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Vol. 10 No. 23, November 6, 2013

FACTS AND STATS

CIHI Report Shows Healthcare Spending Slows in Canada; Lowest Increase in Years
The growth of total health spending in Canada has slowed, with the increase this year expected to be the lowest since the mid-1990s, a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The report says total health spending in Canada this year will be $211 billion, up 2.6% from the figure for 2012. That increase is less than half the average annual growth racked up from 2000 to 2010, which came in at about 7%, on average, each year.
Governments are picking up roughly 70% of that tab and individuals the remaining 30%. CIHI said the slowing of spending on hospitals, physicians and drugs is mainly responsible for creating the effect.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Report+shows+healthcare+spending+slows+Canada+lowest+increase/9097886/story.html
https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productFamily.htm?locale=en&pf=PFC2400
 

 
MEDICAL GADGETS

New Camera Allows Viewing of Surgical Sites in Fluorescent Technicolor
Researchers at Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology (PAMB), part of Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, are reporting that they developed a multispectral fluorescence camera that can work with multiple dyes at the same time, allowing for a color coded comprehensive view of the surgical site.
http://www.medgadget.com/2013/11/tumor-camera.html
 
New Software Traces Origins of Genetic Disorders 20 Times More Accurately
STADIUS - KU Leuven researchers have applied advanced artificial intelligence to enable the automated analysis of huge amounts of genetic data. Their new software suite, eXtasy, automatically generates the most likely cause of a given genetic disorder. The breakthrough directly impacts the treatment of millions of people with a hereditary disease.
http://www.ehealthnews.eu/development/3682-new-software-traces-origins-of-genetic-disorders-20-times-more-accurately
           
GLOBAL WATERCOOLER

NHS England Wants to Regulate Health Apps
NHS England is working with the US Food and Drug Administration on a bilateral framework for regulations on mobile health apps. Last month, the FDA issued its final guidance on regulating health apps in the US, and NHS England is looking to follow in the same direction.
http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/EHI/9016/nhs-england-moves-to-regulate-apps
 
$1 Million in Awards and Incentives for Clinicians Using Digital Health to Connect With Patients and Peers
Clinicians who use digital health to connect with their peers and patients are invited to develop plans, demonstrate progress and share experiences for a chance to receive awards and incentives as part of a new ImagineNation e-Connect Impact Challenge, launched by Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway). Registration is open at: www.imaginenationchallenge.ca. https://www.infoway-inforoute.ca/index.php/news-media/2013-news-releases/1-million-in-awards-and-incentives-for-clinicians-using-digital-health-to-connect-with-patients-and-peers
 
MDs Warned to Be Cautious with Their Facebook Settings
Even though the majority of Canadian primary doctors not share details from their Facebook pages with the general public, 10% of these physicians had Facebook profiles that could be viewed by anyone - including their patients, reveals the study of 1,000 family physicians active in the Ottawa region. The study's authors stress that doctors should be cautious when considering how much information they will make available online.
http://www.cma.ca/index.php?ci_id=206330&la_id=1
 
Mental Health IT “At Best Ok” – Reveals UK Survey
Mental health IT systems are at best “ok” according to a survey of system usability carried out by the National Mental Health Informatics Network and presented at EHI Live 2013. With more than 1,000 responses covering 22 systems in use in 54 trusts, the Great Big Mental Health System Survey is thought to be the first of its kind in England.
http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/EHI/9009/mental-health-it-%27at-best-ok%27---survey
 
Canada Loses Telehealth Pioneer in Dr. Max House
The COACH community mourns the loss of telehealth pioneer Hon. Dr. Maxwell House who passed away earlier this month at age 87. The lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1997 to 2002, Dr. House was a COACH Life Member. Many members had the pleasure of knowing and working with him through the Canadian Society of Telehealth, where he made many wide-ranging contributions and was named an Honorary Life Member.
http://www.coachorg.com/en/news/index.aspx?newsId=f658c140-7b3e-43b8-844c-13971a226c3e

SIMPLY THE BEST
 
Nikon Small World Image Contest Winners Announced
The winners of this year’s Nikon Small World, a competition designed to highlight the wonders of the microscopic world around us and the modern optics that make these photographs possible, have just been announced. The first place winner is Wim van Egwand from the Micropolitan Museum in The Netherlands for his 250x photo of a colonial plankton.
http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/photo/2013-photomicrography-competition
 
TRENDS
 
Welsh Patients Get Free Wi-Fi
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has implemented free wi-fi for its patients across several of its hospitals. The health board has partnered with wi-fi hotspot provider The Cloud, to deploy the free internet service, allowing patients to go online. According to the health board, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg is the first in Wales to launch a free public wifi-service and it is available in areas where there is already an existing wireless system for NHS use.
http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/EHI/8983/welsh-patients-get-free-wi-fi
 
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