Monthly Archives: June 2011

2011 mHealth Summit Call for Abstracts & Presentations

The mHealth Alliance‘s mHealth Summit (December 5-7 in Washington, DC) will accept research abstracts and proposed presentations until Friday, July 8. Selected abstracts and presentations will fall under specific areas of focus: Abstracts: Research Tools for Remote Monitoring/Assessment Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Disease Screening and Diagnostic Tools Maternal and Child Health Infectious or Acute Disease Chronic Disease Management Health […]Continue reading «2011 mHealth Summit Call for Abstracts & Presentations»

National AIDS Burden Highlighted in New Tool

The Rollins School of Public Health  at Emory University recently launched AIDSVu, an interactive online map that displays state and county-level HIV prevalence data from the CDC and also HIV testing sites, information about state AIDS drug assistance programs and estimates of the percentage of HIV diagnoses that are made late in the course of […]Continue reading «National AIDS Burden Highlighted in New Tool»

New Scheduling Tool Cuts Waiting Times for Chemotherapy Treatment

The Vancouver Sun reports on Chemo SmartBook, a new automated scheduling system that has reduced the number of days patients at the Vancouver location of the BC Cancer Agency have had to wait for their first chemotherapy treatment. Developer Martin Puterman of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business explains that “Chemo SmartBook […]Continue reading «New Scheduling Tool Cuts Waiting Times for Chemotherapy Treatment»

mHealth Campaigns to Improve Diabetes Management in Detroit and New Orleans

The American Diabetes Association has announced that they will this fall begin work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to help individuals use mHealth technologies to prevent and manage diabetes and its complications. The initial focus of the program will be […]Continue reading «mHealth Campaigns to Improve Diabetes Management in Detroit and New Orleans»

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to sponsor a new “Investing in Innovations” (i2) Initiative

The i2 Initiative aims to use prizes and challenges to attract innovators who will compete to find solutions to specified health IT problems (e.g., the secure sharing of health information within social networks). Efforts to track and model clusters of innovation will also be supported. Click here to read the HHS press release. Note that […]Continue reading «Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to sponsor a new “Investing in Innovations” (i2) Initiative»

In-Office Education via Hand-Held Electronic Device Enhances Patient Knowledge Without Burdening Primary Care Staff

The AHRQ Innovations Exchange is featuring a patient education program implemented by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine that used desktop computers and now hand-held devices to deliver educational videos to patients with low literacy levels and limited computer experience. The program, which has increased knowledge by encouraging patients to view the short (under […]Continue reading «In-Office Education via Hand-Held Electronic Device Enhances Patient Knowledge Without Burdening Primary Care Staff»

CD Image Import Reduces Unnecessary Imaging Exams in Emergency Rooms

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that implementing a system to upload CD images of emergency transfer patients’ diagnostic medical exams into the receiving institution’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS) decreased the rate of subsequent imaging by 17 percent. This can lower costs and also reduce radiation exposure for patients. Click here […]Continue reading «CD Image Import Reduces Unnecessary Imaging Exams in Emergency Rooms»

Bosch Healthcare’s Health Buddy System Contract Awarded by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Bosch Healthcare, the leading provider of home telehealth services to the VA, reports that it has recently been awarded a new VA contract for its Health Buddy System. The Health Buddy System has been used by the agency ever since a four-year pilot study began in 2000 and the nationwide roll-out of telehealth services in […]Continue reading «Bosch Healthcare’s Health Buddy System Contract Awarded by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)»

Strategic Partnership to Broaden Annual mHealth Summit

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have announced that they will partner to expand the mHealth Summit, a leading conference that promotes cross-sector collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes. The 2011 mHealth Summit will be held from December […]Continue reading «Strategic Partnership to Broaden Annual mHealth Summit»

“The University of Maryland Tackles Tough Questions in Health IT — a Q and A”

Our own Kenyon Crowley (Program Director at COE HITR and Associate Director of CHIDS, the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the Smith School of Business) was interviewed today by the IBM Center for The Business of Government. Kenyon used the opportunity to discuss CHIDS’ current research projects (funded by the likes of AHRQ, ONC, […]Continue reading «”The University of Maryland Tackles Tough Questions in Health IT — a Q and A”»