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Vol. 11 No. 5, February 26, 2014

HEALTH ANALYTICS & BIG DATA | March 25, 2014 Early Bird Registration ends Friday. Register NOW!.
Learn how data can help hospitals reduce costs and doctors better serve their patients at a HealthcareRounds. Join Chair John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President at HIMSS Analytics, Rick Skinner, Chief Information and Technology Officer, University of Virginia Health System, and Professor Avi Goldfarb, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; plus many more…. 
Produced by Longwoods, HIMSSAnalyticsRotman School of Business, with the support of Astellas Pharma, Deloitte and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.


Tech-Savvy Seniors in Canada Seeking Digital Tools to Manage Health, According to Accenture Survey
With Canada's aging population accelerating, there is more focus on the growing number of tech-savvy seniors (60%) who are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely, according to a new Accenture survey. Although seniors in Canada want access to healthcare technology, such as electronic reminders (58%) and online appointment scheduling (65%), research shows only 10% of healthcare providers currently offer such capabilities.
The growing population of seniors in Canada are active online users, showing regular Internet use has more than tripled for citizens ages 65 and older over the past decade. Accenture's research shows 29% of seniors are self-tracking health indicators, such as weight and blood pressure, and one-in-four track information pertaining to their health history.
Three-fourths of seniors surveyed say that access to their health information is important, but only 14% currently can access their records. Similarly, more than half of seniors (55%) believe it's important to be able to request prescription refills electronically, but only 14% say they can do so today. And, roughly half (46%) want to be able to email healthcare providers, but only 7% say they currently have that capability.  
Accenture conducted consumer research with 9,015 adults across nine countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States), including 1,000 citizens seniors (ages 65+) receiving Medicare benefits, assessing their perceptions of using digital tools to manage their own healthcare.


KS-Detect: PCR Driven by Sunlight for Cancer Detection
PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machines are used to amplify small amounts of DNA into billions of copies. Researchers at the Cornell University have developed a solar-powered PCR device, called the KS-Detect, that uses a lens to harness sunlight as a heat source. The DNA samples are moved in and out of the light hotspot during cycling to control the temperature. When the cycles are done, a typical PCR dye called SYBR Green is added to the amplified DNA. The dye glows green under UV light if the test is positive for the sequence in interest. A smartphone is then used to take a photo of the glowing sample to analyze and determine the results. The team reports that the device can complete a test in under 30 minutes and consume 80 mW of power, enabling a smartphone to run it for up to 70 hours. By removing the bulk of the electronics required in traditional PCR machines for heating, the KS-Detect could turn PCR diagnostics into a simpler and potentially cheaper point-of-care test.
Optogenetics Researchers Stop Pain with a Beam of Light
A team from Stanford University has developed a new technique that allows them to modulate the amount of pain that specially genetically modified mice feel. The technique relies on optogenetics, a method that introduces genes that code for light sensitive proteins into animals. In this work, the team injected a virus containing DNA of an opsin, a protein found in light-sensitive cells of the retina, into the nerves on the paws of lab mice. Weeks later, only nerves involved in pain had the opsin genes present in their DNA. Having the mice live in a cage with a transparent Plexiglas bottom, the researchers were able to shine light directly on their paws and quickly regulate how much or little pain the mice were feeling.

United Kingdom: e-Referrals to Be Mandatory Says NHS England’s CEO
Use of the new NHS e-referrals service could become mandatory for GPs, NHS England’s chief executive Sir David Nicholson has said. NHS England is also considering an incentive and penalty system to ensure use of the online appointment booking service, which will replace Choose and Book. The NHS e-referrals service, being developed by BJSS, is due to be in place by the end of this year and NHS England’s aim is to hit 100% paperless referrals in 2017.
Denmark Tests New Health IT Systems
Beginning with a new hospital structure, the Danish government has initiated a program to modernize its healthcare sector. Sixteen new hospitals are being constructed, including eight new super hospitals with a state-of-the-art health IT structure. Seven billion dollars (US) will be spent over the next ten years. This means fewer, but more specialized hospitals and an expanded use of health IT, which will ultimately decrease the number of beds required by 20% and reduce the average duration of hospitalization from five to three days. The Danish Government Growth Plan leading up to 2020 has made available 12 billion DKK for core welfare services and is expected to bring substantial changes to the classical idea of healthcare provided primarily through hospitalization. Telehealth is seen as a tool to increase the quality of care for its populations while lowering public spending costs.
Alberta Health Minister & Senior Executives Highlight Strategic IM/IT Initiatives at ANHIX/COACH Conference
Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne praised the province's healthcare system as widely respected, while promoting continued action in IM/IT to support a more seamless journey for patients at the Health IT in Alberta & Beyond - Rising to the Challenge ANHIX/COACH Conference. Mr. Horne pointed out that the system, serving a population of 4 million, offers much to be proud of and enjoys national and broad leadership recognition. He touched on several key initiatives, including Alberta's Personal Health Care Portal, the move to a fully integrated Clinical Information System (CIS) and plans to continue provider electronic medical records (EMRs). And he praised and thanked the many IM and IT leaders and staff from Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the private sector in the room who work tirelessly in the provincial healthcare system.


Canada Health Infoway Recognized for Commitment to Accountability
Canada Health Infoway received a Canadian Government  Executive Leadership Award in recognition of its continued commitment to accountability for investments and excellence in project management. The award was presented by Canadian Government Executive (CGE), a Canadian journal for public sector executives at its 2014 Leadership Summit. From 2007 to 2012, an estimated $8.6 billion in benefits accrued to Canadians and the health care system as a result of Infoway investments in electronic medical records, telehealth, drug information systems and diagnostic imaging solutions alone.
HIMSS Analytics Certifies Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center as Stage 7 Hospital
Kaiser Permanente announced that its Ontario Medical Center in Southern California has received the Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics. Over the last five years 37 Kaiser Permanente hospitals have been awarded Stage 7 certification. The Stage 7 Award represents attainment of the highest level on Health Information Management Systems Society Analytics’ Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS Analytics to launch global Continuity of Care Maturity Model
HIMSS Analytics is pleased to introduce the Continuity of Care Maturity Modeltm, a global model that addresses the importance of information exchange, care coordination, interoperability, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management. For the purpose of this model, continuity of care is concerned with the integration, coordination, sharing and usage of information between providers, government, individuals and others resulting in enhanced care delivery and improved patient outcomes. With seven stages that align with the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Modelsm (EMRAM), this model evaluates technology implementation and usage, data collection and analytics, and patient empowerment in optimizing clinical and financial outcomes.
United Kingdom: London Clinic Shares Ultrasound Images
A Harley Street clinic is introducing an online portal called FetView to share ultrasound images, reports and video with pregnant patients. Fetview allows specialists to create examination reports from data and images automatically transferred from an ultrasound device, which can then be shared with patients, who access them via an online account. Doctors can also share the reports with colleagues in order to collaborate on a patient’s care. The software was introduced in Germany in 2013 and is entering the UK market, starting with Queen’s Clinic on Harley Street in London.
Agfa HealthCare Brings Seamlessly Integrated Image Management Solutions to Five Belgian Hospitals
Agfa HealthCare announces that it has signed contracts with five hospitals throughout Belgium for a range of either new or upgraded IMPAX solutions and functionalities. While the needs of the hospitals vary, the Agfa HealthCare solutions will offer each workflow optimization, thanks to the seamless integration both by the new systems themselves and with the hospitals' existing Agfa HealthCare solutions.

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