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Vol. 10 No. 17, August 14, 2013


In UK, Telehealth a Mystery to Vast Majority
Just one in ten people have heard of telehealth and less than half of them know what it is, a new British survey reveals. Research commissioned by the National Telehealth Forum (UK) shows that the vast majority of people in the UK have no understanding of telehealth or of its ability to support people with long term conditions. This is despite a national awareness drive spearheaded by the Department of Health and the telehealth industry through the 3millionlives campaign.
The research, conducted by YouGov, surveyed 2,066 UK adults and found that 90% had never heard of telehealth. Of people surveyed who were aged 55 or over and statistically more likely to have a long term condition, 92% had never heard of telehealth. One in ten said that they had heard of telehealth, but only 4% said that they knew what it was. Research commissioned by the Forum and conducted by YouGov in 2012 showed that 9% of people had heard of telehealth, and 5% knew what it was.


Canadian Start-Up Taking Aim at Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
As patients suffering from sleep apnea know, a clinical-quality sleep apnea monitoring system that is also user-friendly and reliable, remains an unmet clinical need. Existing at-home treatments are bulky, cumbersome, and may need configuration by a technician so patients are very open to more options. Recently, a new detection device was invented by Douglas Bradley, Geoff Fernie and Hisham Alshear at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), and spun off through support from MaRS Innovation. In the comfort of his own home, the patient wears what appears to be a lower profile CPAP type mask and breathing patterns are stored on a memory chip that can be downloaded by the physician and analyzed. The design allows for the diagnostic assessment to be easily repeated if necessary and is aimed to be more cost-effective than other options on the market.

Patient Privacy Top Priority as Norway Rolls out National Summary Care Record
The Norwegian Health Directorate has selected FairWarning® Patient Privacy Monitoring solution as an integral part of the national roll out of the Norwegian Summary Care Record (SCR). The deployment of the FairWarning solution will enable compliance to new legislation introduced in June 2013, which mandates the protection of patient privacy. The objective of the SCR is to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and standards of patient care and safety. This will also create greater patient engagement, through the provision of easy access to secure digital services.
UK: Two Million Pounds to Get Patients Online
NHS England has issued a tender worth up to £2m to train 100,000 people to use online health services. Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s director of patient and information said earlier this year that the board would launch a program to train 100,000 citizens by April 2014, ready to benefit from the “digital revolution”. The Health Online Programme aims to improve the way people interact with health services, via new ‘NHS digital flagship’ training centres in GP practices and hospitals.
Siemens Launches syngo Training Academy to Enhance User Knowledge
Siemens Healthcare has officially opened a dedicated training facility for its syngo clinical imaging solutions. This includes the advanced 3D routine and reading solution, syngo®.via. The syngo Training Academy is located in the Siemens Healthcare Academy Training and Education Centre, a purpose-built facility at the Siemens plc headquarters in Frimley, Surrey (UK). The Academy is running regular courses for syngo customers in the UK and North West Europe on both general and specialised IT topics throughout the year.

New Medi-Key Medical Keyboard and Geni-Tec Battery System from Bytec
Bytec Medical, a small medical firm out of Redhill, Surrey, UK, has unveiled a new wireless medical grade keyboard built for infection sensitive environments that features more comfortable buttons, and a new battery pack system that was also designed for ease of use and with universal precautions in mind. The new third generation Medi-Key keyboard, aimed for use by both patients and clinicians, is made of hypo-allergenic silicone rubber, and you can just take it to the sink and give it a bath or shower. When ready, just set it into disinfect mode and all the buttons and touchpad are turned off. The Medi-Key can also be programmed to give regular notices to get it cleaned. There’s also a number touchpad on the right side that should be convenient for entering patient data.


Nokia and XPRIZE Announce Finalists of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE
For the past four months, teams from all over the globe have been utilizing the latest in sensor technologies to change the way we understand our health. They’re all competing for the $525,000 grand prize and up to five additional $120,000 prizes in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. The purpose of the XCHALLENGE is “to accelerate the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being. Innovation in sensing is an important component to creating a means for appealing, usable, smarter digital health solutions.” The judges have selected the finalists who will refine their devices over the next month or so before the winners are announced on October 2. The list of finalist is available here:

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