Friday, May 30, 2008
A recent position paper released by the American College of Physicians supports increased use of health information technology, but points out that physicians should be reimbursed for the required investment of time to review and maintain patient data as well as the cost of equipment...MORE
Multiple challenges and opportunities are seen as developers create new ways to gather and disseminate the complex knowledge required to practice health care today. This report from European website OBBeC evaluates some of the difficulties and presents some possible developments...MORE
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The Boston Globe recently reported on a wide variety of applications being devised for both researchers and consumers in healthcare. Examples include the use of cell phone cameras to aid diagnosis of diseases in remote locations, medication reminders, and streaming video to aid emergency response teams...MORE
Google has joined companies like WebMD and Microsoft in creating a website where individuals can organize and store their personal health records, according to the New York Times....MORE
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A recent initiative launched by a doctoral student from MIT and Harvard Medical School worked with Socios en Salud (SES), a Lima-based health organization to provide PDAs to physicians working in the slums of Lima, Peru. Using these handheld devices, health workers could easily manage information they need to track, treat and support patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. MORE...
Wireless capability is increasingly seen in U.S. hospitals. Sales in wireless has been growing at an annual rate of 23% since 2005, with sales of $2.7 billion in 2007. Hospitals see wireless support for their mobile nurses and physicians as a way to make their staff more productive while reducing medical errors. MORE...
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Engineers at the University of California at Berkeley and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have developed a way to transmit medical images using cellphones. This promising technique could make modern imaging modalities such as ultrasound, radiography, and MRI more affordable and accessible in the developing world. MORE...