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Vol. 10 No. 7, March 27, 2013


Telehealth Not Cost Effective for Long-Term Care, Study Says
Telehealth does not appear to be a cost-effective way to treat patients with long-term illnesses, according to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal.
For the study, a team of British researchers evaluated 965 patients with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or diabetes over 12 months. Of the 965 patients, 534 were given telehealth equipment and support, while the remaining 431 received standard care. The researchers found that the cost per quality adjusted life year – a standard measure of quantity and quality of life – for telehealth when added to standard care was about 92,000 pounds, or $139,200 (US). The QALY figure is far above the 30,000 pound benchmark used by Britain's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for assessing the value of various medical interventions. 
Martin Knapp, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics, one of the leaders of the study, said the disappointing results did not mean telehealth was a waste of time but did suggest it needed to be better targeted.


Artificial Wearable Lung to Help Patients Be Mobile before Transplant
Current breathing-support technologies are cumbersome, often requiring patients to be bedridden and sedated. Now, with the support of a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health (US) grant, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh will develop an artificial lung to serve as a bridge to transplant or recovery in patients with acute and chronic lung failure.
MR Fingerprinting Could Lead to Much Faster MRI Scans and Simpler Recognition of Pathology
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center have developed a new MRI acquisition method that could greatly speed up the making of a scan. 
UK: First GP Appointment Booking App Launched
The UK's first GP appointment booking app was launched - enabling patients to book appointments with their doctor directly from their smartphone. The Patient Access Mobile app, from the UK's leading independent health information site, will also enable patients to order repeat prescriptions, securely message their practice and update personal details e.g. change of address.
Tablets Here to Stay in Radiology 
The shift to mobile health is underway, is global, human and accelerating,a session on tablet computing at ECR 2013 heard. The session at the massive radiology event in Vienna, titled “Tablets: friend or foe?” generated debate around whether the iPad and other tablet computers were a good or bad thing.
CGM Poland Commissioned for Nation-Wide Electronic Patient Record 
Poland is revolutionizing its healthcare system. All citizens will be able to see and maintain their personal medical data electronically. Using modern IT, all healthcare providers can use and maintain the same data together. CompuGroup Medical participated in realizing this nation-wide healthcare project.
Paperless NHS by 2018?
A paperless NHS is achievable but requires a different way of thinking for users, buyers and suppliers of healthcare, says a report by UK trade body Intellect. The report, entitled ‘Digitising the NHS by 2018 - Intellect response’, calls for a focus on capturing and using digital information, rather than just removing paper. It also argues that without patients wanting a change in services, it will not happen.
AATM Pioneers Mobile ECG Telemonitoring in Armenia
Among AATM's plans for strategic development of Healthcare ICT in Armenia special place is devoted to remote patients' monitoring and mobile eHealth technologies.
iPLATO Mobile Health Services Reaches 5 Million Patients in the UK
iPLATO Healthcare, a UK leader in mHealth, revealed that the number of patients connected to its platform surpassed five million in late 2012. The company attributes the accelerated uptake to growing patient and practitioner acceptance for mobile services as well as maturing business cases for increased provider productivity, improved public health promotion and transformed support to people with long term conditions. 
Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada and Canada Health Infoway Recognize Student Leadership in Pharmacy Informatics
The Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada and Canada Health Infoway have announced the recipients of six awards aimed at strengthening learning on the effective use of information and communications technologies among pharmacy students. 
A Plan to Chart Heart Risk in 1 Million Adults in Real Time
Researchers are launching a major study that will marshal the power of smartphones and other personal technologies in an effort to develop new strategies for preventing and managing heart disease.
The project, called the Health eHeart Study, will use tools such as smartphone apps, sensors and other devices to gather data on a wide variety of measures associated with cardiovascular health—including blood pressure, physical activity, diet and sleep habits—all in real time.
Texting Cuts Time to Stroke Treatment
A real-time text messaging system reduced the amount of time between emergency department admission and treatment for patients experiencing acute ischemic stroke, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

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