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Vol. 10 No. 26, December 18, 2013

FACTS AND STATS

US: Federal Study Finds EMR Improve Health of Diabetics
Area doctors who participated in a three-year, federally funded study of EMRs found an improvement in the health of their diabetic patients. The Buffalo Niagara region in 2010 received a $16.1 million federal stimulus grant to study whether converting records to an electronic format can enhance the monitoring of patient health and the coordination of medical treatment.
The more than 300 doctors who took part in the program found that upgrading their information-technology systems helped their patients better control their blood sugar levels and reduced the number of avoidable hospitalizations, according to a final program report.
http://www.buffalonews.com/business/federal-study-finds-electronic-medical-records-improve-health-of-diabetics-20131212
 

 
MEDICAL GADGETS

NeuroOn Mask Hopes to Improve Sleep, Help Manage Jetlag, Offer New Sleeping Options
A group of Polish engineers is working on a smart sleeping mask that they hope will allow people to get more out of their resting time, as well as allow for unusual sleeping schedules that would particularly benefit those who are often on-call. The NeuroOn mask will have an embedded EEG for brain wave monitoring, EMG for detecting muscle motion on the face, and sensors that can track whether your pupils are moving and whether they are going through REM. The team is currently raising money on Kickstarter where you can pre-order your own NeuroOn once it’s developed into a final product.
http://www.medgadget.com/2013/12/neuroon-mask-hopes-to-improve-sleep-help-manage-jetlag-offer-new-sleeping-options.html
 
Case Hand Prosthesis with Sense of Touch Allows Amputees to Feel
There have been a few attempts at simulating a sense of touch in prosthetic hands, but a recently released video from Case Western Reserve University demonstrates newly developed haptic technology that looks convincingly impressive. Watch the video for more details.
http://www.medgadget.com/2013/12/case-hand-prosthesis-with-sense-of-touch-allows-amputees-to-feel.html

           
GLOBAL WATERCOOLER
 
Lithuania: e-Health Is the Remedy to Heal shrinking Global Healthcare Budgets
Justina Januševičienė, Director of the General Affairs Department at the Ministry of Health in Lithuania, said there is “no secret” that healthcare faces shrinking budgets both worldwide and within the European Union. However, she believes that health professionals, experts and clinicians are tackling those challenges “all together”.
Normantas Dučinskas, Head of e-Health Coordination Division at the Ministry of Health, said over the past decade electronic health systems have become an integral part of the provision of care.
http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/12/17/e-health-is-the-remedy-to-heal-shrinking-global-healthcare-budgets
 
New Report Shows Europe Needs More Strategic High-Tech Investment
Europe remains a main knowledge production centre of the world, but lags behind North America and Asia in fast-growing technologies of the future. This is a key conclusion of the latest Innovation Union Competitiveness Report. While Europe continues to lead science and technology for aeronautics, automobiles, clean transport, waste management and renewable energy, the report shows that it risks falling behind in other emerging global growth markets such as health and biotechnology.
http://www.ehealthnews.eu/development/3766-new-report-shows-europe-needs-more-strategic-high-tech-investment
 
Aussies to Be Automatically Enrolled for e-Health Records under Changes
Australians would be automatically enrolled for an e-Health record and have to opt out to protect their health privacy under sweeping changes to the $1 billion white elephant. A government review of the troubled computer system is also considering changing the extent to which patients control what appears on the record.
Launched in July 2012 the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record was meant to bring medical records into the digital age and contain an electronic patient health summary, a list of allergies and medications and eventually X-rays and test results.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/aussies-to-be-automatically-enrolled-for-ehealth-records-under-changes/story-e6frg6n6-1226781862899

TRENDS
 
Antilope Project Gives Guidance to Further eHealth Interoperability in Europe
The EU-funded Antilope project released guidance documents and educational material to further eHealth interoperability in Europe. The documents build on the European Commission’s eHealth Interoperability Framework Study released in July 2013, and are intended for national, regional or project based deployments. They offer guidance and definitions including (1) a set of clinical use cases, (2) a quality management approach for eHealth solutions, (3) an overview of available testing tools, and (4) a suggested approach to quality-label or to certify eHealth solutions. The documents are available for download at www.antilope-project.eu.
http://www.ehealthnews.eu/development/3761-antilope-project-gives-guidance-to-further-ehealth-interoperability-in-europe
 
Santa Embraces Video Technology to Spread Christmas Joy
This year, instead of sending their Christmas lists to the North Pole in the post, children at hospitals across the UK have been getting the chance to share it with Santa Claus himself as he embraces the digital age. With the help of video communications technology from Cisco, Santa has been ‘dropping in’ to hospitals across the British Isles including Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham and London to find out what the children want for Christmas.
http://www.ehealthnews.eu/industry/3767-santa-embraces-video-technology-to-spread-christmas-joy
 
Firefighters Using iPads to Relay Patient Information
The Laguna Beach Fire Department is leaving the paper trail behind at emergency scenes. The department's 50 or so firefighters have started to use iPads to record and submit patient data from the site of an emergency to hospitals and ambulance companies. The LBFD owns nine iPads, which all firefighters use on a rotating basis. Users can type in a patient's name, age and nature of the injury and, with a tap, transmit data to doctors, often before the person arrives at the hospital.
http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-cpt-me-1213-fire-department-ipads-20131211,0,1125602.story
 
Smart Composite Human-Computer Interfaces Follow Consumers' Actions and Offer Help when Needed
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland recently coordinated a pan-European initiative called SMARCOS, which focused on developing technology based on internet sharing between devices. The technology allows the interfaces of various smart devices to follow consumers’ actions and react immediately to their needs. The smart coaching service, for example, can use all the user's digital devices for motivating his/her behaviour towards the goals or for reminding medication.
http://www.ehealthnews.eu/development/3755-smart-composite-human-computer-interfaces-follow-consumers-actions-and-offer-help-when-needed
 
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