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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!
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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!
Cancer Patient Roland Van Rijn and His Primary Care Physician Dr. Jan Bautista Discuss How Imaging Tools Within MyPractice Have Improved Their Collaboration.
MyPractice, Cleveland Clinic’s secure, integrated electronic medical record system, contains multiple tools that can enhance the patient-provider partnership as never before. One example of this is the MyPractice Imaging program, which makes virtually any medical image a clinician needs available directly through the patient’s electronic medical record at the point of care. Of course, there are many benefits to this kind of visual technology. These benefits become especially evident when considering a real life example . Read the entire story!
The World Health Organization is partnering with a California tech company to explore the possibilities of using drones to transport medical supplies to remote regions of Bhutan.
The country of Bhutan, in South Asia, has roughly one doctor for every 3,300 people. As if that weren’t problematic enough, the nation lies in the Himalayas and access to many rural areas is difficult. Read the article!
A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to re-programming yeast cells to make palliative medicines
Stanford bioengineers have hacked the DNA of yeast, reprograming these simple cells to make opioid-based medicines via a sophisticated extension of the basic brewing process that makes beer. This will allow us to create a reliable supply of these essential medicines in a way that doesn’t depend on years leading up to good or bad crop yields,” Smolke said. “We’ll have more sustainable, cost-effective, and secure production methods for these important drugs.”
Morphine is one of three principal pain killers derived from opium. As a class they are called opiates. The other two important opiates are codeine, which has been used as a cough remedy, and thebaine, which is further refined by chemical processes to create higher-value therapeutics such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, better known by brand names such as OxyContin and Vicodin, respectively. Read the article!
With close to a billion wireless subscribers and over 200 million internet users, the digital revolution in India promises to leapfrog the challenges of healthcare delivery. Here are 5 areas where disruptive digital health technologies are already improving healthcare in India. Read the article!
Patient portals are one of the main emerging technologies in US healthcare. Portals allow physicians to interact with patients outside of visits, easily distribute test results, and implement online appointment scheduling. While doctors have experienced mixed results in trying to encourage patient engagement with such systems, patient portals are almost certain to become widespread. Read the article!