A mobile phone can do so many things. At any given moment, it can be a camera, a game console, a GPS, or a flashlight, just to name a few of its many guises. But Max Perelman, CEO and co-founder of Biomeme, wants to add another. He wants to turn the average iPhone into a tiny laboratory. Read the article!
Consumers are gaining increasingly active roles in their healthcare services. Spending is shifting from employers to employees, and personal technologies give consumers the ability to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of personal health and wellness device, such as a digital weight scale or glucometer, and new designs and form factors, such as smart watches, have generated considerable consumer interest. This infographic created by Parks Associates illustrates the top digital health consumer activities of U.S. broadband consumers over the past 12 months.
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When someone like Steve Jobs buries a time capsule it makes sense that the world would want to see what’s inside it at some point. The world got what it wanted recently when the 13-foot tube was unearthed on the National Geographic show Diggers. Apple co-founder Jobs filled the capsule over 30 years ago while at the Aspen International Design Conference where he envisioned the future of computers and the Internet. View the video!
The West African Ebola outbreak – already the largest, longest-lasting such contagion yet – continues to worsen. While the World Health Organization will be essential to stop it, one online database was the first to see it start. Launched in 2006, HealthMap is a joint project from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Read the article!
6 – 7 October 2014, Rome, Italy.
The HIMSS Europe CIO Summit has now established itself as the annual European CIO Summit. For the 5th time, leading European IT Directors and Senior Healthcare IT Executives gather together during the two days, exclusive event to recognize the best use and adoption practices for healthcare IT in Europe.
The 2013 HIMSS Europe CIO Summit in Madrid, Spain, welcomed over 300 delegates including 136 C-suite delegates from across Europe, representing an overall 76% increase from 2012.
A majority of managed care organizations would like to begin using predictive analytics to monitor patient medication adherence, an issue that accounts for $290 billion in annual, avoidable healthcare spending, according to a new survey. Read the entire article!
The superior smelling capabilities of canines have long been recognized and used in searching for missing people, detecting bombs, and sniffing out narcotics. But man’s best friend is no stranger to the realm of health care either. Medical service dogs are routinely trained to sense disease, predict seizures, assist the physically disabled, and provide comfort to patients. Research over the past decade suggests that the olfactory powers of dogs can apply to yet another area of medicine—cancer detection. Studies have shown that canines can accurately detect prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. In one recently published study, Italian researcher Dr. Gianluigi Tavern found that dogs detected prostate cancer in urine with an impressive 98% accuracy. Read the article.
RSNA: Adding a photo of the patient to the file may boost the radiologist’s empathy and produce a more thorough report, researchers said here. View the video!
Concern comes with any new process or system change in healthcare, and the increasing use of online patient portals in radiology is no exception. However, worries about patient anxiety, an uptick in office phone calls or misinterpretation of reports seem to have been kept at bay, as the adoption of portals is offering a host of promising benefits for patients and radiologists alike. Read the article!