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Researchers from the University of Warwick have developed a machine learning model capable of predicting the interactions between proteins and drug molecules with 99 percent accuracy. Findings have been published in Science Advances.

Belgian researchers have identified a protein formulation that mimics the structure and rigidity of the natural lining in a women’s ovaries, a breakthrough for women with infertility or cancer patients who had radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Findings are published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota used 3D printing to build lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the look, structure, mechanical properties and feel of human organs. Findings were published in Advanced Materials Technologies.

Elderly patients who played 3D-platform games such as Nintendo's Super Mario 64 saw improvements in short-term memory and an increase in gray matter in the brain, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

A video game that promotes balance by instructing users to hold poses could help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


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RSNA: Now's the time for IHE, REM and XDS-I profiles CHICAGOWith the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) has found its moment in time, said David Mendelson, MD, chief of clinical informatics and director of radiology information systems at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, during a session at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting on IHE and integration issues.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I first grew interested in the possibilities and potential of integrated healthcare information systems when I heard a proposal for a Community Health Information Network (CHIN) in the late 1990s. Weve come a long way since those early efforts at interoperable health ITthere are currently approximately 190 regional health information organization (RHIO)/health information exchange (HIE) initiatives in various forms of development in the United States.

Clinical Decision Support: Defining the Right Strategy, Making the Right Decisions

Although the entire healthcare IT universe is waiting on a final definition of meaningful use of electronic health records, the July draft circulated for public consumption gives plenty of clues as to what the rules ultimately will look like for the Medicare and Medicaid health IT subsidy program.

The AMDIS Connection | Is it Meaningful Yet?

Twelve-year-old James sits in his bedroom in Ann Arbor, Mich., on a cool spring day in 1924. He has been feeling a little under the weather over the last two days and his mother is worried he might be coming down with a cold. However, rather than having to bring him to the doctors office, today the familys new Radio Doctor will see the boy in his own bed, in his own home under the watchful eye of his loving mother, teasing brother and at the direction of his caring Dr. McMorris at the local University.

Pushing for the Mainstream

Its hard to believe that 9 months ago the term meaningful use wasnt in our everyday vocabulary. Now it is top of mind and a topic of nearly every health IT strategy meeting. While a final definition isnt now expected until Q2 2010, for sure it will include reporting quality measures and being able to share information among clinics, hospitals and government health agencies.

Preparing for Meaningful Use: Dont Overlook Your Information Infrastructure

Since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in February, much debate and a flurry of activity has centered on the economic encouragement offered to healthcare providers for the adoption and use of EMRs.

Meaningful Discussion on Meaningful Use: What You Need to Do Now

Meaningful use. Learn those two words. Understand them. They likely will consume our professional lives for years to comeif they havent already begun to. Meaningful use is, of course, the standard by which hospitals and medical practice will qualify for federal stimulus funding for adopting electronic health records. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the health IT portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, calls for providers to demonstrate meaningful use of health IT starting in 2011.

Terms of Engagement: Gaining Physician Mindshare

As physicians, we have a profound influence on others who look to us for leadership. If clinical leaders are disengaged and misaligned with an organizational mission, change strategies can fail before they begin. Where physicians go, the rest of the organization will followand the most successful healthcare leaders in the nation have figured this out.

The AMDIS Connection | Getting Meaning Out of Meaningful Use Via CDS: Its all about the Data

The idea of meaningful use, mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has been whittled down into defining the enigmatic term meaningful. In this search, discussions within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) have focused on the practice of medicine, not the implementation of IT. If the meaningful use of information systems does not have an obvious and profound impact on the safety and quality of healthcare, then it ceases to have meaning.

KLAS: Critical-access hospitals seek more IT options Facing the same 'meaningful use' deadlines as larger organizations but with only a few viable vendor options, critical-access hospitals (hospital with 50 or fewer beds) are eager for more IT power, according to a report from market research firm KLAS.