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Make The EHR A Safe Harbor From Criminal Prosecution

January 17, 2014 11:06 am | by Adrian Gropper, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Physician-patient confidentiality is important to public health, and networked electronic health records have both individual privacy and public health consequences. Privacy is essential in infectious disease testing, domestic violence, mental health, adolescent, reproductive, and addiction medicine. Subjecting clinical encounters to law enforcement surveillance beyond the physician’s discretion is life-threatening...

Should Doctors Ever Google Their Patients?

January 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Joyce Ho | Blogs | Comments

The most obvious cases I can think of for Googling patients are one in which the doctor suspects that the patient is lying to abuse the healthcare system. Malingering is intentionally faking illness for secondary gain, whether it is to get time off work, narcotics, disability insurance, avoiding jailtime, etc...

A Busy Doctor’s Right Hand, Ever Ready To Type

January 13, 2014 8:55 am | by Katie Hafner | Blogs | Comments

Without much fanfare or planning, scribes have entered the scene in hundreds of clinics and emergency rooms. Physicians who use them say they feel liberated from the constant note-taking that modern electronic health records systems demand. Indeed, many of those doctors say that scribes have helped restore joy in the practice of medicine, which has been transformed — for good and for bad — by digital record-keeping... 

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How EHR Design Can Affect Patient Safety

January 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Chen, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Besides the importance of physician happiness when using an EHR, using design principles that maximize user intuition and presentation of relevant information, there is one aspect of healthcare information systems that should never be overlooked: patient safety...

Assisting Surgery with 3D Organ Holograms

January 8, 2014 9:35 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

RealView Imaging LTD has created imaging technology which allows doctors to physically interact with “floating” 3D holograms of a patients organs...                  

ZeroWire Ultra

January 3, 2014 9:57 am | by NDSsi | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

The latest advancement in NDSsi's award-winning ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless 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.

Robot 'Skin' Could Help Severely Disabled

January 3, 2014 9:43 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with a way to give robots the sense of touch using artificial skin. CBSNews.com's Nick Dietz reports on the invention, which could dramatically improve the lives of people with severe disabilities...

South African Trauma Center Launches Portable Electronic Trauma Health Record Application

January 3, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app...

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S.A.F.E.

December 20, 2013 8:05 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

Steris offers the new S.A.F.E. Situational Awareness for Everyone Display. It is designed to provide automatic access to key patient information from diverse IT systems – laboratory, radiology, medical records, allergies, and more – within the operating room.

First Cancer OR With A Navigator Is Created

December 19, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Gregorio Marañón Hospital, the company GMV and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have started the first cancer operation room with a navigator. This image-guided system will allow for increased intraoperative radiotherapy safety...

$7.5M Gift To University Of Michigan Supports Creation Of A New Hybrid OR

December 19, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

A $7.5 million gift to the University of Michigan will advance research and discovery toward curing aortic disease, and support creation of a new hybrid operating room at the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center...     

Radial Head Prosthesis System

December 17, 2013 10:59 am | by DePuy Synthes Trauma | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Trauma announces that it is launching the new Radial Head Prosthesis System for primary and revision joint replacement of the radial head to restore joint function. The modularity of the system – 24 heads and 10 stems allowing for 240 possible implant combinations – enables surgeons to restore the appropriate height, which may aid in elbow stability.

ProHD Camera

December 16, 2013 10:56 am | by LoupeCam (by VizVOCUS) | Product Releases | Comments

LoupeCam (by VizVOCUS) introduces the new ProHD camera for surgical loupes and headlights. The ProHD camera takes visualization and video recording to a new level by delivering the best viewpoint that matters. This nickel-size camera, weighing only 0.4 oz, offers a 3.0 MP sensor, a built-in microphone and HD video recording 1280x720p directly to your laptop, with support for Windows and MAC (Parallel & VmWare). 

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Neurovascular Probes

December 12, 2013 11:07 am | by Koven Technology, Inc. | Koven Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Koven Technology, Inc. announces the introduction of new ULTRA-THIN Neurovascular probes. These new probes are available in fixed and flexible tip styles with widths of just 0.8 mm and 1.2 mm. These new thinner probes enable easier access to the artery and greater visibility. Ultra-thin probes were created for use with the new DVM-4500 Volume Flowmeter.

All-In-One Screen

December 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Ampronix | Ampronix | Product Releases | Comments

Ampronix created the new VERSAPAXX, an all-in-one screen that lets you capture images and video all in HD. It features advanced analytical and diagnostic tools to make your integration seamless. The analysis tools such as measurements, DSA, region of interest (ROI) processing and marking, annotations, image processing, pan, zoom, and window leveling to name a few give you the ability to take full control of the image and video.

USB Microscope

December 6, 2013 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark offers a new USB Microscope that delivers improved image quality, and features which enhance the ability to closely inspect surgical instruments. This product helps ensure quality control for the CSSD by close visual inspection of reprocessed instruments. The USB microscope has a 2M pixels LENS and CMOS sensor along with a magnification ratio of 5x-270x.

U.S. Surgeon General Says Healthcare.gov Making Progress

December 4, 2013 11:12 am | by Daniel Lovering | News | Comments

The acting U.S. surgeon general said on Tuesday he was "enthusiastic" about the recent improvements to the troubled HealthCare.gov website, which was designed to allow users to shop for health insurance required under new reforms...    

Intralign Earns 'Innovative Technology' Award From Novation

December 3, 2013 4:00 pm | News | Comments

Intralign recently received a highly sought-after “Innovative Technology” award from Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company. Intralign earned the distinction for its Intra-Operative Support service, which enables hospitals and surgeons to provide better quality of care and increase surgical throughput by supplying highly skilled Surgical First Assists (SFAs) to the operating room... 

Study: 3-D Mammography Increases Cancer Detection And Reduces Call-Back Rates

December 3, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

Compared to traditional mammography, 3D mammography—known as digital breast tomosynthesis—found 22 percent more breast cancers and led to fewer call backs in a large screening study at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), researchers reported...

CS-iQ Sterile Processing Workflow Management Software

December 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

CS-iQ Sterile Processing Workflow Management Software from Steris promotes productivity, traceability, and compliance within the CS department to support ORs. As functionality is added by each module, the benefits increase; taking the entire perioperative workflow from reactive management to proactive planning and scheduling, and helping ORs achieve higher levels of performance.

Study Shows Automated Prediction Alert Helps Identify Patients At Risk For 30-Day Readmission

November 27, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

An automated prediction tool which identifies newly admitted patients who are at risk for readmission within 30 days of discharge has been successfully incorporated into the electronic health record of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The tool, developed by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, is the subject of a recent study...

C3 LED Portable Headlight System

November 26, 2013 10:19 am | by QED Medical | QED Medical | Product Releases | Comments

QED Medical offers the C3 LED Portable Headlight System. The C3 features an even, defined, brilliant field of intensity; an adjustable spot size; variable intensity control; and 7.5 hours of continuous use on high intensity from a lightweight, Li-ion battery pack. The U.S.- made C3 LED also makes it possible to convert most QED and BFW halogen headlights to LED with a simple, affordable conversion kit.

Will Video Replays Lead To Safer Surgeons?

November 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Kevin R. Campbell, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Surgeons must use every tool possible to ensure that we can continue to improve our skills as we progress in our careers.  Evaluations such as video observation should be incorporated into training programs and may also play a role in continuing education for physicians throughout their careers...

MobileMat BESS

November 25, 2013 10:37 am | by Tekscan, Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tekscan, Inc., a leading provider of technologies for analyzing foot function, gait, and balance, announced the release of MobileMat BESS, a computerized implementation of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS).  BESS is a well-established protocol for postural stability testing that is commonly conducted as part of a sports concussion assessment.

Surgeons Get Practice Using Brains Made On 3D Printers

November 21, 2013 9:16 am | by Michael Dhar | Articles | Comments

How much practice would you want your brain surgeon to have? Probably a lot and the more specific that practice is to your particular brain, the better. Now, by combining models of brains made on 3D printers and images of simulated surgery, faculty at the University of Florida (UF) are making sure their surgeons get just this kind of training...

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