A new remote patient monitoring system at Gila Regional Medical Center in New Mexico will enable people who have suffered a stroke to receive care locally from neurologists at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, says emergency medical director Dr. Stephen Kotch. The camera and video link connects patients and emergency physicians and nurses with a neurologist to guide treatment, including administration of thrombolytics.
The digital version of the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis is as reliable as the paper-based version, researchers reported in the International Journal of MS Care. The digital assessment, called iCAMS, "is a promising tool that will facilitate the use of an established and recommended cognitive battery for multiple sclerosis in clinical settings," researchers wrote.
Apple is delving deeper into medical research with its wearable monitors and research kit, and the studies might bring forth new features while advancing science, writes Victoria Song. Apple has partnered with highly respected research institutions and appears to be serious about both clinical methodology and privacy, Song writes.
Privacy impact assessments are more than a diagnostic tool or regulatory compliance checklist, as they can provide insight into an organization's risk exposure and allow vulnerabilities to be addressed during product development, says Privacy Professor CEO Rebecca Herold. PIAs can prevent or mitigate the effects of privacy breaches, potentially differentiating companies in highly competitive markets, Herold says.
Intermountain Precision Genomics is accepting applications until Nov. 15 for grants of up to $200,000 for next-generation genome sequencing, sample procurement, bioinformatic analysis and similar biomedical research projects for direct clinical use.
The University of Texas at Austin and the San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange in California have been chosen by the ONC to be this year's health information technology awardees for their development of innovative health data interoperability solutions. San Diego Regional HIE received $999,683 for its project, which includes developing a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources Consent Implementation Guide, while UT Austin was awarded $999,287 for its project to develop an API-based patient engagement platform.
Keeping track of how much time you spend each week on activities such as working, reading, relaxing or commuting can help you use your time more effectively, writes Laura Vanderkam. "If you want to spend time better, you need to figure out where the time really goes," she writes.
Healthcare providers should receive cybersecurity training as part of their education, said a panelist on FDA's Patient Engagement Advisory Committee. Recommendations included guidance for patients on when to pay attention to risk advisories.
A study published in Diabetes Care and presented at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting revealed that WATCH-DM, a machine learning-based risk score method, identified the top 10 future heart failure predictors for patients with type 2 diabetes, including diabetes control, hypertension, weight, myocardial infarction and HDL cholesterol. Researchers found that patients who had the highest WATCH-DM scores had a nearly 20% five-year HF risk.
More than $14 billion in investment went to digital health startups globally last year, and while there have been some successes, Dr. John Halamka of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center told the Digital Health Impact conference these companies could be doing more to address health care's challenges. Health system leaders at the conference said data from apps, devices and digital tools must lead to actionable solutions and treatment recommendations.
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