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Humanoid robot can recognize and interact with people
A humanoid robot which can mimic human expressions greeted visitors on April 18 at a Hong Kong electronics fair. The robot head, known as "Han," can also hold simple interactive conversations with the crowd. At the touch of a button using a mobile phone app, Han can smile, wince, frown, wink or even act drunk.
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Simulation training assists in end-of-life care
Rhode Island Public Radio
Dr. Kate Lally gathers a group of second-year residents outside a patient's room at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island. Lally explains the patient they're about to examine is 34-year-old Melissa Smith. She has advanced ovarian cancer. Until now, she's been in hospice care at home, keeping comfortable. "While home on hospice, she develops severe pain. She comes to the emergency room, looks like she's got a bowel obstruction," Lally explained.
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How telehealth is changing the lives of chronically ill patients
Karen R. Thomas
Living with a chronic disease isn't just physically taxing; it takes an emotional toll as well. Millions of older Americans live with a chronic illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease, and many suffer through their day-to-day care routines alone. For Vickie Stark, a COPD patient who is living on her own, daily life can be incredibly stressful. Stark's condition requires daily monitoring to ensure that her symptoms stay manageable and do not lead to complications that require hospitalization. And she is not alone in her situation.
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Simulation promises longer life from hip replacements
ESI-Group via
A recent study involving simulations of hip prosthetics shows how CAE software can assist with the in-vivo behavior of medical devices. As more youth, especially athletes, require hip replacements and as patient life expectancies increase, these prosthetics need to last longer. Simulation can hold the key to ensure that hip prosthetics will continue to work later in life.
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WHO admit faults over Ebola response, suggest areas for improvement
Medical News Today
The statement from the World Health Organization director-general, deputy director-general and regional directors outlines eight valuable lessons that WHO have learned while dealing with the Ebola crisis.
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  Teach Clinical Breast Exam Standards

Clinical Breast Exam skills are now learned with computer-guided technology. The MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer teaches the palpation skills required to detect small breast lesions and to reduce false positives. Universities and colleges use the MammaCare CBE Simulator-Trainer to validate breast exam competencies. Call MammaCare for a demonstration unit: 352.375.0607 MORE

Modernizing combat medical training to provide American troops with the best care possible
The Huffington Post
At a time when cutting-edge technology has transformed nearly every aspect of how the U.S. military does business, the Defense Department is stuck teaching combat medics with techniques straight from the last century. Every year, the Department of Defense burns, maims and kills more than 8,500 goats and pigs teaching combat medicine and training trauma medics. It should go without saying these animals differ from humans on many essential anatomical levels. These differences lead to subpar training. Today, high-tech simulation devices based on human anatomy allow trainees to work with lifelike human skin, fat and muscle.
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SGR repeal bill draws criticism from fiscal conservatives, CMS
The American Medical Association swatted away concerns about the cost and depth of the bill recently signed into law to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bill, which President Barack Obama signed recently, drew criticism from fiscally conservative Republicans for costing too much, while a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services questioned whether the formula to repeal SGR did not go far enough.
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Keeping more people alive by making CPR simpler
Daily Herald
You need only two things to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and possibly save a life: a willingness to press hard on someone's chest and familiarity with the Bee Gees' disco hit "Stayin' Alive." Yes, CPR has changed. The American Heart Association and other organizations, including the American Red Cross, are promoting instruction in an easier, hands-only version of CPR that drops the difficult mouth-to-mouth maneuver they had long been teaching.
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NIH to spend $20 billion on health IT
Healthcare IT News
The National Institutes of Health's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center is awarding $20 billion in IT work. The money will be disbursed among 65 companies across the country. NIH announced the governmentwide acquistion contract, which it refers to as GWAC, April 17.
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Art heals: How creative expression improves the patient experience
Can art promote faster healing? More and more hospitals think so. For the past 20 years, art — including paintings, sculptures and music — has taken on an important role in healthcare. Watercolors and abstract photographs often line the once-barren walls of hospital corridors. And harpists and pianists often play soothing music in hospital lobbies.
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Doctors: We need to delay ICD-10 again
Scott E. Rupp
This whole ICD-10 delay thing continues to bear some fruit, and there's still quite a bit of steam behind the effort. With rumors swirling that congressional leaders are finally ready to take action this year, many providers may not be sharing the joy, nor are they looking to celebrate. Healthcare Informatics recently commissioned a survey through QuantiaMD, and the results are not (ICD-10) friendly. Doctors are not backing down in their distaste for the mandate.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Patient safety simulation targets ED miscommunication (Emergency Physicians Monthly via MedPage Today)
New medical school curriculums emphasize communication, teamwork (FiercePracticeManagement)
10 ways virtual reality is revolutionizing medicine and healthcare (TechRepublic)
IBM announces deals with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic in bid to transform healthcare (Forbes)
Informatics nurses have huge impact on patient safety, workflow (FierceHealthIT)

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