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Weekly Newsletter 15 November 2013

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Recent Articles

Mobile Health Apps – Consumer Use Limited 

According to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, few health-related mobile applications have gained popularity among consumers.

“For the study, researchers examined about 16,275 mobile apps that they determined had "genuine" health content for consumers (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 10/30).”

Read more on the study here  

Maternity Module Trialled by Midwives

The Myrddin patient administration system for community midwives is being piloted by Powys Health Board in Wales.

“The health board went live with the maternity module of the PAS earlier this month. It gives midwives remote access to the system, which allows them to review and update mother and baby details on laptops during home visits.”

Read more on how it works here  

5 Tips for handling mobile devices

Focus on the patient, not the device.  Those are the words of wisdom offered by digital omnivore, Iverson Bell MD to doctors trying to figure out how to adapt to the proliferation of mobile devices in their lives and practices.

“Speaking at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Atlanta, Bell, a psychiatrist at the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center, described a digital omnivore as someone who uses all of the range of mobile computing devices, including a desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet, with some frequency.”

Read his 5 tips for managing mobile devices here 

Harmful Drug Interactions could be found by Internet Search Data

CNBC has reported that according to researchers at Microsoft Research Labs and Stanford University, internet searches could help FDA and pharmaceutical companies discover previously unknown, harmful prescription drug interactions.

 After finding in 2011 that patients taking two prescription drugs -- paroxetine, an antidepressant, and pravastatin, a cholesterol-lowering medication -- could develop hyperglycemia, Stanford Bioengineering Department Chair Russ Altman and Microsoft Research Managing Co-Director Eric Horvitz discussed whether the reaction could have been discovered earlier looking at patients' Internet searches.”

Read more on these findings here  


Mobile App for Mental Illness developed

The New Hampshire Public Radio has reported that Dartmouth researchers are capitalizing on the widespread use of mobile devices by developing mobile health applications to help treat individuals with mental illnesses.

“Although underserved populations often cannot afford personal computers, a significant portion of them use smartphones to access the Internet.”

Read more on the app and it’s uses here


Health Informatics Jobs

Director Clinical Informatics

Reporting to the Vice President/CIO, the Director of Clinical Informatics is responsible for overseeing the Health Information Exchange, Meaningful Use and Patient Engagement Programs at CHOC. This includes HR functions, budgeting and financial management, planning and strategy development and program overall functionality. Collaborates with the Business Intelligence Team related to data aggregation needs at CHOC.  Find out more here.

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Featured Events


HINZ 2013 will focus on research and innovative methods, policies, and concerns that will create the basis for a new generation of healthcare information use.  Read more here.


Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data course


The Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data is an intensive five-day course on the theory and practice of analysis of large sets of linked health and social data at an introductory to intermediate level.  More on this event here.

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Forum – Latest Discussions

Open Source EMR’s In Developing Countries


We've recently been looking at Open Source EMRs in developing countries.

Anyone using Open Source software for running EMRs? Which products do you use? How are you finding them?

Any issues regarding, training, support, etc? 

Join the discussion here.


Medical Coding

There are too many people interested in doing medical coding but there are very few companies who provide training for the same............ its very discouraging.  Join the discussion here.


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