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Researchers from Mayo Clinic have found that using emojis instead of a conventional emotional scale could help physicians in assessing physical and mental health and overall quality of life. Findings were presented to the American Society of Hematology.

Accuracy in smartphone and wearable devices is an important factor in their usability for medical purposes. However, a study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences found the pedometer built into the iPhone missed 1,340 steps when compared to an accelerometer worn on the waist.

As younger patients grow up using smartphones and the internet, some may become addicted to the technology and develop imbalances in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Older patients are mostly accepting of wearable activity trackers and understand the value the device could have in improving their health, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

Intermountain Healthcare and United Way of Salt Lake, in partnership with Promise South Salt Lake, have introduced a telehealth kiosk at the Columbus Center in Salt Lake City.


Recent Headlines

HIMSS: Agfa rolls out data center in U.S., boosts PACS with virtualization ATLANTA--The benefits of virtual data in real-world healthcare were clear at the Agfa HealthCare booth at HIMSS10 this week. The company debuted to the U.S. market the Impax Data Center with Xero Technology, an upgrade for the Impax Data Center as well as a way to cut costs and increase PACS image availability via virtualization.
Breaking Down The Walls of Home Health IT

As hospitals start looking at how to break down the walls between acute and post-acute care, CMIOs would do well to consider the experience of Cleveland Clinic, a pioneer in building health IT bridges across the continuum of care.

Avnet introduces new vendor-neutral archive for medical imaging Avnet Technology Solutions has launched new service offerings to assist in the storage and management of medical images for EHRs, and will allow its partners in the U.S. and Canada to offer vendor neutral archive solutions through its healthcare solutions practice--Avnet HealthPath.
ANSI approves RFID standard for tagging medical devices The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the Health Industry Business Communications Councils new standard for using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for medical products.
UltraRAD releases next-generation DICOM archive Medical image and information management technology developer UltraRAD of West Berlin, N.J., has released the latest iteration of its DICOM archive, UltraArchive 3.0.
Lexmark updates RFID for laser printers Lexmark International has introduced an update to its radiofrequency identification (RFID) ultra-high frequency technology for the firm's T654 monochrome laser printer.

Philips unveils new vital signs monitor Philips Healthcare has released SureSigns VS2, which offers clinicians a spot-check monitor for use with neonates, as well as pediatric and adult patients.
KLAS: Providers seek vendor-neutrality for enterprise image management
Many hospitals are considering new vendor-neutral solutions for archiving and accessing medical images to avoid being locked into closed, proprietary software, according to a report from market research firm KLAS.
EU's wireless health IT market widens European healthcare is increasingly becoming digitized and there is growing need to develop and deploy sophisticated information systems. However, a new report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan suggests that wireless health IT has yet to be fully explored by the healthcare industry.
SIIM: Amicas showcases enterprise content manager Amicas, a developer of image and information management solutions, showcased its Amicas Enterprise Content Manager, a vendor-neutral archive solution, at the 2009 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting in Charlotte, N.C.