Jan 25, 2011

How iPhones and iPads Will Revolutionize Healthcare

iPhones and iPads are increasingly prevalent in health care space.Medical imagery used for diagnosis can now be seamlessly integrated with portable Viewer apps . This easily sets up the Radiologists and Pathologists to be the change leaders to push for in time-high Quality devices which can allow them to consult from anywhere in the world, for anyone in the world. Thus the redundancy of Physical presence at a diagnostic center for such consultants. Communications technology has revolutionized the fundamental practice of medicine by providing faster healthcare , which can only be enriched by more data.

One such app,Mobile MIM displays full-resolution medical images, like CT, MR, or X-rays, with easy-to-use image controls such as window/level, zoom, and pan.

Mobile MIM is currently available in the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India.
In US, it is being thwarted by the FDA. This decision is based on the fact that  
your device has a new indication for displaying medical images for diagnostic use on a mobile/portable device…that alters the diagnostic effect, impacting safety and effectiveness, and is therefore a new intended use.Furthermore, your device has new technological characteristics that could adversely affect safety and effectiveness and raise new types of safety and effectiveness questions…< unquote>
FDA will soon have to reconsider their positions as Tele-diagnosis becomes mainstream.
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No 'Waste Paper Basket Diagnosis' Anymore: Joe DeRisi solves medical mysteries |

Joseph DeRisi is a molecular biologist and biochemist, on the hunt for the genomic basis of illness. His lab at UCSF is focused on the cause of malaria, and he's also poked into SARS, avian flu and other new diseases as they crop up. His approach combines scientific rigor with a nerd's boundary-breaking enthusiasm for new techniques -- one of the qualities that helped him win a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2004. A self-confessed computer geek, DeRisi designed and programmed a groundbreaking tool for finding (and fighting) viruses -- the ViroChip, a DNA microarray that test for the presence of all known viruses in one step.

Joe DeRisi solves medical mysteries | Video on TED.com

Jan 23, 2011

5 Trends Which Will determine the Future of Healthcare ecoSystems.

A new report on www.csc.com looks at the 5 trends they believe will shape the future of healthcare  ecoSystems. Increasing use of collaborative tools, better data analysis and improved clinical practices will change the current business models for providing healthcare.

1) E-Power to the Patient -- Patients take on a larger, more active role in managing their wellness and health. In this new world, the patient is in charge of his or her care management on a daily basis, with “shared care” between patient and provider; the patient and primary care provider lth and wellness plan together and pull in resources as needed.

 2) Earlier Detection -- Earlier detection maximizes options for successful treatment, leading to a speedier return to good health. Detection starts with the patient – a person knows when something is not right  health-wise. Now armed with a library of medical content written especially for nonclinical professionals, many people start on the Internet with sites such as iTriage, WebMD and ADAM.

 3) High-Tech Healing -- New technologies can significantly boost outcomes and quality of life.Advances in the science of medicine using technology are leading to new treatments that improve health outcomes and quality of life with remarkable and even near-bionic capabilities.

4) Resources: More, but Different -- Solving the healthcare resource puzzle requires new players and new care models. Distance monitoring devices, Tablets and apps, Evidence databases have thrown up new resources to improve healthcare quality.

5) Global Healthcare Ecosystem Emerges -- More information, more connected, leading to better care and better research. The growing number of nations turning to electronic records will gift us an abundance of data. Better connected healthcare will let us utilize collective data better.

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Jan 16, 2011

Using Communications Technology to Provide Better Healthcare : DiagnosisONE

DiagnosisONE, Inc. develops and markets Intelligent Connectivity Solutions which allows customers in the clinical and public health environments to collect data from disparate sources, apply clinical and bioterrorism rules to that data and deliver the resulting information to care providers and decision makers. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

DiagnosisONE, the clinical decision support and analytics firm, has announced that Greenway Medical Technologies has selected the company to provide clinical decision support for its EHR deployments. Through this relationship, Greenway will now seamlessly integrate DiagnosisONE’s CDS solutions into its ONC-ATCB-certified PrimeSUITE 2011 EHR solution to deliver real-time, patient-specific alerts at the point of care. The collaboration will enable customers to more easily satisfy the CDS requirements necessary for demonstrating Meaningful Use.

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Jan 15, 2011

India's Best Hospitals for 2010


The recently held CNBC-TV18 India Healthcare Awards 2010 received an overwhelming response with around 2000 applicants from India’s biggest hospitals from all parts of the country. The best hospitals were chosen based on a three phased research methodology commissioned by CNBC-TV18, sponsored by ICICI Lombard Health Insurance and conducted by IMRB International, who were also the knowledge partners for these awards.

The winners of The India Healthcare Awards 2010 are :
IIndia's most preferred Hospital - The Viewers’ Choice AwardsApollo Hospital
India's Best Multi Specialty Hospital AIIMS - New Delhi  
India's Best Multi Specialty hospital - First Runner UpChristian Medical College – Vellore 
India's Best Multi Specialty hospital - Second Runner UpApollo Hospital - Chennai 
Specialty  Hospital  -Cardiology  Narayana Hrudayalaya – Bangalore 
Specialty  Hospital  - Gynecology Mayflower Women’s Hospital - Ahmedabad
Specialty  Hospital - Oncology    Tata Memorial Hospital   Mumbai
Specialty  Hospital  - Ophthalmology Sankara Nethralaya – Chennai
Specialty  Hospital - Pediatrics Rainbow Children’s Hospital - Hyderabad
Most Socially Responsible Hospital  Christian Medical College – Vellore 
Commendation for driving affordable and quality healthcare for all Dr. Devi Shetty
Commendation for enabling a healthier India Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The jury members who judged the winning entries were Mr. Vaidheesh A, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical India; Dr. Ramakanta Panda, Vice Chairman, Asian Heart Institute; Mr. Kewal Handa, Managing Director, Pfizer Limited, India; Mr. D. G. Shah, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance and Co-Chairman, National Pharmaceuticals Committee, FICCI; Mr. Gautam Kumra, Director, Mckinsey & Company; Dr. R. D. Lele, Head of Dept. Nuclear Medicine, Leelavati Hospital and Dr. S. K. Sarin, Director Indian Medical Council.
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Virtual Healthcare Center in Second Life

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IBM Virtual Healthcare Island. 

The island is a unique, three-dimensional representation of the challenges facing today's healthcare industry and the role information technology will play in transforming global healthcare-delivery to meet patient needs.

The IBM Virtual Healthcare Island is designed with a futuristic atmosphere and provides visitors with an interactive demonstration of IBM’s open-standards-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) architecture. Working with project leads in the U.S., the island was designed and built by an all-IBM-India team.

Starting from the patient’s home, they create their own Personal Health Records (PHRs) in a secure and private environment and watch as it is incorporated into an array of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that can be used at various medical facilities. As they move from one island station to the next, they experience how the development of a totally integrated and interoperable longitudinal Electronic Health Record (EHR) is used within a highly secured network that allows access only by patient-authorized providers and family members.

IBM’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Industry will continue to develop the new island in months to come.  The island can perform as a virtually “always on” demonstration tool for IBM’s sales personnel.  A video version of the island is also under production.

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Jan 2, 2011

The Emergence of a Sub-Specialty: The Interventional Echocardiographer

Amplify’d from www.onlinejase.com

Every patient with important cardiovascular disease is evaluated, at some point, with an echocardiogram as the technique extends beyond its historical use only as an imaging tool. The echocardiography service is now the most important for hemodynamic and physiologic assessments, the study of myocardial mechanics, and increasingly clinically critical three-dimensional display of anatomy. In my opinion, however, what has really altered the workplace for the echocardiographer are those advances that involve collaboration with others during structural interventions.

The variety, complexity, and rapidly-increasing numbers of these collaborative interactions impact the practices of physician echocardiographers, virtually all of whom have other clinical duties. For sonographers the laboratory workflow is increasingly unpredictable.

Read more at www.onlinejase.com


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