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Vol. 10 No. 16, July 31, 2013


Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Physicians Using EHR
Although tablets are less often used by physicians than smartphones, they are more frequently used for accessing electronic health records (EHRs), and time spent on tablets is much higher, according to two reports published by AmericanEHR Partners. Researchers surveyed nearly 1,400 physicians regarding smartphone and tablet usage.
According to the results, sending and receiving e-mails was the most common activity of physicians who used an EHR and a smartphone or tablet. Accessing EHRs was the second most frequent activity among tablet users (51%), whereas only 7% used smartphones to access EHRs. Seventy-five percent of physicians who had an EHR used a smartphone, and 33% used a tablet, but the time spent on tablets was 66% higher. Clinical app usage was 51% daily for smartphone users and only 30% daily for tablet users. The majority of physicians used smartphones to communicate with other physicians (about 75%) and to research medications (about 70%). Smaller medical practices reported using tablets to conduct a broader range of activities, including banking and communication with patients. Most EHR users were very or somewhat satisfied with their tablet device (about 33% and 44%,  respectively).


'Intelligent Knife' Tells Surgeon which Tissue is Cancerous
Scientists have developed an "intelligent knife" that can tell surgeons immediately whether the tissue they are cutting is cancerous or not. In the first study to test the invention in the operating theatre, the "iKnife" diagnosed tissue samples from 91 patients with 100% accuracy, instantly providing information that normally takes up to half an hour to reveal using laboratory tests. The findings, by researchers at Imperial College London, are published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Chips that Mimic the Brain
No computer works as efficiently as the human brain - so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time. They demonstrated this by building an artificial sensory processing system that exhibits cognitive abilities.

Tooth Sensor Accurately Detects the Various Ways You Use Your Mouth
Researchers at National Taiwan University have developed a new wearable oral sensory system designed to detect your oral activities. The system consists primarily of a tiny accelerometer embedded in an artificial tooth that detects motion in three dimensions. The rationale is that different oral activities, such as speaking, chewing, drinking, etc., each produce unique motions that can be recorded and differentiated. In a laboratory experiment of the oral sensor, eight participants performed four common oral activities: chewing, drinking, speaking, and coughing. The sensor was able to achieve a respectable 93.8% recognition accuracy.

UK: Nurses Still Struggling to Influence IT
The Royal College of Nursing has called for more nursing input into IT and more IT training for nurses after a survey uncovered a lack of confidence in clinical systems. The survey of 1,000 RCN members found the majority of nurses had no influence on the way technology was used in their workplace. Just under half (46%) said they had not been consulted at all about the introduction of IT systems and 54% said they had not been able to influence their use, even though 85% used a variety of systems on a daily basis.
UZ Gent in Belgium Streamlines Nuclear Medicine Workflow with Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX
Agfa HealthCare has signed an agreement with Ghent University Hospital (UZ Gent) in Belgium to implement its IMPAX for Nuclear Medicine solution within the hospital. The solution is expected to be up and running by the end of 2013 and will complement UZ Gent's IMPAX Radiology Information System/Picture Archiving and Communication System. UZ Gent is one of the largest hospitals in the Flanders region of Belgium.

Google Glass Helps Demonstrate How to Meet a Patient
Google Glass is a technology at a stage when possible applications are still being imagined, and those who were lucky enough to get early versions of the devices get to experiment and be the first to try innovative things. Abraham Verghese, a physician at Stanford, has posted a video made using Google Glass demonstrating the unique way he meets patients for the first time. The view that Glass provides is certainly helpful in getting the doctor’s perspective and shows how just about any procedure can be easily demonstrated.
EU: Enhanced Wireless Technology for Body Implants and Sensors
Body implants such as pacemakers and hearing aids have been used to counter organ dysfunction for decades. The WiserBAN project is making a giant leap in their development: aiming to provide smarter communications among such devices, with reduced size and lower energy consumption. The WiserBAN micro-system will be 50 times smaller than today s radio modules for Personal Area Networks (PAN) solutions, e.g. Bluetooth, that can simply not be embedded in a variety of tiny implants and wearable applications. WiserBAN will thus enable significant take up by the European SME s and industries in healthcare, bio-medical and lifestyle.
McKesson Adds Real-Time Analytics, Mobility to Supply Chain Solution
McKesson recently announced enhancements to its integrated, cloud-based sourcing solution. Insight is a new analytics feature within McKesson Strategic Supply Sourcing™ that brings its guided formulary procurement to the highest level of efficiency by providing supply formulary analytics information comparing vendors, product families or cost centers, all in real-time. An industry first, the solution uses artificial intelligence to present comparison data in an actionable format without the need for additional lengthy analysis.


Kaiser Permanente Named No. 34 on Computerworld Magazine's List of Best Places to Work in IT
Kaiser Permanente ranked No. 34 on IDG’s Computerworld magazine 2013 List of 100 Best Places to Work in IT, which recognizes organizations that successfully create and sustain dynamic IT work environments. Kaiser Permanente also ranked No. 18 in the category of Large Companies. This is the fourth consecutive year that Kaiser Permanente has made the list of Computerworld’s Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT.
HIMSS Analytics Honors St. Elizabeth Hospital (Washington) with Stage 7 Award
HIMSS Analytics announced that St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, Wash., has received a Stage 7 award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

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