIZE_180x180According 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 Safety and Quality program.”

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Going through the Portal at UCLH

3301396116?profile=RESIZE_180x180A 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 EHI the portal is primarily used as a secure communication channel…

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3301397045?profile=RESIZE_180x180It’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 instead of a $15,000 setup cost," said Avrim Fishkind, president…

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Keeping Medication Straight using IT

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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 medication safety. According to MedSnap's co-founder and CEO,…

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Tailored Treatments – The Future is Bright

3301397054?profile=RESIZE_180x180How 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.  

“Kaufman is dedicated to using health communications technology…

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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

3301452076?profile=RESIZE_180x180Patients 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 buildings, wards and points of interest such as stairs, toilets and…

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3301395476?profile=RESIZE_180x180Squishy robots made from bio-compatible, water based gel could be the answer for applications such as drug delivery and tissue scaffolding according to researchers.

 

“The researchers cut the hydrogel into different shapes to test their idea. First, they made a V-shaped piece of hydrogel and injected copper ions into one side. The V’s…

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Open Source Software created

3301454454?profile=RESIZE_180x180An 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 the existing IT in the NHS was not up to scratch.  The…

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HES Expansion Plans Questioned

3301395358?profile=RESIZE_180x180A 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 place to allow a hugely expanded Hospital Episodes Statistics…

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3301451642?profile=RESIZE_180x180The Foundation has begun work with Kaggle to organise a crowd-sourced big data analysis, a change from the typical laborious, hands-on data collection and analysis usually used by medical researchers.

 

“Passive data collection is ideal for many Parkinson's patients because they often struggle with a roller coaster of day-to-day symptoms such as…

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3301454223?profile=RESIZE_180x180A 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 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. With the use of…

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3301453322?profile=originalIn 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 been announced.

“Beverley Bryant, Director of Strategic…

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