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| Vol. 13 No. 17, August 24, 2016 |
 
 
FACTS AND STATS

Baby Boomers take to digital healthcare
A new survey of digital healthcare use reveals Baby Boomers more than other segments of the population are using self-service web tools to manage their healthcare affairs.
The survey of 1,443 consumers by CareCloud Corp., a developer of cloud-based healthcare information technology software and services for doctors, finds that 62% of Baby Boomers—individuals between the ages of 51 and 69—use the web to access and update their electronic health records compared with 58% for mature users (age 70 and above), 54% for Generation X (age 35 to 50) and 48% for Millennials (age 18 to 34).
More Baby Boomers—50%—also use digital healthcare tools to request prescription refills online vs. matures at 46%, Generation X at 36% and Millennials at 31%. At 43% Baby Boomers also use the web and digital healthcare tools to contact a healthcare provider with a question compared with 42% for Millennials and 34% for Generation X and mature patients, respectively.
“Boomers are the group most likely to take advantage of digital healthcare tools,” the survey says. “They are viewing online medical records, requesting prescription refills and contacting their providers with follow-up questions.”
The CareCloud survey notes that consumers are still slow to rate or review their doctor online. Only 26% of survey respondents had completed an online provider review vs. 74% that had not. Patients also rely on a variety of sources to find a physician but the biggest group—42%—use the web site of their health insurer to find a doctor within that network.
In contrast only 11% of consumers use an online search or a ratings and review web site to find a physician compared with 4% who go to a physician’s web site or blog and just 1% who find doctors on social networks like Facebook.
https://www.internethealthmanagement.com/2016/07/29/baby-boomers-take-digital-healthcare/


DIGITAL HEALTH
 
#HealthTO looks at the future of privacy in the digital healthcare space
As Canada’s health care system becomes increasingly strained, startups are stepping up to address specific problems with the system, such as a lack of communication between doctors and patients and a lack of digital networks for doctors to connect.
At TechToronto’s first-ever HealthTO, the event brought in startups addressing these problems and more to talk about the future implications of this tech: as these digital solutions become entrusted with sensitive patient data, how will companies protect patients?
Grace Soyao, founder and CEO of Self Care Catalysts, said that the conversation around access to data needs to be more focused on using data to improve care.
http://betakit.com/healthto-looks-at-the-future-of-privacy-in-the-digital-healthcare-space/

TreeHouse Health, Accenture Partner to Support Digital Health Startups
TreeHouse Health, a health innovation center that invests in emerging healthcare companies to help accelerate their growth, has team up with Accenture to provide guidance and insights to its growing roster of digital health startups.
As part of its partnership as an anchor tenant, Accenture will assign some of its healthcare consultants to the TreeHouse Health facility in downtown Minneapolis to help TreeHouse Health evaluate new portfolio companies for future viability and advise and engage with these and other emerging digital health companies. The announcement marks Accenture as the third anchor tenant to join TreeHouse Health; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota andHennepin County Medical Center joined as anchor tenants over the past two years.
http://hitconsultant.net/2016/08/22/treehouse-health-accenture-to-support-digital-health-startups/
 
MEDICAL GADGETS

Half a century after the release of the film Fantastic Voyage, science upstages fiction with Professor Sylvain Martel's nanorobotic agents designed to travel in the human body to treat cancer
Polytechnique Montréal's Nanorobotics Laboratory unveils a one-of-a-kind medical interventional infrastructure
MONTRÉAL, Aug. 24, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Fifty years to the day after the film Fantastic Voyage was first shown in theatres, the Polytechnique Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory is unveiling a unique medical interventional infrastructure devoted to the fight against cancer. The outcome of 15 years of research conducted by Professor Sylvain Martel and his team, it enables microscopic nanorobotic agents to be guided through the vascular systems of living bodies, delivering drugs to targeted areas.
An action-packed 100,000-kilometre journey in the human body
Fantastic Voyage recounted the adventure of a team of researchers shrunk to microscopic size who, aboard a miniature submarine, travelled into a patient's body to conduct a medical operation in a surgically inoperable area. This science fiction classic has now been eclipsed by procedures and protocols developed by Professor Martel's multidisciplinary team comprising engineers, scientists and experts from several medical specialties working together on these projects that herald the future of medicine.
"Our work represents a new vision of cancer treatments, with our goal being to develop the most effective transportation systems for the delivery of therapeutic agents right to tumour cells, to areas unreachable by conventional treatments," says Professor Martel, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Medical Nanorobotics and Director of the Polytechnique Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory.
http://www.longwoods.com/newsdetail/8221

Edible Battery to Power Internal Medical Devices
Imagine taking a pill with an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose accordingly. Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many more, but a big challenge is making their power sources safe for our bodies.
"For decades, people have been envisioning that one day, we would have edible electronic devices to diagnose or treat disease," materials scientist Christopher Bettinger said in a statement. "But if you want to take a device every day, you have to think about toxicity issues. That's when we have to think about biologically derived materials that could replace some of these things you might find in a RadioShack."
Bettinger and his team at Carnegie Mellon University have taken a big step towards that goal. They've developed a battery out of melanin, a pigment that occurs naturally in our skin, hair, and eyes. Melanins protect our bodies from free radicals, but they also bind and unbind metallic ions, a chemical process crucial to the function of batteries.
http://www.popsci.com/biodegradable-battery-can-be-swallowed-to-power-medical-devices

Nurse Call Systems Equipment Market: Incorporation of Technology Overhauls for Real-Time Patient Care
Unlike other nursing technologies that have made great strides over the decades, nurse call systems have largely remained the same since their inception in 1860. However, recent technological advancements have resulted in a leap from primitive nurse call system to sophisticated wireless nurse call system. From its simplistic model that involved a bedside button for the patient to summon the nurse, technology is revolutionizing the way patient care functions to match with the times.
With information and communication technology forming an integral part of healthcare services, nurse call systems have taken a new form and shape for improving the quality of communication between patients and nurses. In particular, technology-driven nurse call systems are of immense significance in the event of an emergency, as explained in a new report by Transparency Market Research. On account of the aforementioned factors, the global nurse call systems market is expected to display a CAGR of 13.90% from 2014 to 2020.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3044622


GLOBAL WATERCOOLER

How a new agreement will drive digital healthcare in Malaysia
A new memorandum of agreement in Malaysia will drive digital healthcare innovation, according to industry catalyst CREST (Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology) and cloud productivity company Microsoft. 
The long-term agreement, signed during the Malaysia Telemedicine Conference 2016 at Sunway Medical Centre, will involve the creation of a CREST-Microsoft Health Innovation Hub. 
Speaking of the hub, which will be fully operational by mid-September, CREST's chief executive officer Jaffri Ibrahim said: "Buoyed by demands and aspirations of the Electrical and Electronic (E&E) industry in healthcare, we strongly believe that digital health innovations are at the heart of addressing the healthcare challenges faced by our country today."
http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/industries/how-a-new-agreement-will-drive-digital-healthcare-in-malaysia/

Europe Clears FA100 SCCD Sequential Contraction Compression Device
FlowAid Medical Technologies, a company based in New York City, won the CE Mark in Europe for its FA100 SCCD Sequential Contraction Compression Device. The FA100 uses four electrodes stuck to the skin over the calf on each leg to generate muscle contractions that improve venous outflow from the legs.
What’s interesting about this device is that the compressions it produces generate pressure waves within the veins similar to how centrifugal blood pumps work. The sequential repetitive nature of the electric current keeps pushing the blood to move through the vasculature, creating an effect similar to one produced by external pressure devices.
http://www.medgadget.com/2016/08/europe-clears-fa100-sccd-sequential-contraction-compression-device.html

MEDITECH's Web EHR Expands in Canada
6.1 Web EHR Platform Enables Markham Stouffville Hospital to Form Partnerships with Hospitals in Ontario and Beyond
While MEDITECH continues to expand its footprint across Canada, a long-term Canadian customer has also decided to upgrade to the company's newest Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform. Located in Ontario, where 58 percent of hospitals are using MEDITECH, Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) announced they will be implementing MEDITECH's latest web-based EHR platform in February 2017.
"MEDITECH is celebrating 35 years of successful healthcare partnerships in Canada, and we are honored to have progressive healthcare leaders like Markham Stouffville Hospital continue to move forward with the company's Web EHR," said Christine Parent, associate vice president of marketing at MEDITECH.
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/meditechs-web-ehr-expands-in-canada-591018871.html


TRENDS

Temporary Electronic Tattoo for Monitoring Alcohol Levels Through Sweat
Breathalyzers, the most widely used non-invasive tools for measuring blood alcohol concentration, are prone to inaccurate results since they can only provide indirect estimates. Although the most accurate technique for measuring plasma alcohol level is via a blood sample, this requires a blood draw. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have engineered a novel wearable electronic tattoo that senses and measures alcohol level in sweat and relays this information to a wireless device via an electronic circuit board. The flexible sensor is a non-invasive, portable, real-time indicator that provides accurate read-outs within 15 minutes.
The tattoo consists of a small hydrogel pilocarpine-eluting patch and screen-printed electrodes. Pilocarpine stimulates the production of sweat, which interacts with the electrodes that electrochemically detect blood alcohol level and relay the data to a flexible electronic circuit board. The circuit board communicates wirelessly with a mobile device, such as a smartphone or laptop.
http://www.medgadget.com/2016/08/temporary-electronic-tattoo-monitoring-alcohol-levels-sweat.html

This Disturbingly Happy Hospital Robot may deliver your medication during your next hospital stay.
Panasonic has created an aggressively pleasant Dalek-nurse to whir silently between hospital beds, smile, and drop off medications and meals to patients. Japan and other countries have already given the wifi-camera-sensor driven bot proper certification to chip in with menial hospital duties.
While good bedside manor is definitely appreciated by anyone stuck in a hospital for more than a few hours, something about the over-the-top grin on Hospi-R, the pink robo-servant, just seems a little off. Thankfully Hospi-R seems to lack arms, teeth, or articulated needle jabbers that might make the prospect of it wheeling into your room late at night extra scary.
http://www.popsci.com/look-at-this-disturbingly-happy-hospital-robot

A Novel Regenerative Bandage for Hastening Healing of Diabetic Wounds
Chronic diabetic foot ulcers, which can be notoriously difficult to treat, affect 15% of diabetic patients, causing severe pain and a reduction in quality of life.  The complications of diabetic foot ulcers can be severe, necessitating amputation and in some circumstances causing death. A research team of biomedical engineers from Northwestern University has devised a novel therapeutic regenerative bandage, which has antioxidant properties and delivers a protein that hastens the body’s own ability to heal itself.
http://www.medgadget.com/2016/08/novel-regenerative-bandage-hastening-healing-diabetic-wounds.html


SIMPLY THE BEST

Washington Hospital Honored with Magnet® Recognition Again

Washington Hospital, one of the Tri-City Area’s top medical facilities and a well-established regional provider, has been honored with Magnet® recognition for the second time in a row by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes the very best health care organizations nationwide for superior patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
Magnet recognition is the highest level of honor granted by the ANCC and is known nationally as the gold standard for nursing excellence. Washington Hospital is only the fifth hospital in the Bay Area and one in 30 hospitals in California to achieve this recognition, which only 7.8 percent of hospitals in the United States have earned.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3047072
 

ELECTRONIC HEALTHCARE ARTICLES

Past, Present and Future: The Outlook from Mid-Career Nurse Informaticians     
Robin Carrière, Alison MacDonald and Yvonne Chan
The experience of a several early and mid-career nurses who chose to focus on nursing informatics (NI) is exploring - including how and why they chose this career path, the opportunities and challenges they have faced to date and their predictions for the future of NI.
http://www.longwoods.com/content/24754
 
Informatics and Nursing in a Post-Nursing Informatics World: Future Directions for Nurses in an Automated, Artificially-Intelligent, Social-Networked Healthcare Environment     
Richard G. Booth
The author looks at technological advancements currently taking place within healthcare, and proposes implications for the nursing role and the nursing informatics specialty. He also offers recommendations and insights towards how the roles of nurses and informaticians might evolve or be shaped in the growing post-Nursing Informatics era are presented. 
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