Just a little over four years ago, President Obama, in his inaugural address, challenged us a nation to “wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its costs.” This was an awe-inspiring, “we will go to the moon” moment for the healthcare delivery system. But the next thought that ran through the minds of so many of us who work on health IT issues was this: how were we going to get there?
New technologies such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI scanning can detect thyroid nodules as small as 2mm – many of these small nodules are papillary thyroid cancers. In the U.S., cases have tripled in the past 30 years - from 3.6 per 100,000 in 1973 to 11.6 per 100,000 in 2009 – making it one of the fastest growing diagnoses. Yet the death rate from papillary thyroid cancer has remained stable.
Vision USA introduces the Universal mini Lana LED clip on headlight with Sport Wrap Waterproof Loupe 2.5x or 3.5x. The LED clip on is extremely bright 50,000 LUX and is adjustable. The lightweight polycarbonate lenses are anti scratch coated and the loupe is waterproof to ensure ease of cleaning and disinfecting.
Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division is unveiling new 3D viewing and recording products that can give urology surgeons and their teams the benefits of added depth and enhanced visualization. Sony’s new 3D products include: the LMD-2451MT 24-inch medical grade 3D display, LMD-4251TD 42-inch 3D display for reference, training and education, and the HVO-3000MT 3D medical grade recorder.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care offers the Patient Warming System M1000 Control Unit. It allows precise (+/-0.5 degrees Celsius) automated or customizable temperature management. Automatic computer-controlled algorithm avoids warming patients above normal range and prevents temperature spikes. The negative-pressure design prevents accidental leaks-even if the pads are punctured or cut.
A unique collaboration between Vanderbilt mechanical engineer Robert Webster and neurosurgeon Kyle Weaver has designed a special robotic system that uses tiny, steerable needles to suction out brain clots formed by intracranial hemorrhaging.
The TCK1 HD Camera Head and OVB1 HD Camera Control Unit from Olive Medical introduce affordable “True HD” MIS visualization with intuitive controls and lightweight ergonomics that will meet your cost-containment needs.
There have been parodies of the user experience, but I believe that clinicians can successfully use Google Glass to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in a manner that is less bothersome to the patients than a clinician staring at a keyboard.
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.
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.