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Vol. 11 No. 6, March 12, 2014

HEALTH ANALYTICS & BIG DATA | March 25, 2014 | Register here. Learn how data can help hospitals reduce costs and doctors better serve their patients at a HealthcareRounds. Chair John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President at HIMSS Analytics welcomes Brent Diverty, Vice President, Programs, CIHI who will show you how to swim through a sea of data, and Lydia Lee, Vice President & CIO, UHN will discuss her odyssey through IT systems and data.
Produced by Longwoods, HIMSSAnalyticsRotman School of Business, with the support of Astellas Pharma, Deloitte and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement


Despite Coming Tech Transformation, Healthcare CEOs Say They Are Not Ready
While most healthcare CEOs believe technological advances will transform their business in the next five years, few organizations are prepared for the changes, according to a new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC's 17th Annual Global CEO Survey is based on 81 interviews conducted with healthcare CEOs in 28 countries between Sept. 9, 2013 and Dec. 6, 2013.
The survey found that 95% of healthcare CEOs are investigating different ways to use big data, 93% plan to change their technology investments and 89% plan to improve innovation. Although 86% of surveyed healthcare CEOs said that social media, the digital economy, mobile devices and big data management are key trends affecting their organization, only about one-third had begun implementing or had completed such technology changes. (PDF)


SunSprite Hopes to Help You Get Enough Sun
Researchers have been using light monitors for decades to study everything from how the body adapts to changing sleep schedules to what effect light has on our mood, sleep, and overall health. SunSprite, a new device that is scheduled to come out in a few months thanks to Indiegogo crowdsource funding, is designed to monitor and record your daily exposure to light. It clips on to your shirt, purse, or dress, and uses a solar panel to measure brightness. The same panel generates the electric power needed to run the SunSprite, so you won’t ever have to charge any batteries.
Care Connect Wristworn System Aims to Help Elderly Stay Safe at Home
Older folks prefer to live at home, but the risks associated with possible loss of consciousness, falls, and other unexpected situations leads people to live with family or in special facilities. A new product scheduled to be released later this year aims to let the elderly stay home, while having a sort of guardian angel watching over them. The Care Predict system includes the Tempo, a watch-like device that monitors the movement, posture, and, with the help of wall mounted wireless hubs, the location of the wearer around the house. In case of falls, or detection of the wearer lying down in a room without a bed, the system can be setup to contact a pre-set list of people.
Somatom Scope, a Budget-Friendly CT, Helps Reduce Operating Costs
Siemens has released a new general purpose CT scanner, the SOMATOM Scope. The tomograph is available as an entry level, low cost of operation device, or as a more capable version, the Somatom Scope Power. The scanner takes only eight square meters (86 sq feet) of floor space, significantly reduces its energy usage over previous models, and doesn’t run as hot to save on facility cooling costs.


Experts Tout Taiwan-Canada Healthcare Partnership
Canada and Taiwan should deepen their partnership in developing electronic healthcare systems to provide better services in both countries, said Joseph Cafazzo, the lead researcher at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at Toronto’s University Health Network. He said Canada and Taiwan share the same values in healthcare research, including the principle of offering high-quality healthcare services to patients. According to Mr. Cafazzo, Taiwan is a powerhouse in information and communications technology, and understands manufacturing and scaling products, which complements the life science research in which Canada has expertise.
US and UK Take Forward Health IT MoU
The US and UK are working together on harmonizing quality indicators, releasing and using health data, the Blue Button initiative and the interoperability of electronic patient record systems. Chief technology officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Bryan Sivak, spoke at the Health and Innovation Expo in Manchester and detailed the projects on which the two countries are collaborating. NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre signed a healthcare IT memorandum of understanding with the US Department for Health and Social Services in late January. The MoU has four work streams and the first is the sharing of quality indicators. The first two quality indicators being worked on are for depression symptoms and knee and hip operations.
Australia: Calls for National Telehealth Strategy
A collaboration of health industry stakeholders released a white paper in Canberra last week to promote the adoption of telehealth nationally. The group (One in Four Lives) concluded that telehealth could save $4 billion a year in avoidable hospital presentations related to chronic conditions. The group’s name reflects the fact that almost six million, which equates to one in four, Australians are affected by chronic health conditions – and this accounted for 60% of all hospital bed days and an estimated $17 billion annually in public health costs.
UK: North Staffs Plans Skype Consultations
University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust plans to use Skype for video consultations in its outpatient department. The trust hopes that offering online video appointments will make it easier for patients with busy working hours. North Staffordshire’s chief executive said that the future of outpatient consultations needs to “radically change using new forms of technology”. According to the Telegraph, managers at the trust claim it could reduce outpatient appointments by up to 35% and the proposals also include treating patients via email consultations.


Seven Health Care Organizations LEADing the Way
Canada Health Infoway in partnership with Accreditation Canada, announces seven LEADing Practice award recipients for their leadership in the advanced use of technology in clinical practice. The award is part of Infoway's pan-Canadian Knowing is Better clinician education campaign developed to generate awareness of the benefits of digital health in Canada. A LEADing Practice exemplifies one or more of the five benefit areas of digital health and represents best practice characteristics for use in clinical practice: Learning from others; Exemplifying benefits; Accelerating adoption; and Delivering results. The seven LEADing Practice award recipients are as follows: Drs. Lamb, Mielke & Teal, Hamilton, ON; QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS; Public Health Ontario, Toronto, ON; ACCESS River East, Winnipeg, MB; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Health Sciences North, Ambulatory Care Clinics, Sudbury, ON and Central Hastings Family Health Team, Madoc, ON.

Social Media Challenge Invites Public Health to Go Viral
Go viral to promote health! That is what public health organizations are being encouraged to do in the Canada Health Infoway ImagineNation Public Health Social Media Challenge. The teams with the most infectious social media campaigns will share in more than $70,000 in awards and incentives. Running from February 26, 2014 through September 30, 2014, the Public Health Social Media Challenge, the latest initiative in the ImagineNation Challenges series, is designed to support public health organizations in a quest to harness the power of social media. Participating teams will have the opportunity to learn from their colleagues and share their experiences. The Challenge is open to organizations that deliver public health services in Canada.
Data Attacks on Healthcare Flying High
In the realm of privacy and security, heeding snooping employees and encrypting portable devices isn’t enough in healthcare these days. Criminal attacks on hospitals are on a huge upward trend, with a whopping 100% reported increase just from four years ago. That’s according to a new Ponemon Institute study.

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