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Nicholas Leider
Managing Editor
Nicholas joined TriMed in 2016 as the managing editor of the Chicago office. After receiving his master’s from Roosevelt University, he worked in various writing/editing roles for magazines ranging in topic from billiards to metallurgy. Currently on Chicago’s north side, Nicholas keeps busy by running, reading and talking to his two cats.

The buzzwords related to information technology and advanced communication are familiar—digital, virtual, real-time, eHealth, telemedicine. But sometimes they can be used in a way that’s a bit confusing. For example, a facility outside St. Louis is perhaps the world’s most advanced virtual hospital. But the building is real, the doctors are real, the nurses making rounds are real. It’s just the patients that are missing.

If the past 25 years in information technology has taught consumers anything, it's that devices have to be better, smaller an faster. A new microchip, which reportedly costs all of $10, may be able to improve ultrasonic capabilities.

Those who have experienced cardiac arrest face long-term health effects related to brain activity. Recent research examined the impact of such events, including the deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and subsequent resuscitation efforts.

Telemedicine has proven effective in treating diabetes and headaches. For one new mother in rural Sonora, California, remote care proved invaluable when Kimberly Griffiths’ week-old daughter turned blue and had difficulty breathing.

 - Emergency Room, ER, hospital

Minimizing readmissions is a hefty charge—one that involves myriad variables before, during and after patient discharge. New research examines a standardized, in-hospital discharge program, known as Project ReEngineered Discharge (RED), developed by Brian Jack, MD, chief of family medicine at the Boston University Medical Center.

3D printing has made a name for itself in the production of blood vessels, cartilage and a number of medical devices. Now, a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Piedmont Heart Institute are looking to test 3D-printed transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) for leakage before implantation.

 - football

Concussions have been a hot topic in relation to contact sports—whether professional football or youth soccer. New research examines how symptoms related to mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be improved with specially designed tinted sunglasses.

Nose and throat surgeries can be especially delicate procedures, often requiring a relatively high level of precision, which makes six cups of coffee an unlikely solution for errors in measurements.

 - Human Heart

When it comes to type A aortic dissection, cardiac surgeons have increasingly opted to perform more complex operations to reduce complications and improve postoperative care. A study, published online June 6 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, examined cardiac surgeries from 2003 to 2015 to examine the association between a procedure’s complexity and risks faced by the patient.

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While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.