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Vol. 10 No. 14, July 2, 2013


Australians Ready for Digital Healthcare System, Says Infosys Independent Study
Most Australians would welcome a more digital approach to healthcare, suggesting the government's new e-Health system may be well received. The independent study commissioned by Infosys, a leader in business consulting and technology solutions, polled 5,000 consumers in five countries (including 1,000 in Australia) to probe consumer attitudes about sharing data with healthcare providers, retailers and banks.
An overwhelming majority of Australians surveyed (92%) believe doctors should have ready access to their electronic health information. Moreover, nearly all Australians are comfortable sharing personal information with their regular doctor's office (94%) or local hospital (92%). Most (78%) are also confident that their doctors have the right security measures in place to protect their medical information. However, Australians are somehow conscious about sharing their healthcare information online and only 60% of them are actually willing do so.


Boston Scientific’s New Pacemakers Monitor Breathing to Adjust Pacing
Boston Scientific is releasing in Europe three new cardiac pacemakers featuring RightRate technology that monitors the patient’s breathing to help adjust the pulses delivered to the heart. The lineup comprises an INLIVEN cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P) and VITALIO and FORMIO pacemakers. Pacing systems are designed to treat bradycardia, a condition in which the heart beats too slowly, depriving the body of sufficient oxygen, whereas CRT-P systems are designed to treat heart failure patients.
New Android ECG System to Let Patients, Athletes Keep a Close Eye on Heart
A new smartphone-based device that may replace Holter monitors and help athletes achieve endurance goals is under development at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The new system straps on the chest of the user and sends ECG data over to an Android smartphone wirelessly over Bluetooth. A live chart can be examined and historical data can be passed to a cardiologist for review.

Ghana's Health Ministry Signs MoU With GE Healthcare
Ghana's Ministry of Health and General Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the development of quality healthcare in Ghana through the execution of three proposed healthcare infrastructure development projects. The three projects included the introduction of GE's hand-held ultrasound product into the Ghana community-based health planning and services compounds as part of the ministry's commitment to reduce maternal and neonatal or infant deaths under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.
EHR Adoption Uneven Across US
A new study in Health Services Research finds wide geographic variation in the adoption of EHRs by ambulatory healthcare sites, ranging from a high of 88% to a low of just 8%.
At the state level, the EHR adoption rate for ambulatory care sites ranged from a low of 27% in New Jersey to a high of 65% in Minnesota. Within states, the variance in EHR adoption rates was at least 20 percentage points in nearly all states (46) and was at least 50 percentage points in a third of states (17). California, Illinois and Missouri had the largest variations in adoption rates, while Delaware, the District of Columbia and Wyoming had the smallest.
EHR Introduced at Northern Ireland’s Hospitals
All x-rays, blood tests and past and previous diagnoses will be held centrally, allowing doctors to check test results as soon as they are available, so treatments can begin sooner. The first Electronic Care Record (ECR) system in Northern Ireland was trialled at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, the Belfast City Hospital and local general practices.

Carestream Digital X-Ray System Receives Top Award from Leading Research Organization
Carestream Health has earned a top rating from medical professionals using a Carestream digital X-ray system as reported by KLAS, an independent research organisation that monitors healthcare vendor performance. The just released "2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure" report cites the CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution as receiving the highest overall score against seven competitors in the digital X-ray category, with 100% of users stating they would buy Carestream's system again. The report is compiled from the feedback of thousands of healthcare providers at physician offices, clinics, hospitals and IDNs throughout the United States and Canada.
Smart Homes Technology Tested in Real Homes - the Giraffplus Project
A safer and healthier old age - that is the aim of GiraffPlus, an international project led by researchers at Örebro University, Sweden. GiraffPlus develops technical solutions that make it possible to continuously monitor, through a network of sensors in the home, an elderly person's health. The sensors can measure blood pressure and body temperature, register movements and detect if someone is lying still for an unusually long period of time, or takes a sudden fall.
Space-age Technology Could Help Cut Maternal Deaths
Space-age technology, neoprene (the material used for wet suits) and Velcro have gone into an experimental garment that health experts hope can treat postpartum haemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality. A non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) – also called a "lifewrap" – is a half-body suit that is strapped on to a woman's lower legs and abdomen to slow bleeding and prevent shock due to blood loss.

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