E-health services ill-prepared for epidemics

August 14, 2013 -  Inderscience Publishers - National and international organizations are ill-prepared to exploit e-health systems in the event of the emergence of a major pandemic disease, according to a research paper to be published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

Laptop and StethoscopeE-health systems and associated information technology could radically alter the course of a pandemic disease, such as a major outbreak of influenza internationally. It could provide healthcare workers, emergency services, patients and those at-risk with access to much-needed data on how disease is spreading and what measures could be taken to halt its progress. Unfortunately, suggest Junhua Li of the Asia-Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC), at The University of New South Wales, Australia, and colleagues, the widespread adoption of e-health represents a significant disruption to current healthcare protocols and systems and stakeholders are not in a position to take full advantage of it.

Emergent infections have spread wildly throughout human history, plague, influenza and more recently SARS and MERS have claimed many lives. With the advent of global air travel, the potential for a previously unknown strain of an animal pathogen to jump the species gap and cause widespread human illness seems to be much greater than it ever was in the days when a round-the-world trip would take many months rather than a day or two.

Conversely, technology has brought us a much greater capacity through modern medicine to treat those infected and to stymie the spread of any given pathogen. Additionally, fast global communications and super computers allow information and data concerning any given disease to be shared and studied in ways that were not possible even a decade ago.

Li and colleagues, Holly Seale, Pradeep Ray, Amina Tariq and Raina MacIntyre, suggest that the adoption of e-health principles could allow healthcare facilities to mitigate against the spread of pandemic influenza, and perhaps other emergent pathogens. They have devised a multi-pronged approach to assessing the preparedness of authorities and organizations to utilize effectively e-health on the basis of specific knowledge, supportive policies, computing and communications facilities and access and adequate funding. Their approach should allow organizations to ascertain what is missing from their e-health systems if they have them and to implement the necessary technology and protocols where they are absent before a pandemic hits.

“Are organizations prepared for e-health implementation to respond to pandemic influenza?” in Int. J. Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2013, 11, 215-230

Europas bedeutendster Branchenevent für Healthcare IT beginnt in Berlin mit neuem Ausstellerrekord

Logo_conhIT_BerlinDienstag, den 09. April 2013 - Mit 320 Ausstellern aus 14 Ländern öffnet am Dienstag, 9. April, die conhIT in Berlin ihre Tore auf dem Messegelände unter dem Funkturm. An drei prall gefüllten Veranstaltungstagen können sich die Teilnehmer auf Europas bedeutendstem Branchenevent für Healthcare-IT umfassend über die neuesten IT-Lösungen für das Gesundheitswesen und die aktuellen Trends der Branche informieren. Die Zahl der Aussteller ist gegenüber der Vorjahresveranstaltung um 18 Prozent gewachsen. Damit übertrifft die conhIT die Spitzenwerte der letzten Veranstaltung und erzielt einen neuen Ausstellerrekord.

Etwa 6.000 Fachbesucher werden in Berlin erwartet. Schirmherr der conhIT 2013 ist Daniel Bahr, Bundesminister für Gesundheit.

“In Berlin begegnet die Branche der gesamten Bandbreite der Healthcare IT. Ob Fort- und Weiterbildung in Kongress und Akademie, Produktschau auf der Industrie-Messe oder intensiver Austausch im Rahmen der Networkingveranstaltungen – auf der conhIT finden Besucher und Aussteller alle Angebote, die heute wichtig sind”, erläutert Bernhard Calmer, Vorstandsvorsitzender des Bundesverbands Gesundheits-IT – bvitg e. V. Der Verband hatte die conhIT 2008 als Branchentreff initiiert.

conhIT international – Belgien ist Partnerland
Neben Unternehmen aus Europa sind auch Aussteller aus Taiwan, Korea, Israel und den USA angereist. Mit Belgien hat die conhIT in diesem Jahr auch wieder ein offizielles Partnerland. Mehr als 20 belgische Unternehmen präsentieren ihre innovativen e-Health-Projekte in Berlin. Darüber hinaus bereichert Belgien auch mit einer eigenen Kongress-Session, verschiedenen Networking-Events und zahlreichen weiteren Veranstaltungen die conhIT.

Als politische Repräsentanten des Partnerlandes Belgien nehmen der Ministerpräsident der Flämischen Regierung Kris Peeters und der belgische Botschafter Renier Nijskens an der conhIT teil. Auch der Flämische Gesundheitsminister Jo Vandeurzen wird die Veranstaltung besuchen und Teil einer mehrköpfigen offiziellen Delegation aus Flandern sein.

“Die conhIT hat mit einer Internationalität von 21 Prozent den Anteil der ausländischen Aussteller gegenüber dem Vorjahr verdoppelt und damit einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Mit Belgien als Partnerland und Fachbesuchern aus allen Teilen der Welt unterstreicht die conhIT eindrucksvoll ihre Position als Leitveranstaltung für Healthcare IT”, so Dr. Christian Göke, Geschäftsführer der Messe Berlin.

Alle Innovationen der Healthcare IT auf einen Blick
Die conhIT ist das Schaufenster für Gesundheits-IT. Alle Marktführer und zahlreiche etablierte Mittelständler zeigen, mit welchen neuen IT-Lösungen die Patientenversorgung und das Gesundheitswesen von morgen effizienter gestaltet und qualitativ verbessert werden können. Auf 12.000 Quadratmetern bekommen die Besucher der Industrie-Messe einen kompletten Marktüberblick über die Produkte und Services der Healthcare IT-Branche. Das gibt es in so komplexer und zugleich konzentrierter Form nur auf der conhIT in Berlin.

Auch innovative Startups nutzen die Marketingchancen der Industrie-Messe, genau wie die zahlreichen Fachverbände, Consultants, Forschungseinrichtungen Hochschulen und Berater. Die beiden Bereiche Medizintechnik und Telematik haben sich in diesem Jahr noch weiter auf der Messe etabliert. Mit speziellen Themenführungen wird der Blick für Topthemen der Industrie-Messe, wie beispielsweise Mobilität und Interoperabilität, geschärft.

Kongress, Akademie und Networking
Mit 13 Kongress-Sessions, vier Akademie-Seminaren und 99 Networking-Events übertrifft die conhIT 2013 bei weitem das Veranstaltungsprogramm der vergangenen Jahre. Auch die fachliche Qualität stimmt, die Liste der insgesamt 90 Referenten liest sich wie das Who-is-Who der Branche. Usability und Mobility, Health Data Analytics oder Datensicherheit sind nur einige der vielen Themen, die auf der conhIT zur Auswahl stehen. Das heißt: Um den Wissensdurst zu stillen und sich auf professionellem Niveau über topaktuelle Themen der Branche auszutauschen – genau dafür bietet die conhIT allen Brancheninsidern exzellente Möglichkeiten.

Aussteller und Fachbesucher haben auch am Nachmittag vielfältige Gelegenheiten, themenspezifisch miteinander ins Gespräch zu kommen oder gemeinsame Ideen zu entwickeln und Geschäfte anzubahnen. Die Angebots-Palette des Networkingprogramms ist bunt und reicht von Workshops über Krankenhausexkursionen bis zu Match-Making-Sessions und Abendveranstaltungen in lockerer Atmosphäre.

Ab sofort können sich conhIT-Teilnehmer die kostenlose conhIT-App im Google Play und App Store herunterladen. Mit der App können Veranstaltungen nach Tagen und Zeitfenstern sowie Kategorien gefiltert und zum Smartphone-Kalender hinzugefügt werden.

Karriereplattform conhIT
Die zunehmende Nachfrage nach IT-Lösungen im Gesundheitswesen führt auch zu einem steigenden Bedarf an gut ausgebildeten Mitarbeitern. Sowohl für die IT-Hersteller als auch für die Krankenhaus-IT-Abteilungen bietet die conhIT beste Chancen, sich als attraktiver Arbeitgeber vorzustellen, ob live vor Ort oder auch im “conhIT-Karriere Guide”. Neben speziellen Angeboten für Studierende, die sich über Ausbildungs- und Einstiegsmöglichkeiten in der Branche informieren möchten, gibt es eine große Jobbörse und ein Karriere-Get-Together, zu dem alle conhIT-Teilnehmer eingeladen sind. Am 10. April, dem “conhIT-Recruiting Day”, finden zahlreiche Veranstaltungen rund um das Thema Karriere statt, darunter der Karriere-Worskhop mit anschließender Verleihung des conhIT-Nachwuchspreises für die beste Abschlussarbeit zum Thema Healthcare IT.

Über die conhIT – Connecting Healthcare IT
Die conhIT richtet sich an Entscheider in den IT-Abteilungen, im Management, der Medizin und Pflege sowie an Ärzte, Ärztenetze und Medizinische Versorgungszentren, die sich über die aktuellen Entwicklungen von IT im Gesundheitswesen informieren, Kontakte in der Branche knüpfen und sich auf hohem Niveau weiterbilden wollen. Als integrierte Gesamtveranstaltung mit Industrie-Messe, Kongress, Akademie und Networking-Events bündelt sie an drei Tagen die Angebote, die für die Branche attraktiv sind. Die conhIT, die 2008 vom Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT – bvitg e.V. als Branchentreff der Healthcare IT initiiert wurde und von der Messe Berlin organisiert wird, hat sich mit über 270 Ausstellern und rund 5.300 Besuchern in 2012 zu Europas wichtigster Veranstaltung rund um IT im Gesundheitswesen entwickelt.

Die conhIT 2013 wird in Kooperation von den Branchenverbänden Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT – bvitg e. V., GMDS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie) e. V., BVMI (Berufsverband Medizinischer Informatiker) e. V. sowie unter inhaltlicher Mitwirkung von KH-IT (Bundesverband der Krankenhaus-IT-Leiterinnen/Leiter) e. V. und ALKRZ (Arbeitskreis der Leiter der Klinischen Rechenzentren der Universitätskliniken Deutschland) gestaltet.

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Resource Management in Hospitals: Still a Largely Untapped Potential

Logo_conhIT_Berlin9 – 11 April 2011, Berlin, Germany.
For years hospitals have been forced by cost-saving pressures to improve their internal processes to ensure they remain competitive. Not all options have been exploited yet. Multidimensional resource management can not only improve efficiency, but can also benefit the patient. At conhIT 2013 providers and users will be discussing the IT demands on modern hospital resource management as well as the obstacles that still stand in the way of solutions for the entire hospital sector.

A glance at the operating schedules is the easiest way to find out what modern hospital resource management can achieve. “A lot has been accomplished in recent years,” says Angelika Händel of Universitätsklinikum Erlangen. “In many hospitals nowadays, the employees involved can find out at any time about the operating schedule, operation details and when to bring in the next patient.” Even ordering operating materials and work schedules are unimaginable without using IT.

The fact that operating theatres are at the forefront of IT-assisted resource management hardly comes as a surprise: “An empty operating theatre costs several thousand euros every hour. At a time when economically speaking many hospitals are barely viable that is something they do not want to afford,” says Dr. Christoph Seidel, CIO, Klinikum Braunschweig. Together with Angelika Händel, a board member of Deutscher Verband Medizinischer Dokumentare (DVMD), Seidel, who is also director of the Competence Center for the Electronic Signature in Healthcare (CCESigG), will be chairing a Congress session on resource management at conhIT 2013.

Multidimensional resource management maximises benefits
Proper planning of resources has the potential to improve efficiency outside of the operating theatre as well. To date, however, hardly any steps have been taken in this direction. “Generally speaking, one can say that IT-assisted resource management works well in cases in which a hospital information system’s task is to assign a job, for example an X-ray examination.” Extra medical information is then provided for this job and combined with an order for transporting a patient. In many hospitals that is an efficient and automated process.

However, when the necessity arises to organise complex, IT-assisted planning processes many hospitals quickly reach their limits. “As soon as several planning factors have to be considered at the same time, which may also involve different departments, things become difficult. Most IT systems are incapable of handling such a multi-layered approach,” says Händel.

There are many examples that bear this out. At the top of the wishlist of many CIOs is a hospital-wide appointments management system. That would require drawing on data from completely different systems, inconceivable in a normal work situation, especially if the relevant systems are not from the same company. “HL7 represents an excellent communication standard for the hospital sector. What we do not have are cross-sectoral standards for resource management,” says Seidel.

Efficiency is in the patient’s interest too
The industry is aware of these deficits, as Andreas Kassner of the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg) points out: “The complex nature of day-to-day work in hospitals means that in many cases human beings still act as an interface. That is why there is definitely a need for standardisation. Hospitals should enter into a dialogue with manufacturers and offer concrete suggestions for improvements.”

What is clear is that efficient hospital resource management not only saves money but eases nerves as well. “Good resource planning should mean that patients do not have to wait all day for an operation or to stand around for ever in the emergency waiting room,” says Händel. A hospital might not be a car factory. “But with the help of IT and within certain limits it should be feasible to organise what would otherwise be impossible.”

More on this subject at conhIT 2013
On Thursday, 10 April 2013 at conhIT, experts taking part in the Congress Session no. 7 (Resource management) will be holding several lectures on their latest experiences of how hospitals work in practice. Resident practitioners and patients can also benefit from instruments that optimise day-to-day processes, for example online appointments systems. Also on 10 April 2013, the conhIT Forum “Focus on online services – from doctors for patients” will also be examining this topic. Anyone wishing to find out more ahead of conhIT about the products and services relevant to this subject can find the exhibitors in question in the conhIT Virtual Market Place and can already book an appointment at the Industrial Fair.

For further information, please visit:
http://www.conhit.de

About conhIT – Connecting Healthcare IT
conhIT targets decision-makers in IT departments, management, in the medical profession, nursing, doctors, doctors’ networks and medical care centres who need to find out about the latest developments in IT and healthcare, meet members of the industry and make use of opportunities for high-level advanced training. As an integrated event, over a period of three days conhIT combines an Industrial Fair, a Congress and Networking Events which are of particular interest to this sector. Launched in 2008 by the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg) as the meeting place for the healthcare IT industry and organised by Messe Berlin, this event recently recorded 270 exhibitors and 5,300 visitors and has now become Europe’s leading event for the healthcare IT sector.

conhIT 2013 is organised in cooperation with the following industry associations: the German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg), the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), the German Association of Medical Computer Scientists (BVMI). The National Association of Hospital IT Managers (KH-IT) and the Working Group of Directors of Medical Computing Centres at German University Clinics (ALKRZ) have provided contributions to the subject matter.

Source: conhIT Pressemitteilungen

Ressourcenmanagement im Krankenhaus: Potenziale längst noch nicht ausgeschöpft

Logo_conhIT_BerlinFreitag, den 08. März 2013 - Was modernes Ressourcenmanagement im Krankenhaus leisten kann, lässt sich am besten am Beispiel der OP-Planung ablesen: “Hier hat sich in den letzten Jahren sehr viel getan”, sagt Angelika Händel vom Universitätsklinikum Erlangen. “In vielen Kliniken können die am Prozess beteiligten Mitarbeiter heute jederzeit sehen, wie die aktuelle OP-Auslastung ist, was der Stand bei einzelnen Operationen ist und wann der nächste Patient eingeschleust werden kann.” Auch die Bestellung von OP-Materialien und die Belegungsplanung sind ohne IT-Unterstützung kaum noch denkbar.

Dass gerade der Operationstrakt in Sachen IT-gestütztes Ressourcenmanagement ein Vorreiter ist, wundert nicht: “Ein leerstehender Operationssaal kostet mehrere tausend Euro pro Stunde. Das wollen sich die Krankenhäuser in Zeiten, in denen viele von ihnen an der Grenze zur Wirtschaftlichkeit agieren müssen, nicht leisten”, betont Dr. Christoph Seidel, CIO am Klinikum Braunschweig. Zusammen mit Angelika Händel, die auch als Vorstandsmitglied des Deutschen Verbandes Medizinischer Dokumentare (DVMD) aktiv ist, hat Seidel, u.a. Vorsitzender des Compentence Centers für die Elektronische Signatur im Gesundheitswesen (CCESigG), auf der conhIT 2013 den Vorsitz einer Kongress-Session zum Thema Ressourcenmanagement übernommen.

Multidimensionales Ressourcenmanagement bringt maximalen Nutzen
Effizienzreserven bei der Ressourcenplanung schlummern auch jenseits des Operationstrakts – nur sind sie da bisher noch längst nicht überall mobilisiert. “Generell kann man sagen, dass das IT-gestützte Ressourcenmanagement an den Stellen gut funktioniert, wo es darum geht, aus dem klinischen Informationssystem einen Auftrag auszulösen, beispielsweise für eine radiologische Untersuchung”, so Seidel. Diese Aufträge werden um medizinische Informationen ergänzt und an die Bestellung eines Patiententransports gekoppelt. In vielen Kliniken ist das ein effizienter und automatisierter Prozess.

Wenn es allerdings darum geht, komplexe Planungsprozesse mit IT-Unterstützung zu organisieren, stoßen viele Krankenhäuser rasch an Grenzen: “Sobald bei der Planung mehrere Faktoren gleichzeitig berücksichtigt werden müssen, die vielleicht auch noch in unterschiedlichen Abteilungen angesiedelt sind, wird es schwierig. Mit einer solchen multidimensionalen Herangehensweise sind die meisten IT-Systeme derzeit noch überfordert”, so Händel.

Beispiele dafür gibt es viele. Ein krankenhausweites Terminmanagement steht auf der Wunschliste zahlreicher Klinik-CIOs ganz weit oben. Dafür müssten Informationen aus ganz unterschiedlichen IT-Systemen berücksichtigt werden – im Alltag oft ein Wunschtraum, insbesondere dann, wenn die Systeme nicht vom gleichen Hersteller kommen. “Wir haben im Kliniksektor mit HL7 einen hervorragenden Standard bei der Kommunikation von Information. Was wir aber nicht haben, sind übergreifende Standards für das Ressourcenmanagement”, betont Seidel.

Effizienz ist auch im Interesse des Patienten
Die Industrie ist sich dieser Defizite bewusst, wie Andreas Kassner vom Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT – bvitg e. V. betont: “Die Komplexität des Klinikalltags führt dazu, dass der Mensch in vielen Fällen noch immer als Schnittstelle herhalten muss. Es gibt deswegen sicher einen Bedarf nach mehr Standardisierung. Die Krankenhäuser sollten hier mit den Herstellern in den Dialog treten und konkrete Verbesserungsvorschläge machen.”

Klar ist: Ein effizientes Ressourcenmanagement im Krankenhaus spart nicht nur Geld, sondern auch Nerven. “Bei guter Ressourcenplanung muss es einfach nicht sein, dass Patienten den ganzen Tag auf eine Operation warten oder sich in der Ambulanz die Beine in den Bauch stehen”, so Händel. Zwar ist ein Krankenhaus keine Automobilfabrik. “Aber es sollte mit IT-Unterstützung schon möglich sein, auch das Unplanbare zumindest in gewissen Grenzen planbar zu machen.”

Mehr zum Thema auf der conhIT 2013
Am conhIT-Donnerstag, dem 10. April 2013, berichten Experten in der Kongress-Session 7 “Ressourcenmanagement” in mehreren Vorträgen über aktuelle Erfahrungen aus der Krankenhauspraxis.

Auch im niedergelassenen Bereich profitieren Leistungserbringer und Patienten von Tools zur Optimierung des Praxisbetriebes, etwa durch die Online-Terminvergabe. Diesem Thema widmet sich, ebenfalls am 10. April 2013, das conhIT-Forum “focus Online-Services von Ärzten für Patienten”.

Interessierte, die sich schon vor der conhIT über Produkte und Dienstleistungen aus dem Themengebiet informieren möchten, können über den conhIT-Virtual Market Place nach entsprechenden Ausstellern suchen und bei Bedarf schon jetzt einen Gesprächstermin auf der Industrie-Messe vereinbaren.

Über die conhIT – Connecting Healthcare IT
Die conhIT richtet sich an Entscheider in den IT-Abteilungen, im Management, der Medizin und Pflege sowie Ärzte, Ärztenetze und MVZs, die sich über die aktuellen Entwicklungen von IT im Gesundheitswesen informieren, Kontakte in der Branche knüpfen und sich auf hohem Niveau weiterbilden wollen. Als integrierte Gesamtveranstaltung mit Industrie-Messe, Kongress, Akademie und Networking-Events bündelt sie an drei Tagen die Angebote, die für die Branche attraktiv sind. Die conhIT, die 2008 vom Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT-bvitg e.V. als Branchentreff der Healthcare IT initiiert wurde und von der Messe Berlin organisiert wird, hat sich mit über 270 Ausstellern und rund 5.300 Besuchern in den vergangenen Jahren zu Europas wichtigster Veranstaltung rund um IT im Gesundheitswesen entwickelt.

http://www.conhit.de

Speech recognition booms as EHR adoption grows

The market for speech recognition software has been growing tremendously over the past few years, partly because of the spread of electronic health records, KLAS Research analyst Ben Brown told InformationWeek Healthcare.

Brown also noted that some physicians don’t want to document in EHRs by pointing and clicking or typing, so they use speech recognition or some combination of methods. Brown made this observation during a discussion of his report on how healthcare providers perceive the leading speech recognition solutions. In the past, these solutions have cut time and costs for transcription and imaging documentation. Now, the report noted, “the hottest steam” in the market is around EMRs/EHRs.

KLAS’ survey measured the popularity of applications in three categories: speech EMR, front-end speech imaging and back-end speech. Front-end refers to applications that require clinicians to edit the transcribed text after they dictate, while back-end applications are those in which transcriptions or editors fix the text generated by speech recognition.

In the speech EMR category, Nuance Dragon Medical, the only reviewed product, received a relatively high rating. Nuance has the most live clients at this point, with Dolbey a distant second and M*Modal third. “The ability to improve documentation efficiency across thousands of hospitals appears real,” the report said.

Nuance has the broadest technology portfolio of any of the speech recognition vendors, but Dolbey’s front/back-end solution is gaining market share. M*Modal, formerly known as Medquist, is also gaining momentum on the back of the speech engine Medquist garnered when it acquired M*Modal and took its name.

In the area of front-end speech imaging, used for imaging documentation, Afga and Dolbey are improving their performance while Nuance and M*Modal struggle, the report said. It attributes Nuance’s problem to “delayed implementations and poor training.” M*Modal lags because it is using an older SpeechQ engine created by Philips and later acquired by Nuance.

However, M*Modal is picking up momentum in back-end speech with its Fluency for Transcription product, which uses the M*Modal speech engine. The leader in that category is Nuance, followed by Dolbey, M*Modal and 3M.

Overall, Brown said, speech recognition has improved incrementally in recent years. But the real determinant of accuracy is the proper training of applications to recognize users’ voices. “Most people who have the right training and applications tend to see better results,” he noted.

While the survey didn’t ask about natural language processing or computer-assisted coding, the speech recognition vendors are among the leaders in those categories. Nuance recently announced that at the IHE North America Connectathon 2013 event in Chicago, it successfully completed testing for extracting discrete data from paper records and automatically populating appropriate fields in medical documents, using its clinical language understanding solution. And M*Modal has just reached an agreement with 3M to turn transcribed text into structured documentation for purposes of computer-assisted coding (CAC), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), quality metrics and analytics.
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By Ken Terry, InformationWeek Healthcare
News > Speech Recognition Booms as EHR Adoption Grows, 27/02/2013

MSc in Global eHealth: Under Development

06/02/2013 - A new online programme in Global eHealth is currently being developed under the auspices of the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) and the Global Health Academy. This modular and interdisciplinary programme will allow students to acquire in depth knowledge of eHealth from an international perspective and with reference to issues for global development. Foundational courses will cover key concepts and methods in health informatics, global health challenges, eHealth policies and international health systems. These will be complemented by a programme of interdisciplinary options covering digital health innovations with reference to effectiveness, sociological and cultural aspects of implementation, ethical and governance issues and business processes. While evidence-based eHealth will be a pervasive theme through the programme, completion of the module in Research Methods for eHealth will be a core requirement for progression to the MSc project. The course is expected to appeal to clinicians, eHealth implementation personnel, allied health practitioners, NGOs, eHealth policymakers, innovators and technologists, and academic researchers. All modules will be credit bearing and may be used towards a certificate, diploma or masters qualification, depending on the duration of study (one, two or three years).

The announce reads,”We have set up a short survey and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in online postgraduate study in Global eHealth. Your feedback will help shape the content and structure of this new programme, and there is an opportunity to leave your contact details so we can keep you up to date on any developments.”

For further information, please visit:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQQH92L

About the Centre for Population Health Sciences
The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) draws on a long history of public health and general practice at the University of Edinburgh. The Centre brings together researchers with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine. Thus CPHS research projects can take advantage of a multi-disciplinary approach when needed, which is often the case in population health research. The mission of CPHS encompasses four inter-linked activities.

Source: ehealthserver.com

Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017

Monday, 28 January 2013 - In 2012 there was estimated to be 308,000 patients remotely monitored by their healthcare provider for congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions worldwide. The majority of these were post-acute patients who have been hospitalised and discharged. As healthcare providers seek to reduce readmission rates and track disease progression, telehealth is projected to reach 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, according to The World Market for Telehealth – An Analysis of Demand Dynamics – 2012, a new report from InMedica, part of IHS (NYSE: IHS).

In addition to post-acute patients, telehealth is also used to monitor ambulatory patients – those who have been diagnosed with a disease at an ambulatory care facility but have not been hospitalised. However, telehealth has a much larger penetration in post-acute care as compared to ambulatory care patients as the majority of patients are only considered for home monitoring following hospital discharge to prevent readmission. In the U.S., for example, 140,000 post-acute patients were estimated to have been monitored by telehealth in 2012, as compared to 80,000 ambulatory patients.

“A major challenge for telehealth, is for it to reach the wider population of ambulatory care patients. However, the clinical and economic outcomes for telehealth are more established for post-acute care patients. Indeed, even for post-acute care patients, telehealth is usually prescribed only in the most severe cases, and where patients have been hospitalised more than once in a year,” commented Theo Ahadome, senior analyst at InMedica.

CHF currently accounts for the majority of telehealth patients; in addition to being one of the largest cost-burdens for hospitalisation, the clinical outcomes of telehealth for CHF patients are most established. The number of telehealth patients with COPD is also projected to grow strongly as telehealth focus continues to expand to respiratory diseases. The successful results of the Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) program in the U.K. are serving as strong evidence-base for the benefits of telehealth for COPD patients. However, by 2017, Diabetes is forecast to account for the second largest share of telehealth patients, overtaking COPD. Home monitoring of glucose levels for diabetes patients is more established through personal glucose monitors. There is an increasing drive to integrate these monitors with telehealth systems, allowing care givers access to patient glucose data.

Over the next five years, InMedica identifies four main drivers of telehealth demand:

  • Federal-driven demand: Readmission penalties introduced by the U.S. Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are driving providers to adopt telehealth as a means of reducing readmission penalties. Faced with increasing healthcare expenditure, other governments, including the U.K., France and China are also promoting telehealth as a long-term cost-saving measure.
  • Provider-driven demand: Healthcare providers want to use telehealth to increase ties to patients and improve quality of care. In many cases this is being done irrespective of the lack of a clear financial return on investment.
  • Payer-driven demand: Telehealth is also being increasingly used by insurance providers to increase their competitiveness and reduce in-patient pay-outs, by working directly with telehealth suppliers to monitor their patient base.
  • Patient-driven demand: There is currently very little demand from patients actively seeking out and requesting telehealth services from their payer or provider. Patient-driven demand is mostly limited to rural/non-metropolitan areas where there is a poor availability of clinics and physicians. As fitness awareness increases and consumers adopt personal devices to track their fitness, they will also increasingly seek professional devices to remotely track disease state.

About IHS
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to long-term, sustainable growth and employs more than 6,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

About InMedica
InMedica is the medical technology research division of IMS Research, the leading provider of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry. InMedica publish high quality, in-depth market research on key medical markets including Medical Imaging (such as ultrasound and x-ray equipment), Clinical Care Devices (such as patient monitors and infusion pumps), Consumer Medical Devices (such as blood-pressure monitors and heart-rate monitors), Healthcare IT (such as PACS and EMR) and Telehealth. We offer our clients global coverage of the medical electronics industry, as well as dedicated reports on high growth regions, such as China, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

About IMS Research
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS), is a leading supplier of market research and consultancy to over 2500 clients worldwide, including most of the world’s largest technology companies. Established in the UK in 1989, IMS Research now has dedicated analyst teams focused on the factory automation, automotive, communications, computer, consumer, display, financial & ID, LED & lighting, medical, power & energy, solar PV, smart grid and security markets. Currently publishing over 350 different syndicated report titles each year, these in-depth publications are used by major electronics and industrial companies to assess market trends, solve marketing problems, and improve the efficiency of their businesses.

Surgeons May Use Hand Gestures to Manipulate MRI Images in OR

“Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery.

Surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records during surgery, but stepping away from the operating table and touching a keyboard and mouse can delay the procedure and increase the risk of spreading infection-causing bacteria, said Juan Pablo Wachs, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University.

“One of the most ubiquitous pieces of equipment in U.S. surgical units is the computer workstation, which allows access to medical images before and during surgery,” he said. “However, computers and their peripherals are difficult to sterilize, and keyboards and mice have been found to be a source of contamination. Also, when nurses or assistants operate the keyboard for the surgeon, the process of conveying information accurately has proven cumbersome and inefficient since spoken dialogue can be time-consuming and leads to frustration and delays in the surgery.”

Researchers are creating a system that uses depth-sensing cameras and specialized algorithms to recognize hand gestures as commands to manipulate MRI images on a large display. Recent research to develop the algorithms has been led by doctoral student Mithun George Jacob”… Read more


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MEDXPO 2013 – International Medical Exhibition and Congress

MedExpo7 – 9 March 2012, London, UK.
MEDXPO 2013 is the international medical and hospital equipment exhibition and congress comprised of plenary, conference, workshop and round table sessions that serve and connect the broad disciplines of the healthcare spectrum.

MEDXPO 2013 is the ideal opportunity to showcase your innovative products and services and offers a platform to exchange views on the current global challenges in the converging world of healthcare.

The UK medical industry is renowned for its creativity, exceptional research base and outstanding talent, with a history of discovery and a reputation for turning innovative ideas into trusted healthcare solutions.

It’s fitting then, that MEDXPO 2013 should be hosted in the UK.

Taking place at London’s Alexandra Palace the event will provide a focus of collaboration for medical and healthcare professionals, specialists and academia.

MEDXPO 2013 offers a dynamic meeting place that will attract all of those across the medical and healthcare industries, academia, the NHS and Government who are invested in maintaining and growing R&D in the life sciences industry, and delivering benefits for patients in the UK and around the world.

Notable specialists and globally recognised speakers will address a programme of conferences and workshops, providing an opportunity for open discussion and debate about advances in healthcare, medicine and surgical procedures.

The programme of speakers and workshops offers a platform to exchange views on the very latest global challenges in a converging world.

For healthcare industry suppliers, MEDXPO 2013 provides the ultimate in showcase exhibition space for the best of their products and services, positioning themselves at the forefront of their field. Exhibitors are also invited to sponsor MEDXPO 2013 through a number of promotional packages.

For further information, please visit:
http://www.medxpo.co.uk

Windows 8 Physician Rounds app video

Learn how healthcare apps could look in the near future with this demonstration app called Rounds, allowing doctors and nurses to use tablets to connect with each other and access medical records from wherever they’re working.

Rounds application is an example of how Windows 8 can combine the functionality of a full PC within the interface of a tablet. It could help multidisciplinary teams improve the quality, safety, speed and outcomes of care. Rounds incorporates the touch-screen capabilities of Windows 8 tablets such as Microsoft Surface to allow doctors to locate patients and initiate instant-messaging sessions with nurses.

About Microsoft in Health
Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. For over 16 years, Microsoft has been providing a broad portfolio of technologies and collaborating with partners worldwide to deliver solutions that address the challenges of healthcare providers, public health and social services, payers, life sciences organizations, and consumers. Today, Microsoft invests in technology innovation and works with health organizations, communities and over 20,000 partners around the world to make a real impact on the quality of healthcare.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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