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Seven Golden Rules To Optimize EHR Implementation

August 20, 2013 10:23 am | by Rosemarie Nelson | Blogs | Comments

Workflows and operational processes must be modified to optimize a new tool like electronic health records. Technology changes what is feasible, and to adapt, we need to change what we do every day. To get the most out of your EHR, adopt these seven golden rules.

Score Calculated From EMRs Could Reduce Repeat Hospitalization Risk

August 15, 2013 1:19 pm | News | Comments

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.

Massachusetts General Hospital Expands Use Of LiveData OR-Dashboard With Active Time Out

August 13, 2013 4:21 pm | News | Comments

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.

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How An iPhone Improved Patient Care In The ICU

August 13, 2013 9:31 am | by Iltifat Husain, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

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.

Boston Hospitals Go Epic: Hear From A Holdout

August 12, 2013 9:56 am | by John Halamka, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

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?

ZeroWire Ultra

August 9, 2013 10:25 am | by NDSsi | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

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.

BDV Clarity

August 5, 2013 9:48 am | by Black Diamond Video | Black Diamond Video | Product Releases | Comments

(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.

How The Government Has Spurred The Adoption Of Healthcare Technology

August 1, 2013 12:48 pm | by David Lee Scher, MD | Blogs | Comments

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.

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Are Digital Diagnoses Good For The Public?

July 31, 2013 2:40 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

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.

Multi-Touch Monitor

July 31, 2013 10:17 am | by Eizo | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Integrated Digital Surgical Suite

July 31, 2013 9:55 am | by Black Diamond Video | Black Diamond Video | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Three Data-Driven Health Technologies I’d Like To See

July 31, 2013 9:37 am | by Robin Friedlander, MD | Blogs | Comments

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.

OR Inventory Manager

July 30, 2013 10:08 am | by TECSYS Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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U-Series NuBOOM

July 26, 2013 10:33 am | by CompView Medical | Compview Medical | Product Releases | Comments

(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.

Hospital Performance Differs Between Cancer, Non-cancer Operations

July 23, 2013 9:20 am | News | Comments

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.

Nanosheets Found To Control Surgical Bleeding

July 23, 2013 9:06 am | News | Comments

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.

146 Medical Practices That Offer No Benefit

July 22, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

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.

How Big Data Is Affecting Medical Judgment

July 18, 2013 10:44 am | by Wes Fisher, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

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.

The Surprising Seeds Of A Big-Data Revolution In Healthcare

July 18, 2013 9:31 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

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.

Latest FMS1655 Controllers

July 17, 2013 10:17 am | by Triatek | Product Releases | Comments

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.

MD Vision

July 15, 2013 10:24 am | by Perkins Healthcare Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

(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.

IBM's Watson: From Game Show Star To Life Saver

July 10, 2013 4:10 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

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.

"Jeopardy!" Champ "Watson" Now In Training To Fight Cancer

July 10, 2013 10:31 am | by CBS News | News | Comments

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.

zSpace And The Future Of Efficient Healthcare

July 10, 2013 9:44 am | by Anna Schenk, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

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.

Health Info Exchange: Short-Term Growth, But Long-Term Concerns

July 9, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

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.

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