Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerners have lost 14 I.Q. points on average since the Victorian Era. Learn (pun not intended) more!
A team of Canadian researchers is working on the so-called surgical black box, promising to create a device capable of monitoring every movement in the operating room that simultaneously analyzes recordings and identifies mistakes. Surgeons, in turn, can get instant feedback – as they operate.
“Operations could become flawless. Post-operative complications could be significantly reduced. Surgeons could review the footage to improve their technique and prep for the next big case,” Dr. Chethan Sathya, a surgical resident at the University of Toronto and a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, writes in a piece for CNN Health. Read the article!
Guidelines to enhance communication during patient care transitions between healthcare settings have the potential to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, as well as to decrease overall healthcare costs. During care transitions, patients’ clinicians, including hospital-based clinicians and community-based primary care providers (PCPs), are responsible for sharing clinical information across settings and communicating directly, if necessary, to address time-sensitive questions and to transfer accountability for patients’ care. Read the full article!
Animals will eat just about anything. The proof is in the radiographs.
Take a look at all the “They Ate WHAT” images!
One of the most compelling arguments for storing digital data in the cloud is medical imaging. It is estimated that data from medical imaging (digital x-rays, CT, MRI, PET scans, etc.) already accounts for about 30 percent of the world’s total data storage capacity. Read the article!
Moving X-ray Fluoroscope INSIDE of Sword Swallower Swallowing Sword for Discovery Science Channel. View the video!
International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system, Watson Discovery Advisor, that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. Read the article
Can the adoption and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) be tied to hospital performance and lowered mortality rates? While we might be a bit of time away from being able to make that precise claim, new research does suggest a measurable beneficial relationship. Read the article!