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Vol. 10 No. 9, April 24, 2013


Study: Adding Price Data to CPOE Systems Helps Reduce Tests, Costs
Healthcare providers who view the cost of laboratory tests through their computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system order fewer and less expensive tests, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
For the study, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine examined orders for 61 types of tests during a six-month period in 2008 and 2009 and during another six-month period in 2009 and 2010. During the first study period, none of the physicians were able to see cost data through their CPOE systems. However, during the second study period, about half of the physicians could use their CPOE systems to view data on the Medicare allowable fee for the tests.
Among the physicians who were given access to cost data through their CPOE system: the number of tests ordered fell by 8.6% and the cost per patient-day fell by 9.6%, or a decline of $3.79 per patient-day.
Among healthcare providers who were not given access to cost data through their CPOE system the number of tests ordered rose by 5.1% and the cost per patient-day rose by 2.9%, or an increase of $0.52 per patient-day.


Cloud-based Fundus Photography Tool for Faster and Better Image Analysis
A new tool for ophthalmologists and optometrists is now available, making it easier to monitor changes in the eye. EyeIC has released a cloud-based application that allows to easily compare fundus photographs taken at different times of the same patient, or across patients.
Samsung Unveils Its Own Mobile Ultrasound System, UGEO H60
Samsung has released a new multi-purpose ultrasound to the US market. Dubbed as the UGEO H60, the system features what sounds like a high resolution doppler feature called S-Flow, or as in the press release, “an innovative function that enables color detection with superior sensitivity, that allows even micro vessels to appear in high resolution.”

Italy: Launch of a Personal Assistant App for People with Rheumatic Disease
The Italian Association for People with Rheumatic Diseases (A.P.MA.R.) has announced the successful launch in Italy of the App for people with rheumatoid arthritis, named the Rheumatoid Arthritis App. A.P.MA.R.’s project has been developed by SB Soft s.r.l., with scientific support from Dr. Marilena Serra, Rheumatologist, Vito Fazzi Hospital of Lecce and Dr. Tiziana Nava, President GIS Rheumatology -AIFI (Italian Association of Physiotherapists) and made possible with a contribution from MSD Italy.
GE and Microsoft Launch Caradigm in UK
Caradigm, a joint venture between GE Healthcare and Microsoft, focused on healthcare business intelligence tools, has launched in the UK. Created last March, when GE Healthcare and Microsoft pooled the majority of their health software assets, the joint venture is based around the Caradigm Intelligence Platform, formerly known as Microsoft Amalga, and on identity and access management tools.
EU and US Step Up Cooperation in e-Health
The European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and the United States Department of Health and Human Services have agreed on a roadmap to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in eHealth and Health information technologies. Over the next 18 months the new roadmap will guide the activities of the collaboration focusing on two high priority areas: Standards Development and Workforce Development.

Canada: More than $1.3 Billion in Long-Term EHR Benefits
With a two-fold increase in adoption since 2006, use of electronic medical records in community-based practices in Canada has yielded efficiency and patient care benefits valued at $1.3 billion, a new independent study from PwC reveals. The study was commissioned by Canada Health Infoway.
“Lazy Eye” Disorder: A Promising Therapeutic Approach
A research team led by Dr. Robert Hess from McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has used the popular puzzle video game Tetris in an innovative approach to treat adult amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye”. By distributing information between the two eyes in a complementary fashion, the video game trains both eyes to work together, which is counter to previous treatments for the disorder (e.g. patching). The research was published in the journal Current Biology.
Nanosponges Absorb Pore-forming Toxins from Snakes and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a nanosponge, a small particle that acts as a decoy for a wide variety of toxins that create pores in the cell membrane. This includes toxins produced by bacteria such as MRSA and E. coli, poisonous snakes, sea anemones, scorpions and bees. Unlike most other antitoxins, the nanosponges work regardless of the molecular structure of the toxin and thus do not need to be custom synthesized for individual toxins.


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