A health risk score calculated automatically using routine data from hospital electronic medical records (EMR) systems can identify patients at high risk of unplanned hospital readmission, reports a recent study. The score, called the Rothman Index, may provide a useful tool for lowering the rate of avoidable repeat hospitalizations.
LiveData, Inc., leader in real-time integration and display technology, today announced that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has expanded its deployment of LiveData OR-Dashboard, adding the revolutionary Active Time Out (ATO) patient safety technology to automate their Safe Surgery Checklists. The Joint Commission and World Health Organization advocate using Safe Surgery Checklists to reduce preventable surgical errors.
At iMedicalApps we have traditionally expounded on how smart phones can help us with patient care in regards to providing Physician centric tools at bedside. These range from drug reference tools to various clinical algorithm medical apps. But there are also non-traditional methods where smartphones enable us to improve patient care at the bedside. These are subtle, but can be equally or more powerful.
In the Boston marketplace, Partners Healthcare is is replacing 30 years of self developed software with Epic. Boston Medical Center is replacing Eclipsys (Allscripts) with Epic. Lahey Clinic is replacing Meditech/Allscripts with Epic. Cambridge Health Alliance and Atrius already run Epic. Rumors abound that others are in Eastern Massachusetts are considering Epic. Why has Epic gained such momentum over the past few years?
The latest advancement of NDSsi's ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless video technology, ZeroWire Ultra allows up to nine transmitter/receiver pairs to operate simultaneously within neighboring vicinities (75-feet radius). Utilizing an innovative system of “Time Frequency Coding,” ZeroWire Ultra units are programmed to change frequency bands in a specific sequence and timing, creating nine non-interfering channels, compared to the previous generation’s three-channel limit.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) With BDV Clarity, you can view your OR’s live video feed securely in real time, review your case’s surgical videos and images by accessing BDV Clarity’s centralized media repository, and use BDV Clarity’s checklists to evaluate and enhance OR efficiency and procedural turnaround.
Both World War II and the race to the moon were events which pushed commercial development of technologies. I would submit that the ACA and HITECH have had the same effect on the development of many sectors of the digital health technology industry. I will cite five such areas.
Nearly three-quarters of web users in the U.S. searched for medical information online in the past year, with one third trying to figure out a medical condition. CBS News medical contributor Holly Phillips joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday," to explain if this is good or bad.
The FlexScan T2381W multi-touch monitor from Eizo combines superb image quality, durability, and a design that is optimized for comfortable 5-point multi-touch use. The 23-inch non-scratch touch screen surface is made of reinforced glass. It features a new fully flat surface that enables seamless touch operation.
The Integrated Digital Surgical Suite (IDSS) from Black Diamond Video provides industry-leading integrated video routing and display technology for operating rooms, hybrid suites, catheterization labs, EP labs, pathology labs, and more.
We have entered a new era when it comes to the way individuals are able to collect, analyze, and share their health information. Yet we are still missing some basic data-driven technologies that I think would be very helpful both for me and for my patients, capabilities that I think could impact the ultimate driver of health – human behavior – for the better.
TECSYS Inc. announced the OR (Operating Room) Inventory Manager; TECSYS’ innovative and clinical staff-friendly solution specifically designed for the perioperative supply chain environment. It empowers the OR organization to leap forward in their transformational initiatives to meet the constraints and stringent needs of today’s operating rooms. TECSYS’ OR Inventory Manager is all about ultimate visibility, control, and efficient execution.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The U-Series NuBOOM from CompView Medical is the latest all-in-one equipment manager, ergonomic boom, and visualization system for image-guided surgery. Improves OR workspace by removing cords from floors and consolidating equipment. Wide range of ergonomic travel makes extended surgeon viewing more comfortable.
New research released earlier this week show that hospital quality measurements specific to cancer versus non-cancer care provides a more accurate assessment of a hospital’s overall quality performance. Currently, programs used to measure surgical quality report outcomes based on operation type do not report outcomes based on different patient groups, such as cancer verses non-cancer patients.
Severe damage to the large vessels from multiple trauma or accidental complications in surgery can cause exsanguinating hemorrhage, especially in the thin-walled vena cava. In development is a nano-adhesive plaster that can easily be applied to lacerated vessel walls with no adhesive or suturing.
While there is an expectation that newer medical practices improve the standard of care, the history of medicine reveals many instances in which this has not been the case. A recent analysis documents 146 contemporary medical practices that have subsequently been reversed.
Decisions in medicine are supposed to rest on concrete observations and hard evidence. Often, hard evidence does not exist or when it does, it isn’t used. Why is this? Concrete observations, too, are increasingly missed as we stare at computer screens longer and patients less. Yet we persist. Why? This is our reality now, our evolving medical world.
Collecting global health data was an imperfect science: Workers tramped through villages to knock on doors and ask questions, wrote the answers on paper forms, then input the data -- and from this gappy information, countries would make huge decisions. Data geek Joel Selanikio talks through the sea change in collecting health data in the past decade -- starting with the Palm Pilot and Hotmail, and now moving into the cloud.
Triatek's latest FMS1655 controllers, featuring Safety Halo edge lighting and new “Action Icons,” provide critical care facilities the unique ability to completely evacuate airborne contaminates and infections through an innovative feature called the “Clean Cycle." This automated and programmable cycle provides facilities the ability to engage the “Clean Cycle” for a predefined amount of time at which point the exhaust valve is fully opened to allow for maximum evacuation of air.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) MD Vision from Perkins Healthcare Technologies is one of the few Class II Medical Grade Video Devices in the world that can simultaneously integrate and process up to 12 different video sources and display these in a collage format on a single 8MP display.
Oncologist Dr. Mark Kris, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is collaborating with IBM. He's teaching IBM "Jeopardy" champ supercomputer Watson how to assist doctors in making individualized treatment plans for lung cancer patients.
Two years ago, IBM's supercomputer beat the champions of "Jeopardy!" Now the whiz kid is taking on a new challenge -- Watson is in intense training to help fight cancer. Oncologist Dr. Mark Kris, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is collaborating with IBM. He's teaching the computer how to assist doctors in making individualized treatment plans for lung cancer patients.
We recently spoke with Dave Chavez, CTO of zSpace, Inc. about the future of efficient healthcare. Zspace is a leading-edge technology provider that enables natural interaction with virtual-holographic 3D imagery through its flagship product, zSpace.
While record numbers of hospitals and doctors participate in electronic health information exchange efforts, which enable medical histories to follow patients as they move between healthcare providers, the long-term success of these programs is in question. That's according to a new national survey of health information exchange organizations led by a University of Michigan researcher.
I am a classic “late adopter.” I get around to trying gizmos and new products long after they have been released. I’m not a Luddite exactly, but I do need to be convinced that a new device or product will benefit my patient and make surgery simpler before I embrace it. I guess the main problem is my pervasive skepticism of “new stuff.” I don’t need one colleague to tell me some innovation is great – I need FIVE colleagues to tell me.