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IBM looks to make 'Jeopardy!' computer a doctor's helper

IBM looks to make 'Jeopardy!' computer a doctor's helper | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Meet your doctor's new assistant. He listens well, asks a few questions and reads 100 million pages per second.

 

Or at least that's the vision IBM has for Watson, its computer system that in February bested two human champions to win the "Jeopardy!" TV show -- a challenge that required encyclopedic knowledge and split-second answers.

 

Medicine is one of the first practical applications IBM sees for Watson, named after IBM's first president, Thomas J. Watson Sr. So IBM's Watson experts recently met with the Twin Cities medical community to solicit their help in turning Watson into an expert physician's assistant.

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Will mHealth Apps and Devices empower ePatients for Wellness and Disease Management? A Case Study | | Health Science StrategyHealth Science Strategy

Will mHealth Apps and Devices empower ePatients for Wellness and Disease Management? A Case Study | | Health Science StrategyHealth Science Strategy | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The stellar debut of the iPad as well as advancements in smart phones is driving innovation and emergence of mHealth (or mobile healthcare) (within the context of a hospital) as well as mobile health management (in the context of the patient/consumer) at a pace, that is simply unprecedented! A good lagging indicator is the emergence of venture capital funds like the ‘iFund initiative’ from Kleiner Perkins to monetize innovation centered around the Apple iPad, as only one example.

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Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Launches Online Tools on PrescribeResponsibly.com

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Launches Online Tools on PrescribeResponsibly.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

To assist healthcare professionals in managing their patients' pain, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (JPI) today launched several new resources and tools on PrescribeResponsibly.com, an online program designed to support appropriate and responsible treatment of pain. Introduced in early 2010, PrescribeResponsibly.com and its many educational materials have been viewed by thousands of physicians and pharmacists, both via its website and at medical conferences.

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eHealth more efficient

eHealth more efficient | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Health information stored or transmitted electronically can be encrypted, so that the data cannot be accessed if it falls into unauthorized hands, ensuring much greater security.

 

Those developing eHealth solutions in this province have been urged to consider Privacy by Design at every step of the way - the practice of embedding privacy directly into the design specifications of various technologies and business practices.

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TheRecord - Local electronic health records system expanding

TheRecord - Local electronic health records system expanding | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

When Susan Barnard had a colonoscopy and was told a couple biopsies were being sent for testing, the worrying began.

Thankfully relief came just two days later when her family doctor called to tell her the results all came back clear.

“It certainly made my life a lot easier,” said the Hamilton woman.

Her friend who had the colon cancer screening test around the same time waited six weeks before hearing from the specialist about the results.

Barnard found out quickly thanks to ClinicalConnect, a secure online portal for health care providers to access a patient’s electronic health record.

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Consumerism is Driving Healthcare Organizations’ use of mHealth, the Cloud and other Technologies | Everest Group

Consumerism is Driving Healthcare Organizations’ use of mHealth, the Cloud and other Technologies | Everest Group | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Consumers and consumer convenience are driving the ways in which healthcare companies will support patients’ needs, and it’s all around the technologies most of us use today.
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Urban informatics, ubiquitous computing and social media for healthy cities | Australian Policy Online

Urban informatics, ubiquitous computing and social media for healthy cities | Australian Policy Online | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

This paper discusses the relationship between modern digital technology and the urban environment.The increasing ubiquity of digital technology, internet services and location-aware applications in our everyday lives allows for a seamless transitioning between the visible and the invisible infrastructure of cities: road systems, building complexes, information and communication technology, and people networks create a buzzing environment that is alive and exciting.

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Survey reveals docs' perceptions of EHRs as potential buyers, users | Healthcare IT News

Meaningful use remains the strongest driver to implement electronic health records for physicians, according to a new survey that finds both potential EHR buyers and current users valuing the technology, but with substantially different perceptions and expectations.

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Are State Funds available to help off-set the cost of EHRs?

EHR funding as part of the information technology incentive program can be availed through Medicare or Medicaid. The primary difference between Medicare and Medicaid is that the Medicare Incentive Program is federally run by CMS and the Medicaid Incentive Program for EHR funding is provided by State governments. Choosing between Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs requires you to consider some important points before taking a decision.

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The future of mHealth and the signs that’ll tell us we’ve made it

The future of mHealth and the signs that’ll tell us we’ve made it | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

I had an interesting interview earlier this week with a US journalist who's writing a piece on the "Future of mHealth". I gave him this take away: 

“mHealth will make Healthcare invisible, self service and sold like Coca-Cola – available everywhere, the Prince and the Pauper will be able to get the same product and will be asked to pay the same for it”

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Analysis: Social Media And Health Care

Analysis: Social Media And Health Care | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
There is a very interesting new report in the New England Journal of Medicine which talks about social media being used to help in health care during the most critical times one can think of - during man made and natural disasters.
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Tweeting Your Health Woes Could Help Fight Disease

That "viral" metaphor for social media just got a little more bona fide. According to a recent slate of independent studies, Twitter can accurately track the spread of a virus or disease -- and do it much faster than traditional surveillance methods.

 

From Iowa to Brazil, researchers are discovering there is a distinct association between complaints, worries and random rants on the social media site and the spread of medical issues as wide-ranging as the flu, dengue fever and pollen-induced allergies.

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What to consider when adding the Apple iPad to your medical practice

The variety of new technology coming into the market can sometime make one’s head spin. Physicians are especially vulnerable to the call of the latest, greatest gadget. The Apple iPad certainly fits the bill when it comes to the consumer – entertainment, apps, great design. But can that translate to the environment of the medical practice? A lot of experts seem to think so, although none of them are actually in the trenches of a real medical practice.

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How Moms Use Smartphones for Health Info - eMarketer

How Moms Use Smartphones for Health Info - eMarketer | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

With mobile apps, moms maintain role as “Chief Health Officer”

As smartphone-toting moms become more familiar with their devices and application marketplaces, they are discovering and adopting new apps for both entertainment and utility. According to a study of moms who own a smartphone conducted by Mom Central Consulting, 51% percent have downloaded more than 16 apps to their smartphones as of March 2011.

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Why IT Companies Are Important For Doctors?

Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) has the potential to transform global healthcare systems ensuring safer and more effective treatments while increasing the productivity, profitability and efficiency of practices.

 

IT companies have integrated path breaking medical research with ingenious information technology, giving us medical tools, data systems, applications and devices that can change the way healthcare is practiced. Not only has it enabled doctors to connect with patients and other doctors in different parts of the world, HIT makes it possible for them to access a global database of precious medical information.

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Patient health care records ready to go viral  | ajc.com

Patient health care records ready to go viral  | ajc.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Taking control of your health -- from organizing medical records and lab results following doctor visits to logging efforts for dropping those few extra pounds -- one day might be as easy and intuitive as online banking.

 

A groundbreaking project in northwest Georgia soon will encourage consumers to play a bigger role in their health care by creating electronic personal health records, uploading medical information and images into one easy-to-access location a button click away.

 

Earlier this year, the Georgia Cancer Coalition and state Department of Community Health received a $1.7 million federal grant – one of 10 awarded nationwide – to create a patient-focused health information exchange in the Rome area.

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EHR use has increased among physician practices

EHR use has increased among physician practices | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Use of electronic health record software is slowly but surely rising in physicians' offices across the U.S. In particular, more mid-sized and large practices are implementing EHR systems, according to a recent survey by healthcare marketing solutions firm SK&A.


Overall, adoption of such software is up nearly 2 percent since last October, with 40.4 percent of respondents indicating in July that they now are using an EHR. In October, that number was 38.7 percent.

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Healthcare Standards: Shared decision making requires shared responsibilities, not knowledge

Healthcare Standards: Shared decision making requires shared responsibilities, not knowledge | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 46% of adults cannot understand the Label on their prescription medications (see http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp). The average reading level of adults in this country is commonly reported to be 8th grade.

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6 Major Disruptions Still To Come In Healthcare | Fast Company

6 Major Disruptions Still To Come In Healthcare | Fast Company | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

As the last of the large American industries to undergo forcible automation, healthcare is currently in a state of prolonged agony. The HealthTech NextGen 2011 Conference, held in San Francisco recently, highlighted this by calling attention to at least 6 disruptive changes that are still ahead in healthcare. These range from physician workflow to patient responsibility, to perhaps (yet another) overhaul of the entire system. Here are the coming trends to watch in the sector:

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Phone Messages Improve Care, Study Finds

Phone Messages Improve Care, Study Finds | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Text messages reminding health workers in Kenya how to treat children’s malaria increased the number of cases handled correctly, a new study has found.
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An app a day to keep the doctor away: smartphones that can protect your health

An app a day to keep the doctor away: smartphones that can protect your health | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Forget the bathroom scales. Those wishing to keep tabs on their health will soon be able to wear an "intelligent bracelet" to monitor their movement and food intake.

 

The band, packed with microchips that monitor the user's health levels and an accompanying smartphone app, is the latest product exploiting the public's obsession with measuring everything from how frequently they have sex to how far they take in a day.

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Tweeting physicians share social-media-must-knows for newbies | Articles

Tweeting physicians share social-media-must-knows for newbies | Articles | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Four experienced social media professionals offer advice to those entering the field.

 

Anyone entering a new career is sure to have lots of questions. New physicians are not exempt from this phenomenon.

 

In conjunction with the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Dr. Bryan Vartabedian (Dr. V) of Texas Children's Hospital and three other physicians set out to answer those questions.

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CompTIA Releases Health IT White paper

Opportunities to increase participation by IT solution providers:

 

Providing additional re-training options that focus on health IT,


Integrating IT solution providers into the activities of Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and


Making data breach laws less burdensome for small IT solution providers.


Health IT continues to provide significant potential for increasing the quality of patient care in the U.S. However, trends indicate that small medical providers are hesitant to move forward for a variety of reasons, including concerns about health IT limiting resources and medical staff and the difficulty in achieving the “meaningful use” standard.


At the same time, small IT solution providers are facing difficulties in participating in the health IT transition.

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Medicine goes digital

Medicine goes digital | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

INNOVATION and medicine go together. The ancient Egyptians are thought to have performed surgery back in 2750BC, and the Romans developed medical tools such as forceps and surgical needles. In modern times medicine has been transformed by waves of discovery that have brought marvels like antibiotics, vaccines and heart stents.

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Five Free Simple Google Tools For Doctors

Five Free Simple Google Tools For Doctors | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Digital technology has done a lot to change healthcare over the past 20 years. And Google is the biggest influence on the web over the past 14 years of the internet. Their “Do No Evil” ‘philosophy’ has given us a whole stable of free and easy to use tools which can make all work easier and better.

 

Google's premier patient offering, Google Health was quietly buried. There have been no comparable Google tools for doctors. Their Raison d'être, the Google search has long been a much maligned tool for medical professionals. But there is lots more a doctor can do with free Google tools. Let’s
take a look at Five Free Simple Google Tools For Doctors.

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