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Vol. 10 No. 24, November 20, 2013


No Consistency in ICD-10 Codes for Adverse Drug Events
As more older adults take more medications, the drugs may have unintended consequences. Researchers whose work was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found wild variability in medical research when they set out to create a comprehensive set of ICD-10 codes used to identify these adverse drug events from administrative data. The codes could be used in population health studies to look at factors such as prescribing methods or care settings associated with these adverse events and ways to prevent them.
The research focused on 41 published studies that used administrative data to ascertain the prevalence of adverse drug events in certain populations. Only 13 were conducted in North America, since the US has yet to fully implement ICD-10. They found 827 ICD-10 codes that have been used for this purpose, including 175 citing external injury and 652 based on disease manifestation. Only one published guideline recommended the use of algorithms to identify external injury cause codes clustered with disease manifestation codes. Of the reviewed studies, two provided estimates of the code set's sensitivity and specificity.


Nyxoah Implant for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Nyxoah, a Belgian-Israeli firm, has developed an implantable device that may offer a brand new treatment option for managing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring that can muffle passing trains. Positive airway pressure (PAP) is probably the most common way of treating OSA, but it requires wearing a face mask connected by a hose to an air pump. All kinds of ingenuity has been invested into making these masks more comfortable and less intrusive, but the hose remains and it can feel unnatural to breathe through these devices. Nyxoah’s solution is a tiny implant, surgically inserted in about 15 minutes at the back of the tongue, that electrically stimulates the tongue to move it out of the airway during breathing cycles. The neurostimulator is energized using a stick-on battery patch that is placed on the chin over the implant site, and the two work in unison through the night stimulating the nerves as needed to prevent OSA and snoring.
Odon Device Helps Pop Babies Like a Cork
In modern hospitals, during child birth if the baby’s head is having trouble coming out, tools are often used, and C-section is always a stand-by option. In many places sufficient facilities simply don’t exist and cheap solutions to helping with delivery are always welcome. Jorge Odón, an Argentine car mechanic, may be an unlikely inventor for a birth assistance device, but after watching a video of how to remove a cork that was pushed into a bottle, he realized that the same technique could be applied to newborns’ heads. The Odon Device is inserted so that the bag grabs onto the baby’s head, after which it is inflated to create suction. By pulling on the handles while the mother pushes, the baby’s head is propelled forward without any rigid tools that can be dangerous to the child.

Canada Health Infoway Becomes First Canadian Recipient of Prestigious, Global Project Management Office of the Year Award
Canada Health Infoway was recently recognized for its efforts to ensure accountability for taxpayer dollars, becoming the first Canadian company and first government-funded organization in the world to win the prestigious, international Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year award, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway.
Obama Administration Maps out Detour around
People interested in buying health insurance under Obamacare could soon skip the website and apply for coverage and financial assistance directly with private insurance companies and online brokers, the Obama administration said in its latest effort to work around the faulty website.
Sweden Joins epSOS Pilot Facilitating Cross-border ePrescriptions
As of 28 October 2013, a pilot operation of the epSOS project enables ePrescriptions from other European countries to be picked up at epSOS-approved pharmacies in Sweden, and for Swedish ePrescriptions to be collected at epSOS-approved pharmacies in other countries. Tourists and visitors to Sweden can now pick up their foreign ePrescriptions at the NK Pharmacy in Stockholm, the Aspen Pharmacy in Haparanda, the Black Fox pharmacy in Övertorneå and the Emporia pharmacy in Malmö.
UK: Bristol Community Health CIC Goes Mobile
Following a successful pilot, social enterprise and National Health Service (NHS) healthcare provider Bristol Community Health Community Interest Company (CIC) has recently gone live with the TotalMobile™ App Platform across three of their community healthcare teams and their citywide phlebotomy service. The TotalMobile App allows healthcare professionals to view patient demographic and clinical records, update patient information and record clinical activities at the point of patient contact by working with mobile devices such as tablets.

Seven New Hospitals from the Netherlands, France and Spain win HIMSS Europe Awards
HIMSS Europe has awarded seven new hospitals in Europe with Stage 6 Award during the fourth edition of HIMSS Europe CIO Summit, that took place in Madrid, Spain, from the 12th to 14th of November. The awarded hospitals are: Amphia Ziekenhuis, with more than 830 beds and Stichting Antonius Ziekenhuis, with 304 beds, both in the Netherlands; the CHU Montpellier, and Hopital St Joseph, both from France, with 2,274 and 610 beds respectively. In Spain, three hospitals have been awarded, all of them from the Region of Madrid: Hospital Universitario del Henares with 194 beds, Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda 613 beds, and Hospital Rey Juan Carlos with 260.
UK: 'Tremendous Interest' in Genome Project
Healthcare IT suppliers in UK have shown “tremendous interest” in a government project to sequence 100,000 genomes and link these with electronic patient records. The project involves the DNA codes of up to 100,000 patients being matched to their EPRs over the next five years to create anonymized datasets of the genome sequences and the clinical data. The government has set up a new company, Genomics England, to manage the project contracts for specialist UK companies, hospitals and universities to deliver the necessary services.
IBM Partners with the UICC to Use Big Data to Build Cancer Registries in Developing Nations
IBM is working with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to create the world's largest and most comprehensive clinical dataset on cancer patients by building cancer registries in developing nations. The effort will begin in Sub-Saharan Africa, where less than 1% of the region's population is covered by a cancer registry. With more than a billion people in the region, the new effort will improve cancer registration and, in time, treatment for patients in Africa while enriching knowledge about cancer for patients all over the world.

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