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Despite ONC's guidance, most providers have no health IT roadmap
Scott E. Rupp
Most healthcare providers are aware of the important role of digital health in enhancing healthcare efficiency. Yet more than half of healthcare providers still do not have a health IT roadmap — despite the proposed roadmap released in January by the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
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6 promising technologies that could change the health industry
ITProPortal
New technologies are being developed every day to make the process of delivering medications, helping people regain mobility and diagnosing diseases more efficient. Some of these innovations are already being tested in hospitals around the country, while others are still in a development phase. The next 10 to 20 years of healthcare technology is bound to see a significant emphasis placed on using new technologies to enhance our lives and improve our health.
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Defense officials use Internet of Things to monitor health
Department of Defense
Imagine if a military doctor could know what kind of injury a warfighter had sustained in combat, the severity of the injury, and what kind of surgeon was needed, before the soldier reached the hospital. Advances in health information technology and Internet of Things technologies are helping to make this a reality.
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FDA authorizes use of prosthesis for rehabilitation of above-the-knee amputations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized use of the first prosthesis marketed in the U.S. for adults who have amputations above the knee and who have rehabilitation problems with, or cannot use, a conventional socket prosthesis. The Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees device instead uses fixtures and screws implanted into the patient's remaining thigh bone to connect an external prosthetic limb.
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Patient matching moves into pilot mode
Healthcare IT News
Patient matching and patient registration could soon get a boost. Organizations working on the Virtual Clipboard Initiative released the design and specifications for its new pilot program. The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation is leading the effort. It is collaborating with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, HIMSS and MGMA. The specs released include defined user functionality, pilot scope and functionality. It also documents future strategic design considerations.
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Doctors can study 3-D printed models of your organs before surgery
Smithsonian
Beth Ripley ran down the hallway toward the cardiologist with a fresh heart in her hands. Showing it to him, he took it and began to turn it over, inspecting and probing it. The cardiologist recognized immediately that months of planning had to be cast aside. Back to the drawing board. The heart in question was a full-sized 3-D model of the patient's actual ticker, hot off the presses at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
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Texting from the operating room
The Atlantic
Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers' texting friends and relatives from the surgical suite. Some spoke of colleagues who hide a phone in a drawer and check it when they think no one is watching. In one 2011 incident, a Texas anesthesiologist was accused of sending text messages and emails while monitoring a patient.
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Hospitals tap patients and families to help plan facilities
The Tennessean via USA Today
Amy Buesing spent much of her career as a hospital pharmacist, but she found herself as a frequent inpatient guest at Memorial Medical in Las Cruces, New Mexico, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, later, osteoarthritis that advanced rapidly. A double mastectomy and double knee replacement later, Buesing is co-chair of a new national patient experience advisory board alongside Dr. Rusty Holman, chief medical officer for LifePoint Health. LifePoint has launched a patient and family advisory initiative to pull fresh, possibly critical, voices into the planning of its hospitals.
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Teaching reflection to doctors to improve physician-patient interactions
Medical News Today
Physicians in their medical residency training programs often focus on scientific reasoning and research evidence in their efforts to provide medical care. While appropriate, this focus may overshadow subtle and indirect communication that reveals important information about the patient's experience with their illness that will help the physician provide better care.
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Brain training may help avoid civilian casualties
Duke Today
Although firing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller decisions and movements that require coordination between multiple brain areas. The sudden decision to not shoot, called "response inhibition," is critical when someone innocent comes into the line of fire. That is what soldiers in war experience when they're about to pull the trigger and then realize that their target is a civilian or an ally.
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Children's 'cardboard city' aids in design of clinical tower
Boston Globe
A team of doctors and nurses in scrubs and surgical masks crowd over the small patient and work feverishly to control his bleeding heart. It looks like a real operation. But the patient is a toddler-size mannequin, and the operating room a makeshift space of brown cardboard. The setting was a 40,000-square-foot "cardboard city," a mock-up of a new building that Boston Children's Hospital is planning for its Longwood Medical Area campus.
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Nurse entrepreneurship is exploding across the US
Keith Carlson
Plenty of enterprising nurses have owned businesses over the years, but entrepreneurship and business savvy among nurses is veritably exploding in the early 21st century. With an increasing number of states within the U.S. allowing advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to manage patient care without a supervising physician, APRNs are realizing they can serve the public as independent medical providers.
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Project GUTS: Massachusetts teachers attend computer modeling, simulation workshop
Framingham Patch
Massachusetts teachers recently gathered for a three-day workshop to learn how to incorporate computer modeling and simulation in their science classrooms. Teachers attending Project GUTS, "Growing Up Thinking Scientifically," learned about StarLogo Nova, a tool that enables students to develop, run and share computer simulations. hey also learned basic computer science concepts and best practices for teaching these concepts to students.
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