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Vol. 10 No. 6, March 13, 2013


Web-Based Tracking Effective for Managing Blood Pressure
Home monitoring can help lower blood pressure, according to a recent study by researchers from Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

For the study, researchers tracked nearly 350 patients who had blood pressure above the recommended level. About half of the study participants received usual care, and the other half used the American Heart Association's Heart360, a no-cost Web-based heart health tracking tool. Heart360 provides patients with: the ability to upload blood pressure data and send it to their doctors, tools to track progress toward their health goals and educational information.
After six months, the mean blood pressure of patients using the Web-based tracking tool was significantly lower than that of patients in the usual care group, the study found. In addition, patients who used the Web-based monitoring tool were significantly closer to reaching their target blood pressure at the six-month mark.
Compared with those receiving usual care, patients using the online home monitoring tool experienced a 12.4 mmHg larger decline in systolic blood pressure and a 5.7 mmHg larger decline in diastolic blood pressure, the study found.
A Pharmacist-Led, American Heart Association Heart360 Web-Enabled Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Program
Innovation in Transformative Nursing Leadership: Nursing Informatics Competencies and Roles
Sally Remus and Margaret Ann Kennedy
This paper focuses on an emerging "avant-garde executive leadership competency" recommended for today's health leaders to guide health system transformation. The authors of this paper propose that distinct nursing informatics competencies are required to augment traditional executive skills to support transformational outcomes of safe, integrated, high-quality care delivery through knowledge-driven care. International trends involving nursing informatics competencies and the evolution of new corporate informatics roles, such as chief nursing informatics officers, are demonstrating value and advanced transformational leadership as nursing executive roles that are informed by clinical data.


New Opportunities for 3D Technology in Medicine
The findings of a new study show that 3D systems used in medical technology have benefits that were once believed to be purely theoretical. The benefits of the glasses-based 3D system include: shorter procedure time, greater precision more targeted hand movements than with the 2D model. The study was conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI and Klinikum rechts der Isar university hospital in Munich.
Philips’ New Graphical Dashboard to Advance eICU Telehealth
IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 healthcare platform, powered by orb, is a unique graphical dashboard that is actuated by over 100 clinical rules, to analyze, process and visualize complex clinical data in real time and tell a better story about what is going on with a specific patient, and in a visually digestible form. This tool was launched during the recently ended HIMSS 2013 conference.
GE DoseMap Helps Control Radiation Delivery during Interventional Procedures
New software from GE Healthcare should help put a cap on the radiation dose delivered to a patient during X-ray guided interventional procedures. DoseMap, available on Innova* IGS 5x0 platform, allows the operator to display local cumulative patient dose levels all along the examination and offers the operator the chance to change the local dose delivery by modifying the dose setting when reaching given thresholds of a procedure.
Nursing Manager Application
ConnectedHealth's Nursing Manager Application ("NMA") automates the collection of medical information for patients in a clinical setting. The NMA automates the capture of data from medical devices such as Glucose Meters, Weighing Scales, Blood Pressure Monitors, and Pulse Oximeters via Bluetooth ™ technology.
Health Apps Used by 16% of US Adult Mobile Device Users
Sixteen percent of US adults who use smartphones and tablet computers access health applications regularly, according to a report released last week by communications firm Ruder Finn. The most popular apps include healthy eating apps, fitness or calorie tracking apps and nutrition apps.
Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds
Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration’s warning system.
Healthcare Needs to Be More Like Walmart
Healthcare providers need to become more like Amazon and Walmart and use technology to far better understand patients and help them to do the things they want to do, says Warner Thomas, chief executive of US healthcare provider Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest healthcare provider at the recently ended HIMMS 2013 trade show.
eHealth Project epSOS Wins HealthTech Innovation Award
The European Union eHealth project epSOS received the 2013 HealthTech Innovation Award for pioneering the adoption of auto ID technologies in healthcare.
The HealthTech Innovation Award was awarded to the person and project that are pioneering the adoption of auto ID technologies in the healthcare domain to improve patient security, hospital efficiency and the safe supply of pharmaceuticals.
TELUS Health is Now Canada’s Largest Electronic Medical Record Provider
TELUS Health announced the completion of its acquisition of the PS SUITE EMR, the electronic medical record (EMR) business operated by MD Practice Software LP, a member of the MD Physician Services Group and a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association.
With the acquisition of Ontario’s largest EMR provider, TELUS Health is positioned to further expand its reach in the first line of care, providing EMR solutions to 9,000 Canadian physicians across the country, impacting more than 25 million patient interactions each year.
Nominations Open for the Healthcare IT Champion of the Year
Nominations are open for the Healthcare IT Champion of the Year, the special category of eHealth Insider’s annual awards decided by EHI’s readers. The category, which is sponsored by CSC, is intended to recognize individuals who work tirelessly to promote healthcare IT.
Human Brain Treats Prosthetic Devices as Part of the Body
The human brain can learn to treat relevant prosthetics as a substitute for a non-working body part, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by the researchers from Sapienza University and IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia of Rome in Italy. The researchers found that wheelchair-bound study participants with spinal cord injuries perceived their body's edges as being plastic and flexible to include the wheelchair, independent of time since their injury or experience with using a wheelchair.

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