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Statistics and facts about digital health
Today, digital health already is a cornerstone of developed health systems all over the world. The definition of the term is, however, broadly conceived. Related terms such as mHealth, telehealth, health informatics, or especially eHealth, are often used as synonyms. Without question, digital health uses (latest) information and communication technologies to develop a faster, more efficient and cost-reducing healthcare practice. Since the health reform (Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”) is aiming at more efficiency, it is widely considered as a driver for digital health solutions in the United States.
The global digital health market was valued at more than 60 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. According to some forecasts, this figure is expected to increase almost fourfold by 2020. Mobile health and telehealth are projected to be the leading drivers of this growth. Digital health is also a basin for new investments, primarily in startups. Invested funding increased rapidly from 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2010 up to 6.5 billion in 2014. As expected, the United States is a leader in the digital health industry. The metro areas of San Francisco (Bay Area), New York City, and Los Angeles are major epicenters of this sector.


Female entrepreneurs and investors turn their focus to digital healthcare
More female entrepreneurs and investors are focusing on largely unmet medical needs: their own.
Women are the healthcare industry’s biggest customers, due in part to their need for reproductive care, and make 80 per cent of the health-care decisions for their families. Tired of having their conditions misunderstood or dismissed as “bikini medicine,” they are starting up and investing in female-focused companies, many of them in digital health, a market valued at US$55 billion in 2014, according to KPMG.
“Obviously women have unique health experiences that men don’t,” says Halle Tecco, who was a co-founder of venture-capital fund Rock Health and is now an adjunct professor for digital health at Columbia Business School. “It is a huge market.”

4 reasons why healthcare needs a digital code of ethics
In the wake of the HITECH Act of 2009, office-based physician adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) has nearly doubled as providers have taken advantage of meaningful use incentives. While the trend toward implementation of systems to maintain, manipulate, and share data has been palpable, there is no cohesive code of ethics addressing the issues related to the use of aggregated data. Informatics is by its nature multidisciplinary, and these varied stakeholders are governed by value systems that differ in significant ways.

Electronic Tablets Speed Stroke Care During Patient Transport
A clinical trial testing mobile videoconferencing as a means for physicians to diagnose stroke patients while they're being transported to the hospital has found that a tablet-based system produced diagnoses highly correlating with a bedside assessment - a finding that could have important implications for the early treatment of stroke and for preventing the disability it causes.

3D printing breakthrough gives cancer patient new jaw 
A 68-year-old Indiana man who lost part of his face to cancer can now smile again after getting a new 3D printed jaw from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
Retired mechanic Shirley Anderson received the prosthetic after a long fight with tongue cancer that dates back to 1997. The radiation therapy eventually caused him to lose his mandible and Adam's apple, which in turn left him without a chin.  
Before the 3D printed jaw, surgeons attempted to reconstruct his mandible using a titanium bar and bone from his fibula, but that didn't work. A prosthesis made of plaster and silicone was also tried but it was uncomfortable and heavy to the point that it would slip down.


OCFP and OTN partner to help physicians leverage virtual care solutions
The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) are teaming up to support the educational and patient care needs of Ontario's family physicians by leveraging virtual care solutions. 
Through this partnership, OCFP members will have access to an evolving choice of online educational content, as well as a number of virtual healthcare tools and services to build competency and enhance capacity in family medicine. The partnership is effective July 1, 2016.

Siemens and Dutch Hospital ADRZ to Jointly Build and Manage New Operating Theaters
Dutch hospital Admiraal De Ruyter Ziekenhuis (ADRZ), based in Goes, and Siemens Healthineers have signed an agreement to build and supply equipment for six operating theaters, including a hybrid OR. Siemens will build the new building complex with its partner companies Engie and Jan Snel. Under a Managed Equipment Service (MES) agreement, Siemens will also equip the new operating theaters with medical systems and service and update the equipment for ten years. Once the construction work is completed, Siemens will act as lessor, leasing both the new building and the medical systems to ADRZ. This model will enable ADRZ to handle a major investment without providing too high financing capital.

Global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market Will Reach US $12,653.4 Million in 2020
According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research "Global Market Study on Healthcare Cloud Computing: Hybrid Clouds to Witness Highest Growth by 2020" the global healthcare cloud computing market was valued at USD 4,216.5 million in 2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.1% from 2014 to 2020, to reach an estimated value of USD 12,653.4 million in 2020.


Women-led startups flex muscles at healthcare investment showcase
DURHAM, N.C. — Seven women-led healthcare startups lined up against a panel of windows inside the Full Frame Theatre in Durham during a cocktail reception for the Kayo Roundtable: Women in Healthcare Investing event Tuesday night.
Since the focus of the event was around women investing in healthcare startups, it was fitting to have seven different representations of the industry exhibit their products too. Each startup shared an underlying theme though—they’re all working to break down boundaries and barriers between patients and doctors, in addition to being led by women.
This theme is relevant because data is showing that more women-driven startups might make for a new and better healthcare industry. A digital health venture fund, Rock Health, released a report last year that showed more healthcare startup success when women are on the leadership team.

EHR costs proving to be roadblock to big data and predictive analytics
The predictive analytics market is gaining traction and driving EHR growth. But in something of a twist the costs of new EHR tools are simultaneously creating a significant barrier to big data and analytics, according to a new Research and Markets report.
Indeed, as healthcare providers continue to amass copious amounts of healthcare data, including clinical, administrative and financial information as well as the shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10, are all leading healthcare organizations to implement analytics tools to make use of accrued data, according to the report.
EHR adoption, meanwhile, is growing among healthcare providers, and the market will continue to expand at a CGR of 5.53 percent over the next four years, Research and Markets projected.

Owning Your Data: The Genos Model
Consumer genomics startup, Genos, is expanding its beta program and inviting Bio-IT World readers to sequence their whole exome at CLIA-certified 75x coverage for $399.  
The Complete Genomics spin-out has been “incubating for some time” and now CEO Mark Blumling is ready to test the vision: genomic information belongs to the individual, and it should be yours to explore, share, or monetize, as you see fit.

Ontario's Health Technologies Fund now accepting applications
Ontario's $20 million Health Technologies Fund (HTF) is open for business.
Announced in May by William Charnetski, Ontario's Chief Health Innovation Strategist, the Fund will support the development of leading, market-ready, made-in-Ontario health technologies by accelerating prototyping, evaluation, adoption and diffusion in the Ontario health care sector.
The Fund is being delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS). The first priority area for the HTF is Better Care Closer to Home. It will support Health Innovation Teams from across Ontario to work on projects related to home and community care through virtual, digital and mobile health-care technologies.


Bangkok Hospital achieves HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 6
Bangkok Hospital has achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM).
The hospital partnered Intersystems and implemented Trakcare as their Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system integrating with Medicomp's clinical documentation system and Smart ICU system from Precept Health. 
The on-site validation included visits to the following departments: Ward 6B, ICU-5, Inpatient Pharmacy Department and Radiology Department.

An International Perspective on Nursing Informatics: In Conversation with Nick Hardiker
Gillian Strudwick
Nick Hardiker, Director of the eHealth Programme at the International Council of Nurses, has worked with nurses and nursing leaders from many countries around the world to support the development of ehealth initiatives.

The Importance of Being Informatics Savvy
Lynn M. Nagle
A discussion of the importance of nursing informatics as well as current and emerging considerations for nurse leaders.
Repeated Diagnostic Imaging Studies in Ontario and the Impact of Health Information Exchange Systems
Blayne Welk, Kuan Liu, Ahmed Al-Jaishi, Eric McArthur, Arsh K. Jain and Michael Ordon
Health information exchange systems can link the results of diagnostic imaging tests across hospitals and geographic areas, and potentially reduce the number of imaging studies ordered by physicians.


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