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Vol. 10 No. 15, July 17, 2013


US: According to the Report, EHR Adoption in Hospitals Has Nearly Tripled in Hospitals since 2010
Thanks to the federal investments into health information technology, adoption of basic electronic health record (EHR) systems has nearly tripled since 2010, a new report from the Princeton, NJ-based non-profit, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found.
The report, “Health Information Technology in The United States: Driving Toward Delivery System Change, 2013,” looked at adoption of EHRs in the US from the standpoints of the physicians and hospitals. For hospitals, adoption was at 44%, up 17% from 2011 and nearly triple from what it was in 2010. For physicians, 38.2% have adopted basic EHR functionalities as of 2012.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with the Mathematica Policy Research and the Harvard School of Public Health, used data from multiple sources in this report, including the 2012 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the National Survey of Practice Physicians, and the 2012 American Hospital Association Health Information Technology Supplement.


Scientists Develop Tool to Analyze a Baby’s Cry for Health Disorders
We often wonder how moms are somehow able to tell the difference between baby’s cries, but according to scientists at Brown University, subtle variations of a cry, that can be imperceptible to the human ear, can really hold important information about a baby’s health. Neurological or developmental defects can change the way infants control their vocal cords, thus affecting how a cry sounds (Cri du chat is one easily detectable example with symptoms similar to Down syndrome).
New Technology Allows for Monitoring of Drug Target Binding in Cells and Tissues
Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institutet are reporting in the journal Science the development of a breakthrough technology called CETSA (Cellular Thermal Shift Assay) that allows monitoring whether the drug actually binds to the proteins within the living cells of a tissue sample.

UK to Become the First Country in the World to Create a National Measure of Avoidable Deaths
The UK will become the first country in the world to create a national measure of avoidable deaths, NHS England’s medical director says. Sir Bruce Keogh led a review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 English hospital trusts with high mortality rates as measured by the Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio and the newer Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator.
EU and Industry Join Forces to Invest €22 Billion in Research and Innovation
The European Commission, EU Member States and European industry will invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs. Most of the investment will go to five public-private partnerships in innovative medicines, aeronautics, bio-based industries, fuel cells and hydrogen, and electronics.
Australia: Government Spends $8m More on e-Health Records
The Federal Government will pour a further $8 million into its personally-controlled EHR system to allow pathology results to be added to a person’s e-Health record. In a speech to the Health Informatics conference, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek revealed the further investment and said the total number of users currently on the system was 520,000.,govt-spends-8m-more-on-ehealth-records.aspx

AP-HP Hospital Tenon, Paris, Reduces X-ray Dosage by 50% with Carestream Mobile Digital Radiography System  
Installation of a CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System has led to a 50% reduction in X-ray dosage at the 564-bed University Hospital Tenon, Paris, which is part of the public health system APHP. Figures have been validated by a member of the Personnes Compétentes en Radioprotection (PCR), a nationwide network of Radiation Protection Officers.

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