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RxNav - A Semantic Navigation Tool for Clinical Drugs

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 RxNavRxNorm is one of a suite of designated standards for use in U.S. Federal Government systems for the electronic exchange of clinical health information. RxNorm provides standard names for clinical drugs (active ingredient + strength + dose form) and for dose forms as administered to a patient. It provides links from clinical drugs, both branded and generic, to their active ingredients, drug components (active ingredient + strength), and related brand names. NDCs (National Drug Codes) for specific drug products (where there are often many NDC codes for a single product) are linked to that product in RxNorm. RxNorm links its names to many of the drug vocabularies commonly used in pharmacy management and drug interaction software, including those of First Databank, Micromedex, MediSpan, Gold Standard Alchemy, and Multum. By providing links between these vocabularies, RxNorm can mediate messages between systems not using the same software and vocabulary.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 July 2008 18:27 ) Read more...

PHIAD - hierarchical network for the exchange of public health information.

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Public Health Information Affinity Domain (PHIAD)Public Health Information Affinity Domain (PHIAD) creates the first on-demand system in the public health industry by enabling the integration and sharing of data generated at clinical and public health institutions across proprietary systems and political boundaries. The system is built upon international coding systems, as well as the coordination between open-source technologies and the "Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise" (IHE) initiative in the use of standards to allow multi-national public health reporting and surveillance.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2008 12:05 ) Read more...

Sonitor - ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS)

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Sonitor - ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS)The Sonitor ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS) automatically tracks precisely by room the real-time location of moveable equipment and people in complex indoor environments. The Sonitor system uses wireless detectors and "Tags" that are linked to a digital file containing all vital statistics and information about the item or person being monitored. The motion activated Tag transmits a unique identification signal using ultrasound waves to detectors that use Sonitor patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, which transmit signals via an existing LAN to a central computer that stores the information about the Tag's room-location and the time of receipt of the signal.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2008 12:04 ) Read more...

Smart Open Services (SOS) Project - Pan-European multi-lingual emergency patient records.

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E-HealthThe European Commission has launched two major e-health initiatives aimed at achieving interoperable e-health systems across Europe beginning with cross-border electronic health records, able to support citizens who require medical treatment while travelling or living abroad. The announcements focus on extremely ambitious plans for a large scale pilot project – called SOS - involving 12 member states and is intended to pave the way to pan-European, multi-lingual emergency patient records that will eventually link with national pharmacy systems. The SOS project builds on national initiatives with the direct participation of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Europe is setting its sights on the interoperability of electronic health records by 2015.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2008 11:58 ) Read more...

Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP)

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Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP)The Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP) is a multidisciplinary applied research and education program at Children's Hospital Boston. CHIP investigators work at the intersection of information science, healthcare and biomedical discovery, advancing the state-of-the-art in functional genomics, personalized medicine, biomedical research collaboration and public health.
 Since 1995, CHIP researchers have worked to set the highest standards for patient autonomy and privacy. Our "Instrumenting the Healthcare Enterprise" initiatives focus on accelerating collaborative research across institutions, and on providing tools and services directly to patients, allowing them to be become more active, engaged participants in both their own healthcare and the broader research community.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2008 12:01 ) Read more...

A map that shows the current global state of infectious diseases.

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HealthMap HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization). Through an automated text processing system, the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert. HealthMap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2008 12:02 ) Read more...

Could barcode medication administration pose a risk to patients?

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barcode medication administrationIt has been established for a long time that barcoding for medications has been saving lives and stopping errors at hospitals everyday, and many published studies document thousands of medication errors avoided via these systems. But in a recent article published on Medical News Today, they discuss a study that has been performed by researchers led by The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Ross Koppel, Ph.D. They studied how hospital nurses actually use bar-coded technology that matches the right patient with the right dose of the right medication. The surprising result is that the design and implementation of the technology, which is often relied upon as a "cure-all" for medication administration errors, is flawed, and can increase the probabilities of certain errors.
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 July 2008 19:46 ) Read more...

Migrating paper medical records to an EMR

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Paper Medical RecordThe volume of data that you shepherd into EHR-land depends mostly on the nature of your practice and your personality. Specialists who typically see a patient just once or twice don't have to worry about a wholesale migration of data. Their primary care colleagues, however, need to access test results and medication lists found in the paper charts of thousands of ongoing patients. How much they transfer to the EHR is a matter of preference.

Yet another fine article by Robert Lowes...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 July 2008 20:11 ) Read more...

Implementing an EMR is more about people than computers

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EMR ImplementationGetting started isn't so simple when it comes to electronic health records. Close to 20 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed by the Medical Records Institute in 2007 either had uninstalled an EHR system or were in the process of doing so. The federal government estimates that the EHR failure rate tops 30 percent. Most of the time, the culprits are all-too-human problems—poor planning, poor communication, and poor training. EHR implementation, it turns out, largely depends on how you handle people, not computers. After all, you're asking colleagues and staff to learn new skills and change their work habits. To help them adapt, you've got to follow directions that never appear in an owner's manual.

An excellent article By Robert Lowes from Medical Economics

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 July 2008 19:33 ) Read more...

Evidence-based hospital design for optimum space utilization

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Space SyntaxSpace Syntax has developed world-leading methods for analysing spatial layout, observing patterns of space use within the hospital environment and designing ward layouts and hospital circulations which optimise space use and interaction. These techniques work by measuring the properties of spatial layouts that users perceive: lines of sight along streets and corridors, visual fields from public spaces, reception areas and nurse stations and degrees of privacy and openness. Using Space Syntax methodology it is possible to measure the direct consequences of layout design such as movement, levels of co-presence and interaction, and patterns of anti-social behaviour - burglary, vandalism and theft.
Last Updated ( Friday, 04 July 2008 12:02 ) Read more...
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