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Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology

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Clinical Practice Guidelines in OncologyThe NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ are one of the most comprehensive and most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of Medicine. Covering 97 percent of all patients with cancer and updated on a continual basis, the NCCN Guidelines are developed through an explicit review of the evidence integrated with expert medical judgment by multidisciplinary panels from NCCN Member Institutions. Treatment recommendations are specific and are implemented through performance measurement. NCCN Guidelines Panels address cancer detection, prevention and risk reduction, workup and diagnosis, treatment and supportive care.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 July 2008 17:25 ) Read more...
 

The patient voice can now improve healthcare

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The patient voice can now improve healthcareRate your doctor, share your story and become part of the change that will ensure everyone can receive truly great care. Experiences and views of patients and their carers show that there is a huge range in quality of care received – not only in clinical outcomes, but in the actual experience of receiving care. iWantGreatCare empowers a doctor's patients, patients' carers and relatives and colleagues rate them using objective criteria derived from the evidence base for patient satisfaction. Everything added to the site is seen and used by doctors and organisations to help them improve the service they provide.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 July 2008 16:38 ) Read more...
 

The Medical Algorithms Project

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The Medical Algorithms ProjectA wealth of medical information exists in the form of published algorithms. These algorithms range from simple calculations to complex outcome predictions. Most clinicians use only a small subset routinely. The barriers to their use include the lack of knowledge that they exist, uncertainty about their boundaries, difficulty in converting to the units expressed in the algorithm, and lack of availability at the point of care. Algorithms would be more widely used if they were readily available in a practical format to clinicians, educators and researchers. The Medical Algorithms Project is an effort to create software implementations of useful healthcare algorithms, include documentation and references, and make both easily available to all interested. The algorithms here have been collected from the peer-reviewed biomedical literature, including research journals and textbooks.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2008 20:21 ) Read more...
 

Beyond the DEMO: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Selecting an EMR System

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Beyond the DEMOIf you've been through an EMR demonstration, you've seen how simple it looks to write a progress note, manage patient care and run performance improvement reports. The vendor probably also promised increased productivity, quality and patient satisfaction. However, EMR systems have technological limitations. The following tips will help you to uncover them and choose a system well suited to your practice.

A nice article from AAFP

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 July 2008 18:49 ) Read more...
 

EHR - The Big Brother Effect...

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EHR - The Big Brother Effect...Doctors resist the use of electronic health records because they fear the data will be used to control "what they do and how they do it," according to a recently released survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. The survey of more than 400 doctors, conducted last month, aimed to get at their attitudes about the adoption of healthcare IT. Many doctors who responded to the survey said they would rather retire in their 50s than adopt EHRs. Eighty-one percent of the respondents said their practice does not use EHRs. Fear of the government's interference in their practice was one of the top reasons doctors gave for resistance to adoption, the study showed. Other top reasons included privacy concerns, concern about return on investment, lack of capital to invest in healthcare IT and preference for using their own hand-written notes.
Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2008 20:32 ) Read more...
 

Conference for Open Source in European Health Care

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Open Source in European Health CareThis EFMI Special Topic Conference (STC) will be organised by members of the IMIA and EFMI Open Source Working Groups with a focus on Open Source in European Health Care. The conference will explore the current and future issues related to open source in healthcare. In particular, there will be a focus on health records, ubiquitous computing, knowledge sharing, and current and future applications. The Conference will consist of invited plenary speakers and workshops, and is designed to actively engage the delegates.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2008 20:09 ) Read more...
 

Patient Assessment Tool for Pharmacists

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Patient Assessment Tool for PharmacistsStudies have demonstrated that pharmacists practicing in a variety of settings can identify and prevent clinically significant drug-related problems. Pharmacist trainees learn complex information about medications, diseases, intravenous solutions, drug information, dispensing, patient counseling, and research techniques, and they acquire skills needed to provide quality pharmaceutical care. However, most trainees and novice pharmacists often lack a systematic method of prospectively identifying drug-related problems, a skill that is second nature for experienced clinical pharmacists. This article describes a tool that incorporates all that a pharmacist must consider in order to discover potential drug-related problems. Fortunately, this useful patient assessment tool can be incorporated into the hectic pace that is familiar to pharmacists practicing in a variety of settings.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 July 2008 15:46 ) Read more...
 

Hacking into wirelessly reprogrammable implantable medical devices.

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Hacking into wirelessly reprogrammable implantable medical devices.As part of a research, the Medical Device Security Center evaluated the security and privacy properties of a common ICD. They investigate whether a malicious party could create his or her own equipment capable of wirelessly communicating with this ICD. Wirelessly reprogrammable implantable medical devices (IMDs) such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), neurostimulators, and implantable drug pumps use embedded computers and radios to monitor chronic disorders and treat patients with automatic therapies. For instance, an ICD that senses a rapid heartbeat can administer an electrical shock to restore a normal heart rhythm, then report this event.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 July 2008 19:29 ) Read more...
 

Health 2.0 Accelerator

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Health 2.0 AcceleratorThe Accelerator believes in the power of healthcare service networks, or business communities where companies collaborate through loosely coupled business services to build simple or complex solutions that meet the evolving needs of the health care industry. In addition to enabling consumers to more effectively manage their health, the anticipated results include driving business to participants' services and creating “industry goods” that advance the field that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve for a participant acting alone. In the Accelerator’s view, every participating organization as well as the larger community benefits from service innovation, as it has the power to result in economies of scale, inter-operation and rapid scaling of the services produced.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 July 2008 19:31 ) Read more...
 

RFID vs Medical Devices; Friend or Foe

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RFIDA study that found wireless systems that track hospital medical equipment can cause potentially hazardous incidents involving lifesaving devices may have needlessly alarmed patients, their families and hospital administrators. Barbara Christe, who directs the Biomedical Engineering Technology program in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, said a study that she completed in March 2008 and has been accepted for publication in Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology found the wireless systems using Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) devices did not interfere with or influence the performance of commonly used medical devices such as physiological monitors and intravenous pumps in general patient care rooms.

The Dutch study published by JAMA tested the impact of RFID devices on medical equipment in a manner that was anything but a typical use setting, Christe said. “If I swallow my cell phone, I may have some type of hazardous interaction, but that is not an appropriate or typical use of a cell phone,” she said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 July 2008 19:27 ) Read more...
 
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