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Vol. 10 No. 12, June 5, 2013


What Percentage of Doctors Access Electronic Clinical Data from Outside Their Organization?
In Spain, 69% of surveyed physicians say they have electronic access to clinical data from outside their organization, while in Canada less than half physicians do the same (44%) according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Accenture. 3,700 physicians across eight countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States were asked about the adoption, utilization and attitudes toward healthcare IT.
The survey found that the rate of physician respondents who reported having electronic access to clinical data from outside their organization was 54% in England, 49% in Singapore, 45% in the U.S., 44% in Canada, 42% in Australia, 39% in Germany and 34% in France.
Source: Accenture/Harris Interactive, "The Digital Doctor Is 'In'"


Tiny EEG Device Measures Brains Waves of Microscopic Worms (VIDEO)
One way to monitor the effects of psychoactive drugs is to use EEG to measure brain wave activity in the subjects studied. While this may work for primates and even rodents, many studies are conducted on small animals whose heads are much too tiny for traditional EEG caps or anything resembling them.
Caenorhadbitis elegans is a transparent nematode only about a millimeter in length that is a popular animal model of life science researchers. It has been studied by countless investigators in a variety of ways, but the little brains of nematodes are way too small for anything resembling what one would think of as EEG caps. So researchers at University of Southampton in the UK decided they’re going to build an EEG small enough so they could measure the effects of drugs on the little worms.
eduCAD Tool Is Worldwide Hit
An online training tool to help cardiologists choose the most appropriate imaging modalities in diagnosing cardiac disease has proved popular throughout the world, according to GE Healthcare. eduCAD, the result of a collaboration between GE Healthcare, the Institute of Clinical Physiology, the National Research Council in Pisa, and the European Society of Cardiology, was launched last year. Between September 2012 and February 2013, it received 66,855 hits and was used in countries as far afield as China, India and Argentina, as well as in European countries such as Italy and Poland.
Bed of Nano-Needles Helps Test Drugs on Individual Cells
Testing the effects of drugs on individual cells can be a complicated process since cells have evolved mechanisms to prevent intrusion of unwanted chemicals. Researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology have been developing a bed of nano needles that can be used to inject chemicals directly into cells. The compounds to be tested are applied to the tips of the needles and cells are positioned on top. The technique still has a way to go since some of the cells are happy to be impaled and readily absorb the drugs being tested, while others tend to grow around the needles.

Health Apps, Virtual Visits and Remote Monitoring - Canadians Looking to Manage Their Health One Click at a Time: PwC Report
Nearly two thirds of Canadians would consider using virtual health options in their own care or for someone they care for, according to PwC's report. The top motivators behind adopting vHealth and mobile health include: convenient access to a physician, ability to obtain information, and greater control over one's health.
Luxembourg: Launching of the National Cancer Registry
The National Cancer Registry of Luxembourg was officially launched on 15 May 2013. The Registry is a collection of data on all new cancer cases and follow-ups diagnosed or treated in Luxembourg and caters for both residents and non-residents of the country. Some of the Registry objectives include: better assessing the quality of health care provided to cancer patients, helping initiate and/or strengthen prevention and cancer screening campaigns and better understanding and monitoring the development of various types of cancers.
Harper Government Invests in e-Health Innovation
During a keynote speech at the 2013 e-Health: Accelerating Change conference, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced funding from the Harper Government to support research projects focused on developing innovative new electronic health technologies. These technologies will capitalize on advances in electronic patient records, internet technology and mobile devices.
Australia Launches Child's e-Health Record App
Australian Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, launched a new mobile app that allows parents to keep their children's important health, growth and development information at their fingertips. The My Child's eHealth Record app lets parents add and monitor information like immunizations, height, weight, and development milestones. Developed in Australia, the My Child's eHealth Record app is the first smartphone app developed for the Australian government's eHealth record system.
EU Awards 12 Million Euros to Supercompute a Healthier Future for Europe's Children
To help fight childhood obesity and other child diseases, the European Commission has awarded 12 million euros to a medical research project that will use mathematical models to improve the treatment of children. This project will provide decision support to medical professionals when treating their young patients in four areas: cardiomyopathies, obesity-related cardiovascular disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and neurological & neuromuscular diseases.

Agfa HealthCare Gains Top 10 Ranking in Prestigious German Lünendonk Listing
Agfa HealthCare announces that its German operations, Agfa HealthCare GmbH, have been ranked 8th in the 2012 edition of the well-known Lünendonk Listing of the top 25 software companies in Germany. Agfa HealthCare GmbH moved up 4 places over the previous year's result, to the 8th position. The increased ranking is partly based on the company's annual revenue.
Analytics and Big Data Improve Cancer Treatment at Italian Institute
A collaboration between IBM and the National Cancer Institute of Milan has been using genomics and analytics technology to improve the treatment of rare tumors, sarcomas and cancers of the head and neck. The research, which is already showing signs of success, was awarded a prestigious prize by the Politecnico di Milan University in Lombardy, Italy.
The new clinical genomics analytics technology provides medical personnel and healthcare management with a broader overview of the treatment processes performed and their appropriateness, as well as insight into the effects of the care - both in terms of clinical efficacy and economic viability.
A Popular Source for Vaccination Information, Debate - Twitter
Twitter is a popular source for receiving and sharing new information about vaccines, and also a basically reliable one, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin analyzed 9,510 vaccination-related tweets from one week in January, 2012 to determine the most popular and influential messages.

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