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Researchers from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research found a smartphone app to be a potential tool in detecting surgical site infections (SSI) and preventing additional hospital admissions. Findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Telemonitoring can help manage patients with heart failure, but evaluating its true impact can be difficult. In response, researchers examined previous studies to establish criteria, which were divided into six classes: dimensions: clinical, economic, user perspective, educational, organizational, and technical. Findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

A psychoeducational tool identifies patients at risk for an opioid overdose but fails to motivate them to change their behavior. Findings are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

A telehealth-based weight loss program utilizing a health coach through video conferencing could result in loss of over 5 percent of initial body weight in six months. Findings are published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Communication between patient and physician is the foundation in building a close relationship—and cell phones have become the favored tool in clinical communication, according to a study published in European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare.


Recent Headlines

Telehealth Gets Connected

Telehealth may not be a cure-all for what ails U.S. healthcare, but this is an area where health IT is already answering the call for increased access and lower-cost care delivery, powered by federal money and technology initiatives, and by improvements in wireless networks, data compression and remote patient monitoring.

Eclipsys, Rothman Healthcare align for software apps Clinical and revenue cycle and performance management software provider Eclipsys has formed a partnership with Rothman Healthcare Research that will allow the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Rothman to build its Patient Condition Tracker software on the Helios by Eclipsys platform.
HIMSS: Agfa rolls out data center in U.S., boosts PACS with virtualization ATLANTA--The benefits of virtual data in real-world healthcare were clear at the Agfa HealthCare booth at HIMSS10 this week. The company debuted to the U.S. market the Impax Data Center with Xero Technology, an upgrade for the Impax Data Center as well as a way to cut costs and increase PACS image availability via virtualization.
Breaking Down The Walls of Home Health IT

As hospitals start looking at how to break down the walls between acute and post-acute care, CMIOs would do well to consider the experience of Cleveland Clinic, a pioneer in building health IT bridges across the continuum of care.

Avnet introduces new vendor-neutral archive for medical imaging Avnet Technology Solutions has launched new service offerings to assist in the storage and management of medical images for EHRs, and will allow its partners in the U.S. and Canada to offer vendor neutral archive solutions through its healthcare solutions practice--Avnet HealthPath.
ANSI approves RFID standard for tagging medical devices The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the Health Industry Business Communications Councils new standard for using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for medical products.
UltraRAD releases next-generation DICOM archive Medical image and information management technology developer UltraRAD of West Berlin, N.J., has released the latest iteration of its DICOM archive, UltraArchive 3.0.
Lexmark updates RFID for laser printers Lexmark International has introduced an update to its radiofrequency identification (RFID) ultra-high frequency technology for the firm's T654 monochrome laser printer.

Philips unveils new vital signs monitor Philips Healthcare has released SureSigns VS2, which offers clinicians a spot-check monitor for use with neonates, as well as pediatric and adult patients.
KLAS: Providers seek vendor-neutrality for enterprise image management
Many hospitals are considering new vendor-neutral solutions for archiving and accessing medical images to avoid being locked into closed, proprietary software, according to a report from market research firm KLAS.