health care

  • Swiss scientists rewire injured spinal cords, paralyzed rats walk again

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Here at GeekTech, we've seen lots of contraptions to help the disabled regain some of their mobility. Now, a group of Swiss scientists from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to rewire the spinal cord of rats after a paralyzing injury.
  • Keeping life-saving medicine in stock with SMS technology

    Posted June 5, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Modern medicine can cure malaria in almost all cases.
  • 'Body Area Networks' should free hospital bandwidth, untether patients

    Posted June 4, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Hospitals, whose Wi-Fi networks are clogged with clinician and patient data traffic, are getting some much-needed bandwidth relief with the FCC's approval of radio bandwidth spectrum for wireless medical monitoring devices.
  • Video

    Student wins award for new cancer detection method

    Posted May 24, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    Jack Andraka won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for finding a new, non-invasive way to detect early stages of pancreatic cancer.
  • Facebook and physicians: Not good medicine

    Posted May 23, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    Physicians who use social networks to share clinical experiences risk violating patient privacy. A niche industry of private social network providers has cropped up to address the desire to communicate.
  • Learn the secret to Kaiser Permanente's sustainable mobile strategy

    Posted April 23, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Healthcare CIOs know mobile is important to their customers. Phil Fasano, CIO of Kaiser Permanente, took a slow-but-steady mobile approach and is seeing big results since its new site and apps launched.
  • IBM's Watson expands cancer care resume

    Posted March 26, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has brought IBM's Watson supercomputer onboard to help it diagnose and treat cancer patients, just a few months after Watson was hired by Cedars-Sinai for the same purpose.
  • iPads used to bolster physician training, speed up patient care

    Posted March 17, 2012 - 7:08 am

    More than three out of four medical residents at the University of Chicago said tablets allowed them to complete tasks quicker and spend more time on direct patient care.
  • Android on call: Hospital builds custom mobile app for patient data

    Posted February 25, 2012 - 8:44 am

    Palomar Pomerado Health in San Diego built its own Android app for accessing real-time patient information, with Cisco Cius tablets providing the added bonus of voice and video. And an iOS version is coming up, stat.
  • 85% of hospitals embracing BYOD, survey shows

    Posted February 25, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Hospitals are embracing 'Bring-Your-Own-Device' initiatives, but with varying levels of access to business applications, according to a survey of the networking priorities of more than 130 healthcare IT pros.
  • Healthcare CIO group decries ICD-10 delay by government

    Posted February 22, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    An organization that represents CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders is protesting government plans to delay a deadline requiring a new medical coding system.
  • Web-based counseling -- Telepsychiatry -- is taking off

    Posted February 11, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Telemedicine has been around since the 1990s, but psychiatrists say it's increasingly used to treat remote patients as technology and security improves, and prices drop.
  • BYOD in hospitals? The debate rages on

    Posted January 26, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    The bring-your-own device strategy has been embraced by businesses because staffers are walking into offices toting tablets and sophisticated handsets. But is it the right strategy for a hospital, with its expectation for controlling sensitive patient data?
  • IBM's Watson shows up for work at Cedars-Sinai's cancer center

    Posted December 31, 2011 - 7:38 am

    IBM's Watson supercomputer has begun work with the Cedars-Sinai cancer center to develop applications that will assist doctors in diagnosing and prescribing treatments for patients.
  • Cisco, Walgreens team up on virtual doc visits for employees

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    Cisco and Walgreens are setting up a healthcare center for as many as 43,000 Cisco employees and their family members that will offer virtual physician visits via video conferencing and other Web 2.0-enabled tools.
  • Computer better than doctor at breast cancer diagnosis

    Posted November 10, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Stanford University computer scientist Dr. Daphne Koller may have created an electronic pathologist. Software can now grade breast cancer cells as "indolent" or "aggressive" more accurately than a human.
  • Rite Aid rolls out in-store virtual doctor visits

    Posted September 26, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Rite Aid said today that it's installed kiosks in Detroit-area stores that allow customers to engage in online chats with physicians.
  • Warning: HIPPA has teeth and will bite over health-care privacy blunders

    Posted September 9, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Health care organizations that are performing risk assessments as a way to craft patient-privacy policies might want to consider a new potential attack vector: federal regulators.
  • Gov't issues draft rules for affordable health insurance exchanges

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday issued draft rules for how states should establish affordable health insurance exchanges, which will create marketplaces where individuals and businesses can compare private insurance plans.
  • New medical coding system taxes hospital IT resources

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 6:12 am

    A federal requirement to change over from 15,000 ICD-9 codes to approximately 68,000 ICD-10 codes, which are used to describe medical conditions as well as to bill insurance companies, is overwhelming IT managers.
  • Can the iPad cure what ails us?

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    A neurology patient at a Texas hospital may soon find doctors handing him an iPad with game-like apps on it to test his motor skills. Nurses will be able to roam bedsides while remotely checking electrocardiograms, or EKGs, on their iPads. Doctors are already sharing medical records on iPads with their peers, in order to discuss patient care.
  • Is health care security in intensive care?

    Posted April 27, 2011 - 11:12 am

    As the health care industry rushed to adopt electronic medical records, its ability to keep them secure fell into question, experts say.
  • Apple to quickly become major player in Pharma sales

    Posted April 21, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers face increasing pressure to refine their strategic and operational approach to sales and marketing. This need is motivated by a quickly changing industry landscape driven by healthcare reform (HCR) and an expanding web of strict government regulations. This includes gift ban laws, aggregate spend compliance/sunshine laws on both the state and the federal level, and diminishing physician availability because of HCR (i.e., 32 million new "covered" patients set to phase into the healthcare system).
  • Consumers remain wary of personal health records

    Posted April 21, 2011 - 6:06 am

    Adoption of electronic personal health record systems, such as Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault and Dossia, remains relatively stagnant, mainly because most people haven't been exposed to the services, a new study finds.
  • 10 vital stats about iPad enterprise adoption

    Posted April 3, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Getting the straight scoop on iPad enterprise adoption isn't as easy as it seems.
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