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Vol. 10 No. 25, December 4, 2013


Using Twitter to Track the Spread of Influenza
A social media - monitoring program led by San Diego State University geography professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou could help physicians and health officials learn when and where severe outbreaks are occurring in real time. In results published last month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Tsou demonstrated that his technique might allow officials to more quickly and efficiently direct resources to outbreak zones and better contain the spread of the disease.


Isowalk, a Smart Cane That Adapts to Its User
The walking cane has seen hardly any change over hundreds, or even thousands of years, but Kineticane LLC is now aiming to take the biggest leap forward in cane technology by developing a walking aid called Isowalk that is able to adapt to its user. Unlike conventional canes that create concentrated loads on the wrist that can lead to wrist and arm aches, the Isowalk has a smart force relief system that adapts to the user’s weight, wrist pressure, and gait, providing customized cushioning as the user walks. The Isowalk is also promoted to be self propulsive, having the ability to position itself for each next step with minimal user effort.
New Version of syngo.via Brings "Anatomical Intelligence" to Diagnostic Reading
Siemens Healthcare introduces version VA30 of its routine 3D and advanced reading software syngo.via, featuring new applications and functionalities that further streamline and accelerate the syngo.via experience. "Anatomical Range Presets" identifies individual regions of the body on images captured using computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), aligns the image projections accordingly, then selects detailed views to facilitate case preparation. For customers, this means greater efficiency and enables higher diagnostic confidence.
GE Introduces Invenia ABUS, an Improved Automated Breast Ultrasound System
GE is introducing a new version of its automated breast ultrasound system, the Invenia ABUS. The system provides some new automated compression tools for enhanced workflow and ergonomics, enabling the capture of whole breast 3D volumes in less time compared to previous versions. It creates a reproducible, operator-independent result from a fully automated scan that takes around 15 minutes. It captures whole breast 3D volumes that are displayed at the workstation as coronal view slices. The system is meant to be used as an adjunct to mammography for breast cancer screening in women with dense breast tissue.
Canada: PM Announces Appointment of Chantal Bernier as Interim Privacy Commissioner
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Ms. Chantal Bernier as Interim Privacy Commissioner, to serve pending the completion of the publicly advertised selection process for the next Privacy Commissioner. The appointment is effective December 3, 2013.
Turkey: Healthcare Is Going Digital in Five Years
The Ministry of Health and HIMSS Europe organization, offering global-scale accreditation for IT use in hospitals, have undertaken a 5-year-term collaboration. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Nov. 15, 2013. HIMSS will measure the compatibility of intelligence technologies at Turkish hospitals with international standards using Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), the globally recognized accreditation and standard system. With the agreement, it is planned to expand the scope of the system to encompass public hospitals all over Turkey. The mobilization of patient records is supposed to allow immediate access to information anywhere, facilitated matching of the correct patient with the correct medicine, increase in the time allocated for each patient and in healthcare services while decreasing the number of medical errors.
India: Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital Medicine Department to Launch e-Health System
The Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital had decided to launch e-health system in the medicine department. This decision was taken by the head of the department of medicine on Friday during e-health workshop addressed by an expert from London School of Economics. Expert from London School of Economics Charul Gupta addressed the students. She threw light on e-health management techniques and shared information. Issues like e-health initiatives, globalization of healthcare, challenges of emerging healthcare markets and other issues were also discussed in the workshop.

UOIT-led Artemis Project Captures National Ingenious Award
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)-led research aimed at reducing mortality rates in premature babies has been named a 2013 Ingenious Award winner by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). The award was presented to the Artemis Project (Using Big Data for Advanced Clinical Decision Support) research team headed by Dr. Carolyn McGregor, UOIT’s Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, during a ceremony at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario. Artemis is a first-of-its-kind neonatal health informatics research project involving UOIT in Oshawa, Ontario; The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario; IBM; among others. Artemis applies a ‘big data’ approach to collecting, distributing and processing real-time physiological data at high speed and combines that with other clinical information to provide important clinical context.
UK: CaptureStroke Reduces Time to Scan
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has "shaved a couple of hours" off the time to CT scan for stroke patients using data collection software CaptureStroke, a web-based application that allows clinicians to record and monitor data on stroke patients on handheld or desktop devices. This can be streamed over a hospital's wireless network and integrated with its patient administration system.
Industrial Alliance Clients across Canada Now Benefit from TELUS Health Electronic Claim Submissions
Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. is launching today a new claims transmission option for select healthcare providers: TELUS Health’s eClaims web portal. Group Insurance Members can now file claims electronically right from their participating healthcare provider’s office – allowing them to pay only the portion of a claim not covered by their insurance rather than paying the entire amount up-front and remitting paperwork for a refund. The new option is available for physiotherapists, chiropractors and vision care specialists, as well as acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopathic doctors regulated by the appropriate provincial or federal organizations.

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