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Screening Algorithm Could Identify Undiagnosed Cases of Type 2 Diabetes
A new screening algorithm provides a cheaper and more accurate way to identify people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. The research, which was conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, also found a number of new risk factors. Previously unknown risk factors include a history of sexual and gender identity disorders, intestinal infections and Chlamydia (which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by 82%).
The researchers examined the electronic records of 9,948 people. The anonymous data was taken from hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices throughout the US, evaluating vital signs, prescription medications taken by each patient, and their reported ailments. Half of the data was used to develop an algorithm that could predict the likelihood of type 2 diabetes in a person. Once this had been developed, the researchers used the other half of the data to test it.
Through testing the algorithm, the researchers found several previously undiscovered risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including the sexual and gender identity disorders, which increased the risk by 130%, and Chlamydia, which increased the risk by 82%. Intestinal infections such as colitis, enteritis and gastroenteritis increased the risk by 88%. By comparison, high body mass index (BMI), a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes, increased the risk by 101%. Other factors linked to type 2 diabetes included herpes, chicken pox and shingles. Several factors, which were previously thought to have no effect on type 2 diabetes risk, were found to decrease the risk. These factors included being prone to migraines and taking anti-anxiety medication.

Security Essentials for CIOs: Securing the Extended Enterprise
Diverse and proliferating data relationships are a source of growing security concern. The challenge is to implement policies and best practices governing your data, no matter where it goes. Enterprises must take vigorous steps to keep their entire information ecosystem secure including vendors, suppliers, contractors, acquisitions and partners.
Enhancing Patient Care through Quality Data (opinion)
Health information professionals and healthcare providers alike are striving to deliver broader access to the patient’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) in real time to enable more informed decisions at the point of care. (…) A significant opportunity for enhancing the use of EMRs is to recognize the clinical value that can be obtained through better visibility and reporting of the information that lies within the EMR (and other information sources) and how standardizing where possible the way in which data is captured will only continue to improve the value of information that is made available. Enhanced EMR use through ongoing improvements to data quality in primary care is an enabler of a healthier population; a journey impacted by both technology and human factors.


Bloom Inhaler Can Fit Inside a Wallet
Medication inhalers have been essentially the same for decades now, and while pretty small they can be pretty inconvenient to carry around in one’s purse or pocket. A new compact inhaler may soon be available that is about the size of a credit card, small enough to fit inside a wallet. The Bloom is an “open mouth” inhaler, but the team behind it promises that medications will efficiently penetrate deep into the lungs to do their thing. The device will be refillable from the patient’s own prescribed drug cartridges, so the capsules themselves don’t have to be carried along.

Portugal to Monitor Public Health through a National Open Data Portal
The National Health Service in Portugal (SNS – Serviço Nacional de Saüde) has set up an open data portal whose goal is to provide a dashboard to monitor the health of Portuguese people. Called Transparencia (Transparency), the portal gathers operational data generated or collected by the agencies of the national health system. Public entities who publish data include: Infarmed, National Institute of Medical Emergency, General Director of the national health system, Ministry of Health, National Blood Institute, Dr. Ricardo Jorge’s National Institute.
The published data can be “visualized, analyzed, and re-used by the population with no restriction and authorization”, the website states. To date, 61 datasets are accessible on the portal, including data on the health of newborn infants in the country, the budget of the National Health Service, or the national use of eHealth. Datasets are classified into four topics: access (28 datasets), efficiency (14 datasets), quality (7 datasets) and health of the Portuguese (12 datasets).
New Pilot Program Allows Saskatchewan Residents to View their Personal Health Care Information Online
eHealth Saskatchewan (eHealth) is piloting a new program that allows residents from across the province to view their personal health information online through a secure website. Saskatchewan’s Health Minister, Dustin Duncan announced the official launch of the Citizen Health information Portal (CHIP) Pilot, which will include up to 1,000 participants from across Saskatchewan. Throughout the six month trial period, participants will be able to view their personal lab results, immunization history, pharmacy and hospital visit history from anywhere in the world.
eHealth Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation committed to delivering better, smarter and more timely health care to citizens across the province by providing health care information electronically to patients and health care professionals. eHealth also provides the people of Saskatchewan with new and updated health cards, as well as certificates for birth, death, marriage and genealogy.
EU SME eHealth Competition 2016
The EU SME eHealth Competition recognizes the best eHealth/mHealth SMEs at European level and support their business success by giving them visibility together with marketing opportunities to attract customers, partners and external capital. The eHealth Competition Final this year will take place on the on June 9, 2016 in Amsterdam, during the eHealth Week conference in a parallel session.
The competition is open to all eHealth SMEs across Europe and has two categories to participate: Promises - SMEs with annual turnover less than 500,000€ in 2015, Champions - SMEs with annual turnover more than 500,000€ in 2015 (considering only the eHealth unit, in case the company has several divisions)

Philips to Introduce Rapid Cloud-Based Recovery Service for Healthcare Data in Collaboration with Amazon Web Service
Philips announced the introduction of a secure data recovery service, built in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that rapidly captures and backs up an entire healthcare organization's data repository in the cloud. Specifically tailored to meet the needs of medical data backup, Philips’ new storage service helps healthcare enterprises to further secure patient-critical information against local data loss events, ranging from equipment failure to catastrophic events such as earthquake, fire and flood.
Due to the increased use of medical imaging and the emerging use of digital pathology and genomics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthcare organizations need to store and backup ever-increasing amounts of data. A typical hospital's data repository can easily exceed hundreds of terabytes to petabytes and is often fragmented across the facility, making the transfer of data to remote back-up services, even via high-speed leased-line broadband connections, prohibitively time consuming and expensive. Because of these limitations, many healthcare organizations currently rely on local backup servers directly connected to their internal network that do not guarantee recoverability of the data in the event of a catastrophic failure. Philips' new hybrid storage solution combines the company’s expertise in medical data management with AWS' petabyte-scale data transport service, AWS Import/Export Snowball, to integrate, manage, encrypt and transfer a hospital's entire data repository to the cloud within days, rather than the weeks or months it would take via a wired network.


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