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Vol. 10 No. 10, May 8, 2013


Interns Devote More Time to Computers than to Patients, Study Finds
Medical interns spend more time on computer-related tasks than on examining and talking with patients, shows results of a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study was funded by the Osler Center for Clinical Excellence at Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Hospitalist Scholars Fund.
For the study, researchers observed 29 interns at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. 
The study found that the interns spent 40% of their time on computer-related tasks, while devoting only 12% of their time to talking with and examining patients. According to the study, the rest of the interns' time was spent on non-computer-related indirect patient care activities, as well as on educational and miscellaneous activities.

Survey: Patient Satisfaction May Depend on Bedside Manner More Than Medical Skill
Online complaints about physician bedside manner and customer service were nearly four times more common than complaints about physicians' medical skills, according to a survey by the US-based company Vanguard Communications.
The largest percentage of complaints — 43.1% — cited perceived physician indifference and bedside manner as problems. Specific complaints included physicians being rushed, late for scheduled appointments, not listening well or dismissive of patient concerns, according to the study. Customer service was the second most common compliant at 35.3%. Customer service failings included staff rudeness, incorrect billing, unprofessional dress and appearance and unclean facilities, according to the study. Only 21.5% of low ratings mentioned physician skill as a major concern. 
The results suggest that patient satisfaction may depend more on physicians' personal skills and facilities' efficiency than providers' technical knowledge.


New Touchless Intraoperative Image Navigation System from Scopsis (Germany)
Scopis Medical is unveiling its touch-free Scopis Navigation System that utilizes the soon to be released Leap Motion Controller to browse and manipulate radiological images on the screen. The Leap Motion Controller offers a small, defined space about the size of a laptop keyboard within which gestures can be used to zoom in and out, pan, and browse through the image library.
Unimo Electric Treaded Wheelchair to Negotiate Hospital Terrain
A Japanese firm Nano-Optonics Energy unveiled an electric wheelchair for hospitals and rehabilitation centers. It looks like a comfy chair you might find in a library, but with tank-like rubber treads. The treaded chair can climb a step up to 6 inches (15 cm) in height and features an adjustable back that can also act as an assistant to help the rider get on and off. It’s controlled using a traditional joystick controller just like on traditional electric wheelchairs.

EU-Funded Program to Develop First 'Cookbook' for Coordinated Care and Telehealth Deployment 
Philips Electronics and its consortium partners announced the launch of the Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program. By monitoring care coordination and telehealth initiatives in five European regions, the program will create a "cookbook" of best practices to facilitate CC&TH deployment. This could potentially transform care for millions of chronically ill people and save healthcare systems billions of Euros each year
US Revokes Electronic Health Record Certifications
The US Department of Health and Human Services for the first time has revoked the certification of two electronic health record software products, a move experts said illustrated greater scrutiny of a federal program to push healthcare providers toward electronic record-keeping.

mHealth App Crowned $50K Contest Winner
A new mobile health application that enables individuals to manage their families' health through customized prevention data has been pronounced the grand prize winner of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Mobile App Challenge. 
GE Healthcare’s OmnyxTM Integrated Digital Pathology System Awarded Health Canada Clearance for Routine Diagnostic Use
GE Healthcare announced that the Omnyx™ Integrated Digital Pathology system has obtained a Health Canada Class II Medical Device License. This designation enables pathology professionals to use Omnyx IDP as a new diagnostic tool in creating, managing, storing, annotating, measuring, and viewing digital whole slide images for routine pathology use. 
Texting Improves Health Outcomes for Young Asthmatics
Simple, daily SMS text messages asking pediatric asthma patients about their symptoms and providing knowledge about their condition can lead to improved health outcomes, according to a study out of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
GE and Alberta Health Team Up to Support Heart Patients at Home - Pilot Program
GE Canada and Alberta Health Services are teaming up for a pilot program entitled: MyHome Health. The pilot will use an innovative remote monitoring system to allow patients and clinicians to share data with one another. Approximately 250 patients will be enrolled in the pilot which is expected to last for 12 to 18 months.


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