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Here at iMedicalApps, we are especially interested in any developments in the mobile world which we can utilize as physicians to provide better healthcare and better outcomes for our patients. We have seen great promise in the area of augmented reality with apps such as Hallux Angles which manipulate and analyze the world around us through the camera on a mobile smartphone. One area that has huge potential for this is dermatology, specifically suspicious moles.
A new article from Weill Cornell Medical College researcher Dr. Tara Bishop published in the American Journal of Managed Care, suggests that financial incentives and public reporting on quality measures alone may have little impact on physicians to improve quality of care. Dr. Bishop, an assistant professor of public health in the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness and an assistant professor of medicine, used data from the 2006 and 2007 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a nationally representative survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics that contains information about outpatient visits.
10 May 2012 Last updated at 12:12 ET Caoimhe Campbell and her partner Gavin Burke The BBC has learned that the Western Health Trust is to carry out a formal review of the treatment and care of a baby who died from pseudomonas.
By Laura Landro Associated Press Lessons for health care here? Searching for ways to reduce medical errors and keep patients safe?
Two players pushing hard for a major role in shifting the way healthcare is delivered, Verizon and NantWorks (Patrick Soon-Shiong’s technology and health company), announced a partnership at the World Health Care Congress earlier this week. The first initiative is an "integrated information infrastructure" targeting cancer treatment called the Cancer Knowledge Action Network (CKAN). My interpretation is that the CKAN will combine, analyze, and make actionable scientific data on cancer treatment so that clinicians at the point of care can deliver the most up to date, tailored treatment possible. Speeding the process from bench-to-bedside would be fantastic and I don’t doubt that NantWorks and Verizon have the technology and resources to do it. The question is how does it happen practically in our health system.
Christopher T. Martin Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. Facebook Twitter Google+ Save E-mail Share Print Just how broken is the United States health care system?
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and other recurring conditions top the list of health threats that impact the greatest number of people and contribute to high healthcare expenses worldwide. The cost of treating chronic conditions accounts for an estimated two-thirds of global healthcare spending. Wireless technology and medical devices to monitor health. Wireless technology can greatly reduce medical expenses and improve overall quality of life for millions by enabling the ability to stay interconnected in a network of patients to doctors to medical devices to health data and more.
Nike most recent bid to enter into the crowded field of wearable fitness technologies is its Nike FuelBand , a rubber wristband that tracks user movement and links that data back to an iPhone application for real-time performance readouts. In a bid to further the usefulness and value of the personal technology, Nike has also opened the beta version of its NikeFuel API to developers interested in combining music with the wristband, marking the first time Nike has released an API of any kind. Developers will be able to use the API to hack together apps, platforms, and other technologies that can work together with Nike’s fitness offerings. Though the API is only currently available in a limited beta for developers who participated in the Backplane hackathon during SXSWi in Austin, Texas, the move likely signals wider API availability in the near future.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently granted IBM a patent for a multi-touch floor embedded with numerous sensors to identify the shapes, weights, and locations of objects that are in contact with it. The patent also includes the means by which information on the identified objects is retrieved and certain actions are executed based on the information. IBM’s “related art” and primary applications in the patent description deal mainly with intelligent home security systems. For example, the multi-touch floor could sense whether a person who enters a home is a registered and authorized person, like the homeowner, or an unidentified person, such as a burglar. Beyond smart home security, however, IBM also describes a possible application for determining whether a person is in need of emergency medical attention.
A collaborative team of scientists from several research institutes in China and Australia has developed a hand held, battery-powered plasma flashlight for removing bacteria from skin and other surfaces. The device was designed for use by paramedics or the military when treatment or sterilization is required in remote locations. The device is self-contained and operates on a 12V battery without the need for an external gas feed or power. It generates a jet of plasma between 20-23°C (68-73.4°F), so that it won’t harm the skin and contains some protection circuitry to prevent overheating.
Surgical theaters are not only clean inside, but the air supplied to them is delivered in laminar flow and filtered to maximize sterility. This commonly requires a proper ventilation system built into the infrastructure of the building. What if you’re a hospital administrator and a need arises for another operating room, but upgrading the ventilation system would be way too expensive? A new product called Arc Sterile from IMEX brings purified, surgical quality air to just about any environment. The portable system can be easily wheeled and quickly setup over a surgical table, turning any room into an OR.
ConnectedHealth addressed health care providers demand for lower cost eHealth solutions that can scale by leveraging newly created standard communications standards (Continua), leveraging third party measurement devices and use of standard, third party health gateway hardware (Android phones with embedded ConnectedHealth client). The ConnectedHealth system is described below: ConnectedHealth System Includes: Health Gateway : Uses Android phone and Connected Health SIM card for data connectivity, configured to automatically boot up and start Connected Health’s Health Manager Application. Android HMA (Health Manager Application “HMA” ).
Market Focus: Cleaning for Health Robert Kravitz If there is one expression that has become the motto, if not the marching orders, of today's professional cleaning industry, it is "cleaning for health."
CDC report shows C. difficile infections originate mostly in health care facilities other than hospitals, offers infection prevention recommendations April 2, 2012—A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the serious infections that people acquire while being treated in medical facilities shows that, unlike previously believed, not all Clostridium difficile infections originate in hospitals; rather, about 25% of C. difficile infections first show symptoms in hospital patients, and 75% first show in nursing home patients or in people recently cared for in doctors' offices and clinics. Although the report shows that most types of health care-associated infections (HAIs) are declining, the type caused by the germ C. difficile remains at historically high levels. C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year.
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