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Health 2.0: eHealth Needs Hardware, Too

Health 2.0: eHealth Needs Hardware, Too | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Devices featured at the recent Health 2.0 conference allow doctors to track patients’ health and to intervene before conditions worsen.
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AIM: Are social media sites good for diabetes management? | CMIO

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital explored the characteristics of social media sites for diabetics and the potential of them to promote patient health.
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Developer seeks FDA approval for brain game « GamePron

Developer seeks FDA approval for brain game « GamePron | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
In what’s believed to be an industry first, a developer has begun talks with the American Food and Drug Administration to get its game recognised as a therapeutic drug.

 

Dr. Kawashima, from Brain Age
Brain Plasticity Inc. has been working on a series of cognitive games, designed to help people with schizophrenia cope with and recover from their symptoms. Specifically, attention deficits and memory loss are being targeted.

 

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British EMR Experiment Ends in Failure | John Goodman's Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org

While the Obama administration is in the process of spending billions on developing electronic medical records, the British government has concluded that its...
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Therapists Are ‘Seeing’ Patients Online

Therapists Are ‘Seeing’ Patients Online | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Video conferencing has become a popular way for therapists to reach patients, but opportunities for exploitation, especially by those with sketchy credentials, are rife.

 

THE event reminder on Melissa Weinblatt’s iPhone buzzed: 15 minutes till her shrink appointment.

 

She mixed herself a mojito, added a sprig of mint, put on her sunglasses and headed outside to her friend’s pool. Settling into a lounge chair, she tapped the Skype app on her phone. Hundreds of miles away, her face popped up on her therapist’s computer monitor; he smiled back on her phone’s screen.

She took a sip of her cocktail. The session began.

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Telemedicine for Chronic Health Conditions Management - AgingCare.com

Telemedicine for Chronic Health Conditions Management - AgingCare.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Chronic illnesses can range in severity from troubling to debilitating. But advancements in technology are letting people with health problems like high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease manage diseases at home while being monitored by health-care professionals.


High-tech sensors, health and activity monitors, touch-screen technology and secure websites are being used to record vitals and physiological data like blood pressure, glucose levels, weight, activity levels and more.

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EHR implementation pitfalls can be costly - - ModernMedicine

EHR implementation pitfalls can be costly - - ModernMedicine | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Potential problems that can arise with electronic health record (EHR) implementations range from technical difficulties to legal wrangling over responsibility for the necessary hardware, software and data, say two dermatologists and a lawyer.
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Working Towards an Integrated eHealth System - Transforming the Nation's Healthcare

Working Towards an Integrated eHealth System - Transforming the Nation's Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Interview with GE Healthcare’s Vice President of eHealth Solutions, Blair Butterfield.


GE Healthcare announced to launch its eHealth Information Exchange in Australia this week which is seen will make an impact on eHealth in Australia. As current aspirations and concerns about the development of eHealth in Australia continue to unveil, Blair Butterfield shares his experience working on eHealth projects internationally and how Australia could learn and benefit from this.

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HIMSS Asia Pac’11 focuses on eHealth records

The HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Asia Pac ’11 Conference and Exhibition incorporating the HIMAA 2011 National Conference, opened on Tuesday, bringing together leading international experts in healthcare information...
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E-education, e-health solutions for connected government

E-education, e-health solutions for connected government | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Themba Gumbi, Group Executive: Business Development – Public Sector Leading integrator of innovative business solutions, Business Connexion is ideally positioned to help government agencies..

 

Leading integrator of innovative business solutions, Business Connexion is ideally positioned to help government agencies operate in a fully connected environment, particularly in the two critical market verticals of healthcare and education.
“Business Connexion has an excellent track record in the public sector, where we have worked closely with many government departments to enable and improve service delivery,” says Stanley Rabasotho, Business Connexion's Account Executive: Innovation – Provincial and Local Government.

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Health care: The everywhere issue

Health care: The everywhere issue | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

For a thorough perspective of health care in the Rochester area, it's hard to beat what Patricia Larrabee provides. She sees the good, bad and promising — often on the same day.

 

Larrabee, a registered nurse, is president and CEO of Rochester Clinical Research Inc., which conducts clinical trials for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies around the country.

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Technology For Doctors By Plus91 | Using IT to facilitate Information Therapy

Technology For Doctors By Plus91 | Using IT to facilitate Information Therapy | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
The end customer in the business of Medicine needs information. Everyday technology adds new ways in which we store and share this information for many to use, reuse, improve and share some more.

 

In this day and age of the Internet, Mobile Phones and Social Media; Patients are empowered with the possibility of Real Time Communication, 24/7 Access to Information and Live Community Feedback. Today’s patients have been exposed to numerous possibilities besides the ones which our forefathers would know of. This exposure has empowered this generation of patients to ask for better care, better facilities, cheaper alternatives, and more useful ways of using technology to provide healthcare as well as healthcare information. However, in spite of large amounts of information available today, a big problem that exists today is that the information is not necessarily usable when it is most needed.

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The Growth Of Interoperability

The Growth Of Interoperability | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Interoperability is expanding in many hospitals, but one can’t clearly know exactly where to look to observe it in each stage of development as it matures, says James P.
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Meridian Health and iMPak Health Tap T-Mobile to Deploy Near Field Communication Technology for Mobile Health Application

Meridian Health and iMPak Health Tap T-Mobile to Deploy Near Field Communication Technology for Mobile Health Application | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care organization, and iMPak Health, a joint venture of Swedish-based chip developer Cypak A.B., today announced the successful deployment of their SleepTrak sleep monitoring offerings on T-Mobile's nationwide 4G network. Utilizing T-Mobile's Nokia Astound(TM) devices in combination with the SleepTrak card, a credit card-sized wireless device that is worn on the upper arm, and the free downloadable SleepTrak application, users collect and transfer valuable data about sleep patterns and symptoms associated with inefficient sleep via near field communication (NFC).

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Therapy via Internet yields good results

Treatment via the Internet enables many more patients to get help with their depression, new research suggests. This has been established by the psychologist Fredrik Holländare, who has studied the effects of Internet-based CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) both on ongoing depression and for preventing relapses. The findings are presented in a doctoral dissertation at the School of Health and Medical Science at Örebro University.

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Matternet delivers drugs by robocopter

Matternet delivers drugs by robocopter | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

 

The best thing I saw at CES in 2010 was the Parrot AR Drone, an iPhone-controlled quadcopter. It was a really fun toy, but an expensive one, and not that reliable either, as I learned when my demo unit dropped out of the sky. But this platform, the quadcopter, can be a serious player in solving real-world problems. Aeryon, which I covered in 2009, played an important part in the Libyan rebellion: one of its flying bots helped the rebels see over their heads to where their opposition was gathering.
And at the graduation ceremony of the Singularity University this week, I was introduced to another real-world, save-the-world company that's applying quadcopter technology: Matternet.
This particular class of S.U. was focused on solving problems for "the next billion people," those without access to modern technology. Matternet tackled the problem of getting drugs and diagnostic or test materials to people in rural areas in developing countries that don't have access to passable roads during rainy seasons.

 

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De-identified Healthcare Data – Is It Really Unidentifiable | EMR and HIPAA

EMR and HIPAA, De-identified Healthcare Data – Is It Really Unidentifiable, EHR, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, EMR, Healthcare, HealthCare IT, Medical Privacy...
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Telemonitoring may not help with severe asthma

Telemonitoring may not help with severe asthma | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A device that allows doctors to remotely monitor children with poorly controlled asthma may not help reduce serious asthma attacks, a small study finds.The study, reported...
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mHealth: 88% of Doctors Want Patients to Track Their Health at Home | HL7 Standards

mHealth: 88% of Doctors Want Patients to Track Their Health at Home | HL7 Standards | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal reports that fantasy baseball managers have more data to evaluate than patients and referring doctors. Eighty-eight percent of doctors would like to see their patients track their vital health data at home. Now imagine a set of tools designed to help people control and access their health information better than ever before according to AT&T’s CTO John Donovan who announced the development of the “The mHealth Platform” by the AT&T Foundry.

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CMAJ: Centralized, nationwide electronic health records schemes under assault

CMAJ: Centralized, nationwide electronic health records schemes under assault | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Canada should revisit its electronic health records (EHRs) strategy in the wake of British recommendations that its similar blueprint should be jettisoned as wasteful and flawed, experts say.

 

The reports from the United Kingdom reinforce concerns that Canada Health Infoway’s blueprint may not be practical or achievable, says Norm Archer, professor emeritus/special advisor at the eBusiness Research Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “They should not try to implement it in the short term. To set out with a highly centralized system and try to extend it downwards [towards patients and clinicians] doesn’t work.”

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eHealthInsurance Launches Mobile Application to Help ConsumersCompare and Apply for Health Insurance Coverage

eHealthInsurance Launches Mobile Application to Help ConsumersCompare and Apply for Health Insurance Coverage | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The "Better Health Insurance Finder" mobile application enables users to access individual and family health insurance plans from over 180 insurance carriers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia; the same plans that are available at eHealthInsurance.com. Users can research, compare, and apply for health insurance plans on an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device.

 

iPhone users can get the free application at www.eHealth.com or in the iTunes App Store. Android users can get the free application here, or by searching for "health insurance" at market.android.com.

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Many benefits of e-Health deal

The Village has reaped many “not so obvious benefits” from its recent loan deal with Creative Memories that allowed the local business e-Health Data Solutions to stay in town, Roi Qualls, co-owner of eHDS, told Village Council at its Sept.

 

I think it put us on the map,” Qualls said of the Village’s action. “Yellow Springs got creative and made things happen.”

 

In recent months, eHDS was on the verge of moving out of town after out-growing its previous office space in MillWorks and finding no appropriate alternatives in the village. The situation spurred Village staff and officials to try to find a way to keep the growing business in town, and in the end, it offered Creative Memories a $30,000 loan to subdivide that company’s currently unused office space, thus creating an appropriate space for eHDS along with additional space for other potential businesses.

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Nurses back proposals for digitisation - Scotsman.com News

PLANS to further digitise hospitals across the Lothians have been welcomed by the Scottish Government and nurses.
The continued roll-out of eHealth is intended to make staff's jobs easier and improve the service for patients.

 

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said by 2014 traditional paper files would be replaced by scanning, voice recognition and video conferencing, saving millions of pounds and employee hours.

 

She added: "Citizens are at the heart of this new strategy and I want to see the latest eHealth technology used right across the frontline services so they can see the full benefit.
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Legal weaknesses of an electronic medical record

Over the past several months I have read several online discussions and comment threads on the medical-legal issues raised by EMR, including an HIMSS brochure on the subject. Most of these discussions miss what I consider to be the most important legal weaknesses of an electronic medical record. I finally came across an online discussion that comes closer to covering what I consider to be the most important medical-legal issues.

 

When we were setting up our EMR about 6 years ago many of our docs came to me with the same request: “I want to create a chart note with a single button click.” Although that was obviously a bad idea, their desire for it was understandable, given our inexperience at that time. Templates are widely recognized as an effective method of documenting care and complying with CPT coding requirements.

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ACC: Cardiologists On The EMR Incentive Uptake

ACC: Cardiologists On The EMR Incentive Uptake | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Fifty-five percent of cardiologists who responded to an American College of Cardiology (ACC) survey are either participating or plan to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) EHR Incentive Program.
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