Friday, May 13, 2016

Ingestible origami surgical robot (a real-world Transformer)

OK, maybe not quite a Transformer. But, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated how a tiny origami robot can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound. The robot is steered by external magnetic fields.

Source: MIT News

Monday, April 4, 2016

Get ready! April 4-10 Is National Public Health Week #NPHW #NPHWForum

These days, one of the big buzzwords in the health IT community is "pop health" (short for population health). Well, public health and pop health are practically sisters! This week is National Public Health Week.

Follow @PublicHealth for the latest updates this week on some exciting public health initiatives and join the conversation. Do you live in a city that's going to participate in the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge?

Advances in technology, big data analytics, and team-based care will lead to improvements in public health. Also, don't forget that public health professionals are also actively involved in quality improvement (QI) projects. The PHQIX (Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange) is a great place to read about some of those projects.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Pi Day! 3.1416 (rounded)

March 14 is a fun day for math enthusiasts who celebrate Pi (3.1416 - if you round up)!

Trying to calculate the area of a circle? The circumference? You'll need Pi for those calculations.

The admissions office at MIT is famous for handing out decisions on Pi day.

Did you also know that  3.14 is Albert Einstein’s birthday?

Celebrate Pi Day with a piece of pie!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Unwinding from HIMSS16

I'm finally unwinding after having a great time at HIMSS 2016 (#HIMSS16). My personal highlight was participating in two Dell Healthcare Tweetups with @MandiBPro and @drnic1 as we chatted about some of the evolving trends in health care. We discussed how data-driven care can improve patient outcomes as long as clinicians have access to the right data at the right time and the right place. We still live in a world where interoperability remains a major barrier, but perhaps 2016 will be the year where we make some significant strides in this area through broader collaborations and partnerships across the health IT industry.

At HIMSS this year, you couldn't walk around the conference without seeing signs about population health, data analytics, and precision medicine. We discussed these topics at the Dell Healthcare Tweetups and heard different perspectives on cancer care, mental health, team-based care, and the practice of medicine in community-based settings. More patients are getting engaged in their own health care and we are generating so much health data, but clinicians need to know how to effectively tap into all this data to get meaningful and actionable information that will improve patient outcomes. We're seeing a lot of exciting advances in cancer care, especially around precision medicine and genomics. We also heard about how Dell's Cloud Clinical Archive services are integrating genomics into their core offerings. Speaking of genomics and big data, Dell has a longstanding collaboration with Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and they are empowering clinicians and researchers to fight pediatric cancer. 

Make sure to follow @DellHealth for the latest in health IT and don't miss the 2016 #DoMoreHIT Healthcare Think Tank on Tue, Mar 15 2016 2:00 PM EDT -  5:00 PM EDT

Sunday, February 21, 2016

What is the best master's program for physicians? by @HealthcareWen

This is a guest post by Wen Dombrowski, MD, MBA

(A follow up previous post about Physicians Evolving Role in Health Care )

I am frequently asked by physician leaders and other clinicians interested in nonclinical responsibilities "What is the best master's program that I should pursue?" I am jotting down some thoughts here in hopes that it will benefit more people beyond those who I coach 1:1. This post is not meant to be an exhaustive guide, but rather food for thought for self-reflection.

My answer about what is "the best" educational program for you always depends on What are your goals: Why do you want to pursue more education? What are you hoping to get out of it? What are your short-term & long-term career and personal goals? What gaps are you hoping to fill? What are you interested in learning about?

For example, there are a myriad of different non-clinical roles that a physician participate in different settings, including:
• Hospitals or Clinics
• Managed care organizations
• Software vendors, medical device companies, pharma
• Your own startup
• Government or public health
• Teaching
• Research

Depending on what roles each individual aspires to, their interests, and personal background -- different individuals will prioritize the following differently:
• Focus on learning about healthcare challenges, healthcare regulations, and managing medical staff
• Focus on learning about non-healthcare business knowledge and skills
• Academic theories about business, technology, people management
• Practical knowledge about business, technology, people management

Choosing a master's program isn't just about the name of the school or the letters that will be on the diploma. How much each program focuses on the above domains depends in part on:
• Who is teaching the courses?
• What is the format of the courses? (e.g. focused on reading textbook, or discussing cases, or hands-on practicum)
• What is the curriculum of required and elective courses?
• Who are the classmates in the courses?

Friday, February 5, 2016

National Wear Red Day #GoRedForWomen

Today is National Wear Red Day. Are you wearing red?

Here's some history about this day:

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

Follow tweets about #GoRedForWomen  and let's continue the fight against heart disease in women!

Monday, January 18, 2016

#IMSH2016 CAE Healthcare launches neurosurgery simulator with National Research Council of Canada

2016 is going to be the year of where Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies make a dramatic impact in health care education, training, and delivery.

The term "simulation" is going to be a buzzword as the medical education, graduate education, and continuing education industries converge on the use of these technologies. Simulation used to be CPR dummies designed to teach proper CPR skills and techniques, but then technologies evolved into incorporating team-based simulations around the bedside. Now, VR/AR technologies are not just being used to teach and train. Through simulation, surgeons and other clinicians can play out different surgical scenarios and potential outcomes in order to plan the best treatment plan for patients who require complex surgeries.

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