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Vol. 10 No. 13, June 19, 2013


Digital Technology Could Boost Urban Pediatric Care, Research Finds
Digital technologies offer healthcare providers new opportunities for improving care of urban pediatric patients, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics.
For the study, researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Division of General and Community Practices surveyed 257 caregivers who brought children to two urban pediatric primary care centers in Cincinnati during the spring of 2012. The 16-question, paper-based survey questioned caregivers about their access to the Internet and smartphone technologies. According to the survey: 91% of respondents reported having email access, 80% reported having home Internet access, 78% reported having a Facebook account, 71% reported having smartphone access and 27% reported having a Twitter account.
In addition, the survey found that 15% of respondents reported conducting daily Internet searches for medical information and 6% reported searching for hospital-specific information online.
Overall, 71% of respondents said they agreed or strongly agreed that they would like to receive patient health information digitally if the information were approved by the child's healthcare provider.
“Access to Digital Technology Among Families Coming to Urban Pediatric Primary Care Clinics”


New Consumer Healthcare Application from Finland
A research scientist working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a user-friendly smart phone application that allows consumers to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the comfort of their own homes. The pocket-size device communicates with your mobile phone. Irregularities in the heartbeat can be seen with the application which helps to prevent heart and stress-related disorders. The device allows patients suffering from heart problems to begin recording their ECG as soon as symptoms appear and to send the results to their doctor via email or the internet. The device can also be used in home nursing.
Innovative “Watch” Non-Invasively Measures Blood Pressure
The sphygmomanometer has endured as a doctor’s office staple for over 100 years. Just about every visit to a physician involves placing this inflatable cuff on your upper arm and having it squeezed tight to measure the force of blood pushing through your body. Surprisingly, noninvasive blood pressure measurement technology has advanced little, but now STBL Medical Research AG, with the assistance of engineers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have designed a device to make blood pressure monitoring as simple as wearing a watch.

Group Targets Teens with Texts about Smoking
Send a text, stop a smoker? That’s what the US National Cancer Institute hopes for, as it pushes new smartphone-based tobacco cessation programs. Instead of sending teens the traditional tobacco cessation literature, one program sends teens a text saying something like: “Smoking 1 may seem like the answer but you know it’s not. Stay strong! Cravings fade even without smoking & youll be proud for staying focused.” The specific wording of the messages, and their timing, depends on texts submitted by the participating teens themselves, describing their moods or tobacco cravings after they sign up for the program.

Dental Students in Scotland Get 3D training
New 3D visualization software of the head and neck is transforming medical and dental training in Scotland. The 3D Digital Head and Neck, commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland and developed by the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio, enables students to manipulate and interact with a 3D head and develop their understanding of anatomy. The model includes accurate visualizations of the skeleton, nervous system, blood supply, muscles, supporting tissues and lymphatic drainage.
First Report on HI Education in Canada Published
This first-ever Canadian report on the "state of the nation" of health informatics (HI) education, Health Informatics Education in Canada Landscape of an Emerging Academic Discipline represents a collaborative effort between most of Canada's HI programs and COACH. The 53-page document sheds light on the scope of program elements and differences in programs and begins to describe potential influences on HI professional development and identify.
UK Unveils Plans to Launch World's Largest Cancer Database
Public Health England has announced plans to create the world's largest cancer database. The goal of the database is to promote highly personalized treatment plans for individuals with cancer. The database will collect all available data on each of the 350,000 new tumors detected in the UK annually. The database also will include more than 11 million historical records on cancer cases dating back as far as 30 years. The service will collaborate with cancer registries in: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
EHR Makers Answer Doctors' Calls for Mobile Apps
Electronic health record vendors are responding to pent-up demand among doctors for EHRs they can access on mobile devices, including smartphones and computer tablets. According to a new national survey by Washington, D.C.-based Black Book Rankings, 122 companies said they would introduce fully functional mobile access to their EHR products, native iPad versions, or both by the end of this year. Another 135 EHR vendors said that mobile apps were in their strategic plans.
Agfa HealthCare Expands Enterprise Imaging Platform with Release of ICIS View 3.0
Agfa HealthCare announces the global release for sale of ICIS View 3.0, the medical images and results viewer for the comprehensive ICIS enterprise imaging solution. Agfa HealthCare's ICIS View 3.0 allows clinicians, specialists, and all other stakeholders to access all patient imaging data from any PACS or VNA, using a single viewer, to support continuity and productivity of patient care.
GE Healthcare’s Latest Generation Hybrid Imaging Scanner Now Available in Canada
GE Healthcare announced that it has received a New Medical Device license from Health Canada for its Optima* NM/CT 640, a new performance SPECT/CT system that helps physicians balance low patient radiation dose and performance efficiency with diagnostic image quality. The Optima NM/CT 640 enables clinicians to focus on key needs in diagnostic imaging, including high-quality visuals, low radiation dose and short exam times for patients. The Optima NM/CT 640 allows for hybrid imaging rather than stand-alone CT use, integrating the latest generation general purpose camera with a newly developed 4 slice CT. Available in 2.5mm and 5mm slice thicknesses, the CT technology is designed to optimize dose and resolution required for particular procedures, offering clinicians high-quality images with potentially low CT doses, with some being performed at 1-2 mSv for a 40cm abdomen CT scan.

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