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Vol. 10 No. 22, October 23, 2013

FACTS AND STATS

Online Health Records Tied to More Well-Child Visits
Young children whose parents used an integrated personal healthcare record (PHR) attended six or more of the recommended well-child care visits by 15 months of age, according to a Kaiser Permanente (KP) study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Researchers examined data for 7,000 children ages two and under who were enrolled in KP’s health plans in Hawaii and northwest regions of the US between January 2007 and July 2011.
In the study:
  • Children in the northwest were 2.5 times more likely to attend all well-child visits when their parents used KP’s PHR
  • Children in Hawaii were two times more likely to attend all-well child visits when parents accessed PHRs
  • Children in the northwest were 1.2 times more likely to receive recommended vaccinations, with no statistically significant difference in Hawaii
 

 
MEDICAL GADGETS

Samsung Releases UGEO PT60A Tablet Ultrasound Device
Samsung is releasing its first tablet-based ultrasound system – the Samsung UGEO PT60A. With its performance, slim and compact size and ease-of-use, the UGEO PT60A comes equipped with several features, including NeedleMate to accurately identify the needles location, SDMR for sharper image quality with almost no speckle noise and SCI (Spatial Compounding Image) for better spatial and contrast resolution, all of which is viewed through the 10.1″ LED touchscreen.
http://www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_group=productnews=businessproduct=others&news_seq=21948
 
Symptoms of Brain Damage and Neurological Disorders Treated with Mollii Garment
Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology teamed up with industry partners to develop Mollii, an elastic body suit designed to help treat people with brain damage. The suit, which is being launched by KTH spin-off Inerventions, is outfitted with electrodes which send electrical stimulation to the body, easing the pain associated with tension and spasms, and increasing mobility. http://www.medgadget.com/2013/10/brain-damage-and-neurological-disorders-treated-with-mollii-garment.html
           
GLOBAL WATERCOOLER

The European Society of Radiology Launches Dose Reduction Campaign
The European Society of Radiology has set out plans to reduce inappropriate exposure to radiation that include the greater use of computerized dose monitoring and dose repositories.
http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/acute-care/8978/esr-launches-dose-reduction-campaign
 
Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy Guardians Urge Government to Modernize Laws
Canada’s access to information and privacy laws should be modernized in order to protect these important rights in the face of dramatic technological change and the demands of engaged citizens, said the country’s access to information and privacy guardians in a joint resolution issued today. In their resolution, Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons from across the country urge federal, provincial and territorial governments to update their respective laws.
http://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2013/nr-c_131009_e.asp
 
Italy: Doctor’s Consultation Now Possible via Social Media
A project of social media-based doctor’s consultation, started last year by an Italian ophthalmologist in Milan, has recently completed its second phase. The project makes it possible for patients to submit questions and receive answers from 17 different medical specialists from the San Camillo Hospital in Milan. The project consists of three phases aiming to restore the doctor-patient relationship and take it from impersonal to bidirectional. It also aims to create a balance between reactive treatment and preventive medicine.
http://www.epractice.eu/en/news/5420243
 
Scotland: New Patient Portal for NHS Lothian
Patients at the National Health Service (NHS) of Lothian in south-eastern Scotland will soon be able to access up-to-date information about their health and care online through a new patient portal. The information offered electronically includes test results, allergies, clinical documents and information about past and future appointments.
http://www.epractice.eu/en/news/5420059

TRENDS
 
Health IT Critical to Managing Population Health, Report
Widespread adoption of health IT solutions is critical to the success of population health management, according to a recent report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (US). The report recommended 10 health IT tools for population health management, including advanced population analytics, automated outreach; electronic health records and patient registries among others.
http://www.pcpcc.org/resource/managing-populations-maximizing-technology
 
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