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Patient Portals – A Guide

According to research released in September 2013, 40% of US office-based physicians currently have a portal through their practice management system or electronic health record.  Patient portal technology enables patients to use a web-based connection to communicate with their…

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Added by Administrator on December 11, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

GP Workload Reduced by Telehealth?

A new study has found that there is no evidence that telehealth alters the number of patient contacts with GP’s or reduces GP’s workload.

 

 “The study, conducted by the Nuffield Trust, showed that patients using telehealth contacted GPs as often as those…

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Added by Administrator on December 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

NHS Open Source offer planned

A full electronic patient record system is being planned by Hewlett Package to work on the open source framework currently being developed by NHS England.

 

“The system is called ‘NHS Healthcare Information System’ and will include complex scheduling, e-prescribing, requests and results…

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Added by Administrator on December 13, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Images shared by US Patients

It was announced to delegates on Monday at the Radiological Society of North America conference, that a project giving patients online access to their radiology images has proved that a patient-centred image sharing arrangement can work.

 

“William Heetderks, associate director of…

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Added by Administrator on December 16, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Innovative Health Apps funded by £2m Government Fund

Small companies have developed 5 apps designed to encourage and help people to stay healthy.  All funded by a £2m government innovative fund.

 

“The apps are designed to help people beat obesity and alcohol abuse and were funded by the Department of Health through the Small…

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Added by Administrator on December 9, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Pathways for Commissioners

As of next February, a new tool will be available to commissions to help them analyse NHS Pathways data.

 

The NHS Pathways Intelligent Data Tool has two strands; the Continuous Quality Improvement dashboard, and the Directory of Services Analysis…

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Added by Administrator on December 10, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Propeller helps asthmatics?

An inhaler with a sensor is helping to reduce emergency room visits and lower health care costs by beaming data back to doctors.

 

“Earlier this year, 498 asthma patients in California were split into two test groups. One group puffed their inhalers normally.…

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Added by Administrator on December 3, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Open for Research – The Cloud NLP Platform

Cloud-based REVEAL technology is to be made available by Health Fidelity for research use.

The natural language processing platform converts unstructured clinical notes into rich, fully structured and coded content in real-time.

 

“Company officials hope…

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Added by Administrator on December 4, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

BT and Medred Launch Health Cloud

A new health cloud is making strides for open health data by providing access to aggregated population data (based on an anonymized population of more than 50 million lives) going back two to five years.

 

“MedRed, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare software…

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Added by Administrator on December 5, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Google Glass to be used in surgery

It has been reported that the University of  California-San Francisco has received approval from the Institutional Review Board to use Google’s computerised eyeglasses during surgeries. It is the first approval in the US by the board.

 

“Pierre Theodore, a…

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Added by Administrator on December 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

An Interview with - Professor Jim Davies, Chief Technology Officer for Genomics England

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary has described the project to sequence 100,000 genomes and link these to EHR’s as potentially “bigger than the internet”.   Is this hype a reality? 

 

“Genetic medicine is going to turn medicine upside down,” says Professor Jim Davies, chief technology officer…

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Added by Administrator on December 2, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Health data shared via Cloud

Public health and population data is being opened up by the US and joining international datasets.  About half a century after epidemiology studies in Massachusetts and the United Kingdom helped build the world’s understanding of cardiovascular disease and health…

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Added by Administrator on November 27, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

New CMS Tool to aid user access to federal health data

CMS last week unveiled a new online tool to allow researchers to access and manipulate the agency's health care data from a secure desktop computer.

 

“Before the launch of the new online system, CMS would field individual data requests and then prepare and send back large,…

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Added by Administrator on November 28, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

IBM to offer Watson Technology to App Makers

According to a report IBM is planning to make its Watson supercomputer technology available to help vendors create mobile health applications.  It will be available as a cloud-based development platform.

 

“IBM officials say Watson's cognitive…

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Added by Administrator on November 26, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Expectations of EHR’s are too high

EHR’s can offer great value, feed research and give thorough data collection and analysis.  However, concern has been expressed that it is interfering with rather than facilitating doctor-patient interactions.

 

“The issue may not be so much the failure of EHRs, as their falling short…

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Added by Administrator on November 25, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

NHS England to push Tech

The revamped NHS Mandate between the Government and NHS England contains a number of commitments to encourage the NHS to use new technology.

 

“The government published the first mandate to NHS England a year ago. The document is the government’s permission for the commissioning…

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Added by Administrator on November 22, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Regulations on Mobile Health Apps?

The US Food and Drug Administration, together with NHS England is working on a bilateral framework for regulations on mobile health apps.

 

“Last month, the FDA issued its final guidance on regulating health apps in the US, and NHS England is looking to follow in the same…

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Added by Administrator on November 18, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Weekly Newsletter 15 November 2013

Welcome to our new weekly newsletter! This newsletter contains this weeks blog posts, events and forum discussions from the Health Informatics Forum.

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Mobile Health Apps – Consumer Use Limited 

According to a new report by the IMS Institute for…

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Added by Administrator on November 18, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Medicaid Program benefits and saves

Colorado’s accountable care collaborative program is already showing early successes in curtailing overutilization and co-ordinating care.  Despite a number of hurdles, the analytics platform is supporting a good deal of the collaboration.

 

“Now covering about half the state’s…

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Added by Administrator on November 19, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

IBM Goes Big

IBM has teamed up with Emory University Hospital to launch two separate projects with two top health systems. One involves the use of big data to help clinicians provide predictive…

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Added by Administrator on November 20, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

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