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Purdue researchers, led by Luis Solorio, have developed a 3D-written model that created a lifelike cancer environment to better predict how drugs interact with metastasized cells. Findings were published in Advanced Materials.

International researchers have developed a computer tool capable of proving a 3D view of genes, proteins and metabolites for improved insight into drug reactions. Findings were published in Nature Biotechnology.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Canada have developed a wearable sensor for improved monitoring and interrupting of human motion with the aim of improving wearable technology for muscle movement, heart rate and biological signals. Findings were published in Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.

Scientists from NUST MISIS have developed “living bandages” created from nanofibers that are capable of accelerating the regeneration of damaged tissue. Findings are published in Applied Surface Science.

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed and tested an organ-on-a-chip showing how pathogens like hepatitis B interact with artificial human organs. Findings were published in Nature Communications.


Recent Headlines

Medical Home: IT Is on the Team

The patient-centered medical home model taps a variety of technologies, entering the care continuum at an earlier stage and potentially providing better integration among providers. However, cultural change can be as big an obstacle as technical challenges, according to early adopters.

KLAS: Community hospitals consider new CIS options Hospitals with fewer than 150 beds are focusing less on traditional community clinical information systems (CIS) vendors and more on large hospital CIS vendors, according to a new KLAS report.
N.Y. network nets $8.7M for IT support of mental health services Taconic Health Information Network and Community, a nonprofit serving to improve healthcare of New Yorks Hudson Valley community, has been awarded an $8.7 million grant to support better care coordination for mental health patients through the use of IT.
Medquist secures $310M in financing deal Clinical documentation company MedQuist has entered into a $310 million financing agreement consisting of a $225 million senior secured credit facility and the issuance of $85 million of senior subordinated notes. The $225 million senior secured credit facility is being led by GE Capital as administrative agent, and SunTrust Bank as syndication agent.
Dollars & Sense: Business Intelligence & Financial Decision Support

As healthcare reform efforts and other factors shift more financial responsibility to healthcare providers, organizations and departments are turning to business intelligence to bolster their financial decisions, which can become patient care issues as well. The regulatory heat is also on, in the form of increased attention to quality improvement efforts, pay-for-performance and cost reporting initiatives, making business intelligence essential for an organizations fiscal health.

Brainstorming for Better Healthcare: AMDIS Style

You Have 10 Minutes Two dozen CMIOs, several challenges, lots of big ideas. GO! Participants in the brainstorming breakout session at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium answered questions about clinical documentation, medication reconciliation and using healthcare IT more effectively.

Report: Hospitals improve care for heart attack, surgery and more Accredited hospitals in the U.S. are providing higher quality evidence-based care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care and childrens asthma care, according to Improving Americas Hospitals: The Joint Commissions Report on Quality and Safety 2010. The report presents scientific evidence of improvement and how it relates to these common medical conditions and procedures.
The AMDIS Connection | Always Connected vs. Overwhelmed: Where Do We Draw the Line?

The debate over whether a smartphone is a medical device is something of a moot point. Granted, theres a lot of excitement and chatter about how docs are adopting smartphones, iPads, and the like, but in this discussion, one issue that has been largely overlooked is the information-overloaded environment that we work in now.

DR Systems eMix adds new preview feature Medical imaging developer DR Systems has added a new capability to its cloud-based technology platform, Electronic Medical Information Exchange (eMix), the eMix Preview.
Mr. Patient, May I See Your ID?

Patients must be clearly identified in all stages of care. The identity stakes have never been higher: The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has reported that medication errors including administering the wrong medicine to the wrong patient harm at least 1.5 million people each year and the extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone amount to $3.5 billion a year. This figure doesn't include lost wages, productivity or additional healthcare costs.