How Cell-Phone Data Could Slow the Spread of Malaria – Technology Review
Researchers have mapped precisely how human travel affects the spread of malaria in Kenya by using cell-phone location data. The effort is the largest ever to use cell-phone data as an epidemiological tool.
Premier: Tech could help save millions on blood transfusions | Healthcare IT News
By implementing evidence-based blood transfusion guidelines and industry-wide standards, supported by an efficiency dashboard, hospitals could save millions annually in blood purchasing costs alone, according to Premier health alliance.
Apps Alert the Doctor When Trouble Looms
New technology uses standard features on smartphones — GPS and movement tracking — to monitor a patient’s behavior and alert the doctor when something seems out of order.
Texting the Teenage Patient
Doctors are making house calls via texting, blogs and social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Rising Cost of Inpatient Care Linked to Medical Devices and Supplies
Cost analysis conducted across 10.2M patients discharged between 2001-2006.
Electronic Health Records Shown to Improve the Quality of Patient Care
“The previous studies on the effects of electronic health records in the outpatient setting have been mixed,” says the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Lisa M. Kern, associate professor of public health and medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. “This is one of the first studies to find a positive association between the use of EHRs and quality of care in a typical community-based setting, using an off-the-shelf electronic health record that has not been extensively tailored and refined. This increases the generalizability of these findings.”
Smartphone Technology Acceptable for Telemedicine
“Essentially what this means is that telemedicine can fit in our pockets,” says Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., professor of Neurology, and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke. “For patients this means access to expertise in a timely fashion when they need it most, no matter what emergency room they may find themselves.”