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 | Vol. 12 No. 19, September 23, 2015 |

The Growing World of Mobile Electronic Health Records
In their recent survey, Black Book revealed that 70% of clinicians in the United States indicated they are willing to use mobile Electronic Health Records (EHRs) devices and software by the end of 2015. The survey had some interesting outcomes:
  • 52% of practice physicians currently access patient records and/or reference data from a mobile device. 
  • Only 31% of physicians utilize smart phones as part of their individual patient management strategies.
  • Emergency physicians, radiologists, OB/GYN, general surgeons and orthopedic surgeons were among the specialists with the highest use of mobile devices as part of their patient management routine.
Based on the aggregate client experience and customer satisfaction scores on eighteen key performance indicators, the top-ranked virtualized and mobile electronic health records application vendor for 2015 is drchrono. This is the third consecutive year drchrono has ranked first among physician practices in mobile EHR and earlier this year, drchrono ranked among the top five EHRs for small and independent practices across all medical and surgical specialties.


Airstrip App for Apple Watch Could Transform How we Care for Chronic Diseases
Apple is aiming to profoundly change the way doctors and patients interact. Last week, the company demonstrated one of its newest medical apps, called AirStrip, which allows doctors to read a patient’s heart rate and other acute health statistics. The app can now be used on the Apple Watch, allowing doctors to view a patient's health information on the go, from their watch, anytime.
While the Apple Watch app is still new and in its early stages, its implications for the healthcare industry could be vast. The founders of the AirStrip company believe it could help doctors better monitor patients with chronic illnesses--such as heart disease, diabetes, and even COPD--from home. It could also increase the line of communication between doctors and patients, without having the patients make a trip to the hospital.

Gestureplex Wrist Controller for Hands Free Operation of Devices in Surgical Theater
Doctors in the operating room and in cath labs these days use a lot of different pieces of equipment, some of them requiring another person to operate so that sterility is not compromised. In particular, radiological image browsing during surgery can be frustrating when the doctor is not able to use controls themselves. Recent innovations to address this include gesture-based control of computers in the operating room that relies on 3D cameras watching hand movements and ones that track the user’s eyeballs to deduce intentions. Now a new wrist worn device may offer a new, potentially simpler option for controlling a nearby computer without actually having to touch any controls

Body parts floating in 3D space to give medicine virtual shape
Software that allows doctors to probe and manipulate a virtual depiction of their patients floating in 3D space could lead to more accurate and efficient medical procedures from screenings to the operating room, according to developers

Carestream introduces new Healthcare IT and Diagnostic Imaging Systems at Röntgenveckan in Malmö, Sweden
Carestream Health demonstrated several new diagnostic imaging products and advanced IT healthcare systems at the Röntgenveckan exhibition held recently in Malmö, Sweden. For the first time in Sweden the company introduced the new CARESTREAM Touch Prime Ultrasound System (not yet available for commercial sale.) The design includes several unique features and functions that can help improve image quality and make the medical imaging process faster and easier for healthcare professionals and patients.
Also on show was a prototype of the CARESTREAM Onsight 3D Extremity System (product under development, not yet available for commercial sale. Information regarding CBCT is only valid within the EU) which raises the bar for Cone Beam CT imaging. Developed to bring a new level of CBCT imaging, its functions will include obtaining weight-bearing images of knees, legs and feet, which are otherwise difficult to create, easy patient access and superb 2D and 3D images.

Digital 'Rosetta Stone' Decrypts How Mutations Rewire Cancer Cells
Researchers from the universities of Copenhagen, Yale, Zurich, Rome and Tottori have, in two landmark studies published in CELL, unraveled how disease mutations target and damage the protein signaling networks within human cells on an unprecedented scale. The team has developed novel software that allows researchers to computationally translate the effects of cancer mutations on the function of proteins in individual patients.

GE Healthcare Canada and BIOTIC Announce Collaboration to Advance New Software Technology in Medical Imaging
A new collaboration, announced today, between GE Healthcare Canada and BIOTIC will initiate a Halifax-based research and development (R&D) and technology commercialization program with the aim of bringing software technology advances to medical imaging.  
The collaboration draws on the recent acquisition of GE Healthcare's 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology at the QEII Health Sciences Centre (QEII) and BIOTIC's expertise in medical imaging based technology development, to explore the application of advanced software solutions to better diagnose and treat diseases of the brain, liver and prostate.


Alphabet/Google Targets Healthcare - Innovations Will Boost Opportunities For Entrepreneurs
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla once predicted, “By 2025, 80 percent of the functions doctors do will be done much better and much more cheaply by machines and machine learned algorithms.” Whether or not his percentage proves accurate, the opportunities to improve human health through technology are limitless.
From advanced electronic health records to attachables, implantables and more, healthcare technology is catching up to ideas that were once science fiction. Advances in healthcare technology have created numerous opportunities to innovate, but the task of improving our healthcare system is greater than the next breakthrough in technology. Reforming healthcare requires shaking up the status quo– it needs a new business model. Disruptive change won’t come from government and current healthcare providers, who are focused on preserving their business model. Change in healthcare will most likely come from entrepreneurs willing to challenge the status quo.
No One Left Behind: Technology can be used to cut health care disparities
Health care systems are using telemedicine — connecting doctors and patients through computers or other technology — to increase access to care. In an overhaul of physician training programs by the American Medical Association, medical students are analyzing big data sets to better understand vulnerable patient populations. And in a July report, “Plan for a Healthier Allegheny,” the Allegheny County Health Department called for social media outreach to promote prenatal and preventive dental care and computer modeling to identify families at risk of infant mortality.


Drchrono Remains Top Mobile EHR App
Drchrono is the top ranked mobile electronic health record app vendor for the third year in a row, according to the latest report from market research firm Black Book Rankings.
The report, released July 21, was based on a four month user poll.
Other top performing mobile EHR application firms in the rankings include HealthFusion, Greenway, Cerner, Allscripts, athenahealth, PracticeFusion, iPatientCare, Kareo, and ADP AdvancedMD.
The report also found that 52 percent of ambulatory practice physicians currently access patient records and/or reference data from a mobile device, and that 70 percent of all clinicians indicated their intent to use mobile EHR devices and software by the end of 2015.
Interestingly, 96 percent of respondents indicated that the top reason for increasing their spend on IT was for data security. They also self-reported that 96 percent estimated achievement of Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2015 with their current IT, but only 66 percent could achieve Stage 2.


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