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World's 1st 'feeling' prosthetic leg revealed
Newsweek
The world's first sensitive prosthetic leg, which simulates the feelings of a real limb, was revealed by Austrian scientists. The limb, developed by professor Hubert Egger of the FH Upper Austria (University of Applied Sciences), allows wearers to tell which surface they are walking on and dramatically improves amputee's balance and coordination.
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Virtual reality programs to help treat phobias
CBS News
Virtual reality is becoming more than just a domain for games — it could be the next level of treatment tools for medicine. Two engineering students at Santa Clara University in California came up with their own VR application to help therapists treat people with phobias. Using the Oculus Rift headset and their ingenuity, Paul Thurston and Bryce Mariano developed an environment that simulates walking around on building roofs and other precarious places to help people who are afraid of heights.
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Want to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Simulation Spotlight, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SSH, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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AMA supports EHR training for medical students
Health Data Management
At its annual meeting June 8, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to provide medical students with "hands-on" experience with electronic health records to improve patient care and increase the accuracy of clinical communications. Specifically, AMA's policy recommends that medical students — with appropriate supervision — learn as part of their education how to document patient encounters and enter clinical orders into patients' EHRs.
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Cultural insights improve healthcare for diverse patients
FiercePracticeManagement
When physicians and patients have a common cultural background, patients are more likely to understand the medical information they're given and to truly engage in their care. "When you talk in the same language with a patient, you get more information, and you're able to give better healthcare," Dr. Georgios Karanastasis told the Chicago Tribune about serving a large Greek population in his community.
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How net neutrality may put healthcare innovation at risk
FierceHealthIT
Net neutrality is harmful to the healthcare industry — putting innovation at risk and raising costs, writes Sean Hackbarth, a blogger for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In February, the Federal Communications Commission ruled in favor of net neutrality, declaring there would be no paid prioritization, meaning no "fast lanes" for certain kinds of Internet traffic.
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How digital health can save the industry $100 billion
mHealth News
Mobile health devices and platforms connected to the Internet of Things could reduce the nation's healthcare bill by some $100 billion of the next four years. FDA-regulated digital health solutions helped save $6 billion in 2014, primarily through improved medication adherence, positive behavior modifications and reduced ER visits, according to a report prepared by Accenture.
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Improving nursing competency through the use of simulation
EndoNurse
Many facilities struggle with the best way to develop staff. This is a growing concern as patient conditions become more complex and require increased knowledge or skill from nursing personnel — from students in nursing schools to nursing professionals working in the hospital setting. Active learning often is the most helpful for information retention and development.
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Virtual spaces help assess diversity of home healthcare
TNS via Government Technology
The room rotates. You stand there, shelves, walls, furniture slowly circling before your eyes. A bed decorated with throw pillows passes. The kitchen approaches. A microwave juts out from a shelf close enough to touch, a refrigerator at your back. A doorway inches closer until you pass through, and the frame recedes, and you are in another room, tempted to reach out and touch the ghostly furniture.
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Powered glove turbocharges weak, poorly working hands
MedGadget
A lot of people suffer from debilitating conditions that render their hands practically useless. Now a Harvard engineering team has come up with a smart-powered glove that can make a weak, poorly coordinated hand stronger and more capable. The investigators hope that by creating a glove platform that can be tailored to individual patients needs, this technology can be rolled out to people with ALS, muscular dystrophy and other diseases.
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The link between patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction
Keith Carlson
On April 17, The Atlantic published an article entitled, "The Problem With Satisfied Patients." The subtitle of the article — "A misguided attempt to improve healthcare has led some hospitals to focus on making people happy, rather than making them well" — makes the focus of the piece quite clear. Meanwhile, on May 22, the popular physician blogger known as Kevin MD published a blog post in response to The Atlantic article, his piece being titled, "Let's Celebrate Nurses by Reining in Patient Satisfaction."
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Simulation helps to prepare for consequences of natural disasters
FireEngineering.com
A simulation tool has been developed under the European CRISMA project coordinated by VTT. The tool helps users to prepare for unexpected catastrophes and natural disasters. The pilot case in Finland focused on winter storms and the resulting power cuts and evacuations. Modeling and simulation were used to assess various probable or fictional crises with immediate impacts on human lives and society, and the impact of various types of response and preparedness actions.
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