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Vol. 11 No. 4, February 12, 2014

HEALTH ANALYTICS & BIG DATA | March 25, 2014 Early Bird Registration is open.
Data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can utilize it. How will this valuable data be used? Getting access to it and making it available to clinicians is critical to research, improved care and enhanced outcomes. Join Chair, John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President at HIMSS Analytics and acquaint yourself with business intelligence; system indicators; tailored medicines and improved care. Explore big data challenges and analytics as a decision tool. Hear from a HIMSS Stage 7 hospital and finish the day with an expert panel. Learn more hereProduced by Longwoods, HIMSSAnalytics & Rotman School of Business


Auto TXTing May Boost Diabetes Self-Care
Patients with diabetes who received a text message reminder about checking their blood sugar or refilling their medicines saw improvements in clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. For the study, researchers at the University of Chicago recruited 74 adult patients with diabetes to participate in a mobile phone-based program called CareSmarts.
Costs also fell 8.8% in the intervention group, with a decline in the number and costs of outpatient visits, they added. No changes in clinical outcomes (P=0.08) or costs were seen in the 274 patients who were not enrolled in CareSmarts and made up the control group. As the researchers noted, those early results suggest that mHealth programs can support healthcare organizations’ pursuit of the triple aim of improving patients’ experiences with care, improving population health, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.



XStat Rapid Hemostasis System for Gunshot Wounds Works in 15 Seconds
Gunshot wounds require rapid treatment by first responders before transferring the patient into ER and then surgery. Often, this involves stuffing lots of gauze and applying pressure to prevent blood from exiting the wound. While effective in its own right, this can be difficult to perform and can eat up precious time during a serious situation. RevMedx, out of Wilsonville, Oregon, has developed the XStat device that is designed to seal gun shot wounds in the pelvis or shoulder area in about fifteen seconds. It works like a syringe, but injects tablet sized sponges into the wound that then expand and provide the necessary hemostasis while the patient is transported.
The sponges themselves are standard medical sponges that were coated with a hemostatic agent and then compressed. Once they come in contact with liquid, they rapidly expand and fill a substantially larger volume than their compressed state. Besides helping block blood flow, the sponges also provide a surface on which blood can begin clotting. Because the sponges have to be eventually removed, each has a tiny radiopaque marker so that any remaining in the body can be spotted on X-ray.
Precise Electronic Drug Release Thanks to Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Material
Researchers at University of Pittsburgh are reporting the development of a new material based on graphene oxide that can be electrically triggered to release an anti-inflammatory drug on demand. The graphene oxide nanocomposite had the drug embedded within its scaffolding and then itself embedded inside an electrically conducting polymer pouch. An electrode ran to the polymer, which, when energized with electrical current, released its drug payload in a controlled fashion. The team also showed that the rate of release was linear to the voltage applied and that the graphene oxide can be fashioned in different ways to allow for a variety of options like different payload quantities, rates of release, and maybe even automatic delivery of a drug when a disease biomarker is detected.

New EU Rapid Alert Platform for Human Blood and Blood Components
A new platform launched by the European Commission will improve the safety of patients that undergo medical treatment involving blood and blood products. National health authorities can use the web-based Rapid Alert system for Blood and Blood Components (RAB) that allows them to exchange information so that cross-border incidents are prevented or contained and immediate measures can be taken to ensure the safety of patients. RAB will be used in parallel with existing national vigilance systems which collect and manage the alerts related to blood donated and used in the same Member State.
Finland: Citizen's Account Users Double in Six Months
The number of people using the Citizen's Account for electronic communication with the authorities has doubled in about six months. In January 2014, the service was being used by more than 40,000 people after increasing by about 5,000-6,000 people per month during autumn 2013. The Citizen’s Account is a secure electronic messaging channel and mailbox for interaction with public authorities, and can replace the use of paper mail.
Estonian State Audit Office Criticizes the State's e-Health Projects
Estonian State Audit Office audit ascertained that five times more than planned or 15 million Euros has been spent by the state on developing e-Health but out of the four main projects, just one has been implemented successfully, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports. Among the e-solutions created by the state in the healthcare sector, only the digital prescription system is actively used as it has been launched in the full planned scope. Use of digital medical history and digital pictures has been modest as doctors and hospitals don’t submit enough data there and it is used rarely. Digital registration hasn't been launched in the five years that has passed since it was completed, mainly because of the tepid interest of hospitals and medical centres to have such a centred online registration possibility.
TrakCare across Two Thirds Scotland
More than two thirds of Scotland’s population is now covered by a patient management system from InterSystems. A progress report on Scotland’s e-Health strategy says TrakCare covers 70% of the Scottish population. The progress report, “Delivery of eHealth Strategy 2011-2017,” says that NHS Scotland plans to continue the roll out of the system during 2014 to reach 76% of the population.

Largest Global mHealth App Developer Survey
For the fourth consecutive year research2guidance, in collaboration with Continua Health Alliance, is conducting a global market research about mobile Health applications to uncover their potential. research2guidance invites you to share your experiences and opinions about how mHealth app development and publishing works today and will work in the future.
COACH: Privacy & Security Guidelines Survey
If you are involved with health information privacy and security, COACH wants to hear from you on its national COACH Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information Survey. COACH and its Privacy & Security Steering Committee invite all stakeholders to complete the 10-minute survey focusing on the experiences of Canadian organizations with the Guideline.
Carestream's New Vue PACS Platform will Use Latest Windows/Intel Technology
Carestream will showcase upgrades to its healthcare IT portfolio at HIMSS 2014 as works in progress that include a new CARESTREAM Vue PACS and Vue for Vendor Neutral Archive with a Windows environment and 64-bit Intel® Xeon servers that can help enhance performance while reducing costs. Carestream is also upgrading its Vue Beyond real-time business intelligence and reporting dashboard, Vue Motion zero-footprint image viewer and MyVue patient portal to efficiently interact with its new 64-bit PACS. This new architecture also will be deployed for Carestream’s cloud-based portfolio of services including Vue Cloud PACS and Vue Cloud Archive.


Athenahealth Wins KLAS Overall Best Software Rating
Athenahealth stole some specific bragging rights from healthcare software giant Epic, capturing the KLAS overall best healthcare software rating. KLAS Research provides regular Best in KLAS assessments of healthcare software products based on interviews with users, reflecting both product quality and customer satisfaction with the companies behind the products.

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