Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Report: Teleconsulting Can Be Used To Assess Stroke Patients Remotely

A report in the journal Stroke finds that mobile teleconsulting is a viable way to assess remotely located stroke patients but that hospital-based landline systems would provide better quality communications. The study involved two stroke centers and 14 hospitals in Germany. Reuters Health.

Wi-Fi Keeps Patients and Families Connected

December 19, 2008] Georgetown University Hospital's free Wi-Fi and the Web service CaringBridge ease hospital stays by giving patients and their families vital access to the Internet for information sharing, entertainment, and keeping up with work.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Patients Turn to Social Networking Sites To Find Disease Treatments

I could think of some nightmares with this?

Patients Turn to Social Networking Sites To Find Disease Treatments
Patients are using social networking Web sites to share their experiences with certain diseases and learn about potential treatments. One Web site, called PatientsLikeMe, aims to speed the pace of research by sharing patients' medical records. CBS' "Evening News


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another interesting breakthrough

Nokia Develops a Smart Home Platform to Offer Consumers New Ways to Control Their Homes With a Mobile Device

Thanks to Guy Dewsbury
SMART Thinking

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Considering telecare for someone with dementia

Perhaps this because of the holiday weekend here in the states and their are a lot of people home alone... But this comes from a social workers blog in the UK, he/she is going to asscess a client for the first time and telecare is part of the process .
Previously sent by Steve Hards at http://www.telecareaware.com/what-is-telecare/


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Control Your Home with iPhone or is this really a telehealth app in disguise?

"It's coming from inside the house." Home automation vendors have announced new software that will let iPhone and iPod touch users dim the lights, control the temperature, and even view live surveillance video over Wi-Fi at home and over cellular while away.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Telehealth Offers Patient Care Anytime, Anywhere

Telehealth has the potential to increase access, savings, and quality. Yet low consumer awareness, along with provider reimbursement and liability barriers, have hampered adoption. Two new CHCF reports look at the progress to date.




Author Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, http://www.healthpopuli.com/2008/11/anytime-anywhere-health-2-new-reports.html

Bob Pyke

Electronic Arts to Enter Exercise-Gaming World

Electronic Arts to Enter Exercise-Gaming World


Monday, November 10, 2008

Intel Unveils Telehealth Details

Intel Corp. has revealed pilot sites and a customer for its new Health Guide telemedicine device and related software and services. The small device, designed to be used in the homes of the chronically ill, features a touch-screen and a camera

CMS Releases Final Rules

CMS released a final rule pertaining to telehealth services for services furnished on or after January 1, 2009.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nurisng Informatics Virtual Award for Dr Viginia Saba

Dr. Virginia Saba is the Gold Award Recipient from the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. Dr Saba is Distinguished Scholar, Adjunct -- Georgetown University, Washington DC and Adjunct Professor - USUHS, Bethesda, MD, She has pioneered the integration of computer technology in the nursing profession for over 30 years. For ffuthor information about Dr Saba and the OJNI, please go to http://ojni.org/12_3/saba.htm


Saturday, November 1, 2008

New technology lets kids see doctor without leaving school

Ok, not really new to us in the telehealth community,
But it deserves mention, Watch the video as well, audio is not good ,interesting to note, they are using AMD supplied devices....


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

U.S. Hospitals Turn to Teleradiology To Tackle Radiologist Shortage

In response to rising costs and a shortage of radiologists, many U.S. hospitals are turning to teleradiologists in India to read X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other medical images, Reuters reports.

Bangalore, India, is becoming a global center for telemedicine because of the number of Western-educated physicians, its extensive outsourcing infrastructure and lower costs. In addition, the time zone makes it convenient for Indian radiologists to diagnose medical conditions during the U.S. nighttime hours.

Experts say that other medical areas that do not require


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Health Care Industry Begins To Embrace Open Source, Web 2.0


The health care industry slowly is beginning to embrace Web 2.0 and open source technology through the use of social networking Web sites and online personal health record tools, Newsweek reports.

Some experts argue that "if transparency and openness can work wonders for software," it also could benefit the health care industry, according to Newsweek. A growing number of health care providers say that making patients' health care information readily available to family, friends and physicians could boost the quality of care.

However, there are several concerns about sharing personal health data, including the risk of health plans using that data to deny coverage or employers using the information to discriminate against job applicants.

Peter Neupert -- a vice president at Microsoft and head of the company's health-related products -- said, "On the one hand, you care a lot about the privacy of health information," adding, "But in order to make it valuable, you have to be able to share."

Neupert said that people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, could benefit from sharing their health information. "The concept of health is a social concept," he said.

Sharing health care experiences, such as treatments and drug side effects, also could benefit researchers, Newsweek reports.

James Heywood, co-founder and chair of the social networking Web site "PatientsLikeMe.com", said, "In the end, it's the same as open-source software," adding, "If you can see all the information, you can correct the errors" (Sheridan, Newsweek, 10/16).

Saturday, October 11, 2008

100 eHealth Gaming companies

This is a great list of the over 100 eHealth Gaming companies: http://gaming4health.com/resources/gamedevelopers

This is a great list of the over 100 eHealth Gaming companies: http://gaming4health.com/resourcamedevelopers

100 eHealth Gaming companies

100 eHealth Gaming companies

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Americans want change in U.S. health care system

Somewaht dated, but am I crazy to think this?
A survey released on Aug. 7, 2008, by The Commonwealth Fund finds that 82 percent of Americans think the U.S. health care system should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


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Sunday, August 10, 2008

The failure of e-health/telehealth today

Because I recently had rotator cuff surgery, my output has declined and maybe it allowed me to sit back and think of the state e-health/telehealth today in the US.

Sadly with some exceptions, I am not impressed, but in parts of the world we don't even compare.
Why perhaps its lack of leadership or our e-health/telehealth leaders are risk adverse?
What may be lacking, in my opinion is we don't have any e-health/telehealth statesmen.

To paraphrase Seth Godin, There aren't so many statesmen. People who speak truth to power. Leaders who describe what they see, whether or not it serves their short-term interests. They say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done, as long as it serves the long-term needs of their constituents. No wonder we like them so much.

Lawyers are sworn to be advocates. It's their duty. They take a side and they argue it. They're not supposed to tell the truth, they're supposed to argue a point of view.
Guess who has a better reputation?http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/07/index.html

We need our statesmen to step up in e-health/telehealth today. Its time for the Simon Bolivar's of e-health/telehealth to call for a new revolution today. Before the barbarians overrun the statesmen.


Friday, August 8, 2008

Posters promoting Telecare are popping up around London

A great way to promote Telehealth and doing good in your community.
The London Telecare Group (of councils) has commissioned posters through out London on Telecare.
Very well done and thought out http://www.londontelecare.com/
John Chambers is in charge of the posters (Director) john@londontelecare.com 020 8686 5657 Fax ... 020 8686 9989

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Health Blogosphere: What It Means for Policy Debates and Journalism

Might be of interest?

The Kaiser Family Foundation is sponsoring a discussion about the growing influence of blogs on health news and policy debates. Only in the past few years has the blogosphere become mainstream. In the health policy arena, we now see policymakers, journalists, researchers and interest groups utilizing this new media tool to deliver information to their audiences.

Grid Technologis for eHealth - Call for chapter proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 31, 2008
Grid Technologies for eHealth: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery
A Manuscript edited by Dr. Ekaterina (Eka) Kldiashvili
Georgian Telemedicine Union (Association), Georgia

“Grid” computing has emerged as an important new field, distinguished from conventional distributed computing by its focus on large-scale resource sharing, innovative applications, and, in some cases, high-performance orientation. Grid computing is increasingly being viewed as the next phase of distributed computing. Built on pervasive Internet standards, Grid computing enables organizations to share computing and information resources across department and organizational boundaries in a secure, highly efficient manner. Organizations around the world are utilizing Grid computing today for a whole host of different applications such as collaborative scientific research, drug discovery, financial risk analysis, product design, etc. Grid computing enables, for example, research-oriented organizations to solve problems that were infeasible to solve due to computing and data-integration constraints. Grids also reduce costs through automation and improved IT resource utilization. !

Finally, Grid computing can increase an organization’s agility enabling more efficient business processes and greater responsiveness to change. Over time Grid computing will enable a more flexible, efficient and utility-like global computing infrastructure. From its inception, the goal of telemedicine has been to overcome the time and distance barriers that separate the caregiver from the patient. Widespread adoption of the technology has been hampered by a number of technological, regulatory and other barriers. Innovations such as computer-based patient records, remote consultations, clinical information systems, computer-based decision support tools, mobile and wireless terminals, community health information networks, and new ways of distributing health information to professionals and consumers are supported by, and in some cases reliant on, the widespread use of networked telemedicine technologies. Grid technology acquires more importance today. The main advantage of ap!plication of Grid technology for eHealth is the new and effective opportunities for establishment and creation of eHealth networks as well as of implementation of clinical information systems and databases.

Objective of the Manuscript
The proposed publication will present a new model of Advanced Grid Technologies, Systems and Services to implement a new model of Virtual Organization for healthcare support. eHealth faces a growing need for large computations, pre-operative planning, medical interventions simulation, the building of anatomical and physiological models, surgery support in real time, etc., all of which could be successfully implemented through Grid technology. This publication aims to describe completed and ongoing research eHealth projects and activities in this field. It is planned to present Data/Information/Knowledge Grids as well as Collaborative Grids. Special emphasis will be placed on the following topics: clinical information system; distribution of computational resources; ensuring image processing algorithm’s accessibility; combining image data with other medical data, facilitating data access; bringing affordable solutions to respond to real problems in healthcare. Special attenti!
on will be paid to the following areas: ePharmacology, eImaging, eClinic and eLearning. Emphasis will be placed on presentation of: organization of clinical information system; timely and secure access of patient data; interoperability of medical databases of heterogenous content; computing intensive applications and knowledge discovery, eDiagnosis, Virtual Epidemiology.

Target Audience
The target audiences for the present publication are: healthcare professionals, eHealth and telemedicine specialists and researchers, IT specialists, healthcare authorities and managers.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
• Clinical information system
• Clinical diagnosis
• Medical databases
• eLearning
• Simulation
• eHealth networks
• Standardization
• Virtual Epidemiology

Submission Procedure
Researcher and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 31, 2008 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 30, 2008 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 28, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference) and “Medical Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:
Ekaterina (Eka) Kldiashvili, Ph.D.
Georgian Telemedicine Union (Association)
75 Kostava str., 0171 Tbilisi, Georgia
Email: grid_technologies_for_ehealth@yahoo.com
Blog: www.gridtechnologiesfore-health.blogspot.com

Monday, July 21, 2008

Interesrting use of tech , Health Mapping

Here is an interesting site that some may find helpful. Came across it via another list..

It is: http://www.healthmap.org/en

It uses various resources including WHO, EuroSurveillience, ProMed Mail, etc. to track disease outbreaks wordwide. It is put up by Harverd-MIT Division of Heath Services and Technology. It is most definitely a Gee whiz kind of site - but
interesting none the less.



Web 2.0: A Movement Within The Health Community

Dr Iain Doherty , Director, Learning Technology Unit; Faculty Medical and Health Sciences and The University of Auckland has published a fantastic and comprehensive article in Health Care and Informatics Review Online about web 2.0 and health. ...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Considering telecare for someone with dementia

In this social worker’s blog he/she describes going to assess a client for the first time. It’s heartening to see that some form of telecare is automatically considered as part of that process


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Registration for CST-2008

Registration is now open for Telehealth 2008, the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Telehealth. http://www.cst-sct.org/en/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=155

CST-2008 is scheduled to take place in Ottawa, Ontario October 4th thru' 7th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The theme for this years conference is "Convergence to Care: Patients, Providers and Technology" and the meeting is being held in conjunction with the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health.

-Dr Trevor D. CradduckVice-President/President-ElectCanadian Society of Telehealth

trevor.cradduck@cst-sct.org1-250-468-9489 (O/H)1-250-714-5620 (Mobile)1-250-468-9459 (Fax)Blog: telehealthcanada.blogspot.com The 11th Annual CST Conference - Convergence to Care: Patients, Providers and Technology Crowne Plaza Hotel - Ottawa, Ontario; October 5-7th, 2008 For more information click here www.cst-sct.org

Telehealth Technologies Addressing the Global Impending Nursing Shortage

In addition to providing better care for patients at a distance, telehealth technology applications can provide a real means for the nursing profession to alleviate the impending nursing shortage. According to a report of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), there will be an unmet need for more than one million nurses in the United States by 2020.



Monday, June 23, 2008

2 Items of interest

The Hawaii Medical Service Association -- via the state's Blue Cross Blue Shield plan -- will offer state residents and Blue Cross members real-time telephone or online consultations with doctors in its network through Online Healthcare Marketplace. Doctors will be reimbursed by Hawaii Blues plans if their patients are members; others will need to pay on their own.

A retired ophthalmologist has started Cyber-Sight, a telemedicine program that joins 140 medical mentors with 600 ophthalmology professionals around the world. The goal is to improve the quality of eye care and help make difficult diagnoses through e-mailed photos. The program "gave us the possibility to work with such great people, raise the quality of our professional work and the quality of our patients' lives," said one Romanian doctor. The Indianapolis Star (6/23) http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080623/LIVING19/806230319/1007/LIVING

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Children's Web site takes mystery, fear out of hospital stay

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., uses an interactive Web site to help pediatric patients prepare for their hospital stay, treatments and surgery. A team of nurses created the site to take the fear and mystery out of going to the hospital.

Friday, June 13, 2008

iPhone Imaging app

This was just a matter of time...
iPhone medical imaging application provides multi-planar reconstruction of fused data sets such as PET/CT, enabling physicians to retrieve patient images via iPhone or iPod touch.

2 Telehealth iterms of interest

2 Telehealth iterms of interest, and sign me up for my annual physical for the second item...
Thanks to Guy Dewsbury for the links.

Telecare a key tactic to improve health & well-being of UK’s 6 million carers

Cell Phone-Sensor Technology Used For Prostate Tests

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Middle Tennessee's first ever online community for cancer survivorship

From our friend Rod Ward and better said then anything I could say...

Jacob Weiss is so busy working on his awesome new Drupal site I bet he's not going to have time to let you all know about it. But it's official. It launched yesterday to critical acclaim. Check it out: http://www.canconnect.org/ CanConnect... Middle Tennessee's first ever online community for cancer survivorship. Source: Anna Belle Leiserson Web Coordinator Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Virtual healthcare worker could save patient time and nursing resources

A Japanese research team has developed a proposal for a remote healthcare system that will allow caregivers to communicate with patients through video and voice technologies, keep track of a patient's vital signs, and monitor a patient's food and medicine supply from a remote location. Researchers say that their system could address some important socioeconomic problems, such as providing quality medical care for citizens living in small towns and rural areas. Currently, people in sparsely populated areas of the country are usually required to seek sophisticated healthcare some distance from their homes.

Friday, May 30, 2008


Better Health Care and Cost Savings for the 21st Century - report from AT&T Center for Telehealth research and Policy, U of Texas ...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Telecare Made Easy, from the UK

A very strong case can be made that the UK is way ahead of the US in Telecare. The following confirms my suspicions. This deserves a look at...

BTW, Guy is one of authors and cyber band of brothers..

The Disabled Living Foundation’s (DLF) Telecare Made Easy site was introduced to the public at the Naidex Exhibition at the beginning of the month but launched formally at an event at the DLF’s headquarters yesterday.

There were speeches and presentations from Karen Buck (local member of parliament); Dave McKinlay (Department of Work and Pensions Office for Disability Issues); Alison Rogan (Marketing Director, Tunstall); Karen Bradshaw (Westminster City Council); Guy Dewsbury (London Borough of Barnet) and a demonstration of the site by Warren Goodland of the DLF http://www.telecaremadeeasy.com/

Telecareaware web site http://www.telecareaware.com/

Guy Dewsbury and the London Borough of Barnet web site http://www.barnet.gov.uk/index/health-social-care/services-for-older-people/telecare.htm


Results Vary in Test Drive of Commercial Telemedicine Sites

A television news program tried out three Web sites that allow consumers to consult with physicians via email for a fee: eDocAmerica, LivePerson and JustAnswer. None of the sites provided an accurate diagnosis. ABC's "Good Morning America."

Friday, May 23, 2008

Canadian Medical Association launches online health consultations

The Canadian Medical Association has launched a health portal with a direct and secure link for patients to share the data they input with their doctor in online consultations.

The portal uses secure messaging, an application that offers a private channel of communication between doctors and patients, as a safer alternative to email. Patients and doctors can communicate online about matters such as monitoring chronic disease, follow-ups after appointments, and prescription renewals.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

E-Health in Practice , a new publication that may be of interest?

There is a new e-mail publication out called E-Health in practice that may be of interest?

Produced by HealthConnect International, the E-Health in Practice Bulletin aims to highlight useful tools, resources, and examples of e-health applications that health professionals in developing countries can apply in their own environments. It is also intended to serve as a forum for readers to share resources and experiences. To suggest or contribute ideas or content for future issues of the bulletin, please contact: bulletin@healthconnect-intl.org

To receive regular issues of the E-Health in Practice Bulletin, please subscribe at http://groups.google.com/group/healthconnect-international or contact bulletin@healthconnect-intl.org. Archived issues can be found at www.healthconnect-intl.org

Saturday, May 17, 2008

eHealth and Telemedicine Associations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland Join Forces

Across Europe and worldwide, telemedicine and telehealth services respond to today's health and social demands, i.e. treatment of chronic patients, support for the quality of life of elderly people living at home and the empowerment of citizens/patients to make healthcare choices. With the evolving European-wide availability of eHealth infrastructures, new opportunities for highly interconnected telemedicine services emerge.

Given the ubiquity of networks and the mobility of patients in Europe it is impossible to deploy sustainable telemedicine services without international, European and worldwide dimensions.


International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth

Friday, May 16, 2008

According to a report, remote care technology will drive the market for wireless-based medical devices and applications. The report examined telehealt

According to a report, remote care technology will drive the market for wireless-based medical devices and applications. The report examined telehealth technologies aimed at seniors, remote care and diagnostics, and the consumer electronics industry's increasing market control. Healthcare IT News.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Telehealth News Updates

Clarion-Forest VNA moving health care to next level
Oil City Derrick - Oil City,PA,USAAnna Schettler of Shippenville was one of the very first Telehealth patients with the Clarion-Forest VNA in 2003. Schettler, who reached her 100th birthday, ...http://www.thederrick.com/stories/05132008-2018.shtml

Summit on Behavioral Telehealth to Delve Into Telemedicine ...
Trading Markets (press release) - Los Angeles,CA,USADublin, May 09, 2008 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- -- The Second Annual Summit on Behavioral Telehealth: Technology for Behavior Change & Disease Management ... http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1535928/

Government trials Telecare for the elderly
Current IT news from heise online - London,UKTelecare and Telehealth are being investigated by the Department of Health as ways of looking after older patients without more healthcare professionals. ...

Eight NH communities building high-speed network
WBZ - Boston,MA,USAThe Virginia network is expected to be finished in 2012 and provide rural residents voice telephone service, television, Internet access, telemedicine ...http://wbztv.com/newhampshirewire/22.0.html?type=local&state=NH&category=n&filename=NH--InternetCooperati.xml

The future of eHealth without frontiers
Computing - London,UK... implement telehealth solutions on a national scale. I am sure all eyes will be on this programme, which has earmarked Ј46m to be spent on telemedicine ...

Remote care, direct assistance Telehealth aids patients, nurses
Baltimore Sun - United StatesRice is one of 90 patients whom Jones cares for daily, with the help of technology known as Care Coordination Home Telehealth. Through this program, Jones ...

Cegedim Rx plans telehealth move
EHI Primary Care - London,UKPharmacy systems specialists, Cegedim Rx, has partnered with Telehealth Solutions to integrate self-monitoring devices with their pharmacy systems. ...

Free healthcare information by mobile phone

This is a link to an article about a project in Africa on using mobile
phones for toll-free health information and medical emergency calls. Here
is the link: http://allafrica.com/stories/200805081046.html

Friday, May 2, 2008

Trust Driving People to Web Social Networks for Health Info

Recently Jane Sarasohn-Kahn wrote a report and article on Social media on the Internet are empowering, engaging, and educating health care consumers and providers. IMHO, I thought it was most important article written in 2008, I was wrong, her most current article, Trust Driving People to Web Social Networks for Health Info, is even more important... You can read her most current article...

Or go to her blog at http://www.healthpopuli.com/ or e-mail her at jane@think-health.net

Monday, April 28, 2008

Virtual office visits appeal to patients, physicians, insurers

In December 2007, Cigna and Aetna began offering reimbursements for online visits to physicians nationwide, while Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has reimbursed a limited number of online visits in Florida since 2004. Experts predict the number of online visits will increase. Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Montana clinic reaches goals in CMS pilot

From our friend Dr Claude S. Poliakoff...

This is quite an impressive account of user-friendly telemetry
implementation, both productive and economically feasible!
From Jane Sarasohn-Kahn...

Social media on the Internet are empowering, engaging, and educating health care consumers and providers. While consumers use social media -- including social networks, personal blogging, wikis, video-sharing, and other formats -- for emotional support, they also heavily rely on them to manage health conditions. http://www.chcf.org/topics/chronicdisease/index.cfm?itemID=133631

You may want to visit her blog at http://www.healthpopuli.com/

Monday, April 21, 2008

Open Source Software in Health Care

By Holger Schmuhl, holger.schmuhl@web.de and a link to his web site, http://www.apfelkraut.org/freemedsw/

Open Source Software in Health Care

A list of Open Source Software in Health Care

By Holger Schmuhl, holger.schmuhl@web.de and a link to his web site, http://www.apfelkraut.org/freemedsw/

Philips: results of national study on home healthcare technology and telehealth

Philips has released the findings of its large scale study. Given the importance of telehealth to the future of home care and hospice agencies, much of the study focused on “the various types of telehealth systems being used, the components of these systems, what agency leaders liked and disliked about their systems and most importantly, what leaders felt were the most significant impact of these systems on various aspects of quality and financial outcomes.” Top findings were:

17.1 percent of agencies use some type of telehealth system. A much higher percentage of large agencies (32.0%) report that they provide telehealth services.

88.6 percent report that telehealth led to an increase in quality outcomes

76.6 percent report a reduction in unplanned hospitalizations

77.2 percent report a reduction in emergency room visits

71.3 percent report that telehealth services improved patient

Friday, April 11, 2008

2 IMPORTANT TELEHEALTH INTERVIEWS from our friend Trevor Craddock

Interview with Prof Maurice Mars, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwazulu-Natal, S Africa and with Dr Jim Katzenstein, HealthSpan International



Friday, April 4, 2008

Profiles of older health care consumers: living longer, longing for technology

Three New Reports On Aging and Technology from Jane Sarasohn-Kahn at the Healthpopuli blog.

Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being, AgingStats.gov, Federal Agency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

Healthy@Home, commissioned by AARP and the Blue Shield of California Foundation
State of Technology in Aging Services, Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST)


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World

Please sign the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World at ­ ­http://www.nightingaledeclaration.net.

Each year, we gratefully celebrate International Nurses Week around May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). At this time in human history, however, the world needs much more than celebration.

Nursing shortages in the U.S. and other developed nations are now critical—epidemic, worldwide. The problem is serious, complex and impacting health and well-being across the globe. Nurses and allied healthcare providers—recognized as the ‘arms and legs’ of healthcare as well as the ‘heart and soul’ of healthcare implementation—need your help.

Overcoming this crisis will require exceptional advocacy and leadership. To that end, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) is engaging in interdisciplinary dialogues for partnership. We are collaborating with nurses, midwives, related professionals and allied healthcare providers and other concerned citizens throughout the world. With focus on connection rather than specialization, NIGH is building a diverse and committed global network for addressing this challenge and implementing our objectives for education, empowerment and support during the upcoming decade.

By accessing the NIGH website at http://www.nightingaledeclaration.net and signing the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World, you will join over 18,500 citizens from 86 countries in answering this call.

Why this Declaration? Signatures representing all 192 Member States of the United Nations will lay the foundation for accomplishing NIGH’s proposed adoption of two United Nations Resolutions by the 2008 UN General Assembly declaring 2010: International Year of the Nurse and 2011-2020: United Nations Decade for a Healthy World.

With these proposed UN Resolutions bringing visibility, recognition and value to nurses and allied health care providers, this action not only empowers them, but raises public awareness as to the crucial connection between empowered nurses and allied healthcare workers and the health of people everywhere.

In 1893, Florence Nightingale wrote: “Health is not only to be well, but to use well every power we have.”

Standing alongside Nightingale, each of us has an opportunity—right now—to use our power to make a difference. For the sake of our own health, our children’s health and the world’s health please join us by taking this first critical step and signing the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World!

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAANInternational Co-Director, Nightingale Initiativefor Global Health

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Seniors favor telemedicine if it keeps them independent

Older adults and family caregivers are very willing to use technologies such as telemedicine and telepharmacy that can allow them to remain independent and in their own homes, according to a report from AARP.

But both groups could benefit by knowing more about technological innovations that are available today and those that are on the horizon, the report notes. Three-fourths of older adults support use of telemedicine to diagnose or monitor health conditions remotely in their home, while more than 9 in 10 support use of telepharmacy to have their doctor monitor their medications.

Caregivers are also willing to use new technologies to meet their needs; but more than 8 in 10 think they will have difficulty persuading the people they care for to use these items.


Monday, March 31, 2008

March 27, 2008

Is It Fair To Use EHRs and Other Information Tools To Measure and Compare Care Quality?

Fifty-eight percent of adults surveyed in 2008 said they believe it is fair for health plans to use electronic health records and other information tools to measure and compare the quality of care provided by medical groups, up from 47% in 2006, according to a survey by WSJ.com/Harris Interactive.

The survey also found that 87% of respondents are somewhat or very interested in rating their physicians on their health plan's Web site. Ratings would be based on areas such as trust, communications and availability.Similarly, 91% of respondents said that if their health plan posted those physician ratings online, they would be llikely or very likely to refer to them when choosing a new doctor.

Results are based on an online survey of 2,015 adults

between Feb. 6 and Feb. 8.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Telehealth Outcomes and lessons learned

From one our editors Guy Dewsbury and his work in the UK that deserves mention.


Just a reminder, Med-e-Tel is fast approaching

Med-e-Tel 2008, the International Educational and Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, is just around the corner. Scheduled for 16-18 April, the event will again feature speakers, participants and exhibitors from some 50 countries around the world, presenting on a wide variety of ehealth and telemedicine topics.

The Med-e-Tel 2008 opening session on April 16th includes welcome addresses and presentations by:

Mars Di Bartolomeo, Minister of Health and Social Security, Luxembourg

Dr. Yunkap Kwankam, eHealth Coordinator, World Health Organization

Prof. Dr. Michael Nerlich, President, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth

Prof. Giuseppe Tritto, President, World Academy of Biomedical Technologies (ICET/UNESCO)

Michael Palmer, Project Officer, ICT for Health Unit, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission

Nick Fahy, Head of Unit, Health Information Unit, DG Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission

David Whitlinger, President and Chairman, Continua Health Alliance

Dr. Bill Crounse, Senior Director, Worldwide Health, Microsoft

Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

Dr. Loretta Sclachta-Fairchild, President & CEO, iTeleHealth

Prof. Dr. Harald Korb, Medical Director, Vitaphone

Additional program highlights include
A session on "Product Interoperability Architecture" presented by the Continua Health Alliance, focusing on the how and why of product interoperability in a telehealth ecosystem

A panel discussion on "Telehealth - From Promises to Sustainability" held by the i2010 eHealth Industry Stakeholders Group (with representatives of a.o. IHE-Europe, EHTEL and Continua), examining the challenges and opportunities encountered in deploying telehealth services, looking in particular at issues concerning the European market place and technology needs as well as the regulatory framework and governance of the whole ecosystem.

Extensive focus on "personal telehealth" applications, experiences and research in various sessions dealing with "Telehealth and Chronic Disease Management", "Telehealth, Telecare and Services for the Ageing", "Telehealth in Support of Self Care".

A workshop on the topic of "Living Labs" with presentation of some existing initiatives in various European countries, user feedback, transition from 'lab' to 'reality', and roadmaps ahead.
An overview of "International Telemedicine & eHealth Initiatives and Developments" by members of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), focusing on the current state of telemedicine and ehealth in a.o. Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine.

A mini symposium on "Telenursing", a growing application, offering possibilities to reduce the use of expensive healthcare services, to reduce hospital admissions or length of stay, to perform regular check-ups on patients with chronic conditions, to spread limited resources over a large population, and to increase access to nurse education. The telenursing session will include an introduction to telenursing, results from a global telenursing survey, and some real life experiences from the United States.

Also a session on "Nursing Informatics: Past, Present and Future", looking at the support of nursing by information systems in delivery, documentation, administration and evaluation of patient care and prevention of diseases.

A session on "eHealth for Developing Countries and Low Resource Settings", presided by the World Health Organization's eHealth Coordinator and showing ICT's contributions to healthcare delivery and capacity building in the developing world.

On a related subject, there will also be a special training session on "How to Develop and Implement eHealth and Telemedicine Solutions" presented by the expert group on Question 14 "Telecommunications for eHealth" within the International Telecommunication Union. The training looks at strategic planning issues for the development and implementation of ehealth services in the various areas of health sectors and the required coordination between healthcare and telecommunications authorities in the implementation of national ehealth programs (which have been recommended to all countries by the World Health Organization in its Resolution WHA58.28).

A workshop on "Facilitating Collaboration to Facilitate Tele-Success", focusing on effective collaboration among 'projects' and existing technologies to create an accessible, cost-effective healthcare information system. The session will zoom in on topics such as "From the Bottom Up: Designing from the User Perspective", "What Else Is Going On? – Building a Project Database", "Practical Considerations: Infrastructure, Links, and Tools" and "Price-Performance via Open Source Tools".

A session on "Micro and Nano-Intelligent Technologies for Biomedical Applications. The Meta-Engineering Approach: ICT Implementing MIMETS Technologies in Medical and Surgical Care", presented by the World Academy of Biomedical Technologies, focusing on hybrid systems for interactive decision-making, information sensing technologies, remote healthcare monitoring, micro and nano technology, and innovative biomaterials.

Various sessions Telecardiology, Health Informatics, eLearning, eHealth in Support of Routine Medical Practice, Efficiency in eHealth, Telepsychiatry and Behavioural Telehealth, Teledermatology and Image Transfer, Mobile Health, New Trends in eHealth showing what works and what doesn't, as well as what exists or what is under development in telemedicine, ehealth and health ICT systems and solutions.

A regional (BeLux) seminar organized by the Luxembourg CRP-Santé (Public Institute for Research in Healthcare, Public Health and Biotechnology) about "Clinical Strategy and the Use of Balanced Scorecards", showing how to create and successfully use balanced scorecards to improve clinical outcomes and overall management. The seminar provides a look at experiences from some of the leading hospitals and organizations in Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg.

Meeting of the UNESCO Space for Science Project, coordinated by the World Academy of Biomedical Technologies, discussing the challenges and perspectives of the space for science project, the roadmap for life sciences and health sciences implementing ICT services and providers. The project aims to facilitate scientific and technical cooperation in South-East Europe by providing virtual, collaborative and education services to academic and higher education institutions through fast academic networks and two-way satellite channels. The project is supported by ESA and an industrial consortium specifically set-up by ESA for this purpose.

Meeting of the ISfTeH Board of Directors and an ISfTeH Member Breakfast Meeting.
Overall, Med-e-Tel offers great networking opportunities. It is the perfect forum to share experiences and knowledge and a chance to gain new insights and to establish new contacts and partnerships. Med-e-Tel also offers the opportunity to see and evaluate actual products, technologies and services and to find out how they can be beneficial for you, your organization, or your health system.

Med-e-Tel 2008 conference program details are available at http://www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=educational_program&page=program. You can also stay up-to-date with program and expo news via the Med-e-Tel newsletters.

Registration information and a registration form are available at http://www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=visitor&page=fees_conditions.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Angie's List, a Web site that lets consumers rate their experience with home service companies, has expanded to include health care services. However,

Angie's List, a Web site that lets consumers rate their experience with home service companies, has expanded to include health care services. However, some caution that medical services cannot be rated in the same way as services provided in other industries. Indianapolis Star.



Btw, I disagree with the statement that medical services can not ne rated the same. They can!

Health Informatics Short Course: 5 days, 24/4 - 22/5, University of Dundee

The Dundee Short Course 'Health Informatics: An Introduction' will be
running every Thursday from 24 April to 22 May 2008 from 10am to 4pm, at
the Mackenzie Building, Ninewells Hospital Campus, Dundee. The course
includes lectures, interactive sessions and visits to the Ninewells
Clinical Technology Centre and other relevant sites.

Course Tutors include: Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Health
Informatics and Dr Joe Liu, Senior Research Fellow, both from the
University of Dundee.

Who is the course for?

The target participants include health care and public health
professionals, NHS Managers ad informatics staff and others with an
interest or role in the procurement of health information systems. Anyone
with a good understanding of health care and a role in selecting,
implementing or improving information and communication technologies
systems will benefit. The short course is designed as an optional MPH
module or a stand-alone course but is also ideal for anyone considering
undertaking a Masters or PhD in health informatics.

Course prerequisites

Tutors will assume that participants have excellent spoken English and the
ability to read technical English e.g. journal articles. Tutors will also
assume that participants have a basic understanding of how health care
organisations work. However, only basic knowledge of information and
communication technologies and its health applications will be assumed.

Accreditation of the course

The course is accredited for 5 ScotCat points and for 25 CPD points as a
CME-run course. SCQF accreditation applied for. All non-MPH students who
successfully complete the course will receive a certificate.

Course Fees and Payment

The course fee of Ј250 must be paid before a place can be confirmed. This
includes the course reader. Discounts are available for certain
categories of staff—please enquire for details.

Application process

Application is by completion of a form. No application will be accepted
without payment of the full fee, which may by cheque or credit card.
Please send all applications by Thursday 17 April 2008 to Yvonne Gormley—
details below. However, we advise you to apply early as places in the
course fill up quickly.

To request a brochure and application form please contact:

Yvonne Gormley, HIC External Relations Officer, The Mackenzie Building,
Kirsty Semple Way, Dundee DD2 4BF Tel: 01382 420029,
Email: y.gormley@chs.dundee.ac.uk

Friday, March 21, 2008

Telemedicine and Nepal

Because Pokhara is one of my favorite places on the earth....
Prem Bahadur Pun is a senior surgeon at the Om Hospital in Pokhara. But he is originally from Nangi, and is often on the internet with the health post in his home village advising the health workers there about how to treat patients.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

On December 2003, the citizens of Denmark were offered a better overview of the health sector as well as information about health, medicine, illnesses

On December 2003, the citizens of Denmark were offered a better overview of the health sector as well as information about health, medicine, illnesses and their prevention. For the first time, the Portal brings together the entire Danish health service on the Internet, making this the electronic way for patients, their families and healthcare professionals to obtain information, communicate and maintain an overview. It has been designed to inform citizens of health-related issues and ensure the quality and efficiency of work processes within and between various parts of the healthcare sector.

Online banking has changed our approach to banks, and our vision is for the Portal, sundhed.dk, to change our perception of the health service in the same way. As the health service becomes more and more reliant on electronic communication, more tools and services will become available on the Portal.

Healthcare, medicines and prevention are popular topics on the Internet, and via the Portal, you will be able to find information and communicate with the Danish health service. No advertising or sponsorship credits will appear on the Portal, as it is the public health authorities that are responsible for its creation and running.

A well-functioning eHealth system as complex as the Portal is developed in several stages, as the health service becomes more and more reliant on electronic communication. Thereby, more and more tools and services will become available on the Portal over time. Feedback from its users is considered to be of great importance, and more complex services, several pilot tests and data developments concerning security are to be developed on the basis of this feedback.
The initiative was launched by the Danish Regions, the Ministries of the Interior and Health, Greater Copenhagen Hospital Board, Copenhagen Municipal Authority, Frederiksberg Municipal Authority, and the Danish Pharmaceutical Association.
A non-commercial site, the Portal is the result of collaborations between the various health authorities, as well as part of the Danish government’s IT strategy. No advertising or sponsorship credits will appear on the Portal, and the portal is 100% free of commercial interest.
Download http://www.sundhed.dk/Images/alle/redaktion/english/The_Danish_eHealth_experience.pdf

For further information, please visit:http://www.sundhed.dk

Thanks to Ruslan David for the link, http://www.ehealthnews.eu/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

Saturday, March 15, 2008

CHIME Open Evening - Invitation

Interested in Obtaining a Graduate Qualification in Health Informatics?You are invited to come along to CHIME OPEN EVENING – 24th April 2008, ThursdayCHIME (part of University College London – Royal Free & UC Medical School) will be hosting its sixth Open Evening on Thursday April 28th. The purpose of this event is to publicise our recently revised graduate programme in Health Informatics.CHIME has been successfully providing a graduate programme since 1999 and we are now inviting applications for the 2008 intake.

At the Open Evening would-be students will have the opportunity to find out how the programme is organised and taught.The Health Informatics graduate programme is modular and designed to meet the needs of those who are working full-time. Each module is taught by blended learning, with both an online element and 3 days of campus-based learning. The programme attracts clinicians and information professions from the UK, other European countries and elsewhere. There are scholarships available (which pay 50% of the fees).

This will be an informal event with food, drink, poster displays and computer demonstrations. Past and current students, as well as CHIME staff and tutors, will be on hand to talk to visitors about the programme.As well as a taught graduate programme, CHIME also offers opportunities for research degrees (MPhil and PhD) and continuing education (short course).

If you are interested in attending, please the CHIME Courses Administrator email: courses@chime.ucl.ac.ukTel: 020 7288 3487Venue: Holborn Union Building (the Social Space in the Basement)Archway Campus, Highgate Hill, London N19 5LWTime: 5.30-8:00 pmFor more information about CHIME and our graduate programmes please visit our website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/chime/study-health-informatics/J

Jeannette MurphySenior Research Fellow in Health Informatics

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New ePractice Community - The eHealth Procurers Forum

The ePractice.eu portal hosts an array of exciting communities which gather members with common interests, offering messaging, blogging, calendar and document sharing tools as well as networking opportunities. Communities are open and help ePractice.eu users to connect even better with other peers to share knowledge and news. Any ePractice.eu registered member can start a community or voluntarily join one.

The eHealth procurers Forum at ePractice.eu is an initiative sponsored by the European Commission to help practitioners in eHealth procurement in Europe to meet and share their experiences and knowledge, to ask for advice and provide support.

The community is open to practitioners from European national and regional administrations, from public and private organisations, from academia and research centres. Hopefully such a variety of stakeholders will provide different contributions, approaches and points of view.
The eHealth Procurers Forum is an open space to express opinions and exchange knowledge and where members are encouraged to provide contributions and participate in the discussions and events. It is not an official Commission site. The community is mainly focused on technical and organisational aspects of eHealth Procurement.

According to The eHealth procurers Forum the main proposed topics are: Computer assisted surgery, Decision support systems, Electronic health records, Health portals, Homecare & Telecare Services, Hospital information systems, Medical Imaging, Patient summary, Personal Health Systems, Regional/national Health Information Networks, Telemedicine services, Wearable/Portable Systems for Health monitoring, etc.

For further information and registration, please visit:http://www.epractice.eu/

Friday, February 29, 2008

NWT Telehealth celebrates 10th anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary North West Territories Telehealth

2008 is the 10th Anniversary of NWT Telehealth. A momentous occasion that is worth

From NWT Telehealth:
Have we met our goals? Most of them, but not all. We are on the right track and our statistics are showing this as our usage continues to grow more each year. If we look at the types of services we are currently offering and receiving, we are well on our way; clinics are on the rise; physicians are becoming more involved; education is in high demand; and the general public is more aware of this technology and how it can benefit them. In 2007 NWT Telehealth, with 18 sites installed, performed 194 sessions per 10,000 population. The NWT still has several sites without Telehealth equipment and this needs to be rectified!

Canada Health Infoway Launches new web site

Canada Health Infoway has launched a new web site - www.ehrsforcanadians.ca
It features several short videos one of which entitled "Technology overcomes geography" clearly demonstrates the value of telehealth in delivering follow-up care at a distance.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Revolutionary vision – but will it work?

From - ic Wales - United Kingdom
Action: A telehealth system, which monitors Mrs Jones’s blood sugar levels twice day, is installed in the Jones’s home. The readings from the glucometer are ...
See - http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/health-news/2008/02/11/revolutionary-vision-but-will-it-work-91466-20459500/

The headline questions whether telehealth will work. Given the wealth of experience in providing 24/7 Nurse Help lines and chronic disease management services in other jurisdictions why would there be any doubt that such services can be just as viable in Wales?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Two articles of interest

Telemedicine Efforts Target Uninsured, Rural Hispanics

Use of telemedicine is becoming a more common way to treat chronic diseases among specific underserved populations, such as Hispanics. Two programs in California have had success using the technology to stave off development of more serious and costly conditions among people with diabetes.

Aetna and Cigna get an A+ from me for this!

Insurers Begin To Reimburse for Online Visits, Concerns RemainAetna and Cigna have recently begun reimbursing physicians for online visits in the hope that the technology will increase access and boost patient satisfaction. However, critics contend that online medical care could create ethical concerns, and patients and physicians remain uncertain about whether

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Literature reviews pertaining to telehealth

In the past couple of weeks the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health has published a number of reports:
  1. Real-Time (Synchronous) Telehealth in Primary Care: Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews

    Technology Reports

    January 30, 2008

    Real-Time (Synchronous) Telehealth in Primary Care: Systematic Review of Systematic ReviewsTechnology Real-time telehealth involves the use of information and communication technologies (e.g., a minim...

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  2. Asynchronous Telehealth: Systematic Review of Analytic Studies and Environmental Scan of Relevant Initiatives

    Technology Reports

    January 30, 2008

    Asynchronous Telehealth: Systematic Review of Analytic Studies and Environmental Scan of Relevant Initiatives Technology Asynchronous telehealth refers to the storage of clinically important digital s...

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  3. Overview of Assessments of Real-Time (Synchronous) and Asynchronous Telehealth

    Technology Overviews

    January 30, 2008

    Asynchronous Telehealth: Systematic Review of Analytic Studies and Environmental Scan of Relevant Initiatives Technology Asynchronous telehealth refers to the storage of clinically important digital s...

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  4. Telehealth for Acute Stroke Management (Telestroke): Systematic Review of Analytic Studies

    Technology Reports

    January 21, 2008

    Technology Any modality of telehealth (synchronous or asynchronous) that enables communication between a patient and health care providers, or among health care providers, for the purposes of assessin...

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  5. Telehealth for Acute Stroke Management (Telestroke): Systematic Review and Environmental Scan

    Technology Overviews

    January 21, 2008

    Technology Any modality of telehealth (synchronous or asynchronous) that enables communication between a patient and health care providers, or among health care providers, for the purposes of assessin...

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Telehealth Up and Running in All Rural Yukon Communities

Whitehorse, January 17, 2008 - Health and Social Services Minister Brad Cathers today announced that all Yukon communities have improved health care services with the expansion of the Yukon Telehealth Network. Telehealth links patients from remote communities with clinicians at a distance through secure networks.

"Today, every Yukon community has the ability to link through the Yukon Telehealth Network to provide increased health services and supports within that community," Cathers said. "This is a true feat of technology. The contribution from Canada Health Infoway and the hard work of dedicated people over the past number of years ensured that today arrived."

The minister used the Diabetes Education Centre as a good example of how telehealth works.

"Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are not always able to travel to Whitehorse on a regular basis for training or support. The Diabetes Education Centre staff can connect with their clients in the communities through the telehealth network in the rural health centres to provide one-on-one sessions. This means that people don't have to leave their communities to get the services they need," Cathers added.

"Telehealth increases access to care for those from remote and isolated communities," Canada Health Infoway President and CEO Richard Alvarez said. "Today we are celebrating a real milestone for residents of all Yukon communities who, thanks to technology, now have increased access to much needed health care."

The Yukon Telehealth Network began in 2002. Old Crow, Dawson City, Mayo, Haines Junction, Watson Lake and Whitehorse were the initial communities; followed by Beaver Creek, Destruction Bay, Carmacks and Pelly Crossing. Communications technology has continued to improve where today telehealth can be implemented in all Yukon communities. This expansion has been accomplished by community nursing and information technology (IT) staff with funding from Canada Health Infoway.

Canada Health Infoway is a federally-funded, not-for-profit independent organization that invests with public sector partners across Canada to implement and reuse compatible health information systems which support a safer, more efficient healthcare system. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these private and secure systems provide healthcare professionals with rapid access to complete and accurate patient information, enabling better decisions about diagnosis and treatment. The result is a sustainable, health care system offering improved quality, accessibility and productivity.


Friday, January 25, 2008

EHR innovators have started integrating digitized microscopy images into an Electronic Health Record system.

Thanks to Trevor Craddock at the CST
Toronto’s Michener Institute, an educational centre for applied health sciences, has started integrating digitized microscopy images into an Electronic Health Record system. It’s one of the first sites in the country to do this. “Typically, you do not see digital microscopy in the health record,” commented Dr. Karim Bandali, vice provost of the Michener. Digital slide technology has the potential of becoming a very important tool for pathologists who analyze patient samples for the presence – or absence – of serious diseases, including cancer and blood disorders. “Digital microscopy is a major piece, and integrating it into the electronic record is a major development,” said Dr. Bandali

Florida Nursing School Taps iPods, Patient Simulators for Training

Nursing students at Seminole Community College use patient simulators to learn new medical procedures without risking patient safety. The students also use video iPods to study medical procedure demonstrations and listen to lectures. Orlando Sentinel.

With the state facing a nursing shortage, the technology is intended to ensure that students graduate ready to work in hospitals. The nursing school uses three simulators -- "SimMan," SimBaby" and "Noel," a simulator of a pregnant woman. The simulators can help students learn "decision-making without hurting the patient," Cheryl Cicotti, director of nursing at Seminole Community College, said.The patient simulators also let nursing students experience rare medical conditions that they might not have the opportunity to treat in a clinical setting because more experienced doctors or nurses would handle them.

In addition to the patient simulators, nursing students also use video iPods to study new concepts and skills. Students can load the iPods with lecture videos, demonstrations of medical procedures and electronic flash cards to review medical terminology, the Sentinel reports.Cicotti said students sometimes bring the iPods with them to the hospital so they can review an instructional video before they perform a procedure themselves


Preparing the 2008 "1st Medicine 2.0" Conference -- How social networking and Web 2.0 technologies revolutionize medicine and health care

How social networking and Web 2.0 technologies revolutionize health care, wellness, clinical medicine and biomedical research (Medicine 2.0)

In the past few years we have seen the rapid evolution of new tools and programming techniques collectively called "Web 2.0 tools", which facilitate the development of collaborative and user-friendly Web applications. Typically, the Web 2.0 is a term which refers to a) improved communication between people via social-networking technologies,b) improved communication between separate software applications ("mashups") via open Web standards for describing and accessing data, andc) improved Web interfaces that mimic the real-time responsiveness of desktop applications within a browser window. Semantic web applications (sometimes called Web 3.0) and 3D environments (Second Life) can also be seen as second generation Web technologies.

These technologies have led to a flurry of new applications and speculation on their potential to revolutionize health care and the entire spectrum of health and medicine - from consumer-led preventive medicine, home care, to clinical care. This coincides with a strong push towards personal health records, with major players such as Microsoft and Google entering the scene. High-profile takeovers and valuations of companies such as YouTube or Facebook also have led to a flurry of investment activities - Venture Capitalists are once again investing in Web start-ups, but much of the linguistics and hype is reminiscent of the Web 1.0 bubble in the late 90ies.
As the leading peer-reviewed journal in eHealth, JMIR, together with a number of sponsoring organizations, is currently preparing the first academic international "Medicine 2.0" (TM) conference in 2008.

This cutting edge conference will bring together academics and business leaders and is hoped to catalyze new collaborations between academia, health providers, and the private sector. We envision this to be an annual conference, with peer-reviewed contributions, panels, and invited speakers, focussing on "next generation medicine", which incorporates ideas of collaboration and consumer empowerment.

To celebrate the first Medicine 2.0 conference in 2008, JMIR will publish a "Medicine 2.0" Theme Issue focussing on Web 2.0 applications for health, health care, and the future of medicine. Submission deadline for full articles: February 15th, 2008.

Examples for topics that are within the scope of the theme issue as well as the conference include the following:

Collaborative Filtering and recommender technologies
Consumer empowerment
Personal health records and Web 2.0
New models of academic / scholarly publishing and peer review, e.g. what is the role of blogs and wikis?
New models of e-learning, patient education, medical training and continuing medical education
Youth and digital learning
Business models in a Web 2.0 environment: User-generated content is free - so who makes money how? What is the role of the private sector?
Developing and nurturing online communities for health
The nature and dynamics of social networks
Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring, public health and biosurveillance
How patient - physicians relationship change based on Web 2.0 platforms
Virtual health care learning environments (web 3D: eg second health and the ALIVE project at U of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Use of Web 2.0 applications in health care and education (eg YouTube... UC Berkeley is the first US university to put lectures online via YouTube)
Semantic Web applications

Manuscripts must follow the JMIR Instructions for Authors. Note that JMIR is an Open Access journal and our regular publication fees apply (submission fee and - for non-institutional members - Article Processing Fee in case of acceptance).
To submit, please register as author and make sure to select the section "Special Theme Issue: Medicine 2.0" when you submit the paper.
For further information, please visit: http://www.jmir.org/ojs/index.php/jmir/announcement/view/12

Monday, January 7, 2008

Children's hospital upping transparency with site

Children's hospital upping transparency with site

Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, based in Palo Alto, Calif., announced its new Web site that allows patients to view performance data.
Visitors to the site will be able to see reports on six quality measures—mortality rates, 31-day readmission rates, catheter-associated bloodstream infection rates in the pediatric intensive-care unit, and rates on the likelihood that patients would recommend Lucile Packard to other families for inpatient, obstetric and clinic care.
The 260-bed hospital said that it will add additional performance measures in the future as it continues to focus on patient safety and quality issues.

Panasonic unveils wireless HD video system and don't discount playstation as a telehealth platfrom either?

Panasonic unveils wireless HD video system
Hmm, there are some implications here for telehealth that I don't think Panasonic thought of??

Matsushita Electric Industrial's Panasonic unit said on Sunday it developed a system allowing consumers to send high-definition video to a television from a video player or gaming console without cables.
The system is based on a technology called "WirelessHD" that enables high-definition video transmission without compromising quality.
Users of the new technology could hang a high-definition television on a wall, far from a digital video recorder or disc player, without running wires between the products.
Panasonic did not give details on which of its products would be fitted with the technology, or when it would be widely available. The announcement was made here at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Companies including Panasonic, Intel, LG Electronics, Sony Corp, Samsung Electronics and SiBEAM have been working together to develop the WirelessHD platform, hoping that it will become an industry standard.
And on another note Skype and Sony gives me some interesting ideas on telehealth too?

Sony: Skype coming to PSP this month

The rumors were true: Skype is coming to the PSP. The leading voice-over-IP phone service will be made available to PSP users worldwide in a free firmware update scheduled for later this month. The catch? The service will only work on the new Slim PSP model, not the original bulkier "PSP 1000" (which, as of fall 2007, is no longer produced). The press release lists the other obvious caveats: you'll need to have access to Wi-Fi; have a Skype account (it's free, with paid upgrades for calling to and from non-Skype numbers); and a Skype-compatible "audio input device" (a headset).

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Are Health Care Vendors Providing High-Quality IT Applications for Nurses?


The majority of nurses surveyed said vendors are not yet providing high-quality health care IT targeting nursing workflow. In addition, 64% of nurses said they were concerned that their facilities lacked the appropriate infrastructure to support point-of-care technology.

About one-third of nurses surveyed in September said they were ready to adopt computing applications at point of care. This represents a 325% increase from June 2004, when just 8% of nurse surveyed said they were ready. However, just 34% of nurses said their organizations are investing in point-of-care computing technology, down from 35% who said the same in June 2004.
Results are based on a September 2007 survey of 100 nurses and a June 2004 survey of 100 nurses.
Source: Spyglass Consulting Group