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U.S. healthcare vs. the world [infographic]

U.S. healthcare vs. the world [infographic] | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
With Congress gearing up for yet another healthcare battle, how the U.S. system compares to those of other countries bears further consideration. This infographic from GW Public Health took informa...
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Blackboard Inc. co-founder's specialty EMR company lands $14M to ...

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A visual-oriented specialty EMR for the iPad will head to the GI, ENT and rheumatology markets with Summit Partners' $14M investment in Modernizing Medicine.
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A healthcare innovator's guide to must-know tech terms for the next decade of medicine

A healthcare innovator's guide to must-know tech terms for the next decade of medicine | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it

Electronic medical records. DNA sequencing. Big data. These technology trends are changing the way medicine is practiced today — but what’s coming next?

 

From artificial intelligence to natural language to processing to MEMS, here are some technologies that will change the future of healthcare.

 

Artificial intelligence/algorithm medicine

Predictive analytics tools that use data to help healthcare administrators identify high-risk patients and make efficient decisions are already in place in many hospitals. Now companies are developing decision support tools for clinicians that compare an individual patient’s data to large amounts of historical outcomes data.

 

Internet of things

This concept takes remote patient monitoring to the next level, involving multiple connected devices that can coordinate with each other through a wireless network without human intervention. Sharp, who’s in charge of clinical informatics research at Cleveland Clinic, says hospitals have just scratched the surface of this with smart infusion pumps and RFID tagging. “There’s potential for a lot of these things to talk to each other and raise alerts when something is out of whack, and potentially even detect infections,” he said.

 

MEMS

Short for micro electro mechanical systems, MEMS involves the use of miniaturized sensors, actuators and electronics that are smaller than the thickness of a human hair. Such technology has already penetrated the research market, with speedier, more precise tools for biologists and chemists. Now companies like CardioMems and MicroCHIPS are working on commercial implantable devices that can transmit data outside of the body for clinical use. However, regulation remains a big question here.

 

Wearable medical devices

We’re not just talking about the fitness bands you wear around your wrist. We’re talking flexible electronics — lightweight, portable sensors that could be, for example, adhered to the skin to collect biometric data. Or swallowable (not technically wearable, but it’s the same idea) smart pills that let clinicians know when patients aren’t taking their medications. The hope is that these devices could help patients and clinicians manage chronic diseases.


Natural language processing

The medical scribe business is hot. But another way of easing the burden of collecting patient data – especially the kind that’s anecdotal – is also heating up. Some EHR vendors have embedded voice transcription technologies into their products, and more advanced products that give structure to unstructured data are on the way. Some say natural language processing could change the way we interact with healthcare data, the same way that Siri has changed the way people interact with their cellphones.

 

Medical tricorder

Nokia and XPRIZE are hunting for a medical tricorder, armed with $10 million as a reward, but this movement is much bigger than the contest. Sensors, mobile technology and at-home medicine meet in this concept, which calls for development of a portable screening device consumers could use to self-diagnose medical conditions a la Star Trek. Scanadu’s Scout is the most high-profile device under development, but there are dozens of teams across the world working toward this goal.


Precision medicine

From targeted cancer drugs to molecular diagnostics, advances in genome sequencing are driving precision medicine. It’s defined by Pfizer as “an approach to discovering and developing medicines and vaccines that deliver superior outcomes for patients, by integrating clinical and molecular information to understand the basis of disease.”

 

Some use precision medicine synonymously with personalized medicine. Others say it’s a better term that captures the idea of personalized medicine more clearly: Not as medical care that’s tailored to an individual but rather the ability to classify individuals into smaller populations that might be more susceptible to certain diseases or respond to drugs differently. This term has been slowly gaining steam since 2011.

 

Workflow automation

Time-consuming administrative tasks like medical billing, revenue cycle management and inventory management are prime targets for automating IT solutions. As more data becomes digital rather than paper-based, more opportunities open for innovation in this area to save time in hospitals and physician practices.



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Computer model predicting red blood cell flow holds potential for trauma treatment

Computer model predicting red blood cell flow holds potential for trauma treatment | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
A new computer model can predict red blood cell flow and holds potential for improving treatment for trauma injuries, according to research published recently in the journal Physics of Fluids.
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ONC Issues Guidance on EHR Vendor Contract Terms - MSOC Health

MSOC Health | Medical Practice Management | EMR Consulting | Billing Collections | Revenue Cycles | Healthcare Reimbursement | NC, VA, TN, SC. Providing practice management solutions to physicans and practice ...
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How Is Social Media Reshaping Pfizer? | Social Media Today

How Is Social Media Reshaping Pfizer? | Social Media Today | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
I had a chance to sit down with Bob Libbey, head of Digital and Social Communications at Pfizer, to discuss some of the topics that you will see at the Social Shake-Up Conference.
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Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%

Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50% | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State, and supporters of the health care overhaul credit the online purchasing exchanges the law created.
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Survey: Half of young adults skip employer coverage

Survey: Half of young adults skip employer coverage | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
A new study from benefits administrator ADP found only 50 percent of employees under age 30 signed up for health insurance when their employers offered it.
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Improve EHR Adoption by Starting at the Beginning - HIT Consultant

Improve EHR Adoption by Starting at the Beginning - HIT Consultant | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
Frank X. Speidel, MD outlines how improving EHR adoption rates starts at the planning stage in laying out a successful groundwork for EHR implementations.
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Health IT and Worker Burnout — #HITsm Chat Highlights

Health IT and Worker Burnout — #HITsm Chat Highlights | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
We continue to test various methods to incorporate video into the #HITsm chats. This week a few of us got together to talk about what was said during the #HITsm chat. You can see the video embedded below.
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very interesting development. keep up the speed.
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Why healthcare is slow to go mobile

Why healthcare is slow to go mobile | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
With the quick advancement of remote access technologies showing no end in sight, it's time for healthcare organizations to get on board the mobile technology train or risk getting run over, iHealthBeat reported.
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Mostashari: Beacons 'taught us'

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The Beacon Communities proved that organizations can advocate changes to how healthcare is paid for by working with payers and providers, while  improving quality and safety at the same time — lessons learned locally but applicable to the entire...
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Allscripts Leads EMR Abandonment Trend At Practice Fusion

As 17 percent of medical providers begin making plans to leave their current electronic medical record (EMR) systems, trend data indicates that...
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Cutting Down On EMR Clicks | EMR and HIPAA

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EMR and HIPAA, Cutting Down On EMR Clicks, EHR, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, EMR, EMR Technology, Healthcare, HealthCare IT, Practice Management.
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A portable device for common kidney tests

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A lightweight and field-portable device invented at UCLA that conducts kidney tests and transmits data through a smartphone attachment may significantly reduce the need for frequent office visits by people with diabetes and others with chronic kidney ailments.

The smartphone-based device was developed in the research lab of Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and associate director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Weighing about one-third of a pound, the gadget can determine levels of albumin in the patient's urine and transmit the results within seconds. Albumin is a protein in blood that is a sign of danger when found in urine.


Ozcan's lab also developed the opto-mechanical phone attachment, disposable test tubes, Android app and software to transmit the data. The research was published this month by the peer-reviewed journal Lab on a Chip ("Albumin testing in urine using a smart-phone").


"Albumin testing is frequently done to assess kidney damage, especially for diabetes patients," Ozcan said. "This device provides an extremely convenient platform for chronic patients at home or in remote locations where cell phones work."


Patients at risk for diabetes, kidney disease and other ailments must regularly provide fluid samples — sometimes more than one a day — to monitor their health, which requires visits to labs or health centers.


The new device projects beams of visible light through two small fluorescent tubes attached to the device, one containing a control liquid and the other a urine sample mixed with fluorescent dyes. The smartphone camera captures the fluorescent light after it passes through an additional lens.


An Android application then processes the raw images in less than one second and the device transmits the test results to a database or health care provider. The test, which measures albumin concentration in urine, is accurate to within less than 10 micrograms per milliliter, according to the research, well within accepted clinical standards used in diagnosing conditions such as microalbuminuria, the excretion of albumin in urine.


The time it takes to conduct a test, including preparation of a sample using a small syringe to inject the urine into a fluorescent tube, is about five minutes. Ozcan estimates that the device — for which his lab also has developed an iPhone app — could be produced commercially for $50 to $100 per unit.

 


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System developed that uses a big data approach to personalized healthcare

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University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness.

 

Notre Dame computer science professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system called Collaborative Assessment and Recommendation Engine (CARE) for personalized disease risk predictions and wellbeing.

 

"The potential for 'personalizing' health care from a disease prevention, disease management and therapeutics perspective is increasing," Chawla said. "Health care informatics and advanced analytics, or data science, may contribute to this shift from population-based evidence for health care decision-making to the fusion of population and individual based evidence in health care. The key question is: how to leverage health population data to drive patient-centered health care?"

 

At the heart of CARE is a novel collaborative filtering method that captures patient similarities and produces personalized disease risk profiles for individuals. Using what is known as Big Data science, the system generates predictions focused on other diseases that are based on Big Data from similar patients.

 

"In its most conservative use, the CARE rankings can provide reminders for conditions that busy doctors may have overlooked," Chawla said. "Utilized to its full potential, CARE can be used to explore broader disease histories, suggest previously unconsidered concerns, and facilitate discussion about early testing and prevention, as well as wellness strategies that may ring a more familiar bell with an individual and are essentially doable.

 

"We believe that our work can lead to reduced re-admission rates, improved quality of care ratings and can demonstrate meaningful use, impact personal and population health, and push forward the discussion and impact on the patient-centered paradigm."

 

Chawla points out that the core premise of CARE is centered on patient empowerment and patient engagement.

 
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Martijn Verver's curator insight, August 20, 2013 4:24 PM

De belofte van Big Data is groot wat mij betreft. Zeker in de gezondheidszorg kan dit nog wel eens een omslag in het behandelen van een patiënt gaan betekenen. Maar hoe zorg je ervoor dat je gebruik kunt maken van de bevolkingsgegevens over gezondheid om patientgerichte zorg kunt leveren?

 

Onderzoekers van de Univeristy of Notre Dame hebben een comutergestuurd systeem ontwikkeld (CARE) dat op basis van 'big data' uit electronische patiëntendossiers overeenkomsten tussen patiënten kan uitrekenen en op die manier toch de belofte van gepersonaliseerde gezondheidszorg in zich draagt.

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'Tipping point' for mobile health apps

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The use of apps in medicine is the subject of a Horizon television programme, due to be broadcast on BBC2 on Monday evening. Dr Blaine Price explained the technology's potential.
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CROS NT Clinical Corner: CROS NT Clinical Corner One Year Anniversary: the Highlights

CROS NT Clinical Corner: CROS NT Clinical Corner One Year Anniversary: the Highlights | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it
RT @MaryW_CROSNT: CROS NT Clinical Corner #blog celebrates one year anniversary! See our blog highlights! http://t.co/KaE3CUN3kb #blogavers…
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Apple’s top 118 apps for doctors, nurses, patients

Apple’s top 118 apps for doctors, nurses, patients | EMRAnswers #HITSM | Scoop.it

Excellent curation covering :

 

Reference Apps;

Medical Education Apps;

EMR & Patient Monitoring Apps;

Nursing Apps;

Imaging Apps;

Patient Education Apps;

Personal Care Apps.


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10 internists that physicians should follow on Twitter | Medical Economics

10 internists that physicians should follow on Twitter (RT @MedEconomics: Dr.
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Senate hearing: EHRs still falling short

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Developing an effective framework for driving healthcare quality improvements proves a multifaceted, complex endeavor, and although EHR systems can play a positive role in the task, much of the technology still misses the mark.
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Forbes List Of America's 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies 2013: LinkedIn ... - International Business Times

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NH bill shields personal social media accounts - Boston.com

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate is voting whether to shield Facebook, Twitter and other personal social media accounts from employers.
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Regina Holliday Doesn't Give Up When it Comes to Speaking Up For Patients | HL7 Standards

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Help advance Regina Holliday's the Walking Gallery and the ePatient movement at Health DataPalooza 2013. (BECOMING SOMEBODY: @ReginaHolliday DOESN’T GIVE UP...
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